The (not so) Great Reset
The Great Reset is the brainchildren of the political and corporate Oligarchic elites. The World Economic Forum (WEF) has a global vision that includes socioeconomic planners and corporate stakeholders at the helm. These planners would be responsible for a substantial group of people living under an economic stasis of reduced expectations, with individuality curtailed.
The spiel that now is time to discard selfish individualism and get on board with sustainable development is how they sell it. In The Club of Rome, pioneers in globalization, 1991 book, The First Global Revolution, argued that policies could gain popular support if the masses linked them with an existential fight against a common enemy. The First Global Revolution contains a passage entitled The Common Enemy of Humanity is Man, states the following:
“In searching for a common enemy against whom we can unite, we came up with the idea that pollution, the threat of global warming, water shortages, famine, and the like, would fit the bill. In their totality and their interactions, these phenomena do constitute a common threat that must be confronted by everyone together. But in designating these dangers as the enemy, we fall into the trap, which we have already warned readers about, namely mistaking symptoms for causes. All these dangers are caused by human intervention in natural processes, and it is only through changed attitudes and behavior that they can be overcome. The real enemy then is humanity itself.”
The Club of Rome and the World Economic Forum have frequently argued that population control methods are essential to protecting the environment. The Great Reset would similarly use the climate and environment to market otherwise unpopular policies.
The Great Reset presupposes that all stakeholders, as in the whole planet, must toe the line. Otherwise, we will have more polarization, nationalism, racism, increased social unrest, and conflicts. Could this be the return of the “with us or against us” ultimatum? What an eerily reminiscent of the post 9/11 world.
Enter Klaus Schwab
Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum (WEF), defines Neo-liberalism as “a corpus of ideas and policies loosely defined as favoring competition over solidarity, creative destruction over government intervention and economic growth over social welfare.” Schwab uses Neo-liberalism as a straw man to blame for world economic woes.
Schwab claims that the Great Reset will peacefully establish nations that dutifully obey the new guidelines designed by their appointed Republic sages. Schwab calls for every country, from the United States to China, must participate, and every industry, from oil and gas to tech, must be transformed.
The oligarchic elite experts and their partners will own all means of production. This command economic system has oligarchic party elites dictate who, when, where, and what cost production occurs. They decide who gets what and when from the production output.
To enforce the constraints of the Great Reset, an expansion of government corporatism would have to follow. The government would favor selected industries and players. These corporate stakeholders would vest as much control over production and distribution, eliminate producers that do not follow the globalist vision of a fairer and greener future.
The Free Market?
The Great Reset plan is to replace what little is left of the free market system and install a command economic system. The WEF goal is to limit the possibilities for individual activity and choice. In this New World, private property may be allowed. However, the central authority, the power elite, will ultimately determine property usage.
They promise to provide a user-friendly transition into global socialism. The problem is that socialism has many skeletons in its closet. Historically, it has proven that socialism is a recipe for disaster. It leads to chaos, impoverishment, and loss of individual freedom.
Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste
Klaus Schwab writes that the covid crisis is an “opportunity [that can be] seized to make the kind of institutional changes and policy choices that will put economies on the path toward a fairer, greener future.” It is funny that crisis always seems to be lurking in the shadows when an opportunity to expand authority appears. Whether the Covid, window of opportunity, presented itself as a mere coincidence or by design has become a conspiracy theory for us tin-foil-hatters to banter.
The number of small businesses has been nearly cut in half by the covid lockdowns and Black Lives Matter/Antifa riots as corporate giants consolidated their grip on their industry and economy. These same giants have consolidated their power over individual expression on the internet and beyond. Thus, it would appear that the covid lockdowns, shutdowns, partial closings, as well as riots are just what the Great Reset may need for a catalyst.
The covid lockdowns, and riots, have moved us closer to corporate socialism. With the lockdowns issued by governors/mayors and the destruction caused by the summer rioters, the corporate socialist work is has commenced. In addition to destabilizing the nation-state, these policies and politics have destroyed many small businesses, thus eliminating competitors.
