The Great Reset: Introduction

The following is the beginning of a series about the book Covid-19: The Great Reset written by Klaus Schwab and Thierry Malleret. Some things to consider for this book, since the book has two authors it is unknown what information was added by which author. The authors state that it was written at the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic and was published June of 2020. However, the virus was not acknowledged to be an issue until February of 2020. Lockdowns began in the United States in late March and have continued on and off since. Maybe, during a time period where people are forced to be stuck indoors could two men put together such a book but the policies and suggestions laid out mirror previous programs started by the United Nations and the World Economic Forum. My guess is that this has been sitting on a laptop for a while and it finally had its chance to find purpose.

The introduction.

Arguments are made for the book in the introduction, laying out the opportunity that is presently available for making the world a “better” place. There are references to the Black Death that went through Europe killing anywhere from 1/3 to half of the population. The authors point out the end of serfdom and claim that the style of social order disappeared because of the plague. It is a simple argument but they leave out several factors that also took place for the change to occur. The landowners stayed in power and while the workers had more rights there were negotiations that took place because of the lack of workforce available. There was also the cooling period that took place causing a mini-ice age after the plague which also caused a famine, dropping the population even further. It wasn’t until the discovery of the new world that you finally saw an end of the effects that the plague had on Europe. This wasn’t called the Dark Ages for nothing. The influx of new world gold, lumber, tobacco, furs, and crops created a market of abundance that paved the way for the Renaissance. Whether or not this would have happened without the plague we don’t know. Recent discoveries by historians tell us that China had already discovered the new world at the beginning of the 1400s and this might have led to Columbus making the voyage across the ocean. China was in constant trade with Italy during that time.

Towards the end of the introduction there is some praise given to the Enlightenment that eventually came from the Black Death but the policies pushed forward in the Great Reset counter the ideas of the Enlightenment. The rights of the individual. The ability for democracy to rule a government instead of a monarchy. The right to personal property. Free speech and the protection of shared knowledge encompass the enlightenment. These ideas had to be shared in secret with the possible repercussions being death at the hands of the church or the government. The great reset is a new religion founded in environmental justice, social justice, and communist economic reform. While the enlightenment sounds good the rest of the book counters the ideas that countries like the United States were founded on.

Another argument made for the Great Reset includes the right for women to vote. Although, I will point out that it is not made clear which country the authors are referring to. They make the claim that women were not allowed to vote until after WWII and that it was the war effort that made it possible for this advancement in women’s rights. Their place in the workforce moved them into a more acceptable place in society so they could earn the right to vote. This statement is completely false. The right to vote was granted to women in 1919 and signed into law in 1920. 25 years before the end of WWII women had been voting. The downside of women entering the work force during the war was their unwillingness to leave when the men came home. Divorce rates in the 1950s were at record highs and the average pay for men and women dropped with a doubling in the number of paid laborers now in the market. The two-income household had been established along with higher taxes and more expenses. The only upside to the US economy after the war was that we were the industrial complex for the rest of the world having destroyed the Japanese and German infrastructure during the war. If you wanted to purchase a tractor, car, or plane for your business you bought it from the US.

Like any of these books and programs put out by groups like the World Economic Forum there is mention of a New Order. They didn’t say New World Order but they do point out that this would be a program that impacts the world as a whole. I found it interesting how they quoted Camus in his book The Plague, discussing the changes to society after a plague rolled through France. However, this is used as an example of something that happened even though the book is pure fiction and isn’t based on a real event or disease. The dead rats found in the street were the only real sign of what was happening in The Plague. Other than that, no other clues were given as to the illness in the book.

The introduction concludes with the idea that a pandemic gives society an opportunity to change many key factors in our economy and way of life. With the introduction of a plague on the planet governments and institutions are able to change policies so that when it is over there is a new normal that people will already be adapted to. The only thing wrong with this logic is that Covid-19 is not a pandemic of that magnitude. The survival rate is still at 99.9% for the majority of the population. It did not take long to discover inexpensive drugs and supplements that fought the virus raising the survival rate. Vitamin D is a key factor in the severity of the symptoms. Hydroxychloroquine is an early therapy that can be used if someone test positive for the virus but does not have symptoms. In Africa a program called ANTICOV is working to find inexpensive drugs that will drop the death rate even further. The program started in November of 2020 and is already showing promising signs of inexpensive drugs working better than the expensive ventilators that killed 85% of the patients put on them. The Great Reset may be waiting for a pandemic to hit in order to push its policies but Covid-19 is not the pandemic needed for such a policy change.

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