Tag: The Great Reset

We’ll Tell You What to Think. Just Don’t Worry Your Pretty Little Head About It

I’m starting a new tag for TDE blog posts: Great Reset Watch.

When I read an article, op-ed, or essay that proposes something that smells like it’s part of the insidious Great Reset idea, I’ll post it here with, of course, with as much vituperative commentary I can muster while still claiming to be spreading the love incumbent on a Catholic.

The most-recent story I saw that triggered this idea? An op-ed in New York Times that urged people not to use critical thinking and, instead, rely on the experts. The writer apparently argues that, in this age of short and captive attention, the unwashed simply don’t have the time or mental acuity to form valid opinions, so instead of thinking about information fed to them by the experts, they should just accept the experts’ opinions, then move on to the next NASCAR race.

I’m not kidding.

My favorite Jewish anti-Semite, David Cole, wrote about it just yesterday.

“In ‘Don’t Go Down the Rabbit Hole‘ BuzzFeed technology writer Charlie Warzel argues that ‘critical thinking, as we’re taught to do it, isn’t helping in the fight against misinformation.’ Relying on the work of Professor Michael Caulfield of Washington State University, Warzel declares that the traditional belief that people should be ‘taught to evaluate and think critically about information’ is ‘fundamentally flawed.’

“Caulfield insists that people should not be encouraged to ‘use reasoning,’ because ‘that strategy can completely backfire.’ Go by the source, not the information. Good source? Accept the info. Wikipedia-unapproved source? Reject the info. But don’t think about the info.

“‘People learn to think critically by focusing on something and contemplating it deeply—to follow the information’s logic and the inconsistencies. That natural human mind-set is a liability in an attention economy,’ Warzel argues. So don’t do … Read the rest

Breaking Down the Great Reset

I gotta believe Klaus is thinking he shouldn’t have let the WEF’s cat out of the bag

“Totalitarian social control is not the remedy for any crisis.” Ernest Araujo, Brazil Minister of Foreign Affairs.

“Nihilistic secularism.” Renato Cristin, University of Trieste, Italy.

Potential “gruesome human experiment.” Cardinal Muller.

“Be aware of how this road to death, of extermination and brutality, began.” Francis I.

Based on this article at National Catholic Register, it appears the disturbingly self-confident Klaus Schwab’s assertion that we need a Great Reset is getting blowback from across the political and global spectrum.

The whole thing is worth reading, but this might be the best passage from it:

“Without directly referring to the (great reset) initiative, he (Cardinal Muller) told the Register Jan. 29 that two sides — ‘profiteering capitalism, big-tech giants of Western countries’ and the ‘communism of the People’s Republic of China’ — are today ‘converging and merging into a unified capital-socialism,’ producing a “new colonialism” that the Pope has ‘often warned against.’

“The goal, Cardinal Müller believes, ‘is absolute control of thought, speech and action.’

“’The homogenized man can be steered more easily,’ he added. ‘The Orwellian world of homo digitalis has begun. Through mainstreaming, total conformity of the consciousness of the masses is to be achieved via the media.’ And he recalled the 19th-century French polymath Gustave Le Bon who predicted such a situation in his book The Psychology of Crowds.”… Read the rest

Seven Days Make One Weak

The Great Reset, Bilderberg, Advent, and the Liturgical Year

“The rational creature . . . cannot wish not to be happy.” STA

The buzz phrase this week?

“The Great Reset.”

It’s scary, but let’s be clear: it’s not a conspiracy. Folks like Justin Trudeau are declaring it openly. Conspiracists don’t do that.

But it is an exercise in the adage, “Don’t let a good crisis go to waste.” It’s the kind of nefarious mindset that informs Robert Higgs’ excellent Crisis and Leviathan.

The Great Reset appears to be an idea among the global elite that COVID gives them an opportunity to “reimagine” economic systems, along the lines that the elite think more appropriate.

The problem is, there is no such thing as an “economic system.”

People naturally pursue happiness. To paraphrase St. Thomas: A person cannot be so unselfish that he does not desire his own happiness. In pursuit of happiness, he or she will have many different pursuits, ranging from religion to bird watching, from writing poetry to raising children.

In order to pursue happiness, a person needs a level of financial security. (“Detachment” is a kind of anti-security and the first rule of the spiritual life, but that’s an entirely different matter.)

In order to obtain security, most people will seek prosperity.

“Prosperity” is merely a level of security. The prosperity can be a little bit of security (barely living above poverty) or a lot of security (being rich), but it is a type of security.

Prosperity is what people pursue in the market: with their labor, their ideas, their risk-taking, their innovation, their brains.

It’s that simple: People desire happiness. They therefore pursue security. They therefore pursue prosperity. They therefore enter the market.

There is no “economic system,” unless you call the glorious mayhem of billions … Read the rest