“I can’t in good conscience allow the U.S. government to destroy privacy, internet freedom and basic liberties for people around the world with this massive surveillance machine they’re secretly building.”— Edward Snowden
“Privacy is one of the biggest problems in this new electronic age.”— Andy Grove
“Our values are that we do think that people have a right to privacy. And that our customers are not our products.”— Tim Cook
“I believe in a zone of privacy.”— Hillary Clinton
“Privacy is a thing of the past.”— Martin Cooper
“I am absolutely opposed to a national ID card. This is a total contradiction of what a free society is all about. The purpose of government is to protect the secrecy and the privacy of all individuals, not the secrecy of government.”— Ron Paul
“We are losing privacy at an alarming rate – we have none left.”— John McAfee
“I suspect privacy is a very new concept to humanity.”— Helen Fisher
“Surveillance breeds conformity.”— Glenn Greenwald
The increasingly powerful Klaus Schwab, his WEF, and his fast-growing army of supporters and implementers seem to have focused on an approach to a one-world-order that is working: Government-issued digital ID’s plus government-created digital money. And rapidly becoming non-optional. Global leaders are quite open about their objectives. Is this 1984’s obey-or-else time? Or just maybe – something good?
Sometimes, the world seems to do its own thing, despite great efforts by many to “rescue” the poor old thing. Our world is very small today, with about 8 billion folks temporarily resident. The world’s small size, unlike the past when distance actually worked, is the result of modern communications, air travel, and global interconnectedness. Physical distance is increasingly irrelevant.
Our newly-small world has surfaced quite a few leaders and their followers who view this world as finally conquerable. Distance is no longer an obstacle. The obstacle today is us 8 billion residents who consume enormous amounts of almost everything. Leaders, including many wannabe’s, see this obstacle as a major challenge to whatever it is that they desire.
This 8-billion-obstacles problem has to be dealt with in some manner.
The Georgia Guidestones, now inconveniently defunct, called for a max of 500 million. Meaning that there would be just 7.5 billion excess people as obstacles.
Blowing up the world in a nuclear war seems not to be the solution
Nuclear World War III has an awkward side effect of destroying pretty much everything that the globalist leaders want to control, despite potentially dealing effectively with much or all of the inconvenient excess population problem. However, absent a nuclear WW III solution, quite a number of us in the excess population problem might well object to available non-nuclear solution alternatives, if you can imagine such a thing.
So, globalist-world-dominators, what to do?
Fortunately, for them anyway, there is a pretty clear answer: (1) Get all of these inconvenient folks under strong central control – globally; and (2) Identify among those folks at least a few (like maybe 500 million) who could be most useful and cooperative in making the world work as required for leader-ruler-wannabe survival and happiness. This leaves a fair number, say around 7.5 billion, to be suitably and eventually depopulated – kindly and gently, wherever possible.
The approach evident in practice today seems to be a clever combination of nature-enhanced depopulation, and ever-tightening, tech-based control of the as-yet un-depopulated obstacles.
Pandemics galore appear to be satisfactorily handling the nature-enhanced depop side of things. This works slowly but surely.
Control of the residual un-depop folks is consequently the rulers’ major action item going forward.
This is a big challenge since there is still a really big bunch of un-depop folks hanging in there. Old style, harsh, messy methods probably won’t work because of the inconveniently large number of un-depop folks still milling about. And globally distributed.
Fortunately again, for the rulers and wannabe’s at least, there is today a quite practical technological solution: surveil and control. The internet, AI, and associated technologies have at long last made such a global enterprise approach feasible, low cost, and highly effective. And much less messy than in the bad-old-days. What ruler or wannabe could ask for more?
It should be noted before proceeding that what appears to be this main thrust of world domination efforts – easily seen because the rulers and wannabes are quite open about their plans for some reason – is occurring within a very noisy background of around a gazillion distractions of one sort or another.
Nevertheless, what follows is just my take on the main game. You may see something entirely different going on.
