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Digital darkness: the third apocalypse

28 June 2021

7:19 PM

28 June 2021

7:19 PM

Humanity is only ever one blackout away from the caves. The more advanced and complicated a civilisation, the easier it is to destroy. Far from heeding this long-acknowledged fact, modern nations have decided to hinge their essential services on the deceptively fragile digital world. 

In other words, we gave ourselves an ‘off’ switch. 

There is a significant difference between storing data on a local physical drive and trusting the elusive ‘cloud’. As Millennials learn the first time they wander out of reception, the music they stream to their phone is only available while they remain connected to the digital hive. So it is with governments and corporations, who long ago ditched the expense of personal servers in favour of rented cloud space, leaving their data at the mercy of (usually foreign) third parties. 

We are starting to feel the flickers of failure. 

Blackouts. Service disruption. Data breaches. These are the ripples of instability that signify a grander problem with the system. This is not a case of locating the problematic stone dropped into the pond, but rather understanding that the digital fabric which underpins our lives is being disrupted by different people for different reasons. 

Those who exploit the digital environment for profit are not a threat to the ecosystem. They are predators who have no interest in destroying their hunting grounds. We have lived with them from the earliest days of the internet where rogue hackers compete against the market in a digital arms race. 

The ones we need to watch are those who manufacture an environment of fear. They sell us the lie that digital authoritarianism equals safety in order to shift global ethics away from individual liberty and into the arms of collective governance. They insist that technology is the path to security, forcing the digitisation of our lives. While social media companies stalk us for profit, we are entering an age where the government tracks us for ‘safety’. 

This is something we have seen before. 

‘Apocalypse politics’ is the favourite tool of the World Economic Forum. Nothing reveals the historical illiteracy of our modern leaders quite like their gullibility regarding this matter. Fear mongering is the oldest trick in the book when it comes to coercing civilisations into stupid decisions, and Western leaders have been sucked into the sandwich-board preaching of billionaires and mad-men. 

Democracies are notoriously difficult to control. Their frequent election cycles mean that the promises of one political leader are meaningless in the context of long term projects. Like the endless treaties signed and destroyed between the kings of England and France, global bureaucracies run by rusted old socialists have thus far been thwarted by the instability of Western government. 

However, even democracies are required to have a dangerous piece of fine print known as the ‘war economy’. It is a heightened state of survival where the norms of democracy are set aside to deal with the imminent threat of existential destruction. Previously free citizens submit to virtual enslavement and the whims of the state become unquestioned law for the duration of the war effort on the understanding that this sacrifice is a temporary measure. The longer it endures, the more damage is done. 

The purpose of climate change, Covid, and the newly hyped ‘digital pandemic’ is to artificially induce a permanent war economy within democratic nations onto which global treaties can be grafted. It is no accident that domestic leaders talk about Covid and climate change as a ‘war’ that we must fight ‘together’. This is a crucial piece of legal language used to override democratic rights. If this carries on, international standards cooked up between bureaucracies and corporations will eventually replace legislation. That is what is meant by phrases like, ‘Build Back Better’, ‘The Great Reset’, ‘changing mindsets’, ‘redefining capitalism’, ‘The Fourth Industrial Revolution’, ‘we’re all in this together’, and ‘sustainable future’. It is the maintenance of fear to justify the antiquated socialist dream of a global bureaucracy. 

Klaus Schwab has never met an apocalypse he didn’t like. Upon first glance, the founder of the World Economic Forum appears to be one white cat away from a standard-issue Bond villain. His hefty German accent, penchant for cult-like ceremonial robes, and endless ‘world domination’ podium ramblings are comical to the point that the press wrongly dismissed his ambitions for our global collective future as a conspiracy theory. 

The World Economic Forum has used this media disinterest to its advantage, growing its vast network of followers out of sight to the point where its influence not only interferes with domestic politics -– it writes global geopolitics. This status was achieved via the consolidation of the world’s biggest corporations, bureaucracies, individuals, and politicians into a cult of narcissism who love the idea that their ideological collusion erases the pesky free will of the peasant masses. 

For the rich, Klaus promises a monopoly. For the political, he dangles absolute power. Meanwhile, the poor are robbed of their freedom by the suffocating embrace of ‘safety’. To make the sales pitch palatable to the West, the new world order comes with the caveat that it is ‘for the greater good’. After all, to save the world you have to own it… 

Enlightened leadership: Some leaders and decision-makers who were already at the forefront of the fight against climate change may want to take advantage of the shock inflicted by the pandemic to implement long-lasting and wider environmental change. They will, in effect, make ‘good use’ of the pandemic by not letting the crisis go to waste. The exhortation of different leaders ranging from HRH the Prince of Wales to Andrew Cuomo to ‘build it back better’ goes in that direction. […] Governments led by enlightened leaders will make their stimulus packages conditional upon green commitments. They will, for example, provide more generous financial conditions for companies with low-carbon business models.

