What is the Great Reset and How Could it Affect Us?
I have been waiting to see if someone much more knowledgeable than me would write an essay on the Great Reset. Unfortunately, we are stuck with my feeble attempt to tackle this subject. This essay will simply scratch the surface of what I see as at least one major implication of the Great Reset.
Every year in late January, business, banking, political and tech leaders from all over the world gather in Davos, Switzerland for the annual conference of the World Economic Forum. This conference may be the largest single gathering of so many powerful and wealthy individuals who discuss and map out ways to run the world in which we live. The World Economic Forum was founded by Klaus Schwab, a German engineer and economist.
I first got interested in the Great Reset after viewing a short video put out by the WEF touting their idea of the future in 2030. The video sparked a lot of negative response and was eventually taken down, but copies still exist courtesy of the Way Back Machine. In addition, Russell Brand has done several videos on the Great Reset which furthered my interest. Immediately below is just one of Russell's videos on the Great Reset.
It should be noted that in writing this essay, I had a great deal of difficulty finding many good reference writings and analyses outside conservative websites. Below is the World Economic Forum video.
The very first image in the video shows a smiling young man with the text below his face reading:
You'll own And you'll .
Continuing, the second image shows a drone delivering a package to a doorstep. The text reads:
Whatever you want And it'll be .
Regardless of anything else the video predicts, these first two images set forth a very distopian future for all of us outside the oligarchy. Being reduced to renters under the thumb of the owners who will force us to rent everything, including the clothing on our backs, paints a picture of neofeudalism wherein the 99% are subject to whims of the owner class who can choose to set whatever price they wish for the most basic of necessities without any recourse from those who are forced to rent everything. This is asset stripping taken to the extreme including stripping us of our clothing or any other basic necessity.
The attempt to positively paint the future for us as a renter economy was set forth in an article entitled "Welcome to the Year 2030" written by Ida Auken a member of the Danish Parliament. When I read her account of the future, a cold chill went down my spine. For example, this passage:
When AI and robots took over so much of our work, we suddenly had time to eat well, sleep well and spend time with other people. The concept of rush hour makes no sense anymore, since the work that we do can be done at any time. I don’t really know if I would call it work anymore. It is more like thinking-time, creation-time and development-time.
Another passage from this essay paints a different picture of those who have opted out of the Great Reset.
My biggest concern is all the people who do not live in our city. Those we lost on the way. Those who decided that it became too much, all this technology. Those who felt obsolete and useless when robots and AI took over big parts of our jobs. Those who got upset with the political system and turned against it. They live different kind of lives outside of the city. Some have formed little self-supplying communities. Others just stayed in the empty and abandoned houses in small 19th century villages.
The author of this article, Ida Auken, seems to be overly optimistic or patently naive that if we surrender everything (our homes, our possessions, our privacy, and our lives) that we will be treated well in exchange for having zero power in this neofeudal system under the Great Reset. The ideas promoted by the Great Reset are being marketed to us as a way to solve the looming environmental crisis, refugee crisis, and inequality by us giving up all autonomy to the very people who created these crises in the first place.
Sounds outlandish? We are already seeing the beginnings of many of these ideas being promoted and even tested in the real world. Doing away with cash money was tested in India in 2016 with disastrous results. There is now talk of mandating a vaccine passport which could be the first step in creating a two tier society as well as infringing upon medical privacy rights.
Many people in the media seem to be dismissing the Great Reset as being simply a marketing mechanism for the World Economic Forum and its members. But with the oligarchs and big tech gaining such enormous power and wealth in just the last year, we should not dismiss it due to the enormous economic power they now wield. For example, Jeff Bezos' fortune rose so much that he could have given every one of Amazon's one million employees a bonus of $105,000 and still had the same wealth he had at the beginning of 2020.
Meanwhile most people lost wealth during that same period. So we should be very concerned about what they have planned for the future even if it is only aspirational. The World Economic Forum video linked above is only a small part of the Great Reset but it provides good insight as to how they view the future shaping up for the rest of us in decade ahead.