by Mike Whitney
Why is Vladimir Putin standing up to the richest and
most powerful men in the world?
Why is he bad-mouthing their "pet project"
Globalization and trash-talking their "Great Reset"?
Does he really think these corporate mandarins and
"silver spoon" elites are going to listen to what he
has to say or does he realize that they're just
going to hate him more than ever?
Why is he doing this?
Here's what's going on:
At the end of
Putin was given the opportunity
to address the World
Economic Forum (WEF) in
Davos, Switzerland (online).
The WEF is a prestigious
assembly of political leaders, corporatists and billionaire elites
many of who are directly involved in the massive global
restructuring project that is currently underway behind the
smokescreen of the Covid-19 pandemic.
Powerful members of the
WEF decided that
the Coronavirus presented the perfect opportunity
to implement their dystopian strategy which includes a hasty
...that detects the
location and activities of every human being on the planet.
The proponents of this
universal police state breezily refer to it as "The Great Reset"
which is the latest make-over of the more familiar, "New World
There's not a
hairsbreadth difference between the Reset and one-world government
which has preoccupied billionaire activists for more than a century.
This is the group to
which Putin made the following remarks:
"I would like to
speak in more detail about the main challenges ..the
international community is facing... The first one is
1980, global per capita GDP has doubled in terms of real
purchasing power parity. This is definitely a positive
domestic growth have led to strong growth in developing
countries and lifted over a billion people out of poverty...
Still, the main question... is what was the nature of this
global growth and who benefitted from it most...
...developing countries benefitted a lot from the growing
demand for their traditional and even new products.
integration into the global economy has resulted in more
than just new jobs or greater export earnings. It also had
its social costs, including a
significant gap in individual
According to the
World Bank, 3.6 million people subsisted on incomes of under
$5.50 per day in the United States in 2000, but in 2016 this
number grew to 5.6 million people...
Meanwhile, globalization led to a significant increase in
the revenue of large multinational, primarily US and
In terms of
corporate profits, who got hold of the revenue?
one percent of the population....
And what has happened in the lives of other people?
past 30 years, in a number of developed countries, the real
incomes of over half of the citizens have been stagnating,
not growing. Meanwhile, the cost of education and healthcare
services has gone up.
Do you know by
how much? Three times...
In other words, millions of people even in wealthy countries
have stopped hoping for an increase of their incomes.
In the meantime,
they are faced with the problem of how to keep themselves
and their parents healthy and how to provide their children
with a decent education...
These imbalances in global socioeconomic development are a
direct result of the policy pursued in the 1980s, which was
often vulgar or dogmatic.
rested on the so-called Washington Consensus with its
unwritten rules, when the priority was given to the economic
growth based on a private debt in conditions of deregulation
and low taxes on the wealthy and the corporations...
As I have already mentioned, the coronavirus pandemic has
only exacerbated these problems. In the last year, the
global economy sustained its biggest decline since WWII.
By July, the
labour market had lost almost 500 million jobs... In
the first nine months of the past year alone, the losses of
earnings amounted to $3.5 trillion.
This figure is
going up and, hence, social tension is on the rise."
Session of Davos Agenda 2021Online Forum, Putin Addresses
World Economic Forum
Jan 27, 2021
Why is Putin telling
his elitist audience these things?
Does he think these
fatcats don't know how the system works or how it was originally
Does he think they
are unaware of the glaring flaws in a system that shifts all of
the profits to obscenely wealthy corporations and scheming
elites while working people slip further into debt and
Putin knows how
globalization works, just as he knows who it was designed to
It's no secret...
Check out this quote from
the Russian president in a speech nearly 5 years ago:
"Back in the late
1980s-early 1990s, there was a chance not just to accelerate the
globalization process but also to give it a different quality
and make it more harmonious and sustainable in nature.
But some countries
that saw themselves as victors in the Cold War, not just saw
themselves this way but said it openly, took the course of
simply reshaping the global political and economic order to fit
their own interests.
In their euphoria, they essentially abandoned substantive and
equal dialogue with other actors in international life, chose
not to improve or create universal institutions, and attempted
instead to bring the entire world under the spread of their own
organizations, norms and rules.
They chose the road
of globalization and security for their own beloved selves, for
the select few, but not for everyone."
President Vladimir Putin
Meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club
"To the victor
belongs the spoils"?
Isn't that what Putin is
saying, that Washington figured its Cold War triumph entitled them
to create a system whereby they could pillage and loot the rest of
the world with impunity?
Indeed, that is precisely what he's saying. And he knows what he's
talking about, too. Putin has followed developments in global trade
for over 20 years.
