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‘The Great Reset’s’ Mainstream Praise & Alternative Concerns

Of course, in order to remain a well-informed individual, I find it occasionally practical to see what’s trending amidst the digital insane asylum that Twitter is. #TheGreatReset happened to for a couple of days, propelling my eyebrows upwards. Admittedly, I don’t shy away from alternative news. I think it’s important to be informed by multiple sources and if you’re going to be inundated by the mainstream regardless, then alternative opinions can often be a breath of fresh air. There is a frightening tendency within the mainstream to accept rather than question and probe into the mandates of institutions both national and international. Earlier this year, for instance, we were happy to manically observe as the World Health Organization played tennis with information pertaining to Covid-19 and awkwardly flub through questions that otherwise might mar the organization’s Chinese relations. The results were months of panic as to the proper usage and efficacy of masks and lockdowns; not to mention, of course, hundreds of thousands of deaths possibly related to the misinformation.

When the World Economic Forum (WEF) began to tout the early workings of a ‘Great Reset’, the mainstream applauded the focus on combating climate change and instilling equity within economic systems. For those on the alternative side of things, blood pressure spiked, and sleepless nights ensued. Even for most of us in alternative circles, the globalist takeover has always been considered a conspiracy theory worthy only of the maddening tirades of Info Wars. But occasionally, a conspiracy theorist stumbles upon a tidbit of truth within the drama. Even a broken clock is right twice a day, as the saying goes.

Simply put, the aim of the ‘Great Reset’ is ultimately a restructuring of the economy, beginning with the opportunities for action in order to defeat the ravages of the global pandemic and striving towards the goals of 2030. A short video by the WEF circulated the internet making predictions about this perfect future such as: “You’ll own nothing and be happy” “You’ll eat much less meat” “A billion people will be displaced by climate change” “Western values will have been tested to the breaking point.” Along with other claims about printing organs, heavily taxing anybody with a carbon footprint, going to Mars, and shifting the balance of global power to allow for “a handful of countries” to “dominate.” Not to mention that you will just be able to rent whatever you want and have it delivered by a drone using your universal basic income! The ‘Great Reset’ is now being hailed as the leap towards a technocratic Utopia, a ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’ where old sectors will be sacrificed on the altars of creative destruction to secede our Earthly worries and desires to corporate giants and government bureaucracies.

In September, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stared into the camera with his doe eyes to tell us that he had already begun working to meet these 2030 goals, taking the opportunity to build this “better and more equitable system”. “Build back better” was in fact, one of the popular catchphrases around this, a slogan of the Biden 2020 campaign in the painful United States’ election, which ran on a not too dissimilar promise of a ‘New Deal’. A quick Google search of the terms (Great Reset) provided me with loads of information about how you don’t actually need privacy, property rights or meat. The frightening thing about it all is that it doesn’t appear to be up for debate, and I imagine that soon any dissenting voices (like yours truly) will soon be dismissed and labeled ‘far-right’. The ‘Great Reset’ is being pushed by politicians and pundits as an inevitability, to be enacted using the executive emergency powers which ordered the economically back-breaking lockdowns. While they will happily wave the flag of democracy, individual rights and actual influence as to whether this comes to be are apparently toilet bound.

‘The Great Reset’ seems to be predicated on disdain for the inequities of current economic systems. Much of the support for it also appears to consist of those happy to shake their fists at capitalist boogiemen accused of perpetuating consumer societies to fill their pockets. I found this interesting given that the solution appears to be to do the exact same thing but worse and under big government control. One of the predictions of the WEF was an increase in space travel. A goal which government-funded NASA has only managed to accomplish now with the aid of private company Space X. Much of the environmental proposition is to be countered by innovation and technology, the bread and butter of the private sector and economic incentive rather than any government administrations. A whitepaper released at greatreset.com simply states the goal of wanting people to “see themselves as citizens rather than consumers.”

There has long been a conflation between the qualities of corporatism, cronyism, and capitalism that has allowed the mainstream to vilify all three. The truth is we live and benefit from a mixed economy, where producers compete under a government referee. Allowing the referee to join in on the game and make changes to the rules could have disastrous effects. I’m reminded of the Clinton administration’s attempt to solve poverty which ultimately ended in a mortgage-backed-securities fiasco. Is there inequity and inequality in our economic systems? Yes, but fundamentally restructuring the economy in service of a Greta Thunberg inspired Utopia is more likely bound for a disastrous overcorrection than a benevolent balance. When it comes to government interference in economics, there is not even a historical consensus as to whether or not FDR’s “New Deal” was even the savior from ‘The Great Depression.’ Ultimately, good is done by people; individuals must be enabled to solve problems through cooperation rather than coerced into band-aiding over them.

I remember walking with a friend in the summer while trying to maintain social distance. “Do you think we’ll be back to normal soon?” he asked. I laughed.

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