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The great Great Reset and technocrat tyranny

20 November 2020

5:00 AM

20 November 2020

5:00 AM

It really would be nice if the Great Reset was just another conspiracy theory. Sadly it is not, however, and we have all we need to know about it coming from the horses’ mouths. In this case, we have Klaus Schwab and the World Economic Forum telling us all about it. 

They have let us know how the radical elites, the globalists, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, and the WEF, to name just a few, are working overtime to radically remake life as we know it and set up their coercive socialist green utopia. You know this is a significant movement when Time devoted a 2019 “Special Davos Issue” to this, featuring the likes of Melinda Gates, Justin Trudeau and Al Gore. 

And then just this month Time did an entire special edition of its magazine to the Great Reset. Check out some of the contributors and ideas in the 23 articles featured there. We have all the usual globalists and elites telling us we need to radically rethink the nation state, the free market, and individual freedoms in order to bring about this Brave New World. It really is scary stuff. 

The star of the show is of course Schwab. The German Founder of the European Management Forum back in 197, which became the WEF in 1987, is a radical transhumanist whose ideas are as bizarre – and dangerous – as they come. Earlier this year he and Thierry Malleretwrote the book COVID-19: The Great Reset, a techno-totalitarian manifesto. The whole plan is for technological tyranny to solve all our problems, chief of which are climate change, the Rona, individualism, and the evils of capitalism. 

A popular phrase found among these folks is “Build Back Better”. You would have heard Joe Biden, Justin Trudeau, the Prince of Wales and others use it incessantly. As James Delingpole warns us: “Build Back Better means totalitarian rule by a global, technocratic elite – as constrictive and immiserating as life under fascism or communism. …. It will be managed by a technocratic elite over whom you will have no democratic control.  

And these folks, in true Marxist fashion, want to see private property eliminated altogether – all for our own good of course. As one of these guys proudly said four years ago: 

Welcome to the year 2030. Welcome to my city — or should I say, “our city”. I don’t own anything. I don’t own a car. I don’t own a house. I don’t own any appliances or any clothes. It might seem odd to you, but it makes perfect sense for us in this city. Everything you considered a product, has now become a service. We have access to transportation, accommodation, food and all the things we need in our daily lives. One by one all these things became free, so it ended up not making sense for us to own much. 

As to Schwab and his transhumanism, his own website tells us all we need to know about his plans to move beyond the merely human, to harness high tech, and to luxuriate in everything from implantable microchips to “smart dust”. 

He also speaks about the “Fourth Industrial Revolution,” a blend of ‘digital-and-analogue life.’ This means a mix of people and artificial intelligence, an emphasis on nanotechnology and eugenics, and a rewriting of what it means to be human. Or as Schwab put it, “What the fourth industrial revolution will lead to is a fusion of our physical, digital and biological identity”.   

And all this coercive utopianism is tied in with coronavirus and global warming. It has become the perfect excuse to bring about this new world order. As Barry Chowka put it some months ago discussing corona and the rise of statism: 

We are being asked to trust these fallible self-selected scientific experts with the future of our entire civilization. Overnight, our society is doing what radical leftist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and her fellow Green New Deal fanatics have demanded: An almost total end to air travel; personal automobile travel down to a trickle; promises of free health care for all quickly becoming the new status quo; and the ability of people to sit at home without working and receive a paycheck from the government. The Democrats want that to continue indefinitely.

But we have been warned about all this so often. Think of prescient novelists like Orwell or Huxley.  They both described in gory detail what such dystopian futures might look like. 

Another great English writer during this same period who also discussed these matters was C. S. Lewis. In a number of books and articles he warned about where we were heading as new technologies, coupled with increased statism, spelt “the abolition of man”. 

And that was the title of his 1947 book. In it he said this: “What we call Man’s power over Nature turns out to be power exercised by some men over other men with Nature as its instrument.” He continued, “Man’s conquest of Nature, if the dreams of some scientific planners are realized, means the rule of a few hundreds of men over billions upon billions of men. There neither is nor can be any simple increase of power on Man’s side. Each new power won by man is a power over man as well.” 

And of course his third volume in his space trilogy was all about rogue science and unethical technocrats. That Hideous Strength (1946) was a clear warning about coming coercive dystopias. The evil organisation N.I.C.E. is the villain in the novel. 

The National Institute for Coordinated Experiments is a government bureaucracy established to help mankind – aren’t they all? It of course does nothing of the sort. One quote can be offered here. It makes the point that euphemisms and subterfuge are ever the weapons of choice for these technocrats: 

We want you to write it down – to camouflage it. Only for the present, of course. Once the thing gets going we shan’t have to bother about the great heart of the British public. We’ll make the great heart what we want it to be. But in the meantime, it does make a difference how things are put. For instance, if it were even whispered that the N.I.C.E. wanted powers to experiment on criminals, you’d have all the old women of both sexes up in arms and yapping about humanity. Call it re-education of the maladjusted, and you have them all slobbering with delight that the brutal era of retributive punishment has at last come to an end. Odd thing it is – the word ‘experiment’ is unpopular, but not the word ‘experimental.’ You mustn’t experiment on children; but offer the dear little kiddies free education in an experimental school attached to the N.I.C.E. and it’s all correct! 

This important thriller clearly shows the deep concerns Lewis had about where unethical science and unconstrained technocracy can take us. And his vision of a dark new world has certainly proven to be quite accurate. Eugenics certainly did not die out with the Nazi experiments but is alive and well in the West today. 

In fact, it has only gotten worse. When we combine media-led hysteria and alarmism about things like the climate and corona with these billionaires – be they Schwab or Soros or Gates – who believe they know what is best for us mere plebs, we are seeing the prophetic novels coming to life in very real and very frightening ways. 

Bill Muehlenberg is a Melbourne cultural commentator.

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