CBDC Preview

  • November 4, 2023

Readers of this column witnessed – because I posted video of it – the difficulty I had recently attempting to put charge into an EV. The same problem I have encountered in the past when attempting to charge an EV – at a public “fast” charger. (I always use the air-fingers quote marks when using “fast” in the EV context, to point out the Orwellian use of a word to describe the opposite of what it used to mean.)

The problem isn’t the “pumps.”

Well, not exclusively.

It’s with the payment they’ll accept.

Nominally, these EV “fast” chargers allow the supplicant to buy electricity using a credit card. But I have discovered – by trying to pay for it with a credit card – that many of these “fast” chargers won’t accept a credit card. Not unless you’ve signed in with the company that owns the “fast” charger. Or – what they really want you to do – downloaded their “app” (cloying Millennial-era infantile abbreviation, because it’s too much trouble – and too adult – to say application) onto your phone so that they can keep track of you.

Charging you for the charge is almost incidental.

None of these “fast” chargers accept cash, either – at least, none that I have ever had to deal with. They are 100 percent electronic transaction. Which means they are 100 percent not-anonymous.

Every charge you make – and every rule you break – they’ll be watching you.

Of course, it’s much more than just that. Ultimately, the point is controlling you. This is what EVs are fundamentally all about. The vehicle is as incidental as using the smartphone to make calls.

Smart people have caught on to this.

The use of these devices is how they’ll meter transportation via the charge you’re allowed to buy. Which you’ll only be able to do electronically. If you haven’t been a good boy or girl – as defined by how obedient you are – then (cuing up the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld) no charge for you.

One of the great liberties afforded by gasoline (and diesel) is that it’s hard to prevent you from buying it. And the government doesn’t knows you’ve bought it. Or how much you’ve used. At least, not if you paid cash for it. This includes the motor fuels excise tax, which is the one tax that isn’t really in that it’s (a) entirely voluntary and (b) there is no way for the government to know how much you’ve paid or even if you’ve paid at all.

But when you pay electronically they know – and so, have the power to prevent you from buying. In other words, the power control what you’re allowed to buy.

This is why the push for electronic transactions. More finely, for electronic-only transactions.

There is no legitimate reason why these EV “fast” chargers lack a slot that accepts cash. You can still use cash at self-checkout kiosks at supermarkets and so on (although it’s abundantly clear they are using these to condition people to paying electronically, by regularly not accepting cash, even though the machine is capable of accepting it).

But there is a reason.

It is that they want to eliminate the use of cash to pay for fuel – so that they can control how much fuel you’re allowed to buy (and so, use).

In order to impose conditions of use.

The absence of any way to pay cash serves notice as to their intentions – as regards EVs. They are the vehicles for ushering in a cashless future. Like the smartphones they emulate, EVs are all about knowing what you’re doing – by keeping you plugged in. And just as it is getting harder and harder to buy things without using a smartphone, it has already become almost-impossible to buy fuel for an EV without using a smartphone with the “app” installed.

Even if you aren’t using cash – as I wasn’t.

A credit card can be charged – but it’s not necessarily on your phone – and you don’t have to have a phone (yet) in order to have (or use) a credit card. Put another way: You should be able  (hypothetically) to fuel up an EV – that is, charge it up at a commercial “fast” charger – without having to have or use a smartphone.

The kiosk (and so the corporation and so the government, which have become functionally interchangeable synonyms for the same oppressive machine) would of course still know you bought “x” amount of fuel (electricity)

But that’s all the machine would know.

It would be harder to know what you did with what you just bought. Yes, of course – the EV knows (and could tell) but it wouldn’t be as vertically integrated. And there are no doubt ways to prevent the EV from telling on you. But it is much, much easier to control you when everything you’re allowed to do must be done via an “app” that’s connected to their QR code mechanisms for controlling you.

Think of EV “fast” chargers as a glimpse into the CBDC future they have in mind for us. “They” being the people behind the masking.

They know no more cash – and just the app – means no more liberty because if people aren’t free to buy without having to beg implicit permission from an implacable machine that has the power to prevent them from buying if they don’t have the machine’s approval, then they haven’t got any liberty.

All  they’ve got is what they’re allowed.

And there’s an app for that.

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