Just How Close Are We To The End of the Nation-State? Davos Days One & Two
By Robert Ingraham
Davos 2021 Agenda Day 1: The Leviathan Emerges
Day 1 of the World Economic Forum's 2021 Davos Conference featured a breathtaking display of oligarchical intention to eradicate all national sovereignty and remake the world with the Anglo-Dutch oligarchy in the driver's seat. This year's Davos Agenda is a "virtual" conference, taking place on-line. Postings include video presentations, accompanying transcripts, as well as additional supporting material that has been posted on the WEF website.
In this, only the first day of the week-long conference, several major themes were presented, including:
- 1) A Kinder Gentler Dictatorship
- 2) Good-bye Nation States
- 3) China Makes its Peace with the Empire
- 4) Global Malthusianism
- 5) Using Covid to Re-make Human Culture
1) We do this for Humanity
In preparation for the conference, a musical video created by the WEF was posted, titled "See Me: A Global Concert,” which "fuses performances by orchestras and choirs from around the world, during the pandemic." As visual images of soaring birds, waves breaking on the beach and glowing sunsets flit across the screen, Yo-Yo Ma performs Bach, and young musicians from orchestras and choirs in Beijing, Drakensberg, Florence, Kabul, Philadelphia, São Paulo and Vienna deliver a performance of Beethoven’s Pastorale Symphony. This is described as "hundreds of voices celebrating our beautiful planet." Have no fear, the global oligarchy will defend and rescue our endangered Mother Earth.
In a special video, "Stakeholder Capitalism: Building the Future," WEF Executive Chairman Klaus Schwab stressed the moment of opportunity for a global Mindset Change, one where a new society based on Stakeholder Values can be established. As part of this all governments and all corporations will operate based on ESG (Environmental, Social and Governance) criteria. The planet will be saved from human destruction, societies will be made more democratic and free from racism and misogyny, and old outmoded values will be swept away.
Another video, "What is the Great Reset?" directly addresses the "conspiracy theories" that the Great Reset is a plot by oligarchs to run the word. In soothing tones, a voice dismisses these worries and assures the viewer that the Great Reset is simply the benign result of visionary individuals from all over the planet coming together to create a better world.
2) Ending National Sovereignty
In the speech of UN Secretary-General António Guterres, he explicitly rejects the role of sovereign national government. He says "A New Social Contract within societies is needed to enable people to live in dignity,” and "a New Social Contract between Governments, people, civil society, business and more, must integrate employment, sustainable development and social protection, and based on equal rights and opportunities for all." He calls for "a New Global Deal — a new model for global governance." Local governments, NGOs, corporations and national governments will all have equal standing within a global system wherein the new agenda can be realized. The driving force which mandates this needed change is Climate Change. He states "Humanity is waging war on nature. This is suicidal. Nature always strikes back – and it is already doing so with growing force and fury." He also states "I think the climate risk is the most important systemic risk for the near future. I believe we are losing the race. Climate change is running faster than we are. And we have this paradox: the reality is proving to be worse than scientists had foreseen, and all the last indicators show that." And "Every country, city, financial institution and company needs to adopt credible plans backed by intermediate goals for transitioning to net zero emissions by 2050, and to take decisive action now to put themselves on the right path."
In addition to the remarks by Guterres, many other of today's speeches made clear that "nationalism" and other efforts to assert national sovereignty are obstacles which must be overcome.
3) The New Paradigm?
Xi Jinping's speech included very harsh attacks on the policies of the Trump administration (without mentioning Trump by name), as well as several other unsavory elements.
The major theme of the speech was "multilateralism." He states "Multilateralism is about having international affairs addressed through consultation, and the future of the world decided by everyone working together. To build small circles, or start a new Cold War; to reject, threaten, or intimidate others; to willfully impose decoupling, supply disruption, or sanctions; and to create isolation or estrangement, will only push the world into division and even confrontation."
He also says, "Multilateral institutions should have their authority and effectiveness safeguarded. State-to-state relations should be coordinated and regulated through proper institutions and rules. The strong should not bully the weak. Decisions should not be made by simply showing off strong muscles or waving a big fist. Multilateralism should not be used as a pretext for acts of unilateralism. Selective multilateralism should not be our option.
"We need to stand by the core values and the basic principles of multilateralism. We need to give full play to the role of the World Health Organization in building a global community of health for all. We need to follow a people-centered and fact-based policy orientation, exploring and formulating rules on global digital governance. We need to deliver on the Paris Agreement on Climate Change and promote green development. We need to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. It serves no one’s interest to use the pandemic as an excuse to reverse globalization and go for seclusion and decoupling.
"I have announced China’s goal of striving to peak carbon dioxide emissions before 2030 and achieve carbon neutrality before 2060. These targets will require tremendous hard work from China. Yet we believe that when the interests of the entire humanity are at stake, China must step forward, take action, and get the job done. China is drawing up action plans and taking specific measures already to make sure we meet the set targets. We are doing this as a concrete action to uphold multilateral and as a contribution to protecting our shared home and realizing sustainable development of humanity."
