The Great Reset Discussion, Part 2

In order to battle SARS-COV-2 – which obviously is going to exist forever and keep killing exponentially larger numbers of people every day, all evidence to the contrary notwithstanding – the following will need to arise (emphasis in the quote is mine):

a global surveillance network capable of identifying new outbreaks as soon as they arise, laboratories in multiple locations around the world that can rapidly analyse new viral strains and develop effective treatments, large IT infrastructures so that communities can prepare and react effectively, appropriate and coordinated policy mechanisms to efficiently implement the decisions once they are made, and so on.

Only the utterly naive will believe that this is truly about SARS-COV-2, that this global surveillance network will limit itself to tracking SARS-COV-2 outbreaks, or that it is going to disappear once the virus is no longer an issue. The virus is clearly an excuse. Global surveillance is the goal.

Schwab recognizes this when he says that globalization has made life so incredibly risky and democratic governments so useless that nothing but intense global surveillance can offer us any security in the face of all these uniquely terrifying and extremely riskily risky risks that are putting us all at risk.

If you think I overused the word “risk,” don’t read Schwab’s book. His use of the word is a lot more liberal and, I’d even say, somewhat hypnotizing.

6 thoughts on “The Great Reset Discussion, Part 2”

  1. “globalization has made life so incredibly risky and democratic governments so useless that nothing but intense global surveillance can offer us any security”

    I’ve encountered most of those ideas on this blog and in Bauman’s books. Which part of this sentence do you disagree with?

    You talked how new state forms may gain legitimacy by providing security from terrorism and other global threats within their borders. Schwab – quite understandably – thinks it impossible and talks of a form of global government via global surveillance networks.

    One may not realistically imagine a global government functioning like f.e. Israeli government but not a larger scale. However, informal forces such as markets and Internet already are (the only so far) entities capable of acting globally.


    1. The difference in whether one believes it’s a good thing. I obviously believe it isn’t and it won’t bring security. Schwab doesn’t think it’s really about security either. It’s a scare tactic to make us accept surveillance.

      In Stalinist times, people were exhorted to accept surveillance to thwart the threat of foreign intervention. Malfunction of old, worn-out factory equipment was presented as sabotage that only surveillance could prevent. It’s the same strategy. It’s ludicrous to believe that we are living in particularly risky times. But it’s all about perception. Convince people that they are at risk and they will gladly agree to relinquish their jobs, schools, police services, etc.


      1. Not sure if it is a scare tactic to make people accept surveillance. But am sure that it is a scare tactic to make people accept authoritarian dictatorship.

        Also I disagree very much that democratic governments are useless. Consider the partial direct democratic government in Switzerland as compared to the so-called democratic government that is the EU.

        In Switzerland, democracy is used to decide the issue. In the EU, democracy is used to decide the ruler. These are very, very different things.


  2. Again, thanks for the great posts. I always feel excited, even more alive, when we discuss those things here.

    What I wanted to say is that any global governance would necessitate a change in quality / essence rather than quantity. What we mean by governance will change, not always in the best ways. That’s why iirc when Bauman (or somebody else?) talked of new global cooperation of enlightened humanity, it sounded unreal, utterly fictional to me.

    Schwab’s version may be horrible in comparison, but what if it is not the worst of not good things that have a chance of working at all?

    I haven’t read the book yet and am sure there are various ‘dreamers’ with frightening (for us) fantasies.

    However, I know of a long history of blaming small groups such as Jews for the suffering inherent in transformations deriving from the nature of capitalism. If what he says comes to pass, will it truly be mainly because of this very small group of people and not because of the entire old system being in crisis?

    Will hopefully add better thoughts after reading the book.


    1. We are living in an exceptionally peaceful and prosperous era. Calling it a crisis is a choice. We could make a different choice and call it something else. But the word crisis leads us to believe that an exceptionally fraught time requires exceptional measures. So we suspend our regular reality and allow all kinds of exceptional measures to be taken.

      What if we were to decide that there is no crisis? Then no shock therapy would be justified.


  3. well said Clarissa !!! everyone out there that still cares about freedom,individuality and the Truth join a group that represents the constitution ,the bill of rights,the Magma Carta and especially understands the ramifications of the meaning of the Nuremberg Code. The harder they come the harder they fall !!! Screw fascism,red or green or brown or rainbow,”inclusivenes-HORROR show,let’s drop them before they get up , no more dictated suffering !!! let’s stick all their AI,drones,quacksines and whatnot up their lunatics backsides and give them a one way flight to Mars. Sick of it all.


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