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Totalitarianism from Davos: What is the Agenda of the Great Reset?

The Great Reset is a threat to fundamental rights, democracy and the social market economy. It is inherently totalitarian and hostile to freedom. We must educate the citizens about this and prevent its implementation by all means.

Every year the representatives of large corporations, the financial industry and politics meet. The chairman of the World Economic Forum, Klaus Schwab, presented a comprehensive agenda for an “accelerated system change” in the context of the corona crisis in his book “Covid-19: The Great Reset”.

Without a doubt, his point of view reflects debates in the World Economic Forum and reflects goals that are shared by the largest parts of the political and business elite. These ideas are a threat to our freedom and democratic order.

The pandemic as an opportunity for great change

For the reader, who is used to the mantra of the danger of the corona pandemic, surprisingly, the chairman of the World Economic Forum announces with astonishing openness that the direct consequences and dangers of the pandemic are rather negligible:

“Globally, if you look at the percentage of the world’s population affected, the corona crisis is one of the least deadly pandemics the world has seen in the past 2000 years. In all likelihood, the health and mortality consequences of Covid-19 will be relatively minor compared to previous pandemics.”

However, the pandemic offers an opportunity to implement what is already on the agenda of politicians and the business elite. It represents a rare and narrow window of opportunity to “rethink, reinvent and restart the world”. Schwab explains:

“A fresh start is an ambitious task, perhaps too ambitious, but we have no choice but to do our best to cope with this task.”

The great ideological brackets of the Great Reset are: “Climate change, economic reforms, gender equality and LGBTQ rights.” In summary: global corporate rule and neo-Marxist cultural revolution.

Global economy instead of national democracy

Schwab states that “the three concepts of economic globalization, political democracy and the nation state are incompatible with one another.” He sees the “risk” that “a revival of the nation state will gradually lead to a much stronger nationalism.” To confront this risk, Schwab calls for a “global regulatory policy”. The aim of this global regulatory policy is an international climate regime that directs the economy and intervenes in corporate management.

He writes: “In all industries and in all countries, company managers will have to get used to greater government intervention to varying degrees.”

The key to channeling private capital into new sources with environmentally compatible, economic value lies in “shifting important political levers and public funding to other areas as part of a broader economic upheaval.”

In other words, instead of national democracy and the market economy, a global economic regime should emerge that steers the economy with political levers and subsidies.

ESG criteria: force companies to follow a gender and climate agenda

This includes the enforcement of the ESG criteria. ESG stands for environmental and social governance. The “activism of employees” for “environmental issues” and “inclusivity issues” is to be promoted. This means that the climate, gender and multicultural ideology should become an integral part of corporate culture.

This includes “supply chain responsibility” which means that the company should not only be obliged to enforce these criteria in its own company, but only to conclude contracts with other companies that adhere to these criteria themselves. (i.e. “cancel” suppliers who are not sufficiently woke.)

According to Schwab, the success of a company in the future will depend on the “ideal goodwill” of the company. It also becomes clear with what threats those companies that do not show this “good will” and refuse to support gender, diversity and climate ideology will be faced. Companies that do not have ESG strategies in place are threatened with “having their assets destroyed.”

The alliance of the business elite with radical left activists

Central to the strategy of what Schwab calls “stakeholder capitalism” is the alliance between the financial elite and militant radical left activists. Schwab calls them “activist investors” and “social activists”.

The “young generation” is a “determined pioneer of social change. So there is little doubt that it will be a catalyst for change and a key source of great upheaval.”

Schwab assigns a central role to the Marxist Black Lives Matter movement. Schwab calls the unrest and looting of the Black Lives Matter movement a “popular uprising.” He is hoping that it will become a broad political movement. He sees signs that “it will be broader and not limit itself to race-specific problems.”

Intimidation by street terror and financial power

He developed very concrete ideas of how the division of labor between the “activists” and the investors should look like:

“Let’s just imagine the following situation: A group of green activists could demonstrate outside a coal-fired power plant to demand strict environmental enforcement, while a group of investors in the boardroom do the same by removing the plant from access to capital.”

