Anne Marie Waters
June 30th 2020
The coronavirus pandemic has brought quite a lot of change to our world, and that’s putting it rather mildly. On my livestream last night, I read about what we can and cannot do at a wedding in the UK in 2020. The government has issued a set of requirements that include a maximum guest list of 30, restrictions on dining, and of course, a ban on singing! Who would have thought the government would be this involved in our lives, and that we would adapt and accept it so quickly and easily? But that’s what’s happened, and there isn’t an easy road back.
Cash has been dying out for quite some time now, but coronavirus might have delivered the final blow. The use of cash has been reduced even further during the crisis as notes are viewed as potential carriers of disease. Some shops, including the big supermarkets, have been encouraging contactless card use to minimise interaction between customer and shop staff (that in itself is disheartening). Others have been refusing cash altogether.
The phasing out of notes and coins is yet another element of our liberty that has lost out to convenience. Just as we’ve sacrificed jobs for cheaper products from abroad, we have sacrificed the tangible for a parallel universe that exists only in the ether.
Technology has made everything we do recordable and visible to others. Almost everything we watch, listen to, or write, is recorded somewhere. This very blog, your emails, your online purchases, your tweets, somewhere there is a record of every single one, and if someone wants to keep a close eye on you, it has never been easier.
Cash is something that is still tangible, it isn’t just a figure on a screen that is open not only to error, but malicious intent. Paying with plastic means everything we buy and everywhere we visit can be followed in real time. In addition, cameras can accompany us on entire journeys; everywhere, we can be seen.
If this doesn’t worry you, you may not be aware of how things run in China. The world is rapidly becoming one big China, and the phasing out of cash is another step in that direction.
In this brutal communist state, citizens (or ‘units of production’ more accurately) are judged using a social credit score. If you misbehave in China, however mildly, there will be a consequence; you will lose points on your social credit score, and that could mean that you will be refused services, such as a flight, or a class, or going to see a movie.
For such a system to work, it is necessary for us to be watched all the time, and that’s exactly what’s happening. But even if we discount the potential for government to control every aspect of our lives, force us to hold certain opinions, oblige us to act against our own interests, that kind of thing. The potential for error here is every bit as dangerous. Imagine a society where our rights are determined by what is on a screen, what happens if it goes wrong? How will you avoid punishment, and set things right, in a society where 10s of millions of humans have been reduced to pixels? Let’s face it, individual human beings mean nothing in a collectivist society, the state won’t care. All that matters is the machine.
Cashlessness is part of that machine, part of the state’s ability to watch our every move, bringing the last scraps of our independence to an end.
There are some of us however for whom tangibility is still popular, and we believe it may even make a comeback. Some people still want to read books rather than screens, some want to speak in person rather than on zoom or Skype, and some still want to buy things without a record of their purchase stored (somewhere) for anyone to see forever.
Those people are large in number, I am one of them, and I hope we increase our use of cash as an act of defiance, as I now intend to. I will do my bit to try to hold back the wave of state observation of my life. Others ought to do the same, to bring the world back to reality (at least for a while) and away from the alternate and fragile universe of the world wide web.
On my livestream last night, I was asked a question about Nigel Farage. The question was why I believe For Britain will succeed when Farage didn’t, despite him having much larger social media numbers than For Britain.
I find the question itself somewhat alarming because it is indicative of the success of the scam. We have come to believe that the internet reflects reality, when the truth is that Farage’s lack of success proves that the internet just isn’t real. If social media followers translated to votes, he’d probably be Prime Minister, but he’s not.
Tommy Robinson is one of the most popular people online from our side of politics, but this sadly didn’t reflect the vote he received when standing for the European Parliament. By contrast, For Britain’s elected councillors are not big social media people. Karen King isn’t online at all, and Julian Leppert has a modest Twitter account that from what I can see, he doesn’t spend his every waking moment on. Both of them were elected by going out there in to the real world and showing local people that they were willing to go out there in to the real world. That is For Britain’s future. We will be out on the streets while others are on Twitter thinking this represents life, but it doesn’t.
I’ve never been a fan of big tech and I never will be. I use the internet and I know its convenience and the many benefits it has brought to us, but I also know what it has cost. It has presented us with a falseness that we can’t even put our fingers on. How many people are aware that there are a large factories in Russia for example, where people’s job is to set up troll accounts and push false information? People can buy followers and subscribers.
It’s not real.
Reality is rapidly becoming a thing of the past, and freedom is going down with it.
Cash is one of the few non-traceable or recordable things we have left. I commit today to increasing my use of it, if only to delay my own submission to complete control in a world of smoke and mirrors.
Anne Marie Waters