The "Great Reset" is not a plot to control the world

| |

Spread the love


Nicholas De Rosa (access the author's page)

Denounced by conspiratorial and far-right figures as a plan of the global elite to abolish private property and borders, end individual freedoms and enslave humanity, the "Great Reset" – or "Great Reset" , in English – went viral on Twitter again on Monday, mostly thanks to a video seen millions of times in which Prime Minister Justin Trudeau discusses the concept.

As notedIn addition to this, you need to know more about it. (New window)In addition to this, you need to know more about it. the New York Times, there are several variations of this conspiratorial interpretation of the World Economic Forum (WEF) project, including that the COVID-19 pandemic would have been orchestrated by the global elite in order to facilitate this Great Reset, or that the only person who would protect the world from its implementation is President Donald Trump.

But the Great Reset is not a secret plan. It's a project that German economist and GEF founder Klaus Schwab has been talking about openly since the summer. This is also the theme of the next GEF annual meeting in Davos, which will bring together government leaders, business leaders and <q data-attributes = '{"lang": {"value": "fr", " label ":" French "}," value ": {" html ":" a worldwide network of participants present in 400cities around the world "," text ":" a global network of participants present in 400 cities around the world "}} 'lang =" fr”>a global network of participants present in 400 cities around the world in May 2021.

This GEF initiative aims to build a better world after the health crisis and seeks to save capitalism rather than destroy it, with an emphasis on environmental protection and international cooperation.

At almost 81 years old, Klaus Schwab, engineer and economist by training, is still at the head of the World Economic Forum.

At almost 81 years old, Klaus Schwab, engineer and economist by training, is still at the head of the World Economic Forum.

Photo: Reuters / Denis Balibouse

According to the press release announcing the eventIn addition to this, you need to know more about it. (New window)In addition to this, you need to know more about it., the idea is to seize the opportunity represented by the imminent end of the pandemic to improve the state of the world by reshaping our economic and social system for a fairer, more sustainable and more resilient future (…) in which economic development does not interfere with the progress of society.

To do this, the major global players will need to cooperate to simultaneously manage the direct consequences of the COVID-19 crisis, can we read on the microsite of the Great ReinitializationIn addition to this, you need to know more about it. (New window)In addition to this, you need to know more about it. of the GEF.

A new capitalism

In an interviewIn addition to this, you need to know more about it. (New window)In addition to this, you need to know more about it. granted to the German daily Das Zeit, Klaus Schwab believes that neoliberalism has had its day. According to him, this state of affairs has been exposed by the COVID-19 crisis, which has in particular exacerbated social inequalities.

The economist, who defines neoliberalism as unregulated and unrestricted capitalism, said to favor a responsible capitalism which addresses two major challenges: the growing gap between rich and poor and the climate crisis.

The solution is, according to him, to redefine capitalism to take into account financial capital, but also social capital, natural capital and human capital.

I am not advocating a change in the system. I advocate improving the system.

Klaus Schwab in interview with the daily Das Zeit

In a blog postIn addition to this, you need to know more about it. (New window)In addition to this, you will need to know more about it., Klaus Schwab explains the three main priorities of the Great Reset. The first is to encourage the market to produce more equitable effects, for example by introducing a wealth tax.

The second is from ensure that investments move us forward towards common goals like equity and sustainability, for example by financing green infrastructure projects.

The third is from use the innovations of the fourth industrial revolution to support the public good.

During the COVID-19 crisis, companies, universities and others joined forces to develop diagnostics, therapies and possible vaccines, establish testing centers, create mechanisms for tracking infections and provide telemedicine services, he points out. Imagine what could be possible if similar concerted efforts were made in all sectors.

These are relatively general ideas, which allow some of the critics of the project to see it as a Trojan horse for world communism.

The idea, however, that this initiative would serve to establish communism is downright eccentric, according to Samir Saul, professor of the history of international relations at the University of Montreal.

Let us put this notion of communism aside absolutely. Don't expect the big business of this world to promote communism. It’s out of the question, it’s pure fantasy. What they promote is their own interests and globalization in new forms, he reacts.

Limited influence

It is important to note that the Big Reset is just an idea for now. This is not a concrete plan already in action, but a set of principles that will be the subject of non-binding discussions at the next GEF summit.

Political scientist and associate professor at the Department of Political Science at the University of Quebec at Montreal (UQAM) Carolle Simard also reminds us that the influence of the GEF on state policies is quite limited.