Klaus Schwab, Covid-19 The Great Reset 

Always be wary of people who claim ‘enlightened knowledge’ as justification for power. It is the excuse used to take universal suffrage from the uneducated masses and consolidate decision making into a closed group of self-appointed elite. Worse, part of the freshly announced ‘digital revolution’ includes calls to relinquish decision making to algorithms. Considering how accurate climate and Covid computer models have been in the past, this abdication of human influence shouldn’t have any serious consequences for civilisation… 

The contents of Schwab’s vanity books prove that he has the ambition of Napoleon burdened by the intelligence of Marx. His ideas are predicated on a pathological inability to understand human systems and, just like his collectivist heroes, will cause the slaughter of millions. 

For any of Schwab’s recommendations to be adapted, at least one of the apocalypses on offer has to be believed. 

Climate Change has always been a difficult sell -– mostly because the private jets at global warming conferences keep getting snowed in. Regardless, it is the only narrative capable of achieving massive state land grabs and control of global food production – two essential requirements of a global socialist bureaucracy. The creep of eco-fascism via green policy is a serious problem that we’ll have to get the hedge trimmer out and clean up. No matter how many children are thrown onto the fires of propaganda, it has never been enough to convince Westerners to dismantle their own prosperity. The essential motivator of fear is too distant to scare anyone other than the young and stupid. 

Covid has been much more effective because it originated in the depths of the West’s natural geopolitical predator – China – and actually kills people. Cold sobriety tells us that Covid never was and never will be an existential threat. If left unattended to roam the Earth, its death rate of around 0.2% would have gone unnoticed without the constant bombardment of the twenty-four-hour news cycle. Covid has turned humanity’s addiction to drama into political currency, sucking in the egos of Western leaders who quite enjoy giving daily press conferences to remind everyone how important they are. 

There is no rational reason for Covid to disrupt Western economies or threaten its libertarian values. Its nations have experienced ruinous pandemics in the past only for the free market to naturally select toward more freedom and productivity, not less. Between 1347 and 1352 the Black Death killed nearly a third of the English population and marked the beginning of the end for feudalism as the ruling class were wiped out. The gaps left in society transformed it for the better, despite panicked governments trying to re-enslave workers against market forces. 

Which leaves us to question, how did the least dangerous pandemic in history turn into an economic catastrophe and a genuine political danger? 


The World Economic Forum has been running global leaders through dry run simulations of biological pandemics for years. The notorious Coalition for Epidemic Preparedness Innovations was launched at the World Economic Forum’s Davos forum in 2017. Based off the World Health Organisation’s ‘blueprint priority diseases’, it was co-founded and funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Wellcome Trust, and a consortium of nations which now include Norway, Japan, Germany, the European Union, India, Canada, Australia, and Britain. 

Their mission was to create equitable access to vaccines working off the belief that the free market was insufficiently equipped to deal with infrequent pandemics – an assumption that proved to be wrong. In 2018, CEPI partners began developing a self-amplifying RNA vaccine platform and a molecular clamp vaccine. In 2019 work began on an RNA Printer prototype to produce a supply of lipid-nanoparticle-formulated mRNA vaccine candidate to deal with unknown pathogens in a DiseaseX scenario. 

In addition to pouring money into these projects, the World Economic Forum made sure to test how nations would react to a pandemic scenario and then issued them with recommendations and procedures at the conclusion of the simulations. The Clade X Exercise took place in 2018 followed by Event 201 in 2019. The second involved the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and concluded several months before the declaration of the Covid pandemic. 

Had these countries and private companies not been in each other’s pockets for years, it is doubtful that they would have flocked together in a panic at the first sign of a bat-induced sniffle. If you are looking for world-ending pandemic around every corner, it is no surprise that they jumped on the footage coming out of China. If nations had instead been forced to sit down and decide what was best for their own countries and act in line with their domestic legal systems, we would have seen a very different scenario play out – one that almost certainly would not have led to the World Economic Forum’s desired outline of a Great Reset of the world’s economic system. 

It is crucial to understand what happened during Covid, because the World Economic Forum has already moved onto the next apocalypse, and this one might actually tip the balance. 

Which brings us to the digital pandemic, also known as the third apocalypse. 

With the West itching to return to normal and the grip of fear slipping away from political leaders, the World Economic Forum have launched their new plan. 

A digital disaster is the blunt instrument of the apocalypse pack, but one that would have an immediate and catastrophic impact on every person. Digital darkness is not something that can be protested against, nor would it be within the ability of political leaders to fix depending on what kind of damage is done. Frighteningly, it is also the easiest apocalypse to achieve if the right people are onboard. The only thing that we know for certain is that the same people who talked up climate change and Covid are salivating over a massive digital Year Zero event – praying that it will be the final knife in the back of capitalism. 

