We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Having traveled to China a dozen times, as I am married to a Chinese woman, I can tell you this social credit score is absolutely frightening. It is an intentional forced stratification of society. The CCP is simultaneously creating a class of uber-priviliged elite (and they are above the law) and a sub-class of undesireables (seen as beneath contempt), based mostly on one's political persuasions.
Virtually every aspect of human endeavor is monitored and controlled.
Dissent is not tolerated. Very creepy.
The West had better wake up fast! Communists are not our friend. Communism is not just a beniegn difference in political thought. It is a blood-thirsty lust for power and
control....of every thing and every one.
And it won't be long before we see the exact same in the west.
In fact, with many companies and government agencies already using peoples' social media profiles for determining whether to hire someone or not, and demanding police background checks on not just criminal records but "social acceptability", literally termed "declarations of good behaviour" here in the Netherlands, you could say that we're already there and have been for some years now (these declarations, which used to be a rarity required only for high profile jobs in education and things like that are now required for everything, I even needed to provide one for doing volunteer work cleaning dog kennels at the local animal shelter...).
The Chinese are no more communist than I am. They haven't been for quite some time now.
Sure, the outward trappings are still there but the People's Republic of China has now become a corporate state (imagine if any country in the West were operated as if it were a single huge corporation).
If anything, this tends to make China seem, er, fascist.
Also, China is just doing what every country does (or should do): putting its own national interests first.