The Great Reset is Doomed
Posted April 15, 2021
“This isn't some species that was obliterated by deforestation or the building of a dam. Dinosaurs had their shot and Nature selected them for extinction!”
- Ian Malcolm, Jurassic Park
Klaus Schwab has clearly never seen Jurassic Park. This is surprising since he’s a dinosaur.
Yesterday, we painted a picture of 2040, diving headfirst into the technocratic “utopia.” We spoke of a world where everything you do, say, and think is micromanaged… for your own safety and well-being.
I asked for your thoughts.
Many responded. Not a single soul was excited about this vision of the future. In fact, it was as if the “2040” story conjured a dark cloud over our digital leaves.
“Utopian?” one reader, Mike, writes. “You must be kidding. Dystopian is an understatement.”
“Guess I'll be wandering in the desert, turning over rocks and looking for bugs,” says Heather. “This is the end of all freedoms.”
“We all know where this is heading,” says Ken, “either revolution or communism.”
“These vaccine passports are the beginning of population control and the chip is the MARK OF THE BEAST,” said another. “We should find a way around it.”
The vision we presented in yesterday’s episode was purely science fiction. Done well, sci-fi taps into our deepest fears, desires, and ambitions. But when placed against reality, sci-fi rarely ever pans out as described.
Consider, for example, what the World Economic Forum, led by Klaus Schwab, calls the “Great Reset.”
You’ve probably heard of this grand vision of the future -- and you probably know this “plan” is clear as mud. It’s just artfully vague enough to conjure up visions of utopia or dystopia, depending on which side of the aisle you’re sitting.
Though you’ve heard of it, you probably haven’t heard why it’s doomed to fail.
Gregory Bateson, the late (and brilliant) social scientist, gave us a hint. The major problems in the world, he wrote, aren’t in the world. They are “the result of the difference between how nature works and the way people think.”
What’s This “Great Reset”?
The Great Reset has been criticized as “a technocratic dream that’s waited years for a global crisis big enough to exploit.”
It is, one commentator wrote, “an ideology of unelected bureaucrats who want to steer as many people as possible toward an experiment of unprecedented surveillance and control.”
This idea, its detractors say, would never fly in normal times.
But our times are anything but “normal,” which is why Klaus Schwab and his crew are pushing it like a sleazy car salesman trying to make last month’s rent.
Prince Charles, the new Duke of Edinburgh, is one such reset peddler. He spends much of his time these days, like many in his cohort, preaching to the choir.
“As we move from rescue to recovery,” he said during a virtual address to the WEF, “we have a unique but rapidly shrinking window of opportunity to learn lessons and reset ourselves on a more sustainable path. It is an opportunity we have never had before and may never have again.”
(Recall, this is the same dude who once also said: “In the event that I am reincarnated, I would like to return as a deadly virus, to contribute something to solving overpopulation.” -- a Malthusian sentiment also wildly popular in WEF hobnobs, though not usually so explicit.)
Schwab believes this “opportunity” will “require stronger and more effective governments… and it will demand private-sector engagement every step of the way.”
[Siri, what’s Mussolini’s definition of fascism?]
Deus ex Machina
Yuval Harari, another WEF darling and technocrat, has tried to toe the line and provide nuance.
Years back, while speaking at Davos, Harari said that “organisms are algorithms.” He went on to say that “new technologies will soon give some corporations and governments the ability to hack human beings.”
To his credit, unlike many of his colleagues, he was well aware of the potential dangers of wielding such power over the masses.
“The power to hack human beings,” he said, “can of course be used for good purposes like provided much better healthcare, but if this power falls into the hands of a 21st Century Stalin, the result will be the worst totalitarian regime in human history, and we already have a number of applicants for the job of 21st Century Stalin.”
Perhaps he knew his audience well enough to know this warning wouldn’t be enough to dissuade them from barreling down this path anyway. So, he added:
“In Stalin’s USSR the State monitored members of the Communist elite more than anyone else. The same will be true of future total surveillance regimes.”
In that one sentence, Harari revealed just one reason why (of many) I believe the Great Reset is doomed for failure.
It’s the same reason the USSR collapsed.
It’s not just the unwashed masses that will need to be kept in line, it’ll be the elites themselves. (Cats herding cats herding cats.)
Moreover, the Great Resetters believe in things that aren’t true. There’s a Batesonian gap between the way they think and the way (human) nature works.
They believe that two things alone can inherently solve all of our problems: technology and control. (They also assume that everything, including technology, can be controlled.)
The Fatal Conceit
This idea is not new.
The mechanistic command-and-control paradigm was tried, and the 20th century is littered with its failures.
Economist F.A. Hayek called it “the fatal conceit.” It’s the idea, he wrote, that "man is able to shape the world around him according to his wishes."
Indeed, the “2040” story yesterday was purely science fiction. And, as I said earlier, Klaus Schwab is a dinosaur.
Everything I need to know about his “Great Reset” I learned in my favorite movie growing up -- Jurassic Park.
(Though dinosaurs might reemerge from time to time, as Ian Malcolm pointed out in the movie, they went extinct for a reason.)
“Life, uh, finds a way.”
More on a different vision of the future -- and how to heed it -- tomorrow.
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