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Davos Man Is at It Again: The 2022 Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum

June 2, 2022

The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos is perhaps the world’s most unpopular conference, and the WEF’s founder and chairman, Klaus Schwab, one of the world’s most despised figures. Often compared to “Dr. Evil,” the character Mike Meyers played in the Austin Powers series, and routinely likened to a James Bond supervillain on the internet, Schwab is seen as a messianic megalomaniac leading a nefarious cabal of world leaders and corporate heads into a future dominated by a globalist elite.
A Twitter poll by TruthBoost asks, “Does the World Economic Forum make the world a better place?” As of this writing, 98.4 percent of respondents said no.
What is it about this confab and its leaders that makes the WEF and its meetings so despised? After

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The Backstory of the Great Reset, or How to Destroy Classical Liberalism

May 31, 2022

As should be clear by now, Francis Fukuyama’s declaration in The End of History: The Last Man (1992) that we had arrived at “the end of history” did not mean that classical liberalism, or laissez-faire economics, had emerged victorious over communism and fascism, or that the final ideological hegemony signaled the end of socialism. In fact, for Fukuyama, the terminus of history was always democratic socialism or social democracy. As Hans-Hermann Hoppe noted in Democracy: The God That Failed, “the Last Man” standing was not a capitalist homo economicus but rather a “homo socio-democraticus” (222). The end of history, with all its Hegelian pretenses, did not entail the defeat of socialism-communism but rather of classical liberalism. Evidently, the big state and big

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Elon Musk’s Twitter Gambit and What It Means to the “Clique in Power”

April 30, 2022

Elon Musk’s bid to take over Twitter and turn it into a private company has apparently been successful. Now the real action begins. Musk’s buyout exposes the Big Digital media complex to unwanted and unwonted competition, while threatening to loosen its near-total control of information and opinion. Twitter has represented a vital component in an information configuration that has barred competitors and participants from the digital sphere by means of progressive criteria, including wokeness, political fealty, and obedience to official state dictates and narratives.
The response to the Twitter takeover by the arbiters of acceptable expression has been as hysterical as it has been swift. The New York Times, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Media Matters

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Do Conspiracies Really Exist? Murray Rothbard Thought So

April 28, 2022

The quickest way to discredit an intellectual opponent is to accuse that person of being a “conspiracy theorist.” But what happens when real conspiracies occur?

Original Article: “Do Conspiracies Really Exist? Murray Rothbard Thought So”

It is also important for the State to inculcate in its subjects an aversion to any “conspiracy theory of history;” for a search for “conspiracies” means a search for motives and an attribution of responsibility for historical misdeeds. If, however, any tyranny imposed by the State, or venality, or aggressive war, was caused not by the State rulers but by mysterious and arcane “social forces,” or by the imperfect state of the world or, if in some way, everyone was responsible (“We Are All Murderers,” proclaims one slogan),

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„Woke“- Gesellschaft – Warum Jordan Peterson die akademische Welt verlassen hat

February 12, 2022

Der Psychologieprofessor Jordan B. Peterson ist im Januar von seinem Posten an der Universität von Toronto zurückgetreten. Ein Kommentar.Die Vorherrschaft der „Woke“- Gesellschaft hat der westlichen Zivilisation einen hohen Tribut abverlangt. Die Opfer der Wokeness sind zu zahlreich, um sie alle aufzuzählen. Aber wir sollten nicht vergessen, dass die „Wokeness“ zuerst in der Hochschulbildung aufkeimte, von wo aus sie sich auf den gesamten sozialen Körper ausbreitete. Die Akademi…Glh Xqtjgttuejchv ghu „Gyuo“- Vthtaahrwpui voh xyl aiwxpmglir Nwjwzwgohwcb vzeve ovolu Jhyrkj rsmvicrexk. Glh Cdtsf nob Ewsmvmaa brwm mh ijquanrlq, jb brn uffy tnysnsäaexg. Qruh eqz bxuucnw fauzl pylaymmyh, mjbb qvr „Ogcwfwkk“ kfpcde bg ghu Wdrwhrwjaqxasjcv mgrwquyfq, haz dv kec fvr zpjo rlw stc qockwdox jfqzrcve

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The Great Reset, Part VI: Plans of a Technocratic Elite

November 3, 2021

In previous installments, I introduced the Great Reset idea1 and treated it in terms of its economic2 and ideological3 components. In this, the sixth installment, I will discuss what the Great Reset entails in terms of governance and the Fourth Industrial Revolution (4-IR), closing with remarks about the overall Great Reset project and its implications.
According to Klaus Schwab, the founder and executive chair of the World Economic Forum (WEF), the 4-IR follows the first, second, and third Industrial Revolutions—the mechanical, electrical, and digital, respectively.4 The 4-IR builds on the digital revolution, but Schwab sees the 4-IR as an exponential takeoff and convergence of existing and emerging fields, including Big Data; artificial intelligence; machine

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What Is the Great Reset? Part I: Reduced Expectations and Bio-techno-feudalism

December 20, 2020

The Great Reset is on everyone’s mind, whether everyone knows it or not. It is presaged by the measures undertaken by states across the world in response to the covid-19 crisis. (I mean by “crisis” not the so-called pandemic itself, but the responses to a novel virus called SARS-2 and the impact of the responses on social and economic conditions.)
In his book, COVID-19: The Great Reset, World Economic Forum (WEF) founder and executive chairman Klaus Schwab writes that the covid-19 crisis should be regarded as an “opportunity [that can be] seized to make the kind of institutional changes and policy choices that will put economies on the path toward a fairer, greener future.”1 Although Schwab has been promoting the Great Reset for years, the covid crisis has

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