by Chauncey Tinker – 2 Dec 2021
A video from the World Economic Forum (WEF), that made 8 predictions for the year 2030, has been commented on quite a lot. Just in case readers are unfamiliar with it, here is a link to the video on Facebook (a tweet including the video was deleted due to the backlash on Twitter):
It begins with the phrase:
"You'll own nothing and you'll be happy"
A smiling young man with perfect teeth then appears in the clip, as if to show us what a happy person who owns nothing looks like, no doubt this is intended to reassure those who might be alarmed by the suggestion that all their property might be taken away from them.
Then this phrase appears, accompanied by a video clip of a drone delivering a parcel:
"Whatever you want you'll rent, and it will be delivered by drone."
Just by coincidence, it so happens that hugely successful and powerful corporations involved in developments in such technology are well represented at the WEF.
Understandably many people who value property ownership were alarmed by this video, particularly as the influence of the World Economic Forum in politics everywhere these days is all too apparent. If you doubt that influence you may wish to reflect on the fact that the WEF slogan "Build Back Better" has been displayed prominently on the website of the UK's Conservative Party, and UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has also frequently used the phrase in his speeches (sometimes in a slightly modified form, in a rather feeble attempt at humour). A UK government policy paper here includes the phrase as well:
Some of our readers might be wondering why (and how) the unelected representatives of the WEF apparently yield so much influence over our elected politicians.
Another prediction that appears in the video will also alarm many people who are concerned about the large numbers of immigrants who have been coming to the West in recent years:
We'll have to do a better job at welcoming and integrating refugees
This immediately follows a prediction that:
A billion people will be displaced by climate change
That's quite a large number of "refugees", considerably more in fact than the current population of Western Europe, and so it is quite difficult to see how that many "refugees" can be integrated into our societies. With that many migrating into our societies surely it is more likely that we, the current inhabitants of the West, will be the ones having to do the integrating. What we are more likely to see is more of what we have been seeing in recent years - ever growing division between different ethnic and religious groups, as migrants from very different backgrounds find themselves living in close proximity with one another in ghettos in Western cities, and as the current inhabitants of the West increasingly feel displaced and marginalized by the new arrivals. No doubt this is what the world leaders want, ever growing division, after all a divided population is one that is so much more easily ruled.
World famous news agency Reuters (lately also a self-appointed fact-checking organization) posted an article attempting to dampen down those above mentioned concerns:
The WEF does not have a ‘stated goal’ to remove everyone’s private property by 2030.
Why did the WEF post a video predicting such a state of affairs in 2030 then?
The Reuters "fact-check" draws our attention to the origin of the predictions made in the video, which apparently come from an article published in 2016 at the WEF website, written by prominent left-wing/green Danish politician Ida Auken (she was incidentally the first Danish politician chosen to be a Young Global Leader for the World Economic Forum) . The link Reuters give to the article returns an error message:
Sorry, but we can’t find the page you were looking for
We can still find the original article thanks to the web archive however:
As you can see, the title of the article is even more alarming than the WEF video, as it includes the phrases:
have no privacy, and life has never been better
The Reuters "fact-check" quotes Ida Auken's response to criticism of the video:
it was not a “utopia or dream of the future” but “a scenario showing where we could be heading - for better and for worse.”
However the description in her original article really resembles the description of a utopian communist paradise:
Welcome to the year 2030. Welcome to my city - or should I say, "our city". I don't own anything. I don't own a car. I don't own a house. I don't own any appliances or any clothes.
It might seem odd to you, but it makes perfect sense for us in this city. ... We have access to transportation, accommodation, food and all the things we need in our daily lives. One by one all these things became free, so it ended up not making sense for us to own much.
She describes how technology has taken all the drudgery out of life in this future:
When AI and robots took over so much of our work, we suddenly had time to eat well, sleep well and spend time with other people.
She does attempt a show at compassion for those "left behind", and expresses a little regret at the complete loss of privacy (she states that even her thoughts and dreams are being recorded):
Once in awhile I get annoyed about the fact that I have no real privacy. No where I can go and not be registered. I know that, somewhere, everything I do, think and dream of is recorded. I just hope that nobody will use it against me.
But nonetheless finally she concludes that her life in this dystopian future is "a good life":
All in all, it is a good life. Much better than the path we were on, where it became so clear that we could not continue with the same model of growth. We had all these terrible things happening: lifestyle diseases, climate change, the refugee crisis, environmental degradation, completely congested cities, water pollution, air pollution, social unrest and unemployment. We lost way too many people before we realised that we could do things differently.
Interestingly an almost exactly opposite prediction on wealth redistribution has been made by the House of Commons library, mentioning among other things the program of so-called Quantitative Easing, which has greatly inflated the value of assets including property. From the Guardian:
By 2030 the richest 1% will own two-thirds of global wealth.
The Reuters "fact-check" also disputes that Ida Auken's utopian communist vision is a goal of the WEF, and so returns a verdict of False:
False. The World Economic Forum does not have a stated goal to have people ‘own nothing and be happy’ by 2030. Its Agenda 2030 framework outlines an aim to ensure all people have access to ownership and control over land and other forms of property.
Having "access to ownership" and actually having ownership are of course two very different things. As revealed by the House of Commons library, the reality is going in the opposite direction from the goals of the UN's Agenda 2030. Amusingly you might also notice that although the Reuters "fact-checking" article is at pains to distinguish the WEF's goals from the goals of the UN's Agenda 2030, in that final paragraph they themselves conflate the two; a Freudian slip perhaps?
I am not at all reassured by the Reuters' "fact-check". I think the WEF video is sinister, I felt I was watching an advertisement for the kind of dystopian future that the out of touch, greedy, and power-mad, globalists who run the World Economic Forum want us (the little people) to accept, and I hope that ever growing numbers of ordinary people find the courage to oppose this globalist agenda.
Some of the left-wingers and greens may genuinely think that the WEF and the UN are working for a better world, but if so they are merely useful idiots for the mega-rich elite. The globalist elite fly all over the world in private jets, own huge luxury yachts, ride in gas guzzling vehicles, and own multiple mansions, and yet they tell us that they genuinely care about protecting the environment. The UN may claim to have a plan for wealth redistribution, but in reality the wealth gap between the globalist mega-rich elite and the rest of the world's population grows ever wider. In other words, in the dystopian future that the World Economic Forum members wish for, WE (the little people) will own nothing, but THEY (the elite) will own everything, and they will know everything about every minutiae of our lives, so that if we dare to resist their ever growing degree of control over our lives they will be easily able to suppress our dissent.
The video is available on Youtube if you have trouble watching it on Facebook:
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