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Democratic Presidential Candidate Proposes Orwellian ‘Digital Social Credit’ System

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Andrew Yang, a New York entrepreneur and 2020 Democratic Presidential Candidate, has aroused suspicion from civil liberties advocates after proposing a ‘digital social credit’ system to track the behavior of Americans as a national policy.

Yang’s campaign website describes the policy as “Modern Time Banking.” He proposes creating something of a national points system that the U.S. government would use to promote preferred behavior among its citizens. Those who obtain enough ‘social points,’ or ‘digital social credit’ would be eligible to use their ‘points’ for a variety of rewards. Yang describes potential incentives such as the chance to throw out a first pitch at a local baseball game, or some sort of reward ceremony with your local member of Congress.

Yang’s proposal seemed to draw immediate comparison to a similar ‘social credit system’ implemented in China, that would track the civil behavior of its citizens and impose penalties for ‘bad’ behavior- such as forbidding people to buy plane or airplane tickets.

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It is important to note that Yang’s proposal differs from China’s authoritarian social credit system in an important respect. A spokesman made it clear that his vision of tracking the everyday behavior of Americans would revolve around rewarding positive behavior, as opposed to China’s model of punishing the perceived civil slights of its own citizens. Some of the civic initiatives Yang wants to promote through the program seem beneficial or benign, such as coaching little league baseball or working to get opioid addicts back on their feet.

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However, the road to hell is paved with good intentions- the program described by Yang would likely create a massive de facto surveillance infrastructure that could potentially reach into the everyday lives of Americans with unprecedented depth. Once created, it could be easily revamped to a more punitive model, through which people would be punished rather than rewarded, like its Chinese counterpart.

Yang remains a long shot in the Democratic presidential primary. He’s made Universal Basic Income a signature issue of his campaign, proposing that every American between the ages of 18 and 64 should receive a monthly payment of $1,000 from the United States government.

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DECISIVE VICTORY: Arizona Judge Rules State Senate Can Review 2.1 Million Ballots & Voting Software in Maricopa County

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Friday morning, a Maricopa County Superior Court Judge gave the Trump Campaign and overall MAGA movement another small yet decisive victory in their ongoing legal battle in the 2020 Presidential Election. According to an article by the Associated Press, Judge Timothy Thomason ruled that the Arizona Senate can get access to 2.1 million voter ballots and voting machines from Maricopa County, Arizona’s most popular county which flipped Arizona from Trump to Biden. Big League Politics has previously reported on Maricopa County’s Board of Supervisors and their state of perpetual non-compliance with legally issued subpoenas by the Arizona Senate. It appears that today, Judge Thomason has officially ordered that non-compliance to end, and Maricopa County must allow the Senate to proceed with their investigation.

The Maricopa County Board of Supervisors has previously argued that ballots should remain secret and not open to investigation. They see the subpoenas issued by the Senate as illegitimate and that they have no right to access the county’s voting hardware. In turn, the Senate and their legal team have argued that the constitution clearly gives the Legislature the responsibility to enforce the law and to maintain election integrity. It is the Senate’s role to ensure that Arizona elections are free, fair, and pure.

Judge Thomason seemingly agrees with the Senate on all fronts and has called the subpoenas “legal and enforceable”. In his ruling, the Judge also stated:

“There is no question that the Senators have the power to issue legislative subpoenas. The Subpoenas comply with the statutory requirements for legislative subpoenas. The Senate also has broad constitutional power to oversee elections. The Arizona legislature clearly has the power to investigate and examine election reform matters. Accordingly, the Senators have the power to subpoena material as part of an inquiry into election reform measures. As such, the Subpoenas have a proper legislative purpose. The Subpoenas also do not violate separation of powers principles. Production of the subpoenaed materials would not violate confidentiality laws.”

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The rest of Judge’s Thomason’s ruling can be found here.

“We are thrilled and grateful that the judge was able to see the big picture in this whole issue,” said Arizona State Senate President Karen Fann. “That this has never been about overturning an election. This has always been 100% about voter integrity and finding the answers to all of our voters’ questions about the safety and security and validity of the Arizona electoral system.”

Maricopa County has been accused of committing mass voter fraud, discriminating against Trump voters and using hardware to manipulate votes for Joe Biden. Big League Politics has previously reported that former Maricopa County Treasurer Royce Flora had resigned from his office in disgust with the complacency Maricopa County played in the election fraud. Flora said that he plans to continue to push recall efforts against the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors for what he sees as crimes against the people of Maricopa County.


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