Wednesday, December 23, 2020

#358 / The Great Reset?


Two days before Thanksgiving, Diana Johnstone wrote an article published online by Consortium News.  The article was a commentary on "Covid-19: The Great Reset," authored by two economists afiliated with the World Economic Forum. 

In their World Economic Forum treatise, "Covid-19: The Great Reset," economists Klaus Schwab and Thierry Malleret bring us the voice of would-be Global Governance.

That is how Johnstone begins her article, which is titled, "The Great Pretext … for Dystopia." Her article, in other words, as the title indicates, is intended to debunk the kind of "Great Reset" that is being touted by the World Economic Forum. Others are considerably more derogatory. One online posting was titled, "Klaus Schwab And His Great Fascist Reset." Look below for more along those lines.

The World Economic Forum, or WEF, is the group that sponsors the international conference held annually at Davos, Switzerland. That conference always gets a lot of press, mostly because it is always attended by the world's preeminent governmental and business elites (sometimes, they are simply called the "rich and powerful"). The folks who go to Davos consider the world to be their oyster. Mainly, because it is!

Because of the pandemic, things are going to be a little different this year, but the Davos conference is usually held in January, attracting billionaires and their hangers-on. The purpose of the conference is, generally, to discuss and develop plans for the future, since attendees take seriously their responsibility to run the world. 

For 2021, the WEF is calling its plan "The Great Reset," and Johnstone thinks that it's not going to be very good for most of us. Winter Oak, a U.K. based "not-for-profit organisation with a serious aversion to industrial capitalism and a commitment to social justice," publishes, among other things, an online information bulletin, The Acorn. Here is Winter Oak's take on "The Great Reset." 

The Great Reset (aka Build Back Better, The Fourth Industrial Revolution, the New Normal, the Green New Deal or the New Deal for Nature) is an attempted global capitalist coup on a scale never before imagined. It is a bid by an ultra-wealthy elite to take total control over every aspect of our world, our lives and our bodies.

The future they have lined up for us is a fascist transhumanist hell in which freedom has been abolished and humans are merged with robots and turned into commodities for elite profit.

There is a massive overlap between those behind this insidious scheme and the Climate Capitalists whom we and others have previously exposed.

The scam is essentially the same: using a fa├žade of combatting climate change, or a virus, or even social injustice, this criminal mafia intends to force us, our children, and our children’s children into a miserable future of slavery, while they install themselves as undisputed rulers of the world.

Their technological ‘solutions’ to the environmental crisis use the fig leaf of phoney #NetZero ‘sustainability’ to hide the toxic reality of spiralling economic ‘growth’ and profit.

The Great Reset will do nothing to help Mother Nature but will instead prop up and expand the very industrial capitalist system which is murdering her.

The more that people are aware of what this vile billionaire elite are really up to, the less chance they have of getting away with it, and we hope this ever-expanding collection of resources will help spread awareness and, therefore, resistance!

This is a pretty horrible picture, and this is a mild version of burgeoning conspiracy theories about what the WEF is up to. Still, even if there is a certain amount of exaggeration by Winter Oak - and off the charts exaggeration by the conspiracy theorists - the WEF program doesn't sound very good. It seems, among other things, to be based largely on massive new efforts to substitute robots and automation for human labor.

Still, we do need to address our global pandemic (and future pandemics), and we definitely need to do something about the global warming crisis that is putting our human civilizations at risk, along with all the many species which are being driven towards extinction. Depending on how it's done, there does seem to be a good argument for a "reset." If there isn't any "counter plan," however, it could well turn out that the rich and the powerful will be able to implement the plan they want. 

Johnstone's critique is not really that different from the critique advanced by Winter Oak, though she does dial down the hysteria just a little bit: 

This is the voice of would-be Global Governance. From on high, experts decide what the masses ought to want, and twist the alleged popular wishes to fit the profit-making schemes they are peddling. Their schemes center on digital innovation, massive automation using “artificial intelligence,” finally even “improving” human beings by endowing them artificially with some of the attributes of robots: such as problem-solving devoid of ethical distractions.

I tend to think that we do need a "reset" - but a good one, of course - so if we don't like the version that the WEF and the billionaires want to give us, we need to come up with some plans of our own. 

January is not far off. That's our "New Year's Resolution" time. Perhaps we need to do some serious resetting on our own - each one of us. If we don't, it may be that the rich and powerful will end up doing the reset - and not so much for us, but to us!

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