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X “Failure to present The Card, even when there is no cause or provocation, will result in immediate incarceration and summary disposition. If The Card is not physically maintained within a fathom of The Chip, The Chip will transmit a warning signal to Headquarters and trigger an unwelcome visit.”
Z “I hear you. Coming to a country near you. Everyone is now familiar with a credit, a debit or an EBT card, so the transition will be unnoticed and unchallenged. All movement, travel, purchases and sales will be monitored at all times by The Chip implanted at birth without permission. Cash will be non-existent and free movement only a memory. A few rebels may barter surreptitiously, yet bartering will be more than a mere failure to report income and will also result in immediate summary disposition. Possession of any precious metals such as Fe, Pb, Au or Ag will be strictly prohibited and swiftly prosecuted.”
X “Plastic cards have encouraged excessive over-consumption to date, yet they could also be used to ration scarce resources in the future. Market the idea to the public with unrelenting fear. ‘We’ need to adopt the system to protect us from The Terrorists.”
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Bumper stickers of the week:
Today’s science fiction is tomorrow’s science fact.
Today’s science fiction is tomorrow’s political and economic fact.
Are your papers in order? Is your plastic in order?
When the big boys make a run on the bank and demand a repatriation of their gold, should the little guys make a run on the bank and demand a return of their fiat dollars?
Nous sommes Charlie? Is the concern freedom of expression for all or only for some?
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