The WEF’s pre-COVID brand—using the myth of anthropogenic climate change and a looming climate apocalypse to radically reengineer and downshift the world’s economy—was in big trouble before COVID. Donald Trump not only had pulled the United States out of the economy-destroying Paris Accords, but also had even shown up at the WEF’s annual conclave at Davos, Switzerland on January 21, 2020, the day his second impeachment trial started in the Senate. He called the alleged masters of the universe “prophets of doom” while promoting the nation-state, his America First agenda, clean fossil fuel energy independence, and, most importantly, technological and scientific optimism, the creators of fundamental economic progress.

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