The Great Reset or the Great Return?
What is the Great Reset?
This previously unknown phrase has become commonplace with the events of the last two years. Everyone from comedians like Russell Brand to royalty like Prince Charles have been talking about the Great Reset. So just what does this term imply? Is it merely the invention of conspiracy theorists, or is it a benevolent economic model formulated to help solve the world’s problems in the aftermath of the pandemic?
In this brief article I will attempt to outline the main features of the Great Reset in their own words and then focus on how the church can practically respond to some of this information. The term “Great Reset” was coined by the World Economic Forum (WEF). The WEF is basically a global organisation that links the worlds richest private companies together and facilitates their interactions with the governments of the world. It includes companies such as AstraZeneca, Amazon, Barclays Bank, Coca-Cola, Google, Hewlett Packard, Johnson & Johnson, Pfizer, and PayPal just to name a few. The forum is best known for its annual meeting in Davos Switzerland which brings together global leaders to consider the challenges of the world!
Their website says:
“The Forum engages the foremost political, business, cultural and other leaders of society to shape global, regional and industry agendas.”
The Davos agenda for 2021 was “The Great Reset” – so what it this? Quite simply, it is the belief that the major infrastructures of the world (social, political, economic, industrial, environmental) need to be reset. This belief is often summarised with the quote “build back better”. The belief of the WEF is that the global situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic presents an opportunity to enact this radical reconfiguring of society. The Founder and Executive chairman of the WEF is Professor Klaus Schwab, he holds multiple doctorates and honorary titles and has been knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. He recently published the book Covid-19: The Great Reset in which he states:
‘This pandemic represents a rare but narrow window of opportunity to reflect, reimagine, and reset our world.
The societal upheaval unleashed by COVID-19 will last for years, and possibly generations … Many of us are pondering when things will return to normal. The short response is never…. In short, we need a Great Reset of capitalism. … for global leaders to shape the future state of global relations, the direction of national economies, the priorities of societies, the nature of business models and the management of a global common interests.’
The idea of a group of unelected global leaders shaping society for the rest of us is an idea that many people find extremely uncomfortable. A careful look at the world will show this is not just theoretical either. There are a number of themes that form the core of the great reset that the WEF is pushing that dominate popular culture today.
Firstly, globalism will need to be the ruling model of government. Schwab states:
“the more nationalism and isolationism pervade the global polity, the greater the chance that a global governance becomes ineffective.”
This would mean less sovereignty to individual nation states. Rather a system directed by a representative body of global governments working closely with the largest private sector companies.
Financial and Economic Reform
Schwab suggests what he calls stakeholder capitalism – “a model I first proposed a half-century ago, positions private corporations as trustees of society, and is clearly the best response to today’s social and environmental challenges.
The notion of extremely wealthy individuals and companies, like those who attend Davos and members of the WEF, becoming “trustees to society” is again something that has many people concerned, and rightly so.
Their vision for economic reform is even more radical – and Covid-19 is helping to pave the way for a new economic world order. In order to pay for the Covid crisis governments are creating money out of thin air, ending up with massive debts and currencies which are not backed by real wealth. The Coronavirus pandemic has created an economic crisis, similar to that caused by World War II. This requires a new monetary world order to reshape the world according to the WEF. Some of the ideas being pushed for this economic reform are doing away with cash and introducing Central Bank Digital Currencies.
This is a form of cryptocurrency used in international trade and finance. China is already creating such a system. Bank of England Governor, Andrew Bailey, has said, ‘I think in a few years’ time, we will be heading toward some sort of digital currency.’
The Fourth Industrial Revolution
This is another area Schwab has written about extensively. He envi