A cyber attack with COVID-like characteristic would spread faster and farther than any biological virus.

World Economic Forum

This year, Cyber Polygon 2021 will simulate a fictional cyber attack with participants from dozens of countries responding to ‘a targeted supply chain attack on a corporate ecosystem in real time’.

Klaus  Schwab

Cyber Polygon is basically a war game except it has two levels. The first is the superficial simulation to which our governments and corporate leaders respond to, while the real experiment being run is psychological. The World Economic Forum uses these simulations to plant strategic ideas into the minds of global figures so that in the future they behave predictably to what would otherwise be an unpredictable scenario. This is a problem, considering the organisation running the joint has dreams of dismantling the global economy and re-distributing Western wealth in a more ‘sustainable’ and ‘inclusive’ manner. 

The digital world is no longer a bit of fun for humanity. It is the scaffolding that holds up our financial system, the majority of our communication, power distribution centres, water, hospitals, government, and even the verification of our identity… Every corner of our lives has been signed over to the digital revolution. About the only people equipped for a digital apocalypse are the small family farmers our government has tried so hard to destroy. 

How long does a city last without power and water? What happens if our banking data is erased? Without food supply chains, chaos is only weeks away. Our politicians, used to staging panic-inducing press conferences for Covid, won’t be able to communicate with the nation and beg for calm. The irony would be hilarious if it were not so serious. 

The World Economic Forum has been encouraging its influential partners to increase civilisation’s reliance on technology in a move that will multiply the devastation. Considering their members include the world’s largest logistics companies, nearly all major banks, the oligarchy of Silicon Valley, major agricultural suppliers, manufacturers in the aviation and automotive industries, healthcare providers, energy distributors, mining giants, and almost every political leader – make no mistake, citizens are at the whim of the powerful. 

There is no point dismissing a digital disaster as science fiction. These people are preparing for it and working out how to restructure the world for their own benefit after it’s finished. 

Like every bureaucracy, the plans for this event number in the millions. Instead, here are a few of their ideas. 

Autonomous electric cars are being pushed via policy and distribution to replace petrol and diesel cars. The old technology is sturdy and de-centralised – perfect for coping with prolonged periods of global conflict and power outages. No one is going to win a war with a fleet of Teslas after the first power station is taken down. What really interests the global bureaucracy about e-cars is the possibility of locking GPS maps so that the government can prohibit vehicles from travelling to certain destinations. Instead of being guided by satnav, it becomes a digital prison – the purpose is to stop citizens entering re-wilded areas of the country which have been given to the government for environmental reasons. If you think that sounds a bit like China citing United Nations environmental policy to kick out native Tibetans, you’d be right. 

Already in practice are business ‘social licenses’ which operate as a type of international treaty placed over businesses in Western nations. It is no longer enough to produce a good product that people want to buy, you now have to submit to the agendas and policies laid out in the World Economic Forum in order to have the required social credit to operate. This started in the energy industry under a different name – carbon credits and carbon taxes – where essential energy companies were penalised to artificially prop up the renewables industry. 

We should use the social contract as an expression of the transition of one world to another world.

Klaus Schwab

If you think this is an exaggeration, the social license is littered through the CSIRO and Federal Liberal government policy, particularly in relation to energy. The problem with a social license is that it is essentially undefinable, fluid, and changeable depending on the wishes of those in power. It is easily manipulated to arbitrarily put businesses out of work. While social licenses used to be local affairs, the digital revolution is taking them global with the end goal being bureaucrats within the United Nation’s Sustainability Goals handing out digitised social licenses to Australian businesses – or revoking them. Note: the United Nations social license does not appear to extend to Chinese businesses utilising ethnic slave labour. 

While social licenses threaten to leave Australia under the boot of a de-facto Big Brother state, the World Economic Forum’s intention of digitising citizen data is far worse. 

By encouraging governments to centralise health records, economic information, identity, social media behaviour, purchasing preferences, and movement tracking – individuals in the West are much closer to a Chinese Social Credit System than they realise. 

Vaccine Passports for Covid mark the beginning of digital control. It is only the personal ethics of those in power stopping corporations from refusing service to those who do not comply with Covid mandates. We have already seen banking institutions cut off customers with political ideas they don’t like -– as has happened to prominent social commentators after they were summarily digitally executed by Silicon Valley. Being severed from the online world by the collusion of corporate is enough to ex-communicate someone from civilisation. 

Our politicians are weakening their resolve. Every day, they inch closer to allowing digital discrimination to be drafted into law against our accepted civil, constitutional, and human rights. 

When most people talk about a digital apocalypse, they envision the sudden collapse of the system. 