He knows the system is
rigged and he knows who rigged it.
And now he's telling them
in no uncertain terms that they are responsible for the mess the
world is in today.
"The world is in
crisis, because you fu**ed up."
That's what he's saying...
It's not a subtle
message, he's simply laying it on the line.
Check out this blurb from
an earlier speech by Putin where he shows that he's not just a
capable leader but also an astute critic of social trends linked to
"It seems like elites
don't see the deepening stratification in society and the
erosion of the middle class... (but the situation) creates a
climate of uncertainty that has a direct impact on the public
conducted around the world show that people in different
countries and on different continents tend to see the future as
murky and bleak.
This is sad.
The future does not
entice them, but frightens them. At the same time, people see no
real opportunities or means for changing anything, influencing
events and shaping policy.
As for the claim that
the fringe and populists have defeated the sensible, sober and
responsible minority - we are not talking about populists or
anything like that but about ordinary people, ordinary citizens
who are losing trust in the ruling class.
That is the
President Vladimir Putin
Meeting of the Valdai International Discussion Club
In this one brief
comment, Putin shows that he has a better grasp of 'what is going
on' in the west than any of the numbskulls in congress today.
And notice how he ignores
the hype about "racial justice", BLM, "white supremacy" and the
other "racialized" bunkum that's propagated in the media today.
He's not hoodwinked by
that nonsense. He knows it's just another diversion promoted by the
cadres of dirtbags who use race and identity politics to conceal
their role in the ongoing class war.
That's what's really
The men that Putin is
addressing in his speech are the very same men who are doing
everything in their power to eviscerate democracy, skewer the middle
class and grind America's working population into dust.
It's plain old class war
dolled-up to look like racial unrest.
Here's more from Putin:
"...During the past
20 years we have created a foundation for the so-called Fourth
Industrial Revolution (AKA "The Great Reset") based on the wide
use of AI and automation and robotics.
pandemic has greatly accelerated such projects and their
implementation. However, this process is leading to new
structural changes, I am thinking in particular of the labor
This means that very
many people could lose their jobs unless the state takes
effective measures to prevent this. Most of these people are
from the so-called middle class, which is the basis of any
...The rise of economic problems and inequality is splitting
society, triggering social, racial and ethnic intolerance.
Indicatively, these tensions are bursting out even in the
countries with seemingly civil and democratic institutions that
are designed to alleviate and stop such phenomena and excesses.
The systemic socioeconomic problems are evoking such social
discontent that they require special attention and real
illusion that they may be ignored or pushed into the corner is
fraught with serious consequences."
Putin understands that
lockdowns and closing of "non-essential"
businesses is merely prelude for the massive societal restructuring
project elites have in store for us.
They've already put
millions of people out of work and expanded their surveillance
capabilities in anticipation of the social unrest they are
Putin thinks this
futuristic strategy is unnecessarily reckless, disruptive and fails
to account for intensifying social animosities and widening
political divisions that are bound to have a catastrophic impact on
But Putin also knows that
his appeal for a more cautious approach will be brushed aside by
billionaire powerbrokers who set the policy and call the shots.
"Society will still
be divided politically and socially.
This is bound to
happen because people are dissatisfied not by some abstract
issues but by real problems that concern everyone regardless of
the political views that people have or think they have.
problems evoke discontent."
This is a recurrent theme
with Putin and one that shows that he has a deeper understanding of
what is really happening in both
the United States and
any of his peers.
Populist candidates, like
Trump, have not gained momentum due to their abilities and charisma,
but because the financial situation of millions of Americans
continues to deteriorate forcing them to seek remedies outside the
The economic distress is
real and widespread and, as Putin notes, it is expressing itself in
outbursts of discontent, frustration and rage.
"So, the key question
today is how to build a program of actions in order to not only
quickly restore the global and national economies affected by
the pandemic, but to ensure that this recovery is sustainable in
the long run, relies on a high-quality structure and helps
overcome the burden of social imbalances.
growth will largely rely on fiscal incentives with state budgets
and central banks playing the key role.
Actually, we can see these kinds of trends in the developed
countries and also in some developing economies as well. An
increasing role of the state in the socioeconomic sphere at the
national level obviously implies greater responsibility and
close interstate interaction when it comes to issues on the
Calls for inclusive growth and for creating decent standards of
living for everyone are regularly made at various international
This is how it should
be, and this is an absolutely correct view of our joint efforts.
It is clear that the world cannot continue creating an economy
that will only benefit a million people, or even the golden
billion. This is a destructive precept.
