Another Peek Inside The Little Blue Book
by Not Sure
Tues 30 March 2021
I like to keep a boring book on the bedside table. Something that acts like a sleeping pill, guaranteed to rock me off to the Land of Nod. Right now, that sleeping pill is Covid-19: The Great Reset by Klaus Schwab and Thierry Malleret. Schwab and Malleret wrote this book using the arcane lexicon of economics. They are Grand Masters of the secrets of alchemy. Klaus Schwab is the founder and Executive Chairman of the World Economic Forum. Thierry Malleret has a Master’s Degree and PhD in Economics. Wizards.
The “science” of economics is something I know nothing about, but I do have a nose for B.S. (Bothersome Stuff) and nowhere is the smell so pungent as when you dive into the murky waters of Economics. Alan Watt has talked so many times about the voodoo quality of this so-called science, the special language the masters of it use to confuse the average man as to its true purpose. Many modern sciences employ this technique. When something is deliberately made difficult to understand, chances are you have just encountered Bothersome Stuff.
Schwab and Malleret talk about The Great Reset with terms like Macro Reset and Micro Reset. No part of this little blue book can be reproduced or transmitted, so I point you to page 57, “What future growth could look like.” In the post-pandemic era, our new economic “normal” may be characterized by much lower growth. They suggest that the concept of GDP (Gross Domestic Product) as an indicator of a nation’s economic health might be outdated. Maybe we shouldn’t be “obsessing” about growth. Maybe we should reflect on what is truly of value. We can seize this opportunity to make institutional changes and policy choices that lead economies “towards a fairer, greener future.” A kind of Bretton Woods II that Alan Watt has often talked about.
On page 62, Schwab and Malleret give a few examples of possibilities for this bright green future. Why use something and then throw it away when it’s worn out or broken? We can preserve our resources and minimize waste by using a product again when it reaches the end of its useful life. This idea is going to lead to all kinds of innovation and job creation. Grandma’s ashes can be added to fertilizer, and when you’re nibbling on that yummy radish you can have an extra bit of satisfaction knowing that Grandma wasn’t a burden on the system after all.
We learn of an exciting new movement called “degrowth” on page 64. This embraces zero or even negative GDP. We’ve all been hearing that catchphrase out of the WEF, “In the future, you’ll own nothing and you’ll be happy.” Austerity, anyone? Alan Watt always gave the true definition of words employed by our elite controllers. Austerity = Poverty.
There are a couple of footnotes here worth checking out. “Degrowth: New Roots for the Economy.” Back in May 2020, more than 1,100 “experts” released a manifesto. (Beware of experts releasing manifestos.) They call for a sustainable, “equitable” downscaling of the economy. In the future we’ll “live better with less.” A book by Andrew McAfee published in 2019, More from Less is also cited here. Less meat, less air travel. Degrowth, More from Less. A more holistic approach to defining progress. Doublethink.
On page 65, in a section entitled “Fiscal and monetary policies” we learn that thankfully, at the beginning of the “outbreak,” a bunch of key central banks decided immediately to cut interest rates and launch large quantitative-easing programs and print all the money necessary to keep the costs of government borrowing low. “Concomitantly” (a fancy word where “Accompanying this” would have worked fine) governments also responded with unprecedented fiscal policies. They give three examples here. The first was to fight the pandemic with as much spending as possible – production of tests, making sure hospitals were capable to cope, and research into drugs and vaccines.
I’ll expound on the first example before moving on. The PCR tests are useless. We’ve all seen the videos of empty hospitals. And why were all those nurses doing choreographed dances if they were so darned overwhelmed? The Vaccine(s) must have been “researched” long before the event, if past examples of vaccine research, trials and production are consulted. Even skipping clinical trials and allowing us to be the guinea pigs doesn’t explain this Warp Speed.
The second example of governments’ swift response was to provide emergency funds to households and firms on the verge of bankruptcy and disaster. Create the problem. Provide the solution.
Their final example of our governments’ derring-do (their courageous deeds and bravery) was to “support aggregate demand so that the economy can operate as far as possible close to potential.” That’s a mouthful and I’m not sure what it means but I’ll take a stab. Prop up government spending. Which is just a repeat of how the section started. Cut interest rates, quantitative-easing and print a bunch of money. How generous of our governments! Austerity, anyone? Poverty.
The wizardry of these masters of alchemy is dazzling, but we mustn’t lose sight of the massive human suffering that we’re not supposed to think about. We’re being told to concentrate instead on that bright green future. Just today I was reading about the latest lockdown rules in my area, with its color-coded list of what businesses can and cannot do. This particular article was focusing on some of the personal-service businesses (gyms, hair salons) that have been severely limited as to what services are allowable. You can get a haircut as long as you are wearing a mask. You cannot get a shave or have any service that would require you to remove the mask. One woman has taken on more debt than she can handle and faces bankruptcy. A barber wonders how he can make ends meet as his wife is on maternity leave and his business has been decimated.
I looked at the photos that Klaus Schwab and Thierry Malleret supplied for their little blue book. Schwab’s high-domed bald head and sleepy eyes makes me think of a satisfied turtle, cozy in his shell, popping out now and again to issue a smug edict. Malleret must being paying $200 a pop for his Boris Johnson moussed mess of a mop and I’m sure he doesn’t wear a mask at his hair salon. I noticed too that he lives in Chamonix, France. That’s a fancy ski resort village high in the Alps. His own cozy little shell.
It might be time to find a new bedside table book. This one is not putting me to sleep.
© Not Sure