â€œA crisis is a productive event.â€ â€“ Guy Parmelin, President of the Swiss Confederation.
Since the 1970s, the ski-resort community of Davos, Switzerland, has frequently been a gathering place for global elites during the month of January. Hosted by the World Economic Forum, an organization granted special status by the Swiss government, the Davos conference brings together an array of selected powerbrokers; governors of central bank, international financiers, heads-of-state, UN leaders, CEOs from the largest corporations, and well-placed media personalities. To be a â€œDavos Manâ€ typically means youâ€™ve embraced an international perspective and have the ability to influence long-term change.
Because of Covid complications, this yearâ€™s WEF annual meeting was postponed, and has since been re-scheduled with the hope of gathering in Singapore later this August. Nevertheless, the last week of January 2021 still witnessed a significant WEF event; a virtual conference titled the Davos Agenda, which could be live monitored by anyone willing to take the time.
What was front-and-center of this online meeting? The Great Reset.
Before we go further, itâ€™s important to note that this article only scratches the surface of what transpired. And how could it do anything but? The Davos Agenda ran five days, each being 10-to-12 hours long, and with most time slots holding multiple and simultaneous panel discussions. To give you an idea of the schedule, the first day â€“ Monday, January 25 â€“ had a total of 29 individual sessions. Describing it as information overload would be an understatement.
It also must be noted that not everybody who officially participated was on the same page as the World Economic Forum. For example, Benjamin Netanyahu gave a talk outlining how he purposefully cut through the red tape to secure Covid vaccinations, making sure his nation had the supplies it needed. His approach didnâ€™t fit with the WEF consensus of â€œvaccine solidarity,â€ to act globally before your national interests â€“ after all, as another speaker explained, â€œthe vaccine needs to be a public good.â€ The phrase â€œvaccine nationalismâ€ was used throughout the week, a disparaging term for those who sought national health goals above global collaboration.
Another example was Brazilâ€™s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ernesto Araujo, who publicly encouraged the United States to stay the course as the â€œsuperpower of freedom.â€ Araujo went on to say that Brazil desired an open economy based on liberty, noting that this would challenge the global emergence of a rising â€œtechno-totalitarianism.â€
â€œIâ€™m not a great fan of the concept of the Great Reset,â€ Araujo stated, explaining that while he generally supported ideas like sustainable development, there was a problem. The Great Reset was missing â€œfreedom and democracy.â€
Most others, however, were either on-board or otherwise playing the game.
President of China, Xi Jinping â€“ introduced by Klaus Schwab, founder of the WEF â€“ stressed collaborative action; we must create a new and global economic model, we must â€œabandon ideological prejudice and jointly follow a path of peaceful coexistence,â€ and we must bring â€œprosperity for all.â€ A â€œshared future for mankind,â€ he explained, is necessary. This would include strengthening global economic governance, committing to the UN system of world law, and supporting the World Health Organization as they build â€œa global community of health for all.â€ But who will lead the way?
The rest of his speech focused on how China, as a â€œmodern socialist country,â€ is blazing the trail, including the Belt and Road initiative, and the promotion of a â€œnew type of international relations.â€ His speech wrapped up with words of solidarity,
â€œThere is only one Earth and one shared future for humanity. As we cope with the current crisis and endeavor to make a better day for everyone, we need to stand united and work together. We have been shown time and again that to beggar thy neighbor, to go it alone, and to slip into arrogant isolation will always fail. Let us all join hands and let multilateralism light our way toward a community with a shared future for mankind.â€
Klaus responded by thanking Xi Jinping for â€œsuch an important speech, which at this crucial movement in history, provides us with a truly comprehensive framework for shaping the future.â€
China was often applauded during the Davos Agenda, being admired for its digital leap forward. But there were some concerns, albeit framed through a globalist worldview.
For example, a few hours after the Chinese leader spoke, the UN Secretary General pointed to the growing rift between China and the United States, noting that both countries were dividing the world with their separate agendas. What was needed, he said, was â€œone global economy with universal respect for international law.â€
Another star performance was from Ursula von der Leyen, the President of the European Commission. It only took a few minutes before she slapped the former Trump administration, saying, â€œdemocracy itself might have been permanently damaged in the last four years.â€ And like others throughout the week, she linked Covid with climate change. Ursula was clear; â€œWe must learn from this crisis. We have to change the way we live and do business.â€
Her speech pointed to Europeâ€™s very own Green New Deal, the EUâ€™s push for carbon neutrality by 2050, and how private companies will face stronger regulatory diligence. Regarding digital governance â€“ for itâ€™s vital that online platforms curb fake news while affirming democracy â€“ Ursula called for the United States to join the EU and, together, create a worldwide digital rulebook â€œbased on our values.â€
All of the above â€“ like the early pandemic collaboration between the EU, the WEF and the Gates Foundation â€“ represents how â€œEurope is determined to contribute to this global common good.â€ At the end of her prepared talk, she affirmed to Schwab that new alliances will be necessary: â€œThis is what we will work for â€“ and I know I can count on you and the World Economic Forum to help us build it.â€
Schwab was excited, afterwards saying that this speech represented the practical meaning of the Great Reset. He paraphrased a take-away; what we need is a â€œvalues based, social governance systemâ€ connected through a digital web.
With the Reset in mind, the Davos Agenda focused on a number of interlocking themes, and from my observations, six main talking points emerged:
1. Covid and Climate: Speaking on the pandemic, Li Xin of China-based Caixin Media, told us this â€œcrisis should not be wasted.â€ Nor was it. We were constantly reminded that Covid revealed our interdependence while pointing to the problem of nationalism. Old values and conventions no longer work;
- the global supply chain needs to be digitized
- the World Health Organization must be empowered
- we need a universal healthcare system
- economic recovery should be tied to vaccination criteria.