4) Culling the Herd
Almost every speech given today declared Climate Change to be the greatest crisis facing humanity. It was stressed over and over that no nation will be allowed to stand in the way of global action to "save the planet." Some of these speeches focused on the issue of carbon emissions; others addressed the issue of "sustainable development." This included Haakon, Crown Prince of Norway, who proclaimed "I love the Sustainable Development Goals. It's a roadmap that will take us to where we want to go as a global community."
5) Welcome to the Re-education Center
Within the context of the Covid pandemic, the potential to use the crisis to remake human culture was addressed. One panel discussion took up the topic of "Reimagining education - call to action." Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director at United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) called for “A gender-diverse digital reset” – on behalf of the Gender Equality Forum. Another panel discussed "Accelerating Racial Justice in the Workplace." Yet another panel was titled "Covid-19's Widespread Impact on Mental Health." A new coalition was announced at The Davos Agenda, with 48 companies teaming up, to bring racial justice to the workplace.
The Covid pandemic was also discussed from the standpoint of changing economic policy. Another panel asked "New metrics for inclusive, sustainable growth: What policies, incentives and new metrics are needed to steer economies towards greater inclusivity, sustainability and resilience?"
Davos - Day 2: Europe Leads the Way to Fascism
The shape of the intended new Imperial Order became more clear on the second day of the Conference. Although a number of "special guests," -- including Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, Ursula von der Leyen (President of the European Commission), Angela Merkel (from the Administrative Region of Germany) and Emmanuel Macron (from the Administrative Region of France) -- all delivered individual presentations, with the exception of von der Leyen these were all window dressing. Merkel and Macron were particularly pathetic in their obeisance to the new Imperial Order, declaring their fealty to the agenda of multilateralism, net-zero carbon emissions and opposing economic nationalism. Von der Leyen basically voiced the same themes, but given her higher position in the command structure, she spoke with more authority. She declared that the scientific evidence which shows the clear linkages between biodiversity loss and global pandemics is conclusive, and she stated "We must learn from this crisis. We have to change the way we live and do business to be able to keep what we value and hold dear." She also said "I am delighted the US has now rejoined the Paris Agreement," and she stated that social media is eating away at society and called for greater regulation.
The meat of the day's proceedings, however, was in the Panel Discussions, not the speeches. Essentially what was put forward, from several different angles, was a plan to compel every nation and all of the productive economy (industry, agriculture, mining, etc.) to submit to the new Green Agenda.
A listing of some (but by no means all) of the participants in the Zoom panel discussions is revealing: the IMF, BlackRock, Bank of America, People's Bank of China, the Central Bank of China, the Financial Times of London, Banco Santander, Unilever, Axa SA, UBS AG, Salesforce, Bloomberg, The Carlyle Group, Barclays, the Central Bank of France, JP Morgan, etc. Participants were overwhelmingly European, with China, Silicon Valley and Wall Street as supporting players.
Anna Botin, Executive Chairman of Banco Santander, stated that "Europe will lead the way." and she pointed to the recent issuance of EU debt and the $750 billion European Reconstruction Fund as examples of Europe's resolve. She stated that Europe's two priorities will be monetary digitalization and "energy transition," under the new paradigm of decarbonization.
Yi Gong of the Central Bank of China, stated that China is now committed to a consumer economy model, which will soon make up the bulk of their investment, as they move away from non-performing loans. He announced that given the "imminent risk" of Climate Change, China will impose green financial standards, issue green bonds and carbon futures, force CO2 emission disclosure requirements on all businesses and collaborate with other nations on Green Finance.
A fair amount of time was taken to discuss measures to compel enforcement of a green agenda on the private sector, including manufacturing, mining, transport and agriculture. An entire panel was devoted to "How blockchain can help the mining and metals industry track and reduce emissions," and a Special Report was released "Net-Zero Challenge: The supply chain opportunity." They state that 8 supply chains (Food, construction, fashion, fast-moving consumer goods, electronics, automotive, professional services and freight) account for more than half of all global greenhouse gas emissions, and say that collective action will be required to "decarbonize supply chains." They also declare, "A new effort uses distributed ledger technology to trace emissions across the value chain. Called the COT, a Carbon Tracing Platform, the platform is the work of the World Economic Forum's Mining and Metals Blockchain Initiative, which was created to accelerate an industry solution for supply chain visibility and environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) requirements."
They say "Companies should set science-based targets consistent with limiting global average temperature increase to 1.5°C and reaching net-zero emissions by no later than 2050." Essentially, the goal is to force every industry to submit.
All of the financial reforms will be driven by this green agenda. The financial stimulus packages will continue for a while (Roula Khalaf of the Financial Times call this the "Magic Money Tree"), but increasingly new financial opportunities and financial instruments will be created around the transition to a green economy. Jes Staley, CEO of Barclays, stated "The fiscal response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been unprecedented. High levels of liquidity have kept financial markets going through the crisis, and the financial resiliency on display is quite remarkable given the scope of the pandemic," but "As economic policy interventions are transitioning from economic life-support measures to the stimulus phase, governments have a unique opportunity to influence the direction of economic progress through far-reaching innovation and investment strategies."