On Friday, Florida Governor Ron DeSantis signed legislation that will ban Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) in Florida after referencing ‘Big Brother’ in 1984, saying that it would allow the government to extensively track Americans purchases.

The Central Bank has been attempting to come up with a government-approved alternative to cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum as bitcoin transactions are difficult to trace and allow people to evade taxes.

DeSantis voiced concerns that the currency could be used as a method of social control and to implement controversial agendas, limiting how much gasoline people can buy or if they can purchase a firearm.

DeSantis further warned that the money’s use could be tied to a so-called ‘social credit score’, like what is used in China to coerce people in to what the Chinese Communist Party sees as ‘pro-social’ behaviors.

DeSantis and other Republican legislators have expressed similar concerns regarding credit card companies tracking firearm purchases, something multiple credit card companies have already indicated that they will do.

The bill further imposes fines on credit card companies for violating consumer protections on gun registries.

He has also restricted the use of Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) standards in the state, forbidding people who manage state pensions from investing in companies that use ESG factors.

Other countries, including the United Kingdom, have weighed rolling out a digital currency as well as the United States.

The Epoch Times Reports

After a flurry of bill-signing throughout the week, Florida Gov. Ron Desantis signed into law two more measures on May 12—one banning central bank digital currency (CBDC) in the state, and the other protecting the privacy of gun buyers.

Allowing centralized digital currency would give too much power to the federal government, DeSantis said at a press conference in Fort Myers. And credit card companies shouldn’t be able to flag transactions of gun retailers and purchasers, he said, before signing the two bills.

The Biden administration is considering the implementation of CBDC, which is much like cryptocurrency, but controlled by the Federal Reserve. Use of it would quickly lead to a “Big Brother” situation, with the government tracking Americans’ purchases, DeSantis warned.

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