â€œYouâ€™re going to need the vaccine year-after-year-after-year,â€ we were told.
If Covid was our existential crisis, climate is our planetary emergency. In order to meet this supposed challenge, the world must pursue a significant reduction in carbon emissions, all the way to net zero by 2050 at the latest. This requires nothing less than a complete overhaul of all structures: energy production, the transportation sector, all industry and especially agriculture, and our personal behavior.
On January 27 â€“ day three of the Davos Agenda â€“ John Kerry, President Bidenâ€™s Special Envoy for Climate, reminded the audience how his government is â€œmaking climate central to foreign policy planning and national security preparedness.â€ Kerry explained that â€œa zero emissions futureâ€ will bring new opportunities for green growth: â€œTo use the Presidentâ€™s words, to â€˜build back betterâ€™ from the global economic crisis.â€
Kerry reinforced that climate is everybodyâ€™s responsibility: â€œThe whole world has to come to this table to solve the problem.â€
2. Social Justice: An inclusive world for all; that was the mantra â€“ unless, of course, youâ€™re not in agreement with the global consensus. Nevertheless, social justice themes are directly bolted to the framework of the Great Reset. From racial issues to gender claims, social justice leaves its mark. However, a range of other justices needs to be considered, such as eco-justice, climate justice, and vaccine justice.
In the panel on creating a New Social Contract, economic justice was front-and-center. A Global Social Protection Fund must come into play, pairing international debt relief to a universal social economy of â€œLiving Wages and Living Communities.â€ On the same panel, James Quincey, CEO of Coca-Cola, described how his company is addressing social justice by fashioning an internal, racial/social economic ecosystem. More than that, industry-leading corporations must influence smaller companies to follow suit, especially those in their supply chains. Entire sectors need to re-align their economic models to social justice priorities, and thatâ€™s the essence of a push for â€œStakeholder Capitalism.â€
3. Stakeholder Capitalism: Unlike shareholder capitalism shaped by company owners and direct market forces, stakeholder capitalism takes a social approach. Since the early 1970s, Schwab has been an advocate of the stakeholder model. Back then it was mainly geared to incorporating labor, union, and government interests in corporate decision-making. Today, Schwab is aggressively pushing a grander vision â€“ capitalism in service to the planet while supporting social causes.
In a WEF article released a few days before the Davos Agenda, Schwab wrote,
â€œThe planet is thus the center of the global economic system, and its health should be optimized in the decisions made by all other stakeholders.
The same interconnectedness can be observed for the people who live on the planet… it is incumbent on all of us as global citizens to optimize the well-being of all.â€
In other words, capitalism bends to the demands of special interest groups and government-driven green goals. Real success is no longer measured by market gains, but in how well you adhere to global narratives. Social license1For an understanding see, â€œMeasuring the Social Licenseâ€ is the payoff, along with regulatory approval and access to markets and funds. Those who donâ€™t play ball will be pushed out of the game, running afoul of regulators and losing access. Do you see where this is going?
4.Â Digitization: Nothing short of a total, global commitment will suffice if we want to save the planet, or so the narrative goes. Therefore, we need tools to manage our way forward. Digitization becomes the tie that binds, and data the lifeblood of our new era.
In this not-too futuristic vision, the information collected from our lifestyle choices will be aggregated, analyzed, and used to modify behaviors for planetary outcomes. One of the conference themes was â€œSmart Cities,â€ noting that urban zones are rich information ecosystems. Hereâ€™s an emerging possibility: In our â€œsmart cities,â€ street-based sensors will talk to smart cars, and payment apps will be notified of your movement, automatically deducting carbon taxes from your account. Itâ€™s hardly far-fetched.
The overall trajectory is deeper integration with Artificial Intelligence, Central Bank Digital Currencies, universal healthcare data networks, â€œsmartâ€ supply chains, and more automation. Even greater feats are before us: through blockchain technologies, everything that can be cataloged has the potential to become a numerically assigned asset. Therefore, the lifecycle of anything can be theoretically traced, from raw resource to manufacturer to point of consumption. You, too, can become a number in the age of â€œmanaged harmony.â€
What is not harmonious, however, is contrary thinking and behavior â€“ anything unaligned with approved global narratives. Conservative values, national sovereignty, personal rights attached to private property? If this doesnâ€™t fit with the Great Reset, then itâ€™s part of the great problem.
On the last day, US Senator Gillibrand called for accountability regarding right-wing news outlets. More than that, she stressed the need for oversight of social media platforms, holding them to account for allowing right-wing messages to proliferate. She then affirmed these positions by appealing to her faith; that we need to love one another.
For conservative Christians, the idea of the Great Reset strikes at something deeper than talking points. The real question becomes one of salvation. Who ultimately saves the world? Is Jesus Christ our messiah, or does collective humanity redeem itself by saving the planet? It appears we are at a Romans 1 crossroad, faced with the question of worshiping and serving the creation, or the Creator.
And thus, the Reset dangles before us: a global public-private partnership that follows the mystic path of social feelings, the holy writ of consensus politics, and the prophets and priests of technology and finance.
Maybe the concerns expressed by Brazilâ€™s Foreign Minister are worth considering.Î©
Carl Teichrib is the author of Game of Gods: The Temple of Man in the Age of Re-Enchantment, and his research reports and articles can be found at Forcing Change.Â Co-author, Audrey Vanderkley, is the administrator at Remnant Online Fellowship, a website connecting people to relevant Christian resources on Bible prophecy and worldview issues.
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