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You’ve heard the term “smart city” used over and over again. It’s a new “buzzword” for the left, who are pushing a new way of living that includes social credits, carbon credits, mandatory sustainability, and loads of big brother watching and monitoring every little move you make and every item you consume.

Truth be told, there is a lot of left-wing propaganda out there surrounding smart cities; talking about what a wonderful gum-drop fairytale utopia they are.

But is that really true or is there more to the story?

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The best way to address that question is to start off by defining what a “smart city” actually is.

Unfortunately, there’s not one “definition” of a smart city, but essentially the left describes them this way:

“smart city uses information and communication technology (ICT) to improve operational efficiency, share information with the public and provide a better quality of government service and citizen welfare.”

And going even deeper into what a “smart city” is, we look at what Stephen Goldsmith (former Deputy Mayor of New York City) says in an article in Datasmart (A Harvard University Publication).

Goldsmith says a city should be considered smart based on how well it meets the following ten traits.
1. Uses data to deliver city services based on where and when they can do the most good.
2. Creates digital platforms that allow it to use IoT data to improve the way it builds, maintains and uses physical infrastructure.
3. Makes public employees smarter in their work.
4. Enhances the way it listens to and involves the public.
5. Uses digital tools to operate more equitably.
6. Addresses sustainability and resiliency.
7. Protects privacy, security and transparency.
8. Acts in real time.
9. Focuses on its residents.
10. Adopts a new culture and organization.

All of that might sound great to folks who enjoy bing monitored and regulated, but it’s definitely not everybody’s cup of tea.

And that’s where the conflict starts.

Many on the right call smart cities a dystopian “big bother” hellhole that will be used to monitor and control citizens, implement the Great Reset, and bring the left’s radical green agenda to life. In a perfect world, the truth about these cities would lie somewhere in the middle of both descriptions, but sadly, we’re far from perfect.

There’s a lot of growing debate online about smart cities, especially on TikTok.

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That’s gonna be a HARD pass for me ✋🏼 #smartcities #smartcity #dystopia #dystopian #future #creepy

♬ Suspense, horror, piano and music box – takaya

And the consensus from people watching these types of videos is that these “Smart Cities” are giving off a “Hunger Games” vibe.

As we speak, there are many smart city projects around the world. Including one being marked for a spot in the US desert called, “Telosa.” Telosa is the brainchild of former and founder and billionaire Marc Lore. Mark’s goal is to have 50,000 people living in Telosa by 2030, with plans of growing to a population of 5 million over time. The kicker is that Telosa will be built on a system called “Equitism.”

What the heck is “Equitism”, you’re probably wondering?

Well, it’s a creepy mashup of capitalism and equality. Gee, what could go wrong, right?

Lore wants to create a city that’s diverse, clean, safe, sustainable and offers all the social services your money can buy. However, what Mark artfully points out is that Telosa isn’t just some “hip” place where you can consider living. According to him, it’s a “test” model for the rest of society.

Of course it is…

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In other words, Telosa is coming to a town near you, like it or not.

Here’s more:

And not to be outdone, Bill Gates is also planning to build a 2,800-acre “smart city” in Arizona, just outside of Phoenix.

Is this what he’s planning to do with all that US farm land he purchased?

There’s a lot of big bucks and big egos involved in the creation of these big brother cities. If you think this is just a passing fad, think again.


The Smart City Expo World Congress was held in Barcelona, Spain and will be held there again in 2023. These are huge events that stretch over about three days. The 2022 Expo had over 20,000 in-person attendees and another almost 30,000 online attendees. It had over 800 exhibitors and over 400 speakers, and involved 134 countries from around the world (Smart City Expo).

It was supported by dozens of partners and sponsors that included some of the world’s largest companies such as Microsoft, Huawei, and Amazon and global organisations such as the World Economic Forum and World Bank (Smart City Expo). The magnitude of these events demonstrate the support smart city initiatives have from both Governments, international bodies, as well as the private sector (big business in particular).

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As you can imagine, China is far less focused on the “carbon footprint” and “sustainability” aspect of “smart cities.” They are approaching this more from a “tech” perspective, and as a way to better monitor people and all of their activities. The Chinese argue this is to improve efficiency, others claim it’s just a tool to invade on people’s privacy and will be used and abused in ways we can’t even imagine.

But there’s more…

Next up, we have the dreaded “15-Minute City”. What is a “15-Minute City?”


The 15-minute city is a type of smaller more condensed smart city.

It is an urban and residential area where people only need to travel short distances – by walking or biking – to reach their final destination.

A City in Dubai called “Expo City” is a “15-Minute City.”

The goal of the 15-Minute City is to make it so people can complete their daily life tasks, like working out, going to the doctors, shopping, schools, etc., without traveling more than 15 minutes. These are pedestrian-only cities, with no plastic, very strict and specific green buildings, and lots of “censors” to keep an eye on everything you’re doing and consuming.

“Expo City” opened in 2022:

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But the talk of “15-Minute Cities” has sparked a lot of chatter and conspiracies about what they’ll really be used for.

Many people believe “15-Minute Cities” and “Carbon Credits” will go hand-in-hand to create a dystopian nightmare that’ll make the COVID lockdowns look like a “freedom walk” in the park.

And speaking of carbon credits and social credit scores, the Australian government is already giving their citizens a sneak peek into this dystopian lifestyle:

However, if you look online, these futuristic cities are being promoted as if they’re the most perfect utopia on earth, with hardly any visible criticism or alternative discussions available about what can actually go wrong with this concept.


Smart cities are being discussed and planned all over the world. The sources that provide information about the smart cities, technology, and future developments are also promoting them as positive. They have claimed the intentions for these cities are to improve efficiency, reduce pollution, increase connectivity, and increase safety. There is no discussions about the negative impacts. There is no discussion about the potential of failure and what this failure would mean.

Smart city solutions are being initiated by Governments and global organisations and being developed with the support of private companies. Governments are the direct customers for private sector initiatives. Therefore, the private sector aims to please the Governments with the products and services they provide. If there is failure in the solutions desired by Governments, there will automatically be failure in whatever the private sector produces. Their goal is to please their customers and not to correct them as they have no incentive to do so

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Are you familiar with the meme that says you’ll live in a pod, you’ll own nothing, you’ll eat bugs, and you’ll be happy?

Well, these “smart cities” have the potential to make that meme a reality for many.


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