"If you can move all people into a digital concentration camp, empty their bank account at any time, and tell them what they can and can't spend money on, you're in complete control." – Catherine Austin Fitts
Imagine that you are about to buy food for the family. You try to pay with your card, but it's declined. Please try again. The staff assures you that the machine is working and you know that there is money in your account. What's going on?
The government has decided that you are not eligible to buy the things in your basket. Maybe you already bought too much meat this month. Or maybe the comment you made on the monitored social media was not the kind of thing a good government-approved citizen should say. Aside from the embarrassment of having to return your groceries under the disapproving gaze of customers behind you, you now have nothing to feed your family with.