If one takes the publications of the World Economic Forum (WEF) as an indication of how the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” will change society, the world is facing a massive attack on individual freedom and private property.
A new type of collectivism is emerging. Like the communism of the past, the new project appeals to the public with the assurance of technological advancement and social inclusion. In addition, ecological sustainability and the promise of longevity and even immortality are used to appeal to the public. In reality, however, these promises are deeply dystopian.
The fourth industrial revolution
According to Klaus Schwab, founder and current executive chairman of WEF, the “Fourth Industrial Revolution” (2016) represents a further stage in disruptive technological advances that began in the late 18th century with the textile industry and the use of power from steam. The Second Industrial Revolution took place in the decades before and after 1900. It created a plethora of new consumer goods and production technologies that enabled mass production. The third industrial revolution began around 1950 with the breakthroughs of digital technologies. Today, according to Klaus Schwab, the Fourth Industrial Revolution means that the world is moving towards “a true global civilization”.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution offers the potential “to robotize humanity and thereby compromise our traditional sources of meaning – work, community, family, identity”. Schwab predicts that the Fourth Industrial Revolution “will uplift humanity into a new collective and moral consciousness.”
Transhumanism is part of the transformation that accompanies the Fourth Industrial Revolution, as artificial intelligence (AI) will surpass even the best human performance in specific tasks. New technologies “won’t stop being part of the physical world around us – they will be part of us,” Schwab says.
In the foreword to Schwab’s latest book, Shaping the future of the fourth industrial revolution (2018), Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella says that the evolution of new technologies “is entirely in our power”. Microsoft and other high-tech companies “are betting on the convergence of several important technological changes: mixed reality, artificial intelligence and quantum computing”.
Satya Nadella informs readers that Microsoft, Amazon, Google, Facebook and IBM will cooperate in an AI partnership that will work to develop and test technology in areas such as “automotive and health, human collaboration. -IA, economic displacement and how AI can be used for social good. “
In the preface to his latest book, Klaus Schwab predicts that the Fourth Industrial Revolution “will overturn existing ways of feeling, calculating, organizing, acting and delivering”. He declares that “negative externalities” of the current global economy are harming “the natural environment and vulnerable populations”.
The changes that accompany new technologies will be global and will reverse “the way we produce and transport goods and services”. The revolution will change the way “we communicate, the way we collaborate and the way we experience the world around us”. The change will be so profound that advances in neurotechnology and biotechnology “force us to question what it means to be human”.
Like Satya Nadella’s foreword, Schwab’s text repeatedly reiterates the assertion that “the evolution of the Fourth Industrial Revolution” is “entirely in our power” when “we” use the “window of opportunity”. opportunity ”and seek“ empowerment ”. The ‘we’ the two authors speak of is the global technocratic elite calling for central control and state interventionism (called ‘shaping the future’) in a new system characterized by intimate cooperation between business and government, or more precisely between high tech and a handful of key states.
The World Economic Forum’s “Big Reset” webpage proclaims that “the Covid-19 crisis” presents “a unique window of opportunity to shape the recovery.” At the current “historic crossroads”, world leaders must tackle the “inconsistencies, shortcomings and contradictions” ranging from health and education to finance and energy. The forum defines “sustainable development” as the central objective of global management activities.
The ‘big reset’ calls for global cooperation to achieve goals such as’ harnessing the Fourth Industrial Revolution ‘,’ restoring the health of the environment ‘,’ rethinking social contracts, skills and jobs’ and ‘shaping the economic recovery”. As themed at the “Jobs Reset Summit” from October 20 to 23, 2020, a “green recovery” from the covid-19 crisis promises a “green horizon”. The January 2021 WEF summit will specifically address the transformations to come. The main themes are “stable climate”, “sustainable development”, a “zero carbon” economy and agricultural production which would reduce cattle breeding in line with the overall reduction in meat consumption.
The rise in the standard of living as well as the growth of the world population became possible thanks to the industrial revolution. Those who want to bring down capitalist society and the economy must necessarily opt for lower living standards and depopulation. Proponents of plans to establish a new world order with state power deny that radical capitalism could much better provide the means for a better world, as has been the case since the start of the first industrial revolution .
What brought about the industrial revolutions of the past are free markets and individual choice. As Mises explains, it was the let it go ideology that produced the first industrial revolution. First, there was a spiritual revolution which put an end to “the social order in which an ever-increasing number of people were doomed to abject want and misery” and where manufacturing activity “had almost exclusively responded to the needs of the wealthy. do ”and their“ expansion was limited by the amount of luxury goods that the wealthier segments of the population could afford. “
The ideology of the World Economic Forum is that of the pre-industrial era. While the Forum website (WEF) is chock-full of terms like “power”, “organization” and “managed sustainability”, concepts like “freedom”, “market coordination” and “individual choice” are conspicuously absent. The forum hides the fact that instead of human progress, impoverishment and repression are the future of humanity. The implicit consequence of the planned “ecological economy” is the drastic reduction of the world population.
With the abolition of markets and the removal of individual choice, which the collectivist plans of the WEF propose, a new dark age would come. Contrary to what planners assume, technological progress itself would stop. Without the human creativity that stems from the mindset of individualism, no economic progress has ever been possible.
The new technologies accompanying the Fourth Industrial Revolution can be of immense benefit to humanity. Technologies in itself are not the problem but how they are used. A dystopian future awaits us if the global elite of the World Economic Forum has a say. The result would be a technocratic terror regime masked as a benevolent world government. Yet there is an alternative. As has been widely proven over the past two hundred years, free markets and individual choice are the sources of technological progress, human progress and economic prosperity. There is no rational reason to assume that the Fourth Industrial Revolution would require collectivism. Free markets are the best way to face the challenges of new technologies. No less but more capitalism is the answer.
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