Unpopular companies should therefore be pinched. While left-wing activists disrupt operations and boycott, sabotage and threaten the company, the financial industry uses its market power to financially bleed the undesirable companies to death. So these are the two pillars of Schwab’s “Great Reset”: The combination of street terror and financial power.

“Digital Transformation”: Big Tech and Social Distancing are destroying SMEs

Schwab calls the pandemic an “acceleration of the digital transformation.” He explains that “social distancing measures would continue to exist even after the pandemic has subsided.” “Social distancing” will be followed by “economic distancing”:

“The current pressures to move the contactless economy forward, no matter how, and the resulting willingness on the part of regulators to accelerate it, means taboos are gone.”

He insists that “many of the technical behaviors that we had to adopt during lockdown will simply feel less strange as we get used to them.”

In order to permanently adhere to the distance rules, workers in “warehouses, supermarkets and hospitals” are to be replaced by robots. By 2035, they could replace 85% of jobs in restaurants, 75% in retail and 59% in entertainment.

The automation and digitization of these areas is a necessity for “reasons of hygiene and cleanliness.”

Restaurants and small shops are to be replaced by the large online corporations and e-commerce, to which Schwab sings a veritable song of praise. The middle class should give way so that Big Tech can take its place. Leisure, culture, trade, entertainment, information, communication, food, clothing, furniture, transport, traffic; everything lies in the hands of four or five global corporations.

From Covid-19 to a global surveillance state

In Schwab’s remarks, another danger in the course of the Covid-19 hysteria is also taking on clear traits, that of the global surveillance state. Schwab writes:

“Today there are 5.2 billion smartphones worldwide, each of which has the potential to help identify who is infected, where they are and often also who they were infected by.” Schwab calls this a “unique opportunity.”

The tendency to monitor the state of health of employees will gain in importance even after the end of the Corona crisis due to the fear of possible pandemics:

“As soon as the corona crisis subsides and people start going back to work, companies will move to stronger surveillance. For better or worse, the companies will observe and sometimes also record what their workforce is doing.”

The lockdown as a dress rehearsal for the new climate regime

The Covid-19 pandemic creates the opportunity to implement changes in behavior that will continue after the crisis. This includes, for example, abstaining from consumption with regard to global climate policy:

“Our consumption behavior changed dramatically during the lockdowns, as we were forced to focus on the essentials and we had no choice but to choose a ‘green life’. Maybe that will hold up and encourage us to leave out everything that we don’t really need and to set in motion a positive cycle in favor of the environment.”

Still, he is disappointed with the result of the lockdowns as it is not far-reaching enough. The global economic crisis led to a decrease in carbon dioxide emissions of 8%. For Schwab, that’s far from enough:

“Even if this number would be the largest annual decrease since records began, it is still negligible given the scale of the problem.”

In other words, in the name of global climate policy, citizens will be asked to make sacrifices that will far exceed those of the Corona crisis.

The totalitarian vision of Davos

Let’s summarize what is meant by the “great reset”:

  • The primary goal should be to establish a global economic regime under the catchphrase “global governance” that should replace the national democracies. The market economy is to be replaced by a managed economy.
  • The companies themselves should give up, willingly or not, their responsibility towards private owners and instead should be forced to comply with climate and gender policy requirements due to pressure from the financial industry and aggressive leftist activists. Companies that do not follow suit will be ruined.
  • The cooperation between the financial power and left-wing extremist activists serves to intimidate political opponents and companies that show no “good will”.
  • Distance rules and “social distancing” are to be retained even after the crisis. This leads to a destruction of the middle class, restaurants, the retail trade and the entertainment industry. The big tech companies are to take their place with their online businesses.
  • With the new means of digital surveillance and under the guise of health protection, workers are to be monitored and their behavior recorded.
  • The renunciation of consumption forced on large sections of the population as a result of the lockdown is to be retained and made even more drastic in order to achieve global climate targets.

This agenda is a threat to fundamental rights, democracy and the market economy. It is inherently totalitarian and hostile to freedom. We must prevent its implementation by all means possible.

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