In previous installments, the idea of the Great Reset was presented and treated in terms of its economic and ideological components. In this sixth installment, I will discuss what the Great Reset entails in terms of governance and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4-IR), and conclude with remarks about the overarching Great Reset Project and its implications.
According to Klaus Schwab, founder and CEO of the World Economic Forum (WEF), 4-IR follows the first, second, and third industrial revolutions – mechanical, electrical, and digital, respectively. 4-IR is based on the digital revolution, but Schwab sees 4-IR as an exponential breakthrough and convergence of current and emerging fields, including big data; Artificial intelligence; machine learning; quantitative statistics; Genetics, nanotechnology and robotics. The result is the merging of the physical, digital and biological worlds. The blurring of these categories ultimately challenges the very ontologies with which we understand ourselves and the world, including ‘what it means to be human’.
The specific applications that make up 4-R are too numerous and varied to fully address, but include the Internet of Everywhere, Internet of Things, Internet of Bodies, Autonomous Vehicles, Smart Cities, 3D Printing, Nanotechnology, Biotechnology, Materials Science, Energy Storage and more.
While Schwab and WEF promote a certain vision of 4-IR, the developments he has announced are not his brainchild, and there is nothing original in his formulations. Transhumanism and individualism (or prophets of technological singularity), such as Ray Kurzweil and many others, foresaw these and more revolutionary developments, long before Schaub preached them. The importance of Schwab and the World Economic Forum’s position on the new technological revolution lies in trying to harness it to achieve a specific end, supposedly “a fairer and greener future”.
But if the current developments of 4-IR are any indication of the future, Schwab’s enthusiasm is misplaced, and 4-IR is misrepresented. These developments already include Internet algorithms feeding users with prescribed news and advertisements, and reducing or excluding prohibited content; Algorithms that censor social media content and refer “dangerous” individuals and organizations to digital labor camps; Apps that track and track suspects and report violators to the police; Robot police with QR code scanners to identify and arrest opponents; and smart cities where everyone is a digital entity that must be monitored, monitored and recorded, while data for each step is collected, arranged, stored and attached to a digital identity and social credit score.
That is, 4-IR technologies subject humans to a technological management that makes previous NSA surveillance look like child’s play. Schwab applauds future developments that will connect minds directly to the cloud, enabling “data mining” for thought and memory, a technical mastery of experience that threatens individual autonomy and undermines any semblance of free will. 4-IR accelerates the fusion of humans and machines, resulting in a world in which all information, including genetic information, is shared, and every unconscious action, thought, and impulse is known, anticipated, and possibly excluded. Aldous Huxley Brave new world comes to mind. However, Schwab promotes the interfaces between the brain and the cloud as improvements, as massive improvements over standard human intelligence, giving them an allure that is totally unimaginable to Soma.
Many positive developments may come from 4-IR, but unless it is taken out of the hands of the common socialist technocrats, it will constitute a virtual prison.
Under the Great Reassignment Governance Model, preferred states and companies form “public-private partnerships” to control governance. It results in a corporate-state hybrid that is largely unaccountable to the components of national governments.
The intimate relationship between multinational corporations and governments has drawn the scorn of some left-leaning critics. They noted that the WEF’s governance model represents at least the partial privatization of the UN 2030 Agenda, as the WEF brings corporate partners, money, and supposed expertise in 4-IR to the table. The World Economic Forum’s governance model extends far beyond the United Nations, influencing the constitution and behavior of governments around the world. This usurpation prompted political scientist Evan Wake to call the World Economic Forum’s governmental redesign of the global order a “corporate takeover of global governance”.
That’s right, but so is the face. The WEF model also represents The Governmentalization of private industry. Under Schwab’s “stakeholder capitalism” and the multi-stakeholder model of governance, not only is governance increasingly privatized, but more importantly, corporations are being delegated as major additions to governments and intergovernmental bodies. Thus, the state is expanded, strengthened and increased by adding huge corporate assets. These include funding directed at “sustainable development” to exclude non-compliants, as well as the use of big data, artificial intelligence and 5G to monitor and control citizens. In the case of the covid vaccine regime, the state gives Big Pharma monopoly protection and liability compensation in exchange for a way to extend its powers of coercion. As such, corporate stakeholders become what I have called ‘governments’ – otherwise ‘private’ organizations exercise as government agencies, with no obligation to answer annoying voters. As these are multinational corporations, the country becomes essentially global, whether or not a “one world government” is formed.
in a Google Archipelago, I have argued that left-wing authoritarianism is the political ideology and modus operandi of what I call big digital, and that big digital is the leading edge of an emerging world order. Big Digital is the communicative, ideological, and technological arm of startup socialism. The Great Reset is the name that has since been given to the project to create this world order.
Just as Klaus Schwab and the World Economic Forum had hoped, the Covid crisis has accelerated the development of the Great Reset’s corporate socialist state system. Developments advancing the grand reset agenda include the Fed’s unrestricted printing of money, post-inflation, increased taxes on everything imaginable, increased dependence on the state, a supply chain crisis, restrictions and job losses due to vaccine mandates, and the prospect of personal carbon allocations. Altogether, these and other policies constitute a coordinated attack on the majority. Ironically, it also represents the “equity” aspect of the Great Reset – if we correctly understand equity to mean the equalization of the economic status of “ordinary Americans” with those in the less “privileged” regions. And this is one of the functions of awakened ideology – to make the majority in the developed countries feel unworthy of their “privileged” lifestyles and consumption patterns, which the elite is working to re-establish in the reduced and static new normal.
Over the past 21 months, the response to COVID-19 has strengthened the corporate hold on the economy at the fore, while it has strengthened “socialism that already exists” below. In partnership with Big Tech, Big Pharma, legacy media, national and international health agencies, and a compliant population, hitherto “democratic” Western countries are increasingly turning to China-style totalitarian regimes, seemingly overnight. I need not present a series of tyranny and abuse. You can read about it on alternative news sites – until you can’t read about it even there.
The Great Reset, then, isn’t just a conspiracy theory. It is an open, recognized and planned project, which is in progress. But because capitalism with Chinese characteristics, or corporate socialism, lacks free markets and depends on the absence of free will and individual freedom, it is ironically “unsustainable” and doomed to failure. The question is just how much suffering and disfigurement will be endured until that happens.