The history of the "health dictatorship" has been abused throughout the pandemic, but in the case of the "green pass" we are talking about a real paroxysm. And one has to wonder why a simple application is generating all this tension.
The problem comes from the discovery of a fact: digital technologies are ubiquitous.
What does it mean?
Take for example double-row parking, a very popular sport that I know in Milan. The parking attendant does it with ease for a reason: he is convinced that as long as it remains a widespread habit, the relatively small number of police officers lowers the probability of being sanctioned.
In short, the belief has become widespread that if bad behavior is sufficiently widespread, the probability that individuals are really sanctioned becomes small.
Many, many were (and remain) convinced that by adhering en masse to a bad practice, the bad practice would become the new normal.
On the other hand, so far the possibility of "collective" punishment has been very limited, and an entity (such as the coronavirus) capable of really affecting millions of people, without worrying about their number, had never appeared on the horizon.
But in the culture of people who made their pigs comfortable, a digital tool had never really appeared that could be so ubiquitous as to verify everyone.
Imagine that from tomorrow ALL double-row parking is punished. Regardless of the number. You will say "hey, but there aren't enough traffic cops to be everywhere at the same time." True.
But on the other hand, a box that guards a road and sanctions double-row parking is feasible and cheap. What if the whole city was covered in these boxes, and the odds of getting a fine were 100%.
They would all speak of "big brother", even if the box was designed and programmed ONLY to prevent double-row parking. Rights and freedoms would be brought up, two names that for many are synonymous with “I make my pigs comfortable”.
Why is it important to say this? Because we are entering a digital world. But people still don't know what "digital" means. This word has two meanings that go against the usual "if we all suck, then suck will be the standard".
The first is quantitative. The idea "if we do it in many" from the point of view of a computer is simply ridiculous. 60 million records for a database are nothing, yet they are 100% of the people in Italy.
Few realize that a "digitization" of the public administration could easily punish, for some small violation, 70% of Italians, even every day, using very few IT resources. You wouldn't need a supercomputer.
With digitalization we must be ready for the accusation of “xyz dictatorship” on practically everything. Places where it is the norm to build the second illegal home will have to deal with photographic drones, automatic systems and digital land registry.
Roads can be monitored by drones (see the example of the double row) but especially the fiscal part would inevitably become more sophisticated.
The reason why the "green pass" is being targeted is that it is only possible thanks to a digital infrastructure. Without a centralized API server, in fact, a vaccination certificate would have been necessary, which public administrations would have sabotaged by issuing fifty types, and a false document issued in Caltanissetta would have been very difficult to verify in Cuneo.
The fact of having a centralized server and an easily accessible API (by scanning the QR Code) has solved the problem, but it has also terrified the usual lovers of comfortable pigs, always ready to wallow in the usual confusion created ad hoc.
Clearly, the fact that digitization will allow faster checks of practically everything will not appeal to lovers of comfortable swine: the electronic invoice was the big brother, the electronic land registry is the big brother, the electronic tax counter is the big brother … all things that have existed abroad for years, but the inexorability of digital systems still terrifies a nation that is not used to systems that are not “flexible with the right people”.
So get ready to hear about "health dictatorship" for a long time, but also about "fiscal dictatorship", "dictatorship of the land registry", "dictatorship of medical certificates" (for those absent from work), "dictatorship of gasoline vouchers" , and so on.
Let's take the quarantine period in Italy as another example. If I understand correctly, it had to self-certify where you were going, and only a certain sample of you would be subjected to scrutiny (or stalking).
Now let's imagine that an app like “Luca” was active in Italy. https://www.luca-app.de/app/ Luka does nothing but check your position because at your destination (supermarket, office, public place) a sheet with a qrcode is hung. You photograph the QR code, and the application knows where you are. To say, I have one in the office, so the few days I worked from there, I was tracked. It was in different places, like pharmacies. To enter you had to photograph the QR code with the application.
Now, with such a system, the self-certification "I go to the supermarket" would have been much easier to verify: at the supermarket there was the QRCode, and therefore you had to at least go there to photograph it. In Germany, since there was no lockdown like in Italy, it was only used for tracking, but you have to admit that many sly people who “went to the supermarket” would not have had an easy life.
This is the point: the party of comfortable pigs talks about dictatorship (and George Orwell is wrongly named) in every situation in which the state has the possibility of punishing bad behavior that was believed to be "normalized" because it was so widespread.
My personal opinion is that living in a place where there is digitalization is more comfortable: it was convenient, upon my arrival in Germany, to know that if I change my home address I do not have to communicate it to the bank or to others because they already know automatically.
On the other hand, however, it becomes uncomfortable when you try to be smart; and Germany is far from a complete digitalization: for this reason, the arrival of “Luca” and other mandatory apps had horrified many.
But I am convinced that not everyone knows what it means to "digitize" the country. I think for the majority of people these funds that are coming in for "digitization" mean, in one way or another, that there will be faster internet in homes. They did not understand, however, which consists of about a hundred digitization (and data exchange) projects in the PA, that the inevitable result is a greater and systematic capacity for control.
For example, sometimes it happens that the finance police catch an "invalid driving", but we should ask ourselves how many milliseconds it would take to catch them ALL by putting together the data from the automobile register, the ministry of transport and INPS, or by crossing the data with his payments (if buying skis is difficult).
I don't know which of these checks will be possible or will be done in the future, it is certain that some will be done; and then be ready to see millions of "hobby revolutionaries" starting to scream "dictatorship of something".
Because in the end, then, the point is this: very few have understood what the PA "digitization" plan contains, and very few have understood how many years are left, and very few have understood that with the current structure of the Recovery Fund, it will go 'in production seriously.
Well, I can tell you: it contains about ten "XZY dictatorships"
At least, from the point of view of the party of comfortable pigs.