The Birth of the Cashless Society

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by James Corbett
corbettreport.com
August 29, 2020

As we all know by now, the entire corona crisis was and is an excuse for The Great Reset. And, as anyone who has followed the financial prognostication space for the past decade knows, "the great reset" has been used nearly interchangeably with "the global currency reset" to describe the collapse of the old dollar-centric Bretton Woods system and the rise of a new international monetary order.

It should come as no surprise, then, that the post-corona Great Reset being hyped by the World Economic Forum and their globalist fellow travelers is itself predicated on a global currency reset. But this global currency reset has a distinctly 21st-century technocratic flavour.

The form that this currency reset is taking reveals itself in the latest headlines from the world of central banking:

"U.S. Moves Closer To Digital Dollar"

"Bank of England Governor Signals Central Bank Digital Currency is Coming"

"China To Begin Major Expansion Of Digital Currency Testing"

Yes, to the surprise of absolutely no one, the central banksters are using "The Great Reset" as a smokescreen to smuggle through one of their most cherished fantasies: the cashless society. Soon, central banks will be issuing national digital currencies and tracking every single transaction in the economy in real time.

And if you were able to read that last paragraph without feeling a chill run down your spine, then you need to get up to speed on what the cashless society entails and why it must be resisted with every last fiber of our being.

First, the specifics.

The "digital dollar" that the US senate banking committee is holding hearings about is the same digital dollar proposal that I talked about in my podcast on The Greatest Depression this past March. As you'll recall, the Digital Dollar Project is being promoted by the World Economic Forum (surprise, surprise) and sold to the public via the old Cold War trick of "the Russkies Chinese are doing it, so we have to, too!"

Specifically, as the globalist crony insiders explained in their Wall Street Journal op ed on the idea last year:

"We propose a digital dollar—a government-sanctioned blockchain protocol, created and maintained by an independent nongovernmental group but administered by banks and other trusted payment organizations. Cash brought into the system would be exchanged for digital U.S. dollars on a blockchain, with the cash lodged in special escrow accounts maintained by the Federal Reserve."

In other words, the fine folks over at the Fed would be the invisible counter-party watching lovingly over the digital money system. What could possibly go wrong?

The digital dollar being proposed is a type of "Central Bank Digital Currency" (CBDC), which the Bank for International Settlements (aka the central bank of central banks) was writing about back in 2017. In fact, the idea goes back even further, to a proposed Fed-run central bank cryptocurrency called Fedcoin (I kid you not).

As I explained last year, the point of these "central bank digital currencies" is to take advantage of The Bitcoin Psyop by presenting the cashless society as the cool, hip new spin on that bitcoin/crypto thing all the cool kids are talking about. Of course, this "Fedcoin" concept utterly subverts the very core impetus for bitcoin and cryptocurrency right off the bat, a point highlighted and underlined in the original "Fedcoin" proposal: "It (Fedcoin) reintroduces one central point of control to the monetary system by granting a central bank the ability to set the supply of tokens on a Fedcoin blockchain."

In other words: "Hey guys, you know that idea for making central banks obsolete by taking the money creation power completely out of their hands and bypassing all intermediaries in the banking system? Well, this is exactly like that, except we're going to put all the power over this system in the hands of the central bank." Sadly, few in the public will even be able to see the blatant contradiction.

And, given that this is now being portrayed as some sort of monetary arms race with those dastardly chinese and their proposed digital yuan, you can bet that a good portion of the public will embrace this new currency with open arms.

As researcher Steven Guinness has been meticulously documenting at his blog over the last several months, this introduction of central bank digital currencies in England and elsewhere is being fast-tracked by the Bank for International Settlements on the back of the World Economic Forum's "Great Reset" agenda and is slated to be ready by 2025. The current scamdemic pandemonium only further helps to prepare the public to get ready to trade in their filthy, virus-laden cash for healthy virtual Fedcoins.

But still, this may just seem like a technological upgrade to our payment systems. People increasingly pay with cards or payment apps anyway, so what difference does it make if we eliminate cash altogether?

I have done a lot of work on the cashless society over the years, but it's one of those concepts that is so large and so difficult to envision in its entirety that it's worth revisiting here. To get a sense of how the cashless society is not about payment convenience but about control over every aspect of your lives, watch this short video that the ACLU put out a decade and a half ago:

This video wasn't even meant to warn about the cashless society. The hapless victim of this pizza transaction ends up being forced to pay in cash because his credit card is maxed out. But nonetheless, this is the vision of the cashless society in a nutshell. In the cashless society, your entire payment history and all of the information that is tied into that history will be plainly visible to those who have access to it. And if the government issues a decree about what you are or are not able to purchase, that decree will be enforced at the point of sale. At that point, freedom will only be found in the counter-economy.

