Australia's Cashless debit card. is it courtesy of US mega-corporations too? The cashless push seems scary, with potential to create totalitarianistic prisons for the soul where poor people are considered potentially guilty of crime simply for being poor. Is this the future under neoliberalism?

On his web site, Norbert Haering.de Germaan economist and journalist Norbert Haering has been examining the push to make us cashless with a critical eye. Cashless Cities are designed to exclude and expel the poor from the glittering showcase Pyongyangs of the world, where people live in a Paradise and nobody speaks of rampant poverty. "Don't say no, or you'll have to go" as British musician Siouxsie Sioux once sang. not so different than in the real life, North Korea. the reluctant to spend risk exile by the Googles of the surveillance state. . Other Policies like clawback are designed to cause stress and perhaps change or manipulate emotional state. Multilateralism, the ideology we never voted for but get nomatter what we want, along with an ever-rising level of repressive policies Including tactics intended to get people to buy more. A humiliation of poor people whose self-esteem is already low.

Into the fray emerge questionable schemes to make peoples every act visible to the mega corporations. Where information can be harvested and sold outside of any real public oversight.

nocashlesss-debit_card_management.pngguiltypoorones.jpgSee Jane Kelsey on the financial services industry's claimed entitlement(!)  to sell and globalize poor people's private information. From Facebook campaign against the Indue Cashless Debit Card. See generally the Centrelink (robo debt fiasco) story

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