A surveil-and-control solution seems to be the answer
The underlying goal of our rulers and wannabes is a one (or new) world order dominated by themselves. From the World Economic Forum (WEF) in 2018: “Identity in a Digital World: A new chapter in the social contract”:
“Our identity is, literally, who we are, and as the digital technologies of the Fourth Industrial Revolution advance, our identity is increasingly digital. This digital identity determines what products, services and information we can access – or, conversely, what is closed off to us.”
“The COVID-19 crisis is affecting every facet of people’s lives in every corner of the world. But tragedy need not be its only legacy. On the contrary, the pandemic represents a rare but narrow window of opportunity to reflect, reimagine, and reset our world to create a healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous future.”
Klaus Schwab, founder and CEO of the WEF, is leading the charge for both digital ID’s and behavioral control using digital ID’s. He is the front man, so to speak, for what is going on today – globally – beneath all of the noise and distractions.
Digital ID’s are of course the key to all of this.
More than everything you ever wanted to know about digital ID’s is available in a very lengthy WEF document prepared in 2016: “A Blueprint for Digital Identity”. Its implementation is fully underway now. The data items that make up digital ID’s are being obtained through extensive surveillance of virtually everything we do. The graphic below from the WEF illustrates the scope of this surveillance.
How is all of the required data obtained? Well, we mostly give it to whoever asks for it in order to obtain some service, access, or goods. Our internet obsession provides the ideal mechanism for obtaining such data and for its consequent conversion to actionable intelligence. Mostly voluntarily, and often actively supportive. Privacy has almost become a non-issue for many people.
Getting our personal data is what “surveillance” is actually about
The WEF Digital Identity diagram shows how extensive this planned personal dataset is. Each primary point of entry is separated so as to keep the collection (surveillance) aspect minimally visible and thus generally acceptable. What each such point doesn’t advertise is where the individual data items about each one of us are assembled and analyzed. The WEF document linked above gives quite a lot of detail on what is going on behind the curtain.
The goal in all of this surveilling is to generate a reasonably complete digital ID for virtually everyone on earth. You will not be surprised to hear that this surveillance operation is fairly well along toward its “operational completion” – far enough so that it can be used today for its ultimate purpose: control.
While data providers may be using the data they collect internally for such worthwhile aims as improving customer service, eliminating waits, reducing product and service faults, and the like, the fact is that much of this data is being sold to the Digital ID aggregators.
One such aggregator is Okta, an American identity and access management company based in San Francisco. It provides cloud software that helps companies manage and secure user authentication into applications, and for developers to build identity controls into applications, website web services and devices. Its Cost of Privacy report is very interesting if you want an inside look at what today’s surveillance efforts encompass and the effect on privacy concerns.
Why do governments globally want you to have a digital ID?
No mystery about this. It is all about controlling individual behavior. They have become quite open about this underlying objective, especially since COVID got rolling in 2020. For example, the World Bank, part of the United Nations†, in an annual report tells it sort-of like it is: “The 2021 ID4D and G2Px Annual Report”:
“The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated digitalization in ways that were unimaginable just two years ago, highlighting the fundamental role that digital ID and government-to-person (G2P) payment ecosystems can play in helping a country to deliver services and social assistance to its people rapidly, effectively and responsibly.”
“In 2021, the World Bank Group’s sister initiatives Identification for Development (ID4D) and Digitalizing G2P Payments (G2Px) marked the fifth anniversary of the ID4D’s Multi-Donor Trust Fund (MDTF) partnership platform which now includes G2Px. This year’s annual report is the first joint report between ID4D and G2Px. Throughout the achievements covered in this Annual Report, you will see how both initiatives have grown across all three pillars of work: thought leadership and analytics, global platforms and convening, as well as country and regional action, adapting to rapidly changing landscapes. In 2021, demand increased significantly as countries sought to use ID systems and digitized G2P payments to respond to and recover from the pandemic.”
† Note: The United Nations describes itself as promoting “Peace, dignity and equality on a healthy planet” and “As the world’s only truly universal global organization, the United Nations has become the foremost forum to address issues that transcend national boundaries.”
