Sports aside, the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing have served as a harsh reminder for America: Censorship is very, very real in the Far East. Today’s Olympic athletes are effectively muzzled, with the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) threatening “certain punishment” against those criticizing the CCP.
But, rather than being grateful for America’s many freedoms, left-wing Americans are turning China into a blueprint. We are out-China’ing the CCP, and in the worst ways possible.
For years, the Chinese government has been rolling out a “social credit” system, monitoring the behavior of its population and punishing those deemed untrustworthy. First announced in 2014, the moral ranking program targets Chinese citizens who post on social media, waste money on expensive purchases, or buy too many video games. That’s right: People who spend too much time playing games are subject to government rebuke, ranging from downgraded internet connections to travel bans.
Oh, but that could never happen in America, right? Wrong. In the United States, Uber has long prohibited low-rated riders from accessing the app. Airbnb similarly pauses and suspends listers for failing to “meet basic requirements,” such as overall rating or response rate.
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