Is This the “Recovery” You Want?


Although a month old, an essay by Michael Walsh about the meeting of the global elite in Davos is still relevant and important to consider (note that the brackets and bold text are in the original):

Which brings us back to Davos and to the World Economic Forum and its plans for the peons of the world, whom they very much don’t want to unite [Marxist language in bold]:

The Covid-19 crisis, and the political, economic and social disruptions it has caused, is fundamentally changing the traditional context for decision-making. The inconsistencies, inadequacies and contradictions of multiple systems –from health and financial to energy and education – are more exposed than ever amidst a global context of concern for lives, livelihoods and the planet. Leaders find themselves at a historic crossroads, managing short-term pressures against medium- and long-term uncertainties.

As we enter a unique window of opportunity to shape the recovery, this initiative will offer insights to help inform all those determining 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 commons. Drawing from the vision and vast expertise of the leaders engaged across the Forum’s communities, the Great Reset initiative has a set of dimensions to build a new social contract that honours the dignity of every human being.

Is this what you want? Is this what you voted for? Is this the life you desire? To be an admiring plaything of the Davos elite, caught like poor Hans Castorp in zugzwang at the Berghof clinic? We’ve been having this same discussion for more than a century, and it always ends up in the same place. A velvet prison with plays, music, even opera. Where absolutely everyone is well treated. And where all the best people go.

The question of Walsh’s closing paragraph is crucial: Is this what you want?  Honestly want — not just “I can’t think of another solution” kind of want.

My family is unique, these days, in the sense that within our household are perspectives spanning three-quarters of a century of generations and individual circumstances, so let me offer an observation:  The way we’re being forced to deal with COVID-19 is deadly and soul-destroying.

The very people who are imposing that response will soon be moving forward with a suggested solution for the consequences, and we shouldn’t accept it.

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