The conference kicked off with remarks from Klaus Schwab, Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum who claimed 2021 is “a pivotal and crucial year” for our future.
The week-long conference was attended by representatives from government, banking, business, academia, media, Big Tech, and Big Pharma. Some of the more notable speakers included:
-Anthony S. Fauci, Director, National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID)
-Bill Gates, President, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
-Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO)
-Kristalina Georgieva, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund
-Al Gore, Former Vice-President of the United States
-John F. Kerry, US Special Presidential Envoy for Climate
-Christine Lagarde, President, European Central Bank
-Angela Merkel, Federal Chancellor of Germany
-Sundar Pichai, Chief Executive Officer, Alphabet; Chief Executive Officer, Google Inc.
-Rajiv Shah, President, The Rockefeller Foundation
There were also Special Addresses delivered by:
-António Guterres, Secretary-General, United Nations
-Emmanuel Macron, President of France
-Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel
-Vladimir Putin, President of the Russian Federation
-Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission
-and Xi Jinping, President of the People’s Republic of China
The 7 main themes of this year’s Davos meetings were:
-How to Save the Planet
-Tech for Good
-Society and Future of Work
Sounds good right? Well, if you would like everything in your life decided by a cabal of rich, self-congratulating, well-connected insiders then I’m sure it sounds wonderful. For the rest of us, who value independence, freedom, and privacy, Davos’ goals of saving the planet and transforming society sound more like authoritarian battle cries the likes of which even George Orwell would be horrified by.
No Return to Normal
Davos front man, Klaus Schwab has openly stated that the COVID-19 pandemic was the perfect opportunity to “reimagine our world” and even wrote an entire book about how to do it called COVID-19: The Great Reset. In fact, Schwab proudly proclaimed the world would never go back to normal after the pandemic as if this was an awful thing.
In COVID-19: The Great Reset, Schwab doubled down on his stance of not returning to normal, stating:
Many of us are pondering when things will return to normal. The short response is: never. Nothing will ever return to the “broken” sense of normalcy that prevailed prior to the crisis because the coronavirus pandemic marks a fundamental inflection point in our global trajectory. – Klaus Schwab
Predictably, Schwab wasn’t the only one who felt this way. He was joined by many government and business leaders who eerily began echoing almost the exact same statements in the media.
It was Schwab’s World Economic Forum along with the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and John’s Hopkins Center for Health Security that sponsored Event 201 back in October 2019. This pandemic preparedness exercise presented an almost carbon copy of what would take place in real life just a few months later.