Hmm … kind of misses the quiet part here about behavior control via Central Bank Digital Currency (CDBC), unless the “… government-to-person (G2P) payment ecosystems” is a code-phrase for this quiet part. No matter – others like Natural News are eager to help out and clarify the “programmability” aspect:
“CBDCs usher in digital surveillance. Bo Li, the deputy managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and former deputy governor of the People’s Bank of China, spoke about the ‘programmability’ of digital currencies at a recent IMF seminar.”
“’CBDC can improve financial inclusion through what we call programmability. That is, CBDC can allow government agencies and private sector players to program, create smart contracts [or] allow targeted policy functions. For example – welfare payment, consumption coupon [and] food stamps,’ he said.”
“By programming CBDC, money can be precisely targeted to what kind of people can own and what kind of use this money can be utilized.”
“… Another warning against CBDCs came in the form of a March 2022 piece in Ars Technica. ‘Digital currency issued by a central bank can be used as a tool for government surveillance of citizens and control over their financial transactions,’ wrote Jon Brodkin, senior IT reporter for the publication.”
Natural News went on to focus on and emphasize the underlying purpose in this short post: “Federal Reserve set to introduce privacy-crushing digital currency that can be ‘controlled’ and ‘programmed’ by government bureaucrats:”
“The N.Y. Fed said in a statement: ‘This U.S. proof-of-concept project is experimenting with the concept of a regulated liability network. It will test the technical feasibility, legal viability, and business applicability of distributed ledger technology to settle the liabilities of regulated financial institutions through the transfer of central bank liabilities.’”
“’The NYIC looks forward to collaborating with members of the banking community to advance research on asset tokenization and the future of financial market infrastructures in the U.S. as money and banking evolve,’ said Per von Zelowitz, Director of the New York Innovation Center.”
Got that? I think it’s Fed-talk for something else. “Asset tokenization” is probably digital money (CBDC). Nothing here about the need for a digital ID to connect individuals with their assets in digital form. Nothing about using the person-connected digital assets to influence the person’s behavior – i.e., to control.
Now who would want to do such a thing?
Well, probably every government on earth, especially its current rulers and wannabes. Government was initially created to provide essential social and economic services more efficiently than individuals themselves could. Of course, this also created the need for managers – multiple layers, if possible. Thus a clear need for people to manage the managers – known in practical terms as “rulers” and their supporters.
There is probably also something to do here with the power needs of certain individuals. Ruler-wannabes need people to have power over, to rule – to control. And, unfortunately, most people need rulers of various flavors to tell them what to do. That’s just the way human nature works.
Applying this unavoidable natural human process to our current digital world invites, or perhaps even requires, rulers to become digitally-enabled controllers of the masses. Some previous posts addressed this unfortunate aspect of human behavior (here, here, and here).
The logical linkage here seems to be rulers gaining control of populations by means of digital technology. In particular, the combination of government-created digital money (CBDC), and the everywhere-internet and its kin, which today provide a convenient, low cost, and highly effective mechanism for control of large, globally dispersed, occasionally uncooperative, masses.
Us members of these masses need to eat at reasonable intervals. We also need to pay so many types of happy-bills that require “money”. Using whatever “money” may officially be at any particular moment. Then there is occasionally-vital health care, and housing, and transportation, and so much else that requires money. Barter simply doesn’t work or scale for these.
So, the world-domination mechanics here boil down to using government-created CBDC digital money to control the digital-ID’d masses.
Beautifully simple – in principle.
As always, the devil is in the details
We seem almost surely to be headed for CBDC-dominated money. Competing cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin are in the process of being destroyed. Poor old FTX, seemingly headed by a most unlikely character for such an important role, is probably just the first of many. Government doesn’t like competition – especially from decentralized, privately-managed, digital cryptocurrencies.
While there will likely be a few bumps in the road to CBDC domination, there are so many powerful people and organizations (aka rulers and wannabes) driving this transition that their eventual success seems virtually certain (absent a nuclear WW III).
What are “bumps in the road”? Why, many of us inconvenient people (aka you and I), of course. How much is “many”? Fortunately, we have some “science” to help us out here.
