Venezuela is rolling out a new, smart-card ID known as the "carnet de la patria," or "fatherland card," manufactured by Chinese telecom giant ZTE Corp.
The ID transmits data about cardholders to government computer servers, and is increasingly linked to subsidized food, health, and other social programs most Venezuelans rely on to survive. The fatherland card, critics argue, illustrates how China, through state-linked companies like ZTE, exports technological know-how that can help like-minded governments track, reward, and punish citizens. As part of a $70 million government effort to bolster "national security," Venezuela last year hired ZTE to build a fatherland database and create a mobile payment system for use with the card, according to contracts reviewed by Reuters.
A team of ZTE employees is now embedded in a special unit within Cantv, the Venezuelan state telecommunications company that manages the database, according to four current and former Cantv employees. The database, according to employees of the card system and screenshots of user data reviewed by Reuters, stores such details as birthdays, family information, employment and income, property owned, medical history, state benefits received, presence on social media, membership of a political party, and whether a person voted.
The company this year paid $1 billion to settle with the US Commerce Department, one of various penalties after ZTE shipped telecommunications equipment to Iran and North Korea, violating US sanctions and export laws. The Commerce action was sparked by a 2012 Reuters report that ZTE sold Iran a surveillance system, which included US components, to spy on telecommunications by its citizens. Benito Urrea, a 76-year-old diabetic, told Reuters a state doctor recently denied him an insulin prescription and called him "right wing" because he hasn't enrolled. "It was an attempt to control me via my needs," Urrea said in his Caracas apartment. Reuters was unable to contact the doctor.
Note: "carnet de la patria," or "fatherland card,"
"Patria" doesn't translate to "fatherland" and doesn't have that connotation. It stems from that in Latin, but now It just means "nation". You wouldn't be able to make constructions such as "madre patria" ("mother nation") as it would make no sense if "patria" meant "fatherland".
Whoever wrote that is jewish or a leftist dumbfuck.
Now let's talk about this:
Moving from money to social credit scores. The new control system?
The reward is playing the game (of regular market capitalism) in the first place. If you are a degenerate element (as defined by Glorious Party of Worker's Liberation), then you get no capital access (banking, credit, etc.), no chances to increase your human potential (schooling, certification for trades), and no entrepeneurship (no business license, earnings under the table illegal or impossible).
Meanwhile, if you are a proud member of Glorious Party of Worker's Liberation, your reward is to play market capitalism with all its risks (which you bear yourself) and rewards (rewards which will be taxed or appropriated for the glory of our nation, of course).
We are seeing a similar move to marginalise undesirables in Western nations although with a window dressing of 'capitalism', currently through payment processing. If you are a degenerate element in a Free Western Nation, you can still work and be productive so that you can be taxed. However, using your capital to support those who would oppose the status quo will be made difficult or impossible.
If Uncle Adolf had set up a goFundMe or indieGoGo, he would raise lots of money. Having an undesirable with access to capital from the masses is too dangerous. In fact, it's so dangerous that even ad revenue sharing is dropping like a rock. It makes money even if you are controversial. But if you give a cent to those controversial figures, you immediately receive threats of locking your company/product/etc. out of the market by branding you a racist/nazi/etc. for giving capital to undesirables.