Shove Your Social Credit System
Opinion|Nov 3, 2021

Shove Your Social Credit System

What Happened To Personal Pride And Accountability? Asks Corrine Barraclough.
Corrine Barraclough

My moral compass is pretty strong. I pride myself on my sound ethics, and I have absolutely no issue with doing my bit for the collective good. 

But I’ll be the judge of my behaviour, not Mr DoGooder next door, thanks. 

I am answerable to my own conscience, the law and a higher power, man upstairs, whatever you wish to call him. 

I do not want to be answerable to big government, or the nosey man next door. 

We’re in trouble, real trouble, if we just roll over and accept this social credit system, which is creeping ever so quietly into our society. 

It started with cancelling people who hold views the radical left found unpalatable, which became such an issue, it became a prominent culture all of its own. 

The leftist takeover of mainstream media is now painfully clear to see; any centre right views have been successfully silenced and the war on truth prevails. 

Now, as we still grapple to live with the coronavirus over 18 months after it arrived on our shores, the dobbing culture of virtuous vultures is in full flight. 

Without sounding alarmist, can we take a few moments to note how a scarily similar social credit system works in China? 

It’s essentially a blacklist for people who are docked for various anti-social offences. 

It’s a massive set of databases and initiatives that monitor and assess the trustworthiness of individuals and companies. 

Imagine having a Google review, constantly, on you. 

If you’re good, you’ll get rewards. If you’re bad, you’ll get punished. If you’re a good girl or boy, you no longer have to wait for Santa, or quietly delight in scoring rewards at Woolies, because this social credit system will bag you things like priority health care or deposit-free renting of public housing. 

Meanwhile, a negative rating could see you banned from flights or trains. 

If you’re a good girl or boy, you no longer have to wait for Santa, or quietly delight in scoring rewards at Woolies

The Chinese government is now experimenting with collecting data via video surveillance and real-time data transfers, like monitoring emission data from factories. 

Those who lose credibility are, in short, screwed. 

Those deemed untrustworthy could struggle to get loans, or be punished by being denied education. 

Essentially, it’s a reward mechanism for compliance. 

Individuals who have been blacklisted over minor offences can apply to have their status restored. For instance, when they’ve repaid a debt, or maintained a good credit record for a specific period of time, they can wave a white flag, cross their fingers and hope for forgiveness. 

But there’s no guarantee, and those who have committed serious offences will not be taken off the blacklist; they’ll be left to sit in the naughty corner, denied all sorts of joys for a very long time. 

It’s claimed the system is meant to improve transparency for the public. 
Actually, it’s a tool for the government to impose control on almost all aspects of people’s lives. 

To say this is Orwellian in nature, is an understatement. 

Big government attempts to control every part of people’s lives. It’s all very 1984, isn’t it? 

What about data protection?

How about invasion of privacy?Where will this all of this end? If there’s one thing that makes me not want to do the right thing by my fellow citizens, it’s this rise in naming and shaming which is no more than wide-scale doxxing. 

I loathe this dobbing mentality, rather than focusing on self-improvement. 

And before you roll your eyes and say something like this will never happen here, in proudly democratic Australia, remember it’s been announced that the government intends to introduce a health app next year. This will monitor our shopping, exercise levels, even our intake of fruit and veg. 

So, very soon, we’re going to be rewarded with points, which we can exchange for social credits such as discounts or free tickets.

Concerned now? You should be.