OK, first, The Great Reset is NOT some kooky conspiracy theory … no matter what fruitcakes like Glen Beck and the people behind QAnon might think. The Great Reset is a real plan by a real organization, the World Economic Forum ~ you know those people, including the rich and famous and world political leaders, including Canadians, too, who meet in Davos, every year …
… and no matter what you might think about the WEF and/or the people who gather, annually, in Davos, it is an organization that matters. The World Economic Forum has made no secret of its Great Reset proposal. The issue, it says on its website, is that “There is an urgent need for global stakeholders to cooperate in simultaneously managing the direct consequences of the COVID-19 crisis. To improve the state of the world … [and that leads them to conclude that there is a pressing need to reset] … the future state of global relations, the direction of national economies, the priorities of societies, the nature of business models and the management of a global commons … [and, the WEF says] … Drawing from the vision and vast expertise of the leaders engaged across the Forum’s communities, the Great Reset initiative has a set of dimensions to build a new social contract that honours the dignity of every human being.” You can agree or disagree with the premise and the aim (and I do, with both) but there is nothing wild or even anti-democratic about what they propose. I doubt it can work but I’m not afraid that someone, even a Canadian national leader, might embrace some of all of the World Economic Forum‘s plan.
There is even a book about it by WEF founder and Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab (coauthored with Thierry Malleret). Ben Sixsmith, reviewing it in The Spectator, said, “If you read The Great Reset in anticipation of some kind of baroque manifesto for world tyranny, you will be disappointed. There are no elaborate schemes for globe-spanning coup d’états and techtalitarianism. Schwab and Malleret report, with evident glumness, that intergovernmental organizations have gloomy prospects in a world where the Chinese essentially do what they want … [but] … This is no Communist Manifesto … [by comparison, he says] … The Communist Manifesto was a bracing read … [because] … Schwab is peddling his idea of ‘stakeholder capitalism’, which essentially maintains that corporations have more expansive duties than maximizing profits for shareholders. This is a concept so vague that Facebook, IBM, Lockheed Martin et cetera are free to interpret it quite as they wish.“
But the “reset” about which people like Pierre Poilieve are complaining is NOT the quite capitalistic one that Klaus Schwab is proposing. It is rather the reset proposed by the United Nations‘ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which is a quite different and, I suspect, a quite dangerous thing.
The UN ‘agenda’ aims, in its own words “to end poverty and hunger everywhere; to combat inequalities within and among countries; to build peaceful, just and inclusive societies; to protect human rights and promote gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls; and to ensure the lasting protection of the planet and its natural resources. We resolve also to create conditions for sustainable, inclusive and sustained economic growth, shared prosperity and decent work for all, taking into account different levels of national development and capacities.” That is a lot more like the old Communist Manifesto than it is like the Great Reset and it aims, massively, to redistribute wealth from e.g. Australia, Britain, Canada and Denmark to e.g. Angola, Bhutan, Columbia and Djibouti.
It is the UN’s 2030 Agenda, NOT the World Economic Forum’s Great Reset that Justin Trudeau wants Canada to join. Justin Trudeau is not interested in (probably doesn’t quite understand) stakeholder capitalism. He shares his father’s dream of a “post national” socialistic world in which everyone gets to spend an endless supply of someone else’s money:
The problem facing Canada is NOT the World Economic Forum’s Great Reset; that is somewhere between a noble idea and an adolescent’s harmless daydream. The conspiracy theories surrounding the World Economic Forum and its Great Reset are nonsense. We should pay no attention at all to those who spout them.
What we should worry about is the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development because it proposes, between the lines, that liberalism and democracy and their beautiful stepdaughter, capitalism, should be replaced by some sort of collectivist, authoritarian, globalist system in which, in local terms, the hard working middle-class and working-class families are taxed into near poverty in order to subsidize those who chose not to work or have no skills. That is something quite worrying and it is something that is worth questioning and even fighting against.