Klaus Martin Schwab is not evil. He would have been if he was pushing his ideas knowing they are evil. But he truly and honestly believes he’s performing a valuable service to humankind. So, he may be wrong, but he’s not evil.
Thus deservedly respected American economist Martin Armstrong. He had studied what Schwab considers his masterpiece, The Great Reset, a.k.a. 4th Industrial Revolution, thoroughly, and, quite perceptively, called Schwab’s ideas feudalistic socialism.
Yet, Armstrong still would give Schwab the benefit of the doubt.
Here’s a shocker: Schwab does not deserve it.
The 83-year-old engineer and economist (in that order), was born in the pretty ancient South German city Ravensburg (founded in 1088), to Swiss parents. Still, he is a German citizen. On the other hand, he has three Swiss grandparents and two Swiss brothers.
And he views himself as an academic.
Academics and reality
Socialism, in whatever form, has gone through a number of variations through its time, failing in all of them. Those who pigheadedly try to repeat the same thing again and all over again are bound to fail, as well. Those who do not know their history are bound to repeat it. That is a rule attributed to many. Karl Marx went a step further: history happens as a tragedy on the first run, and as a farce on the second, he used to quip.
Just briefly: Soviet Union founder Vladimir Lenin saw his (his title) war communism ruin the country beyond belief. So, he introduced what he called New Economic Policy (NEP), restoring some of the features of capitalism. It gave people an initiative to work for themselves, i.e. work honestly.
After Lenin’s passing his successor, Josif Stalin, abolished the NEP for ideological reasons. You can’t admit that your original plan isn’t working. That it all led to cruelty not matched since the Golden Horde is an established fact. Since you can’t blame the system, Stalin would always find enemies of the people and claim they were the real reason for Soviet economy going to hell.
Stalin’s henchman Lavrentii Beria thought of making some changes after his original boss had expired, but never got around to trying them: he knew too much about his comrades, a deadly sin.
Nikita Khrushchev attempted another reform. He was swept away. Officially it was because he upset the communist party apparatus and also, he had an egg on his face following the 1962 Cuban missile crisis. He had to remove Soviet weapons from the Island of Freedom under American threats, an unforgivable error.
There were several attempts to reform socialism (Poland and Hungary in 1956, Czechoslovakia in 1968), all three ending in Soviet invasions.
The latest failure came with the arrival of Mikhail Gorbachev in the later 1980s. His attempt to loosen the bridle a tad through his reconstruction (perestroika) and openness (glasnost) led to the inevitable outcome: fall of communism, if only mostly on paper, as many of the former poohbahs would keep the reins and run stuff from backstage.
That would lead to the end of the Soviet Union as the world had known it.
And the so-called academics, Klaus Martin Schwab included, still haven’t realised that you can’t square a circle.
Knights on white stallions
It would take a thorough examination by an army of psychologists to figure out why people who should know better still haven’t grasped this simple idea: if something hasn’t been working in so many circumstances, why are you convinced you’ve figured how to outsmart Columbus’s naysayers and keep his egg standing on its tip?
Today’s academics have rejected the idea of laissez-faire and the Invisible Hand.
They can fix what ails society. Business cycles aren’t inevitable, so long as they can manipulate the mases of the unwashed.
John Maynard Keynes and his New Economics was right, they said, government can hold the power to control the economy at will.
Keynes himself admitted shortly before his passing (aged 62, in 1946) that it seems he wasn’t necessarily correct. That meant (and still means today) nothing.
Schwab has created his Young Global Leaders and his Global Shapers so his students learn that humans are not individuals but mere worker bees in a hive destined to serve the queen or, in this case, the government.
Klaus Schwab prefers Karl Marx to Adam Smith, and that despite the undisputable fact that Marx’s Das Kapital is anything but a volume on economics, while The Wealth of Nations is a pure textbook on understanding economics.
So far as Schwab and his like-minded colleagues are concerned, the elites are all, and those who see that all innovation comes only from the freedom to think should be silenced before their heresy spreads around too much.
Schwab’s theories aren’t his, actually. No matter whose they are, these theories, arrogant as they are, show how little Klaus Martin Schwab knows about the workings of business cycles, and how far he and his ilk are removed from reality.
Ignorance is no excuse. It doesn’t really matter whether Klaus Martin Schwab pushes evil ideas in the knowledge they are evil, or whether he truly and honestly believes he’s performing a valuable service to humankind.
Bernard of Clairvaux (1091—1153) who, legend claims, used to send out dogs with brandy-filled kegs into mountains following blizzards to find stranded skiers, is said to have coined this timeless statement: “The road to hell is paved with good intentions.”
Here’s the problem: no matter the intentions, it’s still road to hell.
And that answers the question whether Klaus Martin Schwab is evil or not.
Yes, unequivocally, he is. Even if he thinks he’ll land in heaven, on cloud nine, once he passes, he’ll land in hell, pressure cooker No. 9, right beside the running dental drills.