The globalists among you will want to determine quickly if you want China and its dystopian society on your side. The fable so prophetically crafted by 1984 exhibits what might happen to an economy that is taken over by Big Brother.
The dictatorship witnessed by Orwell was influenced by Stalinism and the flowering Nazism, forms of brutal totalitarian regimes that ran violently over the lower middle class economy. Perhaps Huxley’s Brave New World is more synonymous with the Xi China of tomorrow. It became clear to Huxley in the middle of the twentieth century that science and technology, now what we call big data, would be able to do more to the populous than systematic torture.
The physical torment that is inflicted in the short term will not have nearly the deleterious results of psychological and thought control in the long term. China has always been in it for the long term.
Our friends in South Korea worry about how to maintain democracy in light of what they can see due to their proximity to China. What exactly is taking place under Xi? The world is aware of the human rights violations, albeit political or religious. These are much more difficult to hide and suppress in an internet society, unlike the more obtuse methods being employed. Big data is being used for social control.
Much more difficult to expose. Ever present surveillance cameras with facial recognition software allow monitoring of every move of the people. A ubiquitous economic scoring system that, among other things, watches to see if you pay your bills or what particular social groups you are involved with. Are you starting to get the idea?
The lemmings among you who welcome socialism must realize that this is the price you will pay for free healthcare and education, and will then turn into the ultimate economic solution, which is total control by the state. Individual freedoms will now be collective, and such over organization does not bode well for the economic welfare of the middle class, which, by the way, will eventually disappear in such a scenario.
While emanating from the East, this economic and social phenomena will spread to economies that are already being suppressed. The litany of names to be rattled off should not surprise you. It is believed China has handed this monitoring technology to Venezuela, who will use it to monitor and control an already beaten down and fleeing population. Saudi Arabia has their hands in this as well, with big data enabling them to follow social feeds of the people, and then use Orwellian means of punishment.
The ideology behind China’s attempt at social control through big data et al. is clear. What is not so clear is how the U.S. will respond. Distraction is the likely means, in which our technological pursuits will be advanced under the radar. The American people have been effectively controlled by the media into being troubled with things that, in the big picture, do not really matter. One wonders when the “Eddies of America” went off to fight and win World War II, if they were concerned with transgender bathrooms and being labeled as xenophobes. Remember it was Strobe Talbert of the Bill Clinton era propaganda machine that exuded the ideas of globalization in exchange for sovereignty. The sheeple of the European Union have already signed over theirs and now blast the nationalism/populism that is America.
Also be reminded that it is not just the government who will play a role in the demise of your social freedoms, but also the Big Machine. Facebook et al. mandate profits before your privacy whether you get it or not. It will take longer in the West than the East, but the fables of Huxley and Orwell may become an economic reality if nothing is done. Poetically written by the German Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller in World War II Germany,
First, they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.