Time is openly shilling for the Great Reset and has published an article by Klaus Schwab. There is a lot of empty verbiage but if you know what it’s all about, there are some very obvious tells. Here’s one. When COVID hit, Schwab says, some great things started to happen. One of them is “strong cooperation between governments and business.” The idea is that the only job of a government should be smoothing the way for enormous multinational corporations. Why? Because these corporations are uniquely virtuous and moral:
It’s a circular argument where whatever Apple does is right because it’s for the benefit of “all people” and we know it’s for our benefit because Apple does it.
It’s not enough for companies to pursue profits. Now they have to govern. Schwab is completely open about that when he says that large enterprises will now “more explicitly pursue environmental, social and governance goals.” The reason why they should do so is that without their interference in governing us, the world ends up being unfair.
A word that appears with disturbing regularity in Schwab’s writings is “virtue.” The system he advocates for doesn’t need any justification because it’s morally superior. If you don’t see it, that’s because you are not virtuous enough.
Here’s a pretty typical phrase from the article:
Building such a virtuous economic system is not a utopian ideal. Most people, including business leaders, investors and community leaders, have a similar attitude about their role in the world and the lives of others. Most people want to do good, and believe that doing so will ultimately benefit everyone, including a company’s shareholders. But what’s been missing in recent decades is a clear compass to guide those in leading positions in our society and economy.
The compass will, of course, be provided by Schwab and his friends. And you can’t criticize them because they aren’t guided by the lowly profit motive any more. No, now they are guided by virtue. And if you oppose them, the only reason is that you aren’t virtuous enough.
It’s not surprising that leftists are loving Schwab. He’s co-opting their rhetoric, and they are powerless against these proclamations about virtue and caring about others.
Schwab pretends that the system he advocates for is the opposite of neoliberalism:
For the past 30 to 50 years, the neoliberalist ideology has increasingly prevailed in large parts of the world. This approach centers on the notion that the market knows best, that the “business of business is business,” and that government should refrain from setting clear
rules for the functioning of markets.
This is, of course, a trap aimed at silly AOC types. The virtuous control of the political space during the pandemic lockdowns brought unparalleled profits to Walmart, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft. Business is still very much business and government is its abject slave that sets tons of rules which mysteriously only benefit the really virtuous businesses Schwab likes.
But how do we know that Facebook is more virtuous than a mom-and-pop store down the road? (Seriously, read the article. The word “virtuous” is all over the short text.) And how do we know it’s a good thing that the mom-and-pop gets destroyed to benefit Walmart? That’s easy! Greta Thunberg, #MeToo and BLM can testify to that. And yes, he mentions them by name.
Here’s Schwab’s plan:
Large businesses post their virtue scores. And then the government destroys the smallish businesses that don’t have the capacity to improve their score. How is a virtue ranking created? Schwab has the answer all figured out:
Of course, it’s all completely voluntary. Feel free not to do it and the BLM goons will come to burn your business to the ground while the government bans you from reopening because you are “unsafe for women and minorities,” or whatever. Fake “existential threats” are easy to invent.
The article ends in a mysterious way:
Of course, we remain far from our goal of achieving a better global economic system for all. The Stakeholder Capitalism Metrics are just one of many initiatives that are needed to get to such an outcome—and time is quickly running out.
There’s no explanation as to why “time is running out” but creating a false sense of urgency is a great way to get people to do your bidding.
Schwab has been announcing all this for years. Then it all started coming true. Maybe we should finally start listening.
P.S. In the New Year, I promise to write a lot more about this kind of thing. We often get bogged down in debating the minutia of the scam perpetrated against us and forget to look at the big picture.