The World Economic Forum is not the United Nations. We do not vote and we do not have major treaties that we sign, that we commit to observing. It is a networking system for major economic and political players, she argues.

The logo of the World Economic Forum on a shop window near the Swiss Alps.

The World Economic Forum is best known for its annual meeting held in Davos, Switzerland.

Photo: afp via getty images / FABRICE COFFRINI

Historically, if you look at the major developments and all the major negotiations around the global trading system, they did not happen through the World Economic Forum. Rather, it has gone through international organizations like the World Trade Organization (WTO), adds Andrew Barros, professor specializing in international relations at the Department of History at UQAM.

According to him, the probability that the Big Reset will bring about tangible changes is low.

Everything seems rather vague to me. I don't really see a clear goal or a process to get there, he analyzes.

Fears of the elite

The fact remains that the GEF has long attracted its fair share of criticism for its elitist character. For this reason, it's hardly surprising that the Great Reset is fueling fears and conspiracy theories among the population, Samir Saul believes.

Several hundred companies are members of this group, and they rally leaders of Western countries. It is a clearly business group, which represents the leaders of the company. They are elites who form an unofficial group, which was elected by no one and which has come together by itself without the slightest cover-up, he comments.

The problem is this. This is the identity of those who talk about this Reset. They are both judges and parties. This is why the public is suspicious.

Samir Saul, professor of the history of international relations at the University of Montreal
Samir saul

Samir Saul is a professor of the history of international relations at the University of Montreal.

Photo: Radio-Canada

In the normal course of things

The idea of ​​the Great Reset is not surprising, however, according to the professor of history of international relations.

In the aftermath of every great event or every great upheaval, there are reflections, discussions, plans, projects for what comes after. There is nothing abnormal about that, it’s the kind of thing you see after wars or serious economic crises, explains Samir Saul.

Same story with Carolle Simard.

The pandemic is resurfacing a lot of inequalities in health, education and the environment. Will these inequalities be further deepened? What will it take? I believe these are relevant questions, she says.

Professor Saul, incidentally, considers the Great Reset to be a less new idea than it may seem. According to him, this is simply a necessary departure from neoliberalism, an economic doctrine that has faltered since the 2008 financial crisis.

They understood at the time that the model is not as foolproof as we were told and that globalization had to be rethought, to make it more solid because it is heading for a wall. COVID is just an accelerator of all of this. Just because there is COVID does not mean that they are discussing a Reset or an economic downturn. COVID Is One Way To Make It Happen What They Had To Do Anyway, he analyzes.

Justin Trudeau's video

On Monday, the driving force behind the Great Reset virality on Twitter was an excerpt from a speech Justin Trudeau gave at a United Nations (UN) meeting on sustainable development and exit of COVID-19 crisis.

In this 30-second video, viewed over 4.5 million times, the Prime Minister says in English that this pandemic gave us the opportunity to reset and now is the opportunity to accelerate our pre-pandemic efforts to reinvent economic systems that respond to global challenges such as extreme poverty, inequality and climate change.

Several Internet users saw it as irrefutable proof of the veracity of the conspiracy theses.

I thought it was meant to be a conspiracy theory. But here it is, straight from Trudeau's mouth. Pandemic is an excuse for a UN-led 'Big Reset' of the world, reacted Ezra Levant, founder of the alternative media Rebel News, in a Tweet liked more than 55,000 times and shared by more than 40,000 Internet users.

It's hard not to see a parallel between Justin Trudeau's words and the principles of the GEF initiative, although he never utters the word <q data-attributes = '{"lang": {"value" : "fr", "label": "French"}, "value": {"html": "great"," text ":" great "}} 'lang =" fr”>great before <q data-attributes = '{"lang": {"value": "fr", "label": "Français"}, "value": {"html": "reset"," text ":" reset "}} 'lang =" fr”>reset.

But above all, when listening to the Prime Minister's full speech, we understand that he mentions this reset after talking about the importance of equitable access to the possible vaccine against COVID-19, of Canadian investments. to help poor countries gain access and the need for long-term improvements to the economic system.

These are neither ideas out of the ordinary nor ideas that are part of a great global conspiracy.

Read also :

  • US elections: on behalf of father, son and QAnon
Browse our thematic workshops
Decryptors. Marie-Pier Élie, Jeff Yates, Nicholas De Rosa and Alexis De Lancer.


Spread the love
Previous

Greek Prime Minister claims that NATO country has no right to test Russian S-400

Return to the starting square with new rules in the Middle East | International

Next

Leave a Comment

Adblock
detector