Venezuela Joins China’s Social Credit Club

China’s new system for keeping citizens in line is being lusted after by would-be tyrants all over the globe. This month’s case in point: Venezuela! That’s right, citizens of everyone’s favorite socialist paradise are about to be treated to a new ID card that will track and database a wide range of information about each of them, from their medical records to their political affiliation to their social media presence. And all of this information will be sent straight back to the government….

Then what’s the consequence if your score sinks too low? Oh, you’ll be barred from public transit. Your children will be denied access to private schools. You’ll be prevented from obtaining a variety of jobs. You won’t be able to stay at certain hotels. And that’s just for starters. Once the system gets rolling, it’s quite obvious that those who are ranked below a certain social credit score will be a literal underclass, forced to eke out whatever meager existence they can cobble together on the margins of society….

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