Davos - Day 4: The Grandchildren of H.G. Wells Announce Their World Dictatorship
By Robert Ingraham
Day 4 of this year's World Economic Forum Davos Conference presented, in a microcosm, the dangerous and unstable dynamic that characterizes the current world situation. On the one hand, the bulk of the proceedings was a mixture of pure evil and even worse incompetence. On the other hand, featured speeches were delivered by three world leaders: Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India; Alberto Fernández, President of Argentina; and Abdullah II ibn Al Hussein, King of Jordan. These three speeches, much like the presentation given on Day 2 by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa were vivid examples of the death-trap within which almost all of the "less-developed" nations now find themselves.
At the time of the break-up of the Soviet Union, Lyndon LaRouche warned world leaders that a second, far more devastating collapse was imminent with the bankruptcy and physical economic breakdown of the Trans-Atlantic financial and monetary system. He stated, repeatedly, that the only solution to this danger was the creation of a New Bretton Woods Monetary System, to be negotiated among sovereign nation states. Almost uniformly world leaders failed to understand the urgency of LaRouche's warnings, and his advice was perhaps looked at but filed away.
Now we find ourselves, in 2021, where the failure of sovereign nations to act as specified by LaRouche has led to a world reality in which the axioms and policies of Empire are near hegemonic. This underscores the catastrophic nature of the ouster of President Donald Trump from office. Repeatedly, throughout the Davos conference, speakers have pointed to the Biden Presidency as the "golden opportunity" to transform the world, under the crisis conditions of the continuing Covid-19 pandemic. In reading the speeches of Modi, Fernández, Al Hussein and Ramaphosa, the effect is heart-rending. These are all leaders who are facing desperate problems within their nations. Repeatedly, they reference the challenges of food supply, health care, poverty, infrastructure development and other human and physical-economic priorities. Yet, in every case, they endorse the oligarchy's green agenda and the god of multilateralism.
The wrong question to ask is: "Do they believe what they are saying about climate change and decarbonization?" Rather, consider that these elected leaders are now confronted with a world agenda, a world reality, where the oligarchical powers gathered at Davos are dictating what is and what is not allowed. The most powerful people in the world have said, "This is the path." Leaders such as Ramaphosa and others, and the nations they represent, are being herded, like errant cattle, into the oligarchy's stockade, some willingly, others because there is no other option. Think of Laocoön, unable to free himself from the serpents' death grip.
THE DIGITAL UTOPIA
The theme of the proceedings today was "On Harnessing the technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution for good," and most of the panel discussions were devoted to digital technologies and the implications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Again, the participants included many tech and banking heavyweights. These included: Susan Wojcicki, CEO YouTube Inc.; Bradford L. Smith, President, Microsoft Corporation; Arvind Krishna, CEO IBM Corporation; Martin Baron, Executive Editor The Washington Post; Martin Wolf, Chief Economics Commentator at The Financial Times; David M. Rubenstein, Co-Founder, The Carlyle Group; Nicholas Thompson, Editor-in-Chief Wired Magazine; Ajay S. Banga, Executive Chairman, Mastercard; Hans Vestberg, CEO Verizon Communications; Henrietta H. Fore, Executive Director UNICEF; Michael Casey, Chief Content Officer, CoinDesk (owned by the Digital Currency Group (DCG), a venture capital company focusing on bitcoin and the digital currency market); Marietje Schaake, the Cyber Policy Center, Stanford University;---as well as many other representatives of think tanks, venture capital funds, foundations and financial institutions.
One Panel, titled "Harnessing the Fourth Industrial Revolution" was comprised almost entirely of representatives from the Peoples Republic of China, including reps from the Yicai Research Institute (Shanghai), Huawei Technologies (Shenzhen) and the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (Beijing). One panel, "Advancing Digital Content Safety," was devoted to improving "harm reduction" in internet and digital content. Yet, "harm reduction" was not defined, e.g., as protecting children from predators, drugs or pornography; rather the one concrete example that was presented was the "harm" caused by claims that the U.S. Presidential election was fraudulent, claims that were allowed to spread.
Marietje Schaake of Stanford said that digital content safety is making sure that content shared online doesn’t result in harms offline, anywhere in the world. Another panelist said that digital content safety meant protecting its users against real-world harm and doing so in a scalable manner and all areas. The discussion was focused on how to censor and remove all such "harmful" content. Another panel, "Resetting Digital Currencies," which included individuals from London, New York and Singapore, as well as Zhu Min, Chairman of the National Institute of Financial Research (Tsinghua University, China), proclaimed the unstoppable emergence of global digital currencies, intended to be outside the power of any sovereign government. Michael Casey of CoinDesk stated, "We are at a critical time to examine the future of digital currencies. With digital currencies, the money itself is software, It's programmable. When that happens a lot of our assumptions about what money is and how it functions may need to be re-examined."
Zhu Min stated that "China is currently developing a central bank digital currency (CBDC), The potential for using central bank digital economy is huge." And the speaker from Singapore said "The majority of central banks are actively exploring the potential of CBDCs.
Many of the other panels dealt with Klaus Schwab's fantasy of a "Fourth Industrial Revolution, focusing on AI, quantum computing, robotics, "smart" appliances, the "internet of things," digital education, digital medicine, etc. All of this was presented in glowing terms, but what was left unspoken is that this scenario will place enormous power into the hands of Silicon Valley and like-minded tech giants, as well as the financial interests they are partnered with. A de-facto power structure is envisioned in which the role of sovereign government and the rights of citizens will vanish.
As well, all of these ventures, combined with a mandatory policy of decarbonization and perhaps the introduction of digital currencies will provide "financialization" opportunities which will all flow to the private financial oligarchy. One panel, "Shaping Post-Pandemic Politics," made very clear the intention to prolong and intensify the current COVID crisis as a means to ram through much of the Davos Agenda. David Rubenstein of The Carlyle Group stated: "The pandemic has helped usher in a new world, with the United States declining in prominence. New President Biden could rebuild the country’s status, but only after he gains credibility (by rejoining the Davos Agenda) and can be seen as a symbol of reconciliation. The 'biggest winner from this past year will be China, " Rubenstein said.
NO MORE MISTER NICE GUY
Today's proceedings concluded with two nightmarish events. First was an interview with Sundar Pichai, CEO of Google and its parent company Alphabet, on the role of AI in the COVID pandemic and future crises. Pichai stated, "Just as the world has the Paris Agreement to tackle climate change, we need countries to unite to come together to solve the bigger and longer term safety issues from technologies like AI and quantum computing," i.e. we need a COP-26 for new digital technologies. He ends with a bit of mystical gibberish that would have made Steve Jobs proud: "There is something about the notion that the physical world as we perceive it doesn't represent the underlying reality, and as a humanity we have a long way to go before we understand the true nature in a deeper way. What excites me about quantum physics and quantum computing is that it gives us chance to get closer to that understanding one day."
This was followed by a "call to arms" in the final panel, titled "Mobilizing Climate Action for COP26." Representatives from the SwissRe insurance giant, the Iberostar hotel conglomerate, the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, the President of COP 26, "celebrated environmentalist" Al Gore, and Nigel Topping, the UK's "Climate Action Champion" basically removed their benign masks and demanded that the Davos and COP agendas were non-negotiable and must be accelerated, with one participant demanding “We have to halve emissions this decade.” Al Gore had the last word, saying that energy markets are already transitioning to green solutions and solar and wind energy is spreading
across global markets.