The Foundation for Economic Education (FEE) points out, the lockdowns and riots have knocked out millions of small businesses. FEE reports that 7.5 million small businesses in America are at risk of closing their doors for good. Federal loans have not helped. Many small business owners will have to shut down for good. The toll has already been severe. In New York alone, stay-at-home orders have forced the permanent closure of more than 100,000 small businesses.
Amazon has thrived like never before as small businesses get crushed by these corporate giants. The tech giants like; Amazon, Apple, and Facebook, have prospered. While the riots of this past summer have cost $1-$2 billion in property damage, Amazon reported quarterly profits of $5.2 billion and a sales increase of 40 percent in the three months ending in June of 2020.
As reported by TechCrunch, Facebook, its WhatsApp, and Instagram platforms saw a 15 percent rise in users, which brought revenues to a total of $17.74 billion in the first quarter. Users of Facebook climbed to 3 billion in March, two-thirds of the internet users. Apple revenues soared during the same period, with quarterly earnings rising 11 percent year-on-year to $59.7 billion. The Washington Post reported that in the first quarter of 2020, Walmart’s profits rose 4 percent, to $3.99 billion.
Visualizing The Great Reset
Michael Rectenwald, a critic of the Great Reset, has studied the Great Reset in depth. He scoffs at the Schwab rhetoric of economic equality, fairness, inclusion, and a shared destiny. He says these phrases represent collectivist, socialist, political, and ideological components of corporate socialism.
Rectenwald claims the Great Reset will be a monopolistic control of production via the elimination of non-compliant producers. He claims that the results would be a centralized socialist planning regime where the elites would determine consumer needs by limiting production to acceptable goods and services by the chosen few.
In a recent publication, Michael Rectenwald described the Great Reset as the convergence of economic, monetary, technological, medical, genomic, environmental, military, and governance systems.
In terms of economics and monetary policy, the Great Reset would involve the issuance of universal basic income (UBI) with digital currency deposited into a centralized bank. Surveillance of bank accounts, overspending, and debt would be continuous.
In technology, the Great Reset entails the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a trans-humanism, genomics, nanotechnology, and robotics and their penetration into human bodies and brains. The fourth Industrial Revolution involves the redundancy of human labor in increasing sectors, replaced by automation, robot structures that use nanotechnology and brain scans to predict and preempt human behavior.
In medical, medical passports, digitized, and transparency of medical records inclusive of medical history, genetic makeup, and disease states. The possibilities of implanting microchips that would read and report on genetic makeup; brain scans to assess security risks; medical passports and vaccine data to cross national borders.
In government, the Great Reset would mean an increasingly centralized, coordinated, expanded governmental bureaucracy. There would be a convergence of corporations and state, and the digitalization of governmental functions. They would use 5G and predictive algorithms, real-time tracking and surveillance of bodies in space, or the anticipatory governance of human and systems behavior.
Push Back – The Great Resist
Today, the progressives have endorsed the state to promote egalitarianism and purge society of poverty, racism, oppression, and patriarchal institutions. The Great Society failed miserably. But now they are promising to make good with the Great Reset.
“Wokeism” has desecrated classical liberalism to the point of extinction. They dismiss those who value conventional gender relations, documented history, and free speech when their beliefs are “counter-woke.” Discourse to explain liberty is silenced by the cancel culture and anti-free speech forces.
The covid crisis has eliminated many small and medium-sized businesses making the hold-outs more compliant to authority. A spirit of entrepreneurialism must be re-established to help the hold-outs keep their doors open. The public must support and promote the smaller-scale producers, distributors, and, mom and pop businesses.
Those businesses that survive need to band together and defy the state and demand a full reopening of the economy. Local business associations and merchants must collaborate and become more proactive. Friendly legislation, regulations, and limited production will only drive midsized and small producers out of business.
The Great Reset is Globalism. It would only benefit a select group of stakeholders who will preserve their common interest, purpose, and action. Globalism is not the answer. The answer is our local community, our neighbors, and our family.
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