Editor’s note: This commentary is by Jay Eshelman, a business owner and a former Work Force Investment Board and River Valley Technical Center board member. He is a resident of Westminster, Vermont.
In a world as sophisticated and intertwined as ours, it is folly to believe all circumstance is happenstance. The only real conspiracy theory is that there are no conspiracies. Skepticism is healthy. Skepticism is the basis of scientific method. “Science begins with the null hypothesis,” American science writer Michael Shermer said, “which assumes that the claim under investigation is not true until demonstrated otherwise.” After all, as Einstein said: “If you can’t explain it simply, you don’t understand it well enough.”
Enter Phil Scott, a presumptively well-meaning education major out of UVM and former construction worker who, with his cousin, eventually took over the Dubois Construction Company, his family’s business since 1946. But for the last 20 years, Phil Scott has been a politician. While he was a state senator, he reportedly had several state construction contracts. Phil Scott knows how to walk the fine line of crony capitalism. I know something about how the system works too, having been a contractor in Vermont for 40 years.
Long story short: Phil Scott is a mini bit player in today’s sociopolitical environment. There are single company CEOs and unions in the U.S. with more employees than Vermont has people. The National Education Association (NEA) has 2.3 million members. Walmart has 2.2 million employees. Amazon has 1.3 million. Berkshire Hathaway has 391,000. Microsoft has 163,000. Google has 100,000. Those are just a few American organizations. Then there are the Chinese, the Europeans, India and so forth.
So, who is pulling the strings? Who are the puppet masters?
In an acronym, it’s the WEF, the World Economic Forum — aka The International Organization for Public-Private Cooperation. It’s guys like Germany’s Klaus Schwab — you know, the folks who meet in Davos, Switzerland every year. Just before the pandemic began, they initiated “The Great Reset initiative.” Google it!
This group includes the wealthiest most powerful people in the world. They control big business, governments and the mainstream media. The NEA has a lock on American K-12 education. Jeff Bezos of Amazon owns the Washington Post, and Carlos Slim, the New York Times. Michael Bloomberg owns Bloomberg L.P., a privately held financial, software, data, and media company. You get the idea. Bloomberg, for example, has spent more than $1.2 billion of his own money in the American 2020 election cycle alone. American universities received $1 billion from China. Never mind the Hunter Biden fiasco. Does anyone honestly believe this isn’t an “investment”?
So, what is “The Great Reset”? Well, Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, spilled the beans this week in his address to the WEF:
Many were cautious about diving down the Reset rabbit hole while acknowledging that an unusually large number of world leaders and NGO directors were speaking in similar terms. US president-elect Joe Biden’s campaign slogan was ‘Build Back Better,’ while UK PM Boris Johnson announced months ago that his country would use the coronavirus as an opportunity to ‘build back better.’
So, what did Trudeau say to the WEF just last week?
Building back better means giving support to the most vulnerable while maintaining our momentum on reaching the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the [Sustainable Development Goals]. This pandemic has provided an opportunity for a reset. This is our chance to accelerate our pre-pandemic efforts to reimagine economic systems that actually address global challenges like extreme poverty, inequality and climate change.
Let me reiterate Trudeau’s words: “This pandemic has provided an opportunity…”! What does that mean? Was the pandemic mere happenstance?
Our American republic is unique in this world. Individual liberty and freedom are still its mainstay. But our individualism is clearly under attack by World Economic Forum oligarchs — and their perhaps ignorant and naive marionettes, like Phil Scott — who believe they know better than we do.
I, for one, disagree with their assertions and remain willing to debate the issue with anyone who cares to indulge it.
Cogito, ergo sum — Caveat emptor.