This model is
unbalanced by default.
developments, including migration crises, have reaffirmed this
of course, are going to be dismissed with a wave of the hand by the
men in power.
The last thing these
sociopaths want is,
and decent standards of living for everyone."
That's not even on their
list, and why would it be.
After all, they know what
"They want more for
themselves and less for everyone else."
Which is why the system
works the way it does, because it was constructed with that one
solitary goal in mind.
Putin also acknowledges the need for greater state intervention in
the economy to counterbalance the more destructive effects of "smash
and grab" capitalism.
And, while he rejects the
swift and far-reaching structural changes (The Great Reset) that
would precipitate massive social upheaval, he does support a larger
role for the state in providing essential fiscal stimulus,
employment and a more equitable distribution of the wealth.
This does not imply that
Putin supports state socialism. He does not...
supports a more regulated and benign form of Capitalism that veers
from the "scorched earth" model backed by powerful members of the WEF and other elitist organizations.
With that in mind, Putin makes these specific recommendations:
"We must now proceed
from stating facts to action, investing our efforts and
resources into reducing social inequality in individual
countries and into gradually balancing the economic development
standards of different countries and regions in the world.
This would put an end
to migration crises."
The focus of this policy
aimed at ensuring sustainable and harmonious development are clear.
They imply the creation
of new opportunities for everyone, conditions under which everyone
will be able to develop and realize their potential regardless of
where they were born and are living.
"I would like to
point out four key priorities, as I see them.
- First, everyone
must have comfortable living conditions, including housing
and affordable transport, energy and public utility
environmental welfare, something that must not be
Second, everyone must be sure that they will have a job that
can ensure sustainable growth of income and, hence, decent
standards of living.
have access to an effective system of lifelong education,
which is absolutely indispensable now and which will allow
people to develop, make a career and receive a decent
pension and social benefits upon retirement.
Third, people must be confident that they will receive
high-quality and effective medical care whenever necessary,
and that the national healthcare system will guarantee
access to modern medical services.
Fourth, regardless of the family income, children must be
able to receive a decent education and realize their
Every child has
What does it mean that
the current president of Russia is now throwing his weight behind a
program that is nearly identical to Franklin Delano Roosevelt's
economic Bill of Rights?
Doesn't that seem a bit
After all, Putin is a
devout Orthodox Christian, a strong proponent of the traditional
family, a self-avowed social conservative, and a hardscrabble
survivor of the failed Soviet state.
Who would have thought
that such a man would support a program that provides a decent
standard living to every member of society regardless of their
But it makes sense, doesn't it?
Putin is pushing for a
return to the heavily-regulated "Heyday" of 20th Century
capitalism, when workers' wages were still on the rise, when college
tuition and health care were still affordable, and when the American
Dream was still within reach of the average guy.
People were happier then,
because they felt that if they applied themselves, worked like hell,
and stashed their savings in the bank; they'd eventually reach their
But that's not true anymore.
People are much more
pessimistic now and no longer believe that America is the land of
Putin wants to rekindle that optimism.
He wants to avoid social
unrest by implementing programs that provide a more equitable
distribution of the wealth.
This isn't a return to Communism.
It's sensible way to
soften the harsher effects of unrestrained capitalism, which is
presently ravaging the West.
Here's Putin again:
"This is the only way
to guarantee the cost-effective development of the modern
economy, in which people are perceived as the end, rather than
A strategy, also
being implemented by my country, hinges on precisely these
revolve around people, their families, and they aim to ensure
demographic development, to protect the people, to improve their
well-being and to protect their health.
We are now working to
create favorable conditions for worthy and cost-effective work
and successful entrepreneurship and to ensure digital
transformation as the foundation of a high-tech future for the
entire country, rather than that of a narrow group of companies.
We intend to focus the efforts of the state, the business
community and civil society on these tasks and to implement a
budgetary policy with the relevant incentives in the years
Imagine a political
leader who actually put the needs and well-being of his people
before the special interests of his deep-pocket donors and shady
Imagine a leader who
stood eye-to-eye with the big money guys and told them that their
system "sucked" and that they were taking too much for themselves
leaving nothing for anyone else.
Imagine a leader who
invited more criticism, hectoring, demonizing and punitive sanctions
for "speaking truth to power" in order to stand on the side of
ordinary working people, pensioners, cast-offs and the other victims
of this globalist rip-off system.
The reason Putin spoke out at the WEF confab and put himself at
risk, was because Putin is one of the "good guys" who actually
believes that everyone deserves a shot at a decent life.
And that's what sets
Putin apart from the other leaders in the world today.
He doesn't just "talk the
talk", he also,
"walks the walk"...