The “social credit” system is mandatory and rewards happy productive citizens but punishes disruptive negative citizens.

A person’s social score can move up and down depending on their behavior. There are people “social agents” that walk around neighborhoods checking social behavior. These social police, neighbors, courts, and vendors decide your status in society.

Things that can bring down your social score:

  • Bad driving
  • Refused military service
  • Smoking in non-smoking zones
  • Buying too many video games
  • Fake news online
  • Walking a dog without a leash
  • Loitering
  • Wasting money on frivolous purchases
  • Certain postings on social media
  • Fraud
  • Embezzlement
  • Don’t stop at crosswalks

Punishments for low social scores include:

  • Banning you from flying
  • Banning you from the train
  • Barred from getting business-class train tickets
  • Banning you — or your kids — from the best schools
  • Stopping you from getting the best jobs
  • Keeping you out of the best hotels
  • Have your pet taken away
  • Being publicly named as a bad citizen
  • Deny new credit cards

Rewards for high social scores include:

  • Speed up travel applications
  • Book a hotel without having to pay a cash deposit
  • More matches on dating websites
  • Discounts on energy bills
  • Better interest rates at banks

Public announcements are on display warning people not to misbehave or else their behavior will be recorded and reported to the system.

Some citizens say it’s making them better people already.

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  1. Big Brother’s carrot and the stick. Good citizens are the best of those who can measure up to BB’s demands. China’s rulers take their cues from North Korea. Who’s next? Well, it would have been the USA, but the corruption there is so embedded that it wouldn’t work, not without a truly bloody military take over with a few million bodies splattered over city streets, and why waste the money? America is exactly what BB set up for that part of the world: mindless, brain dead consumers (exception noted, if there are still any).

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