Our government has used Covid as an excuse to turn Australians into digital products. It is the perfect scam. Every dictatorship knows that humans are cheap, renewable, and disposable. Our digital identities are worth a fortune to the right third-party buyer, while the ability to track and control our movements presents a unique opportunity for politicians wishing to manage democracy instead of being a victim of its whims.
To achieve this, you must become an object with attributes sitting in a database. Instead of roaming around anonymously making all sorts of transactions without the government’s knowledge, Australians find themselves passing through ‘gates’.
These obstacles are deliberately placed in your way to require a manual check-in with the QR system. All product-based systems have these gates to control the flow of stock and weed out errors. It is how computers see things. The more gates, the more clarity.
You are updating the government like a parcel pings Australia Post on its way to a customer. If a fault is found, automatic alerts are issued and you are stopped from proceeding. In New South Wales, this comes in the form of a big red ‘X’ on the myGov vaccine passport app (if you managed to link your Medicare account without smashing the phone to bits).
Gate-keeping systems have been adapted from retail and transformed into human-based crowd solutions to micromanage millions of lives with the same ruthless efficiency as barcodes tracking stock. There is no nuance or humanity in this soulless digital age. Barcodes are binary. Good – bad. Citizen or dissident.
Even if you have all the required government attributes to pass through the gates – two vaccines, six boosters, and a lifelong subscription to Microsoft – something could go wrong. If your data fails the scan, you’ll slip into digital purgatory and become an error message.
Historically, anonymity from the government underpinned by a cash-based society guaranteed a measure of freedom. Cash is the great liberator of the people, which is why the World Economic Forum and United Nations have been pushing our government to limit cash and actively discourage its use.
Prior to Covid, Scott Morrison fought to bring in cash limits to ‘fight criminal activity’. It was actually a response to UN directives that seek to move economies toward digital payments in pursuit of sustainable development goals. Criminals agree, and have shifted to untraceable digital currencies. Even if you could make the argument that stopping cash transactions thwart the odd dodgy deal, it does not override the essential right of law-abiding citizens to use legal tender in whatever capacity they wish.
For those in the privileged class allowed to shop, take note of Covid signs which encourage cashless transactions under the guise of ‘health’. Messaging around cards being ‘safer’ will increase until the Treasury tries to remove cash entirely, almost certainly with public approval.