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In theory cashless societies appear to be great, but fail in reality: a China case study





With the world’s most advanced and widespread digital payments infrastructure, cash is fast becoming a thing of the past in China. A  Foreign Policy report, however, shows a very different side of the supposed success story and tells a story of deep inequality with potentially global implications. The death of cash may not be the gift it is often presented as for the simple reason that a large proportion of the country’s population still depends on cash for their survival.

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The cashless society from an ethical point of view

The debate about the move towards a cashless society has been at the center of the scene for several years, now. Various angles have been taken by economists, politicians, banking institutions and sociologists. Beyond the technicalities of the debate, lies the question of freedom, of inter-citizen solidarity and of governmental responsibility. The debate cannot remain in the hands of financial specialists, it is first and foremost an ethical, political and societal issue.

The cashless society from an ethical point of view









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