The New York Times are gas-lighting: The baseless ‘Great Reset’ conspiracy theory rises again. The Great Reset is no conspiracy theory. The World Economic Forum, the UN, and many world leaders are pushing “build back better”, the message that the coronavirus crisis should be used as an excuse to remake the world. Just search for “the great reset”, and you will find:
- The Great Reset | Reset and shape the future
- The Great Reset | World Economic Forum
- Introducing the ‘Great Reset,’ world leaders’ radical plan …
- The Great Reset: How to Build a Better World Post-COVID-19 …
- The ‘Great Reset’ for dummies… | The Wall Will Fall
- What is the Great Reset? – Townhall
A baseless conspiracy theory about the coronavirus has found new life as cases surge once again.
If a simple search can find articles that mention in their titles the radical plan of world leaders to build a better world post Covid-19, it’s hardly baseless.
On Monday morning, the phrase “The Great Reset” trended with nearly 80,000 tweets, with most of the posts coming from familiar far-right internet personalities. The conspiracy alleges that a cabal of elites has long planned for the pandemic so that they could use it to impose their global economic control on the masses. In some versions of the unfounded rumor, it is only President Trump who is thwarting this plan and keeping the scheme at bay.
Far right? Tim Poole is not far right. There is a cabal of elites (the Davos forum) that have long planned to use a pandemic to implement radical changes to the global economy. Trump did push back against World Health Organization propaganda and withdraw from the Paris Accord, which are both elements of the World Economic Forum’s agenda.
The narrative first took root in late May, when Prince Charles and Klaus Schwab, the executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, announced plans to convene world leaders and discuss climate change and how to rebuild an economy damaged by the pandemic. The meeting was branded as a “Great Reset,” and the false rumors about the tight-knit group of elites manipulating the global economy took off.
If you simply go to the world economic forum’s web site (second link found in the search), you quickly find the following description:
To achieve a better outcome, the world must act jointly and swiftly to revamp all aspects of our societies and economies, from education to social contracts and working conditions. Every country, from the United States to China, must participate, and every industry, from oil and gas to tech, must be transformed. In short, we need a “Great Reset” of capitalism.
And what is this “great reset of capitalism”? It is a call for authoritarian Marxist world government. It’s right there, stated plainly on the WEF website.
Then, over the weekend and into Monday morning, a video of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada speaking from a United Nations meeting in September gained millions of views online. In the video, Mr. Trudeau referred to a “great reset” and also happened to utter the words “build back better,” which conspiracists saw as a tie-in to President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. — who had used the phrase as a campaign slogan.
The exact same phrase–Build Back Better–has been used by Boris Johnson and many other world leaders. The idea that this is simply coincidence is hard to believe.
Soon, far-right internet commentators with records of spreading misinformation posted about the conspiracy, collecting tens of thousands of likes and shares on Facebook and Twitter. The posters included Paul Joseph Watson, a former contributor to Infowars, and Steven Crowder, who has falsely asserted that coronavirus death tolls are inflated.
Spreading misinformation like this NYT article is? Coronavirus death tolls are inflated somewhat, because anyone who dies after a positive test is counted as having died from virus.
Joan Donovan, the research director at Harvard University’s Shorenstein Center, said it is “maddening” to see the same networks of influencers traffic in recycled conspiracies and get in the way of delivering accurate information to the public. “What is true is that Covid is on the rise in the U.S. because of poor leadership and the lack of a nationally coordinated response,” Ms. Donovan said.
What does the fact that the second wave of the coronavirus is real have to do with whether or not The Great Reset is real?
Twitter said the tweets about the conspiracy did not violate its rules, and that “The Great Reset” was no longer trending.
The Great Reset is not a conspiracy theory. Twitter is garbage, but I applaud them for ignoring calls to censor from the likes of the lying New York Times.