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I truly hope you are way wrong, Leon. Just the thought of this BS makes me cringe inside as a parent. Makes me ask, "What have I done, having three adult daughters?!" Thank you both for staying ahead of all this.

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I've never wanted more to be wrong about something in my life.

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Apr 24, 2022·edited Apr 24, 2022

I don’t think that’s true. I live in China, I have Chinese friends. I’ve never seen anything like that. Their credit system is similar to what western countries have had for a while. Like the things banks check before giving a loan, or landlords before leasing an apartment. No one tracks what you buy, or how long you play video games. My gf literally plays all day long sometimes. No one cares. And you definitely are not ranked if anything. The only thing I know that is different is you can get banned from using high speed train for a certain amount of time for smoking on the train when it’s forbidden. But it’s not that different from getting banned from driving when you broke some rules

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As early as 2018, China was banning upwards of 20 million people a year from buying plane and train tickets due to their social credit scores. China actively today tracks video games use, and limits users. And yes, it does limit people's purchases, and tracks what citizens buy. Just a few articles (among hundreds online) about these subjects:

https://www.theverge.com/2019/3/1/18246297/china-transportation-people-banned-poor-social-credit-planes-trains-2018

https://www.nytimes.com/2021/08/30/business/media/china-online-games.html

https://www.businessinsider.com/china-social-credit-system-punishments-and-rewards-explained-2018-4?r=US&IR=T

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Ah, nytimes, business insider, these aren’t really credible sources on China

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I am very familiar with the proposed narrative Leon is sharing. However I also sense there is more (or less) to it and it’s driving a lot of fear frenzy. After living in Mx the last few months watching northerners flock to try to purchase up what they can (I was actually quite turned off, I suspect there will be push back from locals when it goes too far)… it is good to hear that perhaps we are putting too many of our attention eggs in the same basket.

And should it be so…. There is no where to run.

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Except Google here in America. And Facebook. And dozens of infectious cookies one picks up with every new website visited. People who insist on living with every tool Google makes are complete idiots. Big-Tech knows most everything about us, and there is legislation in the House and Senate supported by Sen. Lindsey Graham and John Kennedy of Louisiana that would make it easier for social media companies to be in a bigger bed with the media moguls. Murdoch is involved in all of this, too. The news report I heard said this was something CNN is pushing for, too. After the doxxing of @LibsofTikTok's anonymous user this last week, by Taylor Lorenz at The Washington Post, the last thing we need is for the news media, big tech, the political elite, and the rich elite to be in a legal bed with each other. Never forget, Absolute power corrupts absolutely. The Chinese, let alone that fascist freak in Canada, his fascist freak financial woman, and the corrupt politicians in our own government are something all of us should be concerned with, whether what's happening is visible or not.

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I’m more scared of big companies then governments

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Thanks for this. I will leave this planet with a disabled son who is nonverbal, and intellectually challenged. Its absolutely frightening. Imagine I can't even find a legal.guardian for him when I go. It will be the State. Switzerland. Which is one of the last semi democratic nations left in the west (yet they harbour evil WEF and infiltrated WHO..) just be aware that no matter how great a current government is (like El Salvador now), it can change with the flick of the wind once that government mat be replaced by a tyrannical leader. No place is 100 safe, but it buys time and allows for new backups. Therefore the importance of financial freedom for which you guys are champions. 💗👌🌠

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omg I was on a flight from Byron to Melbourne, reading Red Zone and a chapter came up about where the old ideas China has revisited first came from. I put the book down and opened your email. I was shocked to see that same ideas coming to play. I’m worried about our world. I believe mankind is inheritantly good and you don’t need religion to be kind, generous, compassionate people. Greed needs to stop being acceptable as something to be admired. This is the evil not human beings.

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Loved this and I am so happy I’ve happened upon the two of you. You guys are living out things I wish I knew years ago.

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I don't think there will be any "free" country left if the International Treaty on Pandemic Prevention and Preparedness becomes law. So even if a country like El Salvador doesn't adopt tyranny as their means of Governance now. They will be fined and sactioned into doing so later on.

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Clever bit of writing, as always. Feeling a bit unbelievable but remember having the same disbelief when my son introduced me to crypto currency near on a decade ago.

Anyway, Enjoying your messages. Keep ‘em coming.

Só, separately, I’ve tried accessing your paid subscription link in your newsletter but it just ends up in my Substack acct with no info on paid subscriptions. What am I missing?

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Thank you Leon for your thought provoking insight yet again. I always look forward to your articles. These next 10 years will indeed be far more difficult on many levels.

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I am afraid I have to agree with all you say. However, maybe the only glimmer of light I can see is that much of this will begin to fail when the Billionaires fight among themselves for there own freedom from regulations, policing etc, arising from the Autocratic governments becoming too powerful in their own right etc. I can’t help feeling that if you find your perfect place to live it’ll very soon become full of billionaires yachts , drug barons and the like. C’est la vie

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