If you want to get a handle on what such a future will look like, imagine the following scenario:

You are out for a walk late at night. You come to a red light, but there is no one around. You hesitate a moment, double-check that there is really no one in sight and then dash across the intersection. In the two seconds it takes you to cross the road, a large LED screen above the street lights up with your picture and your name. Two seconds after that you feel a buzz in your pocket. Taking out your phone you find a message from your bank informing you that you have been fined for jaywalking and that your social credit score has been reduced.

The next day, you find yourself at the airport, preparing to board a flight to visit your family on the other side of the country. When you go to check in you receive a message that your social credit score is too low and you will not be allowed to board the plane. Enraged, you curse the airline, the government's social credit system, its jaywalking laws, and even the government itself.

Unbeknownst to you, someone has recorded your outburst and uploads it to social media, where you are quickly identified. The police come to your home the next day and take you downtown where you are shackled in a chair and made to recant your statements about the government.

Sound like something out of a dystopian sci-fi novel? Well, it's not. It's just a mundane portrayal of everyday life in current day China.

Facial recognition deployed to monitor the streets and automatically issue fines for jaywalking and other minor infractions? Check.

Social credit scores tied in to your ability to board public transportation or access government services? Check.

Police hauling people in for angrily ranting about the government and shackling them until they recant? Check.

The cashless society is about so much more than just how we pay for things at the store. Tied into a system of persistent technological surveillance, it represents the ultimate control over our lives. Can there be any doubt as to why the World Economic Forum and the Bank for International Settlements are working in concert with the central banks of the world and organizations like the Bill Gates-co-founded Better Than Cash Alliance to pave the way for this nightmare to become a reality?

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We must fight to not go cashless.

Saw a sign at the A&W (fast food) drive in today, when I was out with my brother.

"We still accept cash, but feel that not using it will be better for all of us."

BARF!

It's just to flatten the curve
It's just so we don't overwhelm the healthcare system
It's just 2 weeks
It's just to keep us safe
Just put on the mask
:(

Just pay cash
Just give up the smartphone
Just say NO to a vaccine

I've seen a lot of these ad hoc printed sheets asking people to use credit.

This will push a segment of people who think outside the box to expand bartering. Of course I'm sure they will seek to criminalize it more than they have already.

I mean, I already use cash for grocery shopping (mostly out of habit), but I'm not sure it's going to make any difference.

When cash is outlawed, not even outlaws will accept cash.

It becomes increasingly difficult for me to lament the coming tribulations, not despite the horrific toll they will exact on humanity, but because the cost will be largely borne by people that have not undertaken (or cannot) to understand the cost to them and us of the benefits to our overlords.

It's difficult for me to counter my arrogance, conceit, and despite for them that foolishly rush in to the slaughterhouse corral I am loathe to even contemplate, much less occupy.

The cautionary description of life in the coming cashless society is of critical import, and I am confounded that most people, almost certainly those that most need to know and protect themselves, their families, and communities, will never even see it. Their first exposure to the very idea that such institutional controls will be possible will be when they are applied to them.

It's hard to be optimistic about the prospects of folks as arrogant and conceited as myself, who are further burdened by trust in their overlords. I can at least count on my paranoia to produce maximal avoidance of exposure to seductive propaganda, which will reduce my exposure to the consequences of performing the recommended social actions.

For those that are blessed by reading that factual exposition of the consequences of technocratic tyranny, only the most incapable of reason could fail to grasp the harm it would do them and their society, even if they fail to grasp that harm - and the control it gives them - the most useful benefit overlords seek from it.

I reckon you have met the highest standard of achieving public good by producing an exposition of such simplicity and clarity that almost everyone can understand it, and could verify it with ease to a high degree of certainty. Indeed, given the looming prospect of those exact consequences, publishing fair warning today is comparable to covering a grenade landing in the middle of your platoon in WWII with your body to save your fellows.

Now that technocrats are forcing DNA alteration by government mandate, any arrest will certainly result in being genetically altered, which I cannot refute is capable of legally, as well as physiologically, ending your human life just as surely as a knee to the neck.

Thanks for being that kind of hero James.

Here's a question for you: if a voter becomes Bill Gates private property, does that avail Bill Gates of the vote his property was accorded?

