(Note: To be clear, this tweet comes from a fake Klaus Schwab account. But the book I quote from is the real deal)
Well, here’s hoping that World Economic Forum founder Klaus Schwab’s twitter was hacked by somebody from 4chan, ’cause if this is for real, it’s really hard not to subscribe to Great Reset conspiracy theories.
Schwab, of course is the founder of the World Economic Forum, where the world’s wealthiest elites meet at Davos each year to reimagine your future.
This year’s themewas The Great Reset. Schwab also wrote book by that same title. One part manifesto, one part think piece on the way Covid has changed the world forever that came out in June. My copy arrived today and I started forcing myself to read it this aft and I was planning to write up a more comprehensive review (subscribe here to get it when that’s done).
In it Schwab opines that The New Normal will
provoke changes that would have seemed inconceivable before the pandemic struck, such as new forms of monetary policy like helicopter money (already a given), the reconsideration/recalibration of some of our social priorities and augmented search for the common good as a policy objective, the notion of fairness acquiring political potency, radical welfare and taxation measures, and drastic geopolitical realignments.
The broader point is this: the possibilities for change and the resulting new order are now unlimited and only bound by our imagination, for better or for worse. Societies could be poised to become either more egalitarian or more authoritarian, or geared towards more solidarity or more individualism, favouring the interests of the few or the many…
you get the point: we should take advantage of this unprecedented opportunity to reimagine our world, in a bid to make it a better and more resilient one as it emerges on the other side of this crisis.
It’s a telling passage, one that boils down to “never let a good crisis go to waste”, and which clearly highlights collective solidarity as the preferred outcome than suffering “more individualism”.
Earlier passages make clear that COVID is not the existential threat in of itself acknowledging that “Even in the worst-case horrendous scenario, COVID-19 will kill far fewer people than the Great Plagues, including the Black Deaths, or World War II did”, but that is has “the potential to be a transformative crisis”.
When I saw the tweet I thought it had to be faked, especially since Biden isn’t even officially the president-elect yet and here’s this guy talking about impeding food shortages, famine, and mandatory vaccinations in exchange for soy rations. The insect emoji is really what has me convinced this is the work of some epic hacking troll.
That tweet is archived here (Twitter has since suspended the account) but as I mentioned at the top of the post, that this is from a fake (albeit brilliant!) Klaus Schwab parody account (and my Twitter is @stuntpope if you want to follow me there).