January 03, 2021
from RT Website
Prince Charles (L), Klaus Schwab (C) and Bill Gates (R)
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Denis Balibouse and Ian Langsdon
Here's what they have
The phrase became ubiquitous, but as vaccines inched closer to deployment, that phrase was replaced with a new one, "The Great Reset," used to describe the monumental changes to human society needed in a post-coronavirus world.
World leaders have seemingly signed up to the plan, with its catchphrase, "Build Back Better" featured prominently in incoming US President Joe Biden's campaign messaging.
Overdue liberalization, or technocratic New World Order?
Opinion on the plan is divided between those who think it's the shot in the arm the world needs, and those who think it will make Cyberpunk 2077 look like a utopian dreamworld.
Whatever your opinion, here's a look at the 'New Normal' that awaits in 2021 and beyond.
Vaccine passports for everyone
Even the World Economic Forum (WEF) has acknowledged that issuing citizens with immunity passports, or certificates of vaccination, could prove "controversial."
That hasn't stopped governments toying with the idea though.
Britain is "exploring" the idea of creating a digital "freedom passport" database that would only grant access to public places to people who can prove a negative Covid test, while Ireland and Israel have discussed banning the unvaccinated from certain spaces.
France may ban the unvaccinated from public transport.
Such moves have been fiercely criticized by civil liberties advocates, but those pushing them don't care.
Governments may not be able to force citizens to take a rushed and side-effect-riddled jab at gunpoint, but they won't have to.
The air travel industry has already said it will require proof of vaccination to fly this coming year, leaving wannabe travelers with a simple choice:
Budget airline Ryanair boiled the idea down to a blunt catchphrase:
Digital IDs and social credit scores
Your vaccination record is just one facet of your identity that the architects of the Great Reset want access to.
In a post on Christmas eve, the WEF set out an ambitious plan to create a digital identity app aimed at giving an official identity to more than a billion people worldwide said to be without one.
Registering the world's population is a goal shared by the United Nations, and the WEF's proposed app would enable users to link up with 'smart cities,' healthcare and financial services, travel and shopping providers, and government departments.
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Together with the idea of health passports, one can easily imagine a world where the unvaccinated could be excluded from these vital services.
The International Monetary Fund has gone one step further, however, proposing this month that AI algorithms could be used to scan a person's social media posts to determine their credit score.
Made too many anti-vax posts on Facebook?
Sorry, pal, loan denied...
Inequality on steroids
Proponents of the Great Reset talk about building a more equal, equitable economy after Covid.
But if current trends are anything to go by, that economy looks more like medieval feudalism, with a tiny group of billionaires on top and the rest of us on the bottom.
Lockdowns have been disastrous for small business owners.
The world's billionaires, however, are doing spectacularly well...
America's three-comma titans grew their wealth by nearly a trillion dollars since the pandemic began.
With lockdowns continuing into 2021, there is no indication that this trend will be reversed any time soon.
All of this bodes well for the world imagined by the WEF. According to the notorious promotional video by the organization, by 2030 the average person will,
Goods and services will instead be rented from corporations and delivered by drone, a setup only the likes of Amazon will be in a place to provide.
A new push for environmentalism
Before Covid hit, climate change - a real, but heavily politicized problem - was the pet issue of governments worldwide, as leaders fell over each other to announce closer dates for the phase-out of fossil fuels.
World leaders will likely kick off 2021 by renewing their commitments to a carbon-free future, 'whatever the cost'...
Joe Biden, for one, has promised to sign the US back up to the Paris climate agreement immediately upon taking office.
While the average person may pay a little more for the privilege of driving a car or eating a steak in the coming months and years, the real change, according to the WEF, will be felt by 2030, when climate change displaces a billion people, creating an unprecedented wave of refugees.
Under the terms of the Great Reset,
For the west, a wave of climate refugees means more competition for jobs and a growing underclass in the countries that take them in.
However, they'll also get the opportunity to,
And the WEF can count on legions of 'grassroots' activists to push these policies on the masses.
It's youth wing - the Global Shapers Community - was involved in last year's climate marches, and the community's leaders have been trained by the Climate Reality Project, an activist organization run by WEF trustee Al Gore.
Expect these activists to demand climate action when the WEF meets in Davos, Switzerland, in January.
The real and unreal blur - discussion is censored
With WEF members literally funding their own activist movements, it's going to be tough to discern top-down from grassroots change.
Amid the global upheaval brought on by the coronavirus 'pandemic,' it's easy to imagine world leaders and corporations taking advantage of the chaos to impose more controls over the populace.
Prince Charles himself even described our turbulent times as a,
However, the movers and shakers who travel every year to the World Economic Forum's summit in Davos have boasted about their,
The actual implementation of the 'Great Reset' will depend on the imagination and ambition of governments and their corporate partners, and how well this squares against economic necessity and public resistance.
The most likely outcome is that,
Regardless, the WEF's suggestions will surely continue to shape discussion long after the threat of the coronavirus subsides...