Mattias Desmet has popularized the psychological concept of “mass formation psychosis” (now rebranded as “hypnosis”). Mass formation is of course newspeak for “crowds”, “mobs”, and other identifiable and behaviorally-unified groups of people. The “psychosis” or “hypnosis” part refers to the behaviorally-unifying mechanics active in such cases (see here and here).
The aspect of note here is that Desmet found that up to about 30% of a “mass/crowd” could be regarded as “true believers” (see Eric Hoffer), with another possibly 20% being actively opposed to whatever the believers mob may be up to. The remaining 50%-60% majority seem mostly to go-along-to-get-along.
When you are dealing with around 8 billion people, as globalists today must, this believe-and-obey minority is frustratingly small. Maybe only a couple or so billions, scattered all over the place. With up to a similar number actively, and probably effectively, opposed.
Such huge numbers of people who must be controlled means that the good old ways in the good old days – bashing heads, shooting folks, tossing the terminally-uncooperative in prisons and worse, and such other mostly-violent methods of persuasion pioneered and developed by rulers and wannabe’s since people were invented – won’t work. Simply too many people today. You need smaller groups in controllable locations.
This seems in a sense to be quite good news, at least for the moment. Rulers and wannabes are increasingly forced to use “kinder, gentler” approaches that work on masses, globally dispersed. Kinder-gentler means digital in practice today.
So long as the population of uncooperatives and un-depops remains in the billions and is globally dispersed, we can probably expect rulers to pursue kinder-gentler methods as much as possible. Otherwise, they may have to deal with a billion or so very angry folks who will not likely employ any kinder-gentler methods.
Good news, yes? Sort of, anyhow.
There is more sort-of good news in all of this. Rulers and wannabes have an almost unblemished record of failures over millennia. It seems that this outcome is inevitable. Lots of pain and suffering for non-ruling folks while rulers are busy failing, but fail they will.
As touched on briefly below, there is a serious catch to this “good news”, as you would expect. The good news applies only to survivors.
Our future – government control via digital ID’s and digital money?
Like it or not, the answer appears to be “yes”. This whole process is too far along to reverse or even to mitigate to some extent. A done deal, as they say somewhere. Apart from a few skirmishes here and there, the globalizing powers-that-be will have (and are having) their way with us.
So, what are we to do?
Well, rely on human nature to seriously mess with all of these grandiose plans – as human nature always does. Rulers and wannabes throughout history have proven that power and smart rarely go together. Those who gain great power are clever in getting their ways but clever is not the same as smart. Smart gets a job done right – as planned and adjusted mid-course. Very different set of skills required.
Looking through our current list of major rulers and wannabes, I can’t see any that impress me as being “smart”. Intelligent, yes or maybe. Smart is different. It is successfully applied intelligence. I know quite a few highly intelligent folks who I would not assess as smart. In fact, high intelligence – like great power – can blind and/or corrupt. Such is my view, in any case, based on a long life of leadership observations and interactions.
Should this actually be the case, we have some very good news hidden in the grandiose plans and schemes afoot these days. Those rulers and wannabes who are driving these plans and schemes appear deeply flawed. Their failure is virtually inevitable.
Of course, their machinations will cause great pain and suffering, along with an array of serious catastrophes and disasters. That’s just how the world works, and has always worked.
The trick for us non-rulers-and-non-wannabes is to survive, and possibly even take advantage of, this fortunate (for us) aspect of human nature. Our current set of “great” leaders will ultimately, and quickly we can hope, crash and burn as a result of their fatal combo of weakness, blindness, and corruption. We (maybe, or maybe not) learn this from history.
How we can survive, and even win
Humanity, as you will have noticed, is still here – despite millennia of nasty rulers and various other catastrophes. It has even prospered enough to reach 8 billion people globally. We humans are extremely good at this survive-and-win business. That’s just what we do.
The real trick in all of this happy survive-and-win business is arranging to be among the survivors, and if possible, the winners. This is where things can get quite messy and unpredictable, as you would expect.
