"Do you think what we did during COVID could usher in our version of a social credit system?" Panahi asked Peterson.
"Oh yes, definitely. That's highly probable," Peterson answered without hesitation.
Panahi, who now looked utterly terrified, went on to ask, "And that it will be accepted by many people because of that yearning for safety?"
"They won't even notice it. You can't believe how much people don't know," Peterson stated.
"People have no idea. It's like, 'Well, why not have a digital passport?' I mean, how convenient. And it's like, fair enough, you can understand that. Wouldn't it be nice if we could pay for everything with our phones? It's like, wouldn't it be nice if the central government — who is woke-oriented and makes carbon dioxide remediation the priority — knows exactly what you spend on everything so they can target you tax-wise with precision?" he added.
"You just cannot imagine how screwed you are. It's way worse than anything Kafka ever imagined, because at least with Kafka there were bureaucrats, faceless though they may have been, they're human. Once the machines can lock you out, oh, you are in such trouble. And we're speeding towards that with an immense lack of care."
"You see why it's important to be awake?" Dave commented after playing the clip.
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