Opinion

Dystopia

As many know, the Chinese government is one of the most oppressive governments in the world due to their human rights abuses. Recently, they have been creating a real life dystopia that involves the tracking of everyone and everything inside of China. It’s all to create a so called “social credit system.” The government tracks every individual’s interactions with the world and others using mass surveillance, artificial intelligence, CCTV other dystopian methods of spying. Proponents of this system claim it creates a better society by enforcing so called ‘good social behavior’ and increasing the ‘trustworthiness’ of people. There’s no doubt it creates conformity to a certain standard. However, it’s nightmare fuel for anyone who values individual liberty and freedom. The goal is to have this system implemented in all aspects of life. It will determine how and if you travel, where you work and access to public or private services based on your score. It’s essentially government mandated control of everyone and everything.

If you’ve ever seen Black Mirror, this is akin to what the Chinese government wants to build.

I would like to rant about how Communism as a whole is one of the most dangerous ideologies ever to exist, although I’ll save that for another post. The truth about China is that they follow the same dangerous doctrines of Communism and it plays with their social credit system well (for those in power). What they’re doing is straight out of Nineteen Eighty-Four. The potential for abuse is huge and the Chinese government has a history of suppressing dissidents and those who disagree with their strange obsession with conformity. The combination of mass surveillance and this social credit system allow the government to make thoughtcrime a reality. If you don’t get punished for thoughtcrime by the government, you’ll be punished socially by businesses and those around you. People will reject you and your social credit will affect everything in your life. It will create social pariahs and further the Chinese government’s goal of creating hive-mind citizenry.

Humiliation and oppression

The hive-mind becomes a reality.

The Chinese government publicly shames and humiliates people that don’t conform to social standards in the areas they are testing their program. They have displayed jaywalkers on giant public TV screens, posted information about ‘untrustworthy’ people online and continually humiliate those who struggle to keep their credit score up. This humiliation is based on reports from others and creates the potential for those reports to be greatly misconstrued. Don’t like your neighbor? Submit a false report about their bad social behavior. Blackmail? Easy, especially if you’re in a higher class or position of power. The Chinese social credit system will most definitely be highly abused by those that are able to take advantage of it. The Chinese government already has a history of persecuting those they deem unfit for Communist rule and forcing them into re-education camps. The future pretty much writes itself for China unless the people stand up.

Recently I’ve had an idea, a thought, that I can’t get out of my head. The world needs more ethical companies. Now more than ever this Christmas! There’s a lot of hate for large conglomerate corporations, and it’s mostly justified. The way they behave and conduct themselves is disrespectful and objectifying. Corporatism as we know it today often creates a toxic environment that’s designed for robots and it’s bad for both customers and employees. Many would say this is just late-stage capitalism, and I sympathize with that but don’t agree that this is some inevitable stage of capitalism. People can change the world and stick it to the man if they really want to. Activism is more important and flourishing than ever. Many feel hopeless when standing up to the man, but this feeling needs to be thrown out the window.

I often find myself distracted from what I really want to achieve (especially with my ADHD-PI). There’s probably many others that feel the same. To those I say, work towards what you really want to see no matter how long it takes. It’s quite cliche, but it’s the ultimate truth. I want to see a world where companies are more often led by individuals with a clear sense of morality and humanity. People who value integrity, the happiness of others and our planet. There’s often a major disconnect from leadership and the working class. I believe this can be put to a stop with the right people.

We need more individuals leading companies who exhibit these qualities;

  • Lacking egocentric or narcissistic personality traits.
  • Humble, genuine, sensible and down to earth people.
  • Knowing or truly understand what it’s like to be marginalized.
  • Respect of individual liberty, live and let live.
  • Valuing others and relationships more than money.
  • Love for nature, people, charity and doing good to others.
  • Empathetic, showing a high level of emotional intelligence.
  • Thinking outside of the box, true innovators.
  • A knack for solving the world’s problems.

Those are only some of the qualities I believe are important for leadership. With more people like this we can do away with corporatism, as these kind of people likely have a strong distaste for that. The only way to get people like this in leadership positions is to convince them of, or show them their potential. If you know someone like this, please consider sending them this as encouragement. If you have these qualities, take action! The internet is the only library you’ll need, you can learn just about any skill with enough dedication and will power to be the change you want to see in this world.

Commonly, having a degree is associated with assumptions that someone is smart or they know the field that they have studied well. I don’t believe this is the case and would argue that most people who gain knowledge in a specific subject ‘forget’ if they don’t continuously practice. Anyone can become rusty and forget what they’ve learned and everyone does. Memory fades with time, so a degree doesn’t really show you know anything 20 years down the road if you don’t use that knowledge.

I’m generally focusing on the field of IT where it doesn’t truly matter what piece of paper you hold. People without degrees (me) often feel that we have to prove ourselves because we’re not as good as someone with one. I’m sure everyone has heard their parents or relatives tell them that they need to get a degree otherwise jobs will reject them. In IT this isn’t true and if it is, it shouldn’t be. I’ve seen some pretty bad IT “professionals” that have degrees. You can learn anything on the internet, especially IT. I think companies should hire applicants purely based on skill and willingness to learn! Gone are the days where companies require you to have a 4 year degree in IT (hopefully).

Does anyone remember when Saudi Arabia threatened to sue anyone online that compared them to ISIS? I do..

Do you remember when Ashraf Fayadh received the death sentence for apostasy? I do..

Although the sentence was overturned (most likely due to public outcry) he got an 8 year sentence and 800 lashes.. 800 lashes… In addition to his severe punishments he is forced to repent through an announcement in official media, 1984 style. Are we supposed to feel better about this? They probably think so. Should we? Hell no. The fact that Saudi Arabia continually violates human rights according to Amnesty International’s research is daunting. This is the same country that is allied with the US and UK.. The same country that is on the UN human rights panel, even though they execute people in brutal fashion, on public display at times, and for ludicrous reasons.

Do you realize that Saudi Arabia is comparable to ISIS? I do.. And you should too. ๐Ÿ™‚

I just thought this was funny that Ashley Madison, a service claiming to be anonymous and “100% Discreet” was neither. The truth is you should never trust anything that claims to be 100% anonymous/discreet, because that simply doesn’t exist. Their marketing is sneaky and smells of snake oil. For example a screenshot from their site:

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“Trusted Security Award”. Excuse me, but what the fuck is that? It seems that they just gave themselves a medal that doesn’t even exist. On to The claim of Ashley Madison being a “100% DISCREET SERVICE”. Ha! What a joke! The leak proves this is not true whatsoever! “SSL Secure Site” as if that even matters. Sadly people who don’t know any better fall for these stupid baseless marketing tricks, and boy did they pay the price. Maybe this is a lesson to teach us all that there is no such thing as a 100% anonymous service where you give your credit card number to.

Can we also have a laugh at this ๐Ÿ˜€

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They’re not so “anonymous” any more!

Go see for yourself over at ashleymadison.com

(inb4 they change all of this, let this be a reference).