Jen Gerson: Nobody's in control. Nobody's ever been in control.
For those who have not yet been Greatly Awokened; Trudeau inspired the terror of conspiracy theorists around the world when he made reference to the "Great Reset" initiative
Recently unearthed by the relentless investigators of Twitter, a readout from the Prime Minister's office dated June 11 announced that Justin Trudeau spoke to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales regarding "financing for development and the Great Reset initiative." Charles, you see, is part of the Commonwealth group of Permanent Representatives to the United Nations — and that's where the real power lies, so I'm told.
The conclusions are obvious, sheeple: The Powers That Be are using COVID-19 to accelerate their plans for a borderless, Communist New World Order, and the Illuminati have decided to put their absolute best Lizard People to the task. That's right, Justin Trudeau and Prince Charles: the guy who can't remember how many times he's done blackface is in on it with the heel from The Crown. God help us all.
For those who have not yet been Greatly Awokened; Trudeau inspired the terror of conspiracy theorists around the world when he made reference to the "Great Reset" initiative.
Pierre Poilievre did not muck about. Within mere hours the Conservative MP had set up a petition-cum-email-collection racket imploring Canadians to fight "against global elites preying on the fears and desperation of people to impose their power grab."
The Great Reset is, according to the World Economic Forum: "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.”
Which, I admit, sounds ominous. Or, it would sound so if I hadn't spent the past several years listening to Liberals talk in this kind of jargon to fluff their own grandiosity. It isn't a mystery that the sort of people who have spent their careers glossing their resumes with the wide-eyed hope of one day attending the sacred halls of Davos see this deadly global pandemic as a great opportunity to experiment with forward-thinking economic policy.
Such people generally lack the ability to speak and think like normal human beings — which goes a long way toward explaining why a sizeable chunk of the population now thinks that the global elite are literally lizards.
In reality, what the "Great Reset" probably means for Canada is a lot of poorly accounted for infrastructure spending, expansion of unemployment benefits like the CERB, carbon taxation and other environmental sustainability measures, announcements of pleasant-sounding garbage like "innovation clusters," taxing "big tech," and so forth. It's been noted here on The Line before that, under cover of COVID-19 darkness, the Liberals seem to be crafting a much more centralized octopus economy built to deliver more handouts to well-connected firms and charities — the kinds of cash funnels that got them into trouble with WE, for example.
In the coming months and years, as the fog of the pandemic lifts, I have no doubt that Canada's economy will be left less responsive, less innovative, and less accountable as a result of the Liberals' time in office.
Further, the Liberals can't seem to help playing to the UN because it taps some nostalgic, '90s-era itch for blue-hatted peacekeepers Doing Good In The World. This despite the fact that the UN is now a largely sclerotic and ineffectual organization in which despots dominate committees devoted to human rights and dictators maintain veto power over the organization's ability to project force for the greater good. The Liberals' continued pursuit of the imprimatur of the UN and its leadership is childlike and bizarre. So it's perfectly appropriate to adopt skepticism toward some of these multi-lateral organizations. But not because the UN and the WEF concocted COVID-19 as a means to enrich Bill Gates by forcibly injecting us all with mind-control vaccines.
(And if any of the global elite are listening, please consider writing your aims and goals clearly and explicitly so ordinary people are less inclined to read the most nefarious and paranoid intentions onto your vague and jargon-ridden nonsense. While we're here: I just received a terrifying emergency health alert from the Alberta government telling me about stricter lockdown measures. Maybe — just maybe — this is not the right moment to bombard a COVID-weary public, fed up with governments that can’t contain the virus, with ominous promises that those same leaders will soon re-shape the global economy. The phrase: "Read the room" comes to mind.)
People who spend any time working in or covering government bureaucracies can't help but bash their heads against the wall when they hear these kinds of conspiracies. A conspiracy theorist imagines a small cabal of hyper-competent global elites pursuing a nefarious and targeted goal. It's a total inversion of what people like me see every day: most governments are run by an enormous number of well-intentioned people of middling talent constantly at each others' throats. Most of the real power over individual lives tends to devolve to more local authority. The long-term refugee strategy of a UN subcommittee is unlikely to make any difference at all to your life — especially as almost nothing they come up with will ever be seriously entertained by even this federal government.
By comparison, if your local city council decides to declare the road in front of your house a snow-route, your life is going to be hell for the snowy side of the year.
Don't waste your time fretting over the alleged hyper-competence of the World Economic Forum. Worry much more about local ineptitude and schism.
We get ourselves into real trouble not when the UN passes a policy paper for the archives; but rather when our local, provincial and federal governments exceed their reach by imagining themselves capable of solving problems that they don't control.
(There's a lesson here for the left, as well, but that's a column for another day. Perhaps when the bill for COVID-19 spending comes due.)
Governments like to talk a good game about how much they are in charge. They take credit for a booming economy, or well-managed COVID-19 response. That is, until the economy fails and the pandemic case numbers start to rise and vaccines look further away than ever — then they pin the blame on their predecessors, or on unforeseeable events.
The mistake that conspiracy theorists make is to believe the bullshit governments feed them; they believe that someone is in control.
Oh, sure, government policy makes a difference at the edges. Loans and grants can string companies along for a spell. Shutting down businesses and restricting movement by fiat will probably help slow the spread of COVID-19. Government policy matters. But no government in a developed nation actually maintains the enforcement capacity to keep everyone locked up and alone. Everything that a government does, it must do with the consent of the governed — which is why we are now witnessing such ostentatious displays of enforcement when they do occur, pour décourager les autres.
Unless you want to literally weld all the doors to COVIDiots’ homes shut with them inside — and I do recognize this plague has unveiled that authoritarian yearning within all of us — this is the best anyone can do.
It's more comforting to believe that a nefarious cabal is pulling humanity's strings. Better that than the truth. Better anything than the truth.
Nobody's in control. Nobody's ever been in control.
Govern yourselves accordingly.
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