It became obvious that technological dependence would be a problem early on. The Carrington Event of 1859 involved a solar storm that caused telegraph communications to fail around the world. Sparks erupted from telegraph machines causing fire and panic while railway signals recorded phantom trains. To the common observer, the natural event was beautiful and harmless as skies lit up with auroras. It was the largest geomagnetic storm in recorded history and it happened during our technological infancy. If it happened today, we’d be hit with a clean-up bill in the tens of trillions of dollars. 

Earth is also due for a geomagnetic reversal where the poles switch. These events are frequent, normal, and random – which is a bit of a bummer for GPS systems and all of the technology which depends upon them. Where once we were mainly worried about planes falling out of the sky or shipping lanes getting lost, now we have cities full of autonomous cars to contend with. Can Millennials read paper maps? I guess we’ll find out. 

These unavoidable physical disruptions are nothing compared to the damage that humans are likely to do themselves. 

For a while, there was a concern that we’d made the old Mayan mistake of cutting the digital calendar short, manufacturing our own end times with a simple date formatting error. The Y2K is remembered as a party rather than a disaster because programmers wept over their computers for months patching a bug which any passing aliens would have found hilarious. Civilisation side-stepped catastrophe because it wanted to. No one stood to benefit from the collapse of the financial system. That is not the case anymore with all this talk of a global reset. 

The purpose of the World Economic Forum’s Cyber Polygon event is to traumatise businesses and government about the threat of cyber attack and thus push them toward an increasingly tight digitally secure world. 

While anarchist and terrorist hacking does extensive damage every year, these are the pirates of the digital world and they will always exist. 

Concerns about data security from miscreant third parties is the excuse used by the World Economic Forum to coerce a dangerous increase in data sharing and inter-connectivity between private and public databases. While consumers might be happy to give a business personal information, it is quite another thing to hand it over to the government. The way things are going – customers won’t have a choice. 

The state will eventually have access to all the data collected about everyone that you interact with in the name of maintaining digital safety standards. We saw how quickly these interactions could be performed with the creation of the CovidSafe App which was preinstalled on our phones by the operating system and then, if initiated, allowed the government to track your location via Apple and Android. The potential for misusing this system is extreme, especially without a sunset clause. 

The cold hard reality that no one wants to talk about at the World Economic Forum is the threat of foreign nations. If anyone is going to destroy a country’s digital systems, it will be a geopolitical adversary. China, North Korea, and Russia are the three largest threats to Western data security – all of whom have isolated their servers and systems as a preemptive act. Considering that most global leaders attend these sessions, those who wish to attack us have all the inside information necessary to do so. 

While we can refine codes and layers of digital barbed wire all day, the greatest threat to security remains with humans. Observed by Churchill and holding true today, the human links in the information system are the easiest to corrupt. What is the point of protecting Australia’s national security secrets when known ex-members of the Communist Party of China hold seats within the government? Or worse, when the Australian Defence Department extended its contract in 2020 with Chinese owned company Global Switch to hold sensitive military information despite claims from Scott Morrison (who was treasurer at the time) to break ties. 

Even if we had government that was not as naive and reckless with our data, the easiest way to cripple the digital structure of Western civilisation is simply to lob a few old fashioned bombs at server farms. ‘The Cloud’ sounds ethereal but our wireless paradise is really just a labyrinth of computers, humming away in a few key locations around the world. 

The recent bank and website outages serve as a reminder that there is a serious lack of diversity when it comes to digital infrastructure. A fault at one of these server farms, or even with a third party, can easily cripple most of the internet. If those servers were to be destroyed and the data lost, it would create economic chaos for decades. 

Our wireless world is actually transmitted by undersea cables, many of which are owned by private companies such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft, and Amazon. These businesses do not always have the nation’s best interests in mind when striking business deals. Several undersea cable projects lodged by Facebook, Amazon, and Alphabet have either been dropped or are on hold after US officials raised security concerns about connecting America directly to Hong Kong in the wake of China’s takeover of the city. 

Currently, the world’s governments are developing ways to spy on each other by using submarines to tap into these cables. Security experts warn that to cripple the world’s military alliances, all you would need to do is cut a few undersea cables in unison. A reasonably easy task. 

The death of the internet certainly sounds like a digital apocalypse, but the real terror – the real danger – comes with allowing our political leaders to use technology as a tool of authoritarianism. 

Every time a corporation or a politician asks you to hand over data to make your life ‘more safe’, just remember what they did with this power during Covid. Family businesses were deemed unsafe while the government’s corporate friends flourished in a State-induced monopoly. The elite and politically connected remained free to travel, while families were separated from their dying relatives. We have glimpsed the tyranny of safety. 

The world was fooled by the fear-merchants of climate change and Covid. If we are tricked again by the same group of power-hungry lunatics it will be our own fault. 

Alexandra Marshall is an independent writer. If you would like to support her work, shout her a coffee over at Ko-Fi.

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