Revelation 13: 16-17
Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name.
Also it causes all, both small and great, both rich and poor, both free and slave, to be marked on the right hand or the forehead, so that no one can buy or sell unless he has the mark, that is, the name of the beast or the number of its name.

It's coming.... seek Jesus the only hope out of this mess

I am struck by the recommendations Jesus made, both in the words he spoke and by the life he led. He invested in the community of people, and his parables recommended that as well.

When the government knocks on doors to forcibly inject subjects with DNA alterations, and prevents people who remain genetically unaltered from transacting, it is the goodwill of our fellows alone that will avail us who refuse to be marked access to goods and services we do not make ourselves.

Accordingly, I'm a big fan of Jesus because his life's work was revealing how to survive this technocratic tyranny: make goodwill your currency and then seek wealth in that coin.

He said 'Take up your cross and follow me.' The only meaningful recommendation I can interpret from those words is to emulate his actions so we can '...do [what he did] and greater things...'

He certainly never told people to pray to him, but fed people, healed them, and improved their lives with his counsel. If you do that, I will account you as having 'sought' Jesus successfully. Your works will reveal your faith.

His did.

Very well said, if we all used Jesus as an example and emulated his actions the world wouldn't be in this mess, It is a tricky one about praying to him though, he does say ask anything in my name and I will give it

John 14:13 and 14
(13) And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.
(14) You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it

And when asked by people to see God he says to them you are looking at him I and the father are one..

https://biblereasons.com/jesus-is-god/

You are right about your works revealing your faith I totally agree, we are not saved through our works but faith in Jesus and those works should come natuarrly through that faith,

Thanks for your comments bro, we got to stick together and seek to to emulate Him and show all people love in these crazy times we are living in

While this is definitely a possibility (and no doubt one of TPTB's goals) I think it is easy to underestimate the resistance that would arise when actually implementing such a change in Europe, USA or other "democratic" countries. Just like we are starting to see large scale demonstrations in these countries against corona restrictions (e.g., Berlin and London yesterday), demonstrations against implementing a cashless society would be tremendous (obviously I don't really know; this reasoning rather stems from personal experience and from reading newspaper articles about this topic). A comparison with e.g. China, in my opinion, is therefore difficult as its socio-historical culture is much more amenable for implementing such changes.

We've gone from gold as the only money allowed, to gold heavily suppressed and manipulated with worthless fiat being printed by the trillions - 99.99% of the way to a cashless society - and nobody has raised an eyebrow, let alone a protest sign. The whole "sleeping giant will awake" thing has been proved false. Liberty has been lost and nobody bothered to fight for it.

I suggest reviewing the recent history of India, where cash has been replaced with biometric identity and digital money.

Then consider the prospect of biometric data being hacked. If your pin is hacked, you can replace it. Once your biometric data is hacked, you are fucked for life.

I find it relevant that Indians recently protested the lack of onions far more than they did conversion to digital money. It reveals that money is not wealth and people innately know this. Onions are wealth. Money is merely the mechanism for exchanging wealth, and as long as it functions for that purpose other details of it matter little - except that the added functionality of digital money is precisely that it's functionality can be selectively disabled.

Steem is the model for digital fiat IRL. While we generally haven't critically discussed Hive as an experimental model of a counter to global imposition of digital fiat, we should. I have always maintained that money is only useful as long as possession and use are securely controlled by the bearer. Because Hive is only accessible through ISPs which are owned and controlled by investors, Hive is not secure.

Goats or beaver pelts are more secure than Hive in that respect, and that is something that investors necessarily reckon in their due diligence.

cashless society will become a reality sooner than we think and despite our opposition.

Yes, and I think when they're ready to do it, it will happen all at once, without warning, and without going back. Like in Canada when the penny was killed in 2012. One day they made the announcement, and the next day you couldn't find any pennies anywhere, not in cash registers, not from the bank, nothing. Within a few months none existed except in coin collections. I was shocked how sudden it was, and I'm certain it was done that way on purpose. When they're certain enough of us will acquiesce to a cashless world, they'll snap their fingers and it'll be in place within days.

"it will happen all at once, without warning"
+1 for this

and it's sad how a handful of old elite billionaires call the shots on the future of the larger population.

Yep it's pretty scary how all of this command-and-control is built on how much control that communist China already wields over its population

And after all that comes the Biblical "Mark of the Beast",
Where You cannot buy or sell....

The urge to control is one of humanity's greates source of power and weakness in the same time. The thirst for control can corrupt the mind. And corrupted minds can corrupt societies. Indeed a troubling thing to observe from a behavioral perspective.