Why are several English-speaking countries trying to set up impossible situations to deliberately shame their poor people?

I am thinking of the epidemic of poor shaming in countries like the UK and Australia (and the US is no stranger to this, although here it often seem racialized, witness "driving while black", etc. ) Although its directed especially at the poor, as we move toward a job-sparse society, its poverty that is being newly stigmatized, not race.

I am collecting  links to stories that seem tobest illustrate the phenomenon under a number of tags, depending on the type of harassment. The tags include "Digital poorhouse", "robodebt"  etc. These efforts seem to me to be attempts top use "us vs. them" propaganda techniques to falsely convince people that they are not in line for harssment, that its only "other" people less fortunate than them who will be harassed, with the goal being to keep people buying useless junk, until they actually get the pink notice or similar. Because what is really happening is a shift of our society from one where most people work to one where most jobs are automated and the vast majority of people are impoverished while a tiny group of very rich receive all the benefits of an increasingly automated economy with most people excluded by various means (cashless technology will exclude many) Usurious fees and fines will nickel and dime the poor, and provide free money for the rich.  and most importantly,endless fees, penalties and fines, will keep the generationally poor from being able to break out of poverty.) Offshoring of jobs will prevent healthy families and stable employment, instead funneling jobs to the children of other wealthy people, all around the globe. Meanwhile GATS and Member governments attempt to dismantle the few existing ladders out of poverty, in particularly FTAs are attacking open source (free) software.

Free software is high quality, and a gift tio everybody. Prices of computing hardware are declining exponentially, with computing power available for any given price doubling approximately every 18 months. (this is known as Moore's Law)

Virtually all the educated in the Least Equal Countries are wealthy people. because of their (GATS-compliant) lack of free public higher education. 

Harassment of the poor is what Saskia Sassen is talking about when she discusses the large scale expulsions of a great many groups from society as a effect of neoliberalism.

This problem is getting worse and worse, especially for young people who can sense they are being deprived, but forever optimistic they try to make the best future they can.

Unfortunately they lack the resources to get the educations and other skills they need. One possible exception is in computing, especially now with new developments like the $35 Raspberry Pi credit-card sized Linux computer (the same OS NASA uses) its  awesome ecosystem and a substantial body of professionally made materials for learning computer science, and thousands of Linux software applications, all free. .

Before the flood of outsourcing and offshoring, in the US, computing until recently provided a road out of poverty for many. However most people remained undegreed, self-taught, which puts them at a spectacularly unjust disadvantage.

The GATS system elevates formal degrees, not caring what schools they are from or what the likelihood of them being adequate gauges of knowledge. (In some regions of the world, fraud, specifically paying for diplomas, is endemic)

GATS Article 1.4 requires universal global recognition of professional qualifications, specifically formal credentials from colleges and universities. GATS rules stand in the way and are systematically dismantling virtually all government activities that otherwise mightmake it possible for people to find a ladder to success. GATS limits expansion of pre-1995 public services and requires their elimination or reduction in scope if they are touched.  The problem particularly afflicts public education. GATS and TISA pose an existential threat to public services of all kinds, as they almost celebrate inequality. "trade distorting" subsidies are those that help the poor - providing value that the trade deals claim devalue commercial products. If a government service provides a like service the government can be sued in a trade tribunal. Therefore, if a government were to by some action, reduce the number of bank foreclosures or loans, a form of profit banks are deemed entitled to, it might be sued by a country whose banks felt their investment in the country was being devalued.  All post-1998 financial services regulations, including the ACA regulations added in 2010 on health insurance in the US,  are under a cloud because of the "standstill' in the Understanding on Commitments in Financial services. If a suit is brought in the WTO, the changes which allowed people with pre-existing conditions to buy (expensive) nongroup heath insurance will most likely be rolled back because they violate GATS rules also MFN exceptions ae only supposed to be sustained for a maximum of ten years. . Download a nicely formatted PDF copy of the entire GATS here.

Creation of Caste System to favor rich around the world?

Much of what is happening in Western society is strangely reminiscent of events and trends in recent North Korean society, particularly their songbun caste system.  People who find themselves relegated to the low songbun status can basically do no right. They are stuck in this low caste apartheid system for their entire lives.  Similarly, in India, for thousands of years the caste system has condemmed millions of people to only be able to do menial professions, while the good jobs are funneled to others, The top group,"Brahmin" sometimes maintain they cannot do menial labor, "because their religion prohibits it".

The PRC also has something similar in their rating system, its a form of social control, they are attempting to get people to act constructively and exclude people who do not socially. But such systems are guaranteed to overreach in socially unfair and destructive ways.

However, corporations are given a free pass to act arbitrarily  with no appeal possible in the US under the excuse of profitability.

The rush to automate everything (to save labor costs) guarantees that thie is going to get much much worse quickly.And the mechanisms by which these decisions are made is becoming more opaque.

This is why digital companies are collecting so much information on people. For example, as GATS requires we return to the health insurance regulation status quo in 1998, many people will not be able to afford adequate insurance under the old system which declares thousands of medical conditions grounds for refusal of coverage. This is understandable as health insurers are looking for the (most profitable) healthy wealthy. since they are in business to make a profit. Insuring the already sick is not profitable enough for them.

Because of GATS they don't have to endure new post 1998 regulation, it is time limited. This is why the Affordable Care Act is deemed unsustainable due to GATS. (in addition to the profit motive, which makes guaranteed issue more expensive)  The freeze on the financial services regulation, for WTO purposes became effective (the standstill date, is Feb 26, 1998.) Post 1998 regulations are subject to roll-back. if challenged in a WTO dispute. Which could be brought by a foreign country seeking to enter the market. This is highly likely to happen if the US loses the DS503, challenge by India, because there would no longer be a numerical quota on foreign guest workers, tens of millions of high skill jobs in GATS committed sectors, would shift to them. This has already begun in the IT field, with predictable results. Alan Blinder, the Princeton economist estimates the numbers as likely in the tens of millions. We could lose as many as 41% of our better jobs, studies have predicted.

in this age of highly mobile capital, a claim that investment would bring more money somewhere else may be true, but that should not condemn socially responsible businesses to failure. . This is a problem all public companies are grappling with, these pressures to make impossibly high profits, driven by the US military presence enforcing the investors interests, and reventing democracy from bringing about much needed social change throughout the world. This regime promotes inequality, in the name of high profits. US corporate interests and so called global economic governance organizations are making some business adopt what most of us would see as bad practices in order to please Wall Street.

But such a system is almost guaranteed to be highly arbitrary and unfair.