Our challenge then is personal survival and winning in a world currently driven and controlled by digital ID’s and CBDC digital money.
You have probably seen all of the recommendations for prepping, super-prepping, dropping out, refusing, resisting, and wild stuff like riots, civil wars, and such. There is a problem here: all of this activity is designed for the past, which is refusing to come back in a timely manner.
We are living today and going forward (survivors only) in a world that is hugely different than anything humanity has experienced since it was invented. Old ways for the most part won’t work.
What might work?
I certainly don’t have any grand plan in mind, but here are a few thoughts on what might be feasible and effective in our new world order:
Avoid violence. This domination effort is global, with enormous resources behind it. Violence will likely just get you tagged as a high-priority uncooperative obstacle and action target. The last thing I would want is to be near the top of this list.
Cooperate, but minimally. Let’s face it: If they are going to use access to food, housing, medical care, and other essential stuff to control our behavior, we are going to have to cooperate in at least some manner. This means to me not being at all in-your-face-uncooperative, but simply limiting my obligatory cooperation to that of the least possible degree. Apologize profusely for failures to comply and promise (like politicians do) to do better in future. You might even develop a faulty or erratic memory. Cooperate eagerly on things that don’t matter.
Avoid getting flagged. Rulers, wannabes, and government types use lists for everything. Even though these lists are almost invariably incomplete, out of date, and loaded with errors, you simply don’t want to get on any such list. Getting off the list may be impossible. So, make your own list of behaviors and thoughts that are currently forbidden or strongly discouraged so you don’t get on their lists.
Get tribal. Tribal in past meant extended family and a few trusted friends. Today, tribal probably means the group of people who you trust. Trust that is established by testing, regularly. Don’t like this sort of chore? Then you may be better off as a tribe of one.
Avoid hoarding. This will probably get you flagged quickly since surveillance will be tracking your purchases. It will soon not be possible to stockpile much of anything without being noticed. That’s what AI does best. Perhaps try building small stores of substitutes so that no one item looks suspicious.
Avoid provoking. Yes, I know that the founders of what was once America were outspoken in the extreme. That was dangerous then and likely suicidal today. Stay aware of unacceptable thoughts and words so you can avoid them if at all possible. This approach is part of staying under the State radar.
Stay mobile. This is a tough one since it has nothing to do with transportation. It basically means avoiding ties that can’t be broken quickly if painfully. If you have ties that simply can’t be broken – typically people-related, then include them in your stay-mobile unit. Remember, we are talking about survival here.
Stay flexible. This might, for example, mean identifying and checking out several alternative locations for your stay-mobile unit. These should be as inconspicuous as possible – definitely not where the crowd hangs out.
Disperse your resources. This especially refers to financial resources (apart from CBDC’s) that can be used as money in difficult situations. Maybe not gold and similar valuables since these can be found out and targeted. How about tradeable goods like tools? You probably want also to disperse your stuff by location.
Volunteer mini-usefully. Or even micro-usefully. Sign up for some of the visible but undemanding (compliance-wise) chores. Maybe helping with surveillance but not being too observant or reliable. Survival likely requires being useful to some degree.
You can probably get the idea from these few uninspired examples, and you can likely think of many much-better ones. The goals here are to become largely or completely invisible, and to do nothing that attracts the attention of the ruling organizations.
As is clearly apparent and openly stated, the increasingly powerful Klaus Schwab, his WEF, and his fast-growing army of supporters and implementers, seem to have focused on an approach to a one-world-order that is working: Government-issued digital ID’s plus government-created digital money. And rapidly becoming non-optional. Despite the much greater numbers of potentially uncooperative folks, non-compliance without detection will be increasingly difficult – thanks to the latest technologies available.
The good news here is that rulers and wannabes have throughout history failed. Ours today will eventually fail as well, but not without causing much misery and pain. Enjoying such an outcome requires being among the survivors. Being a survivor requires some approaches and skills that are very different from what might have worked in the past.
- MN Gordon writing in publisher Economic Prism offers an economist’s view of what’s coming: “Will Your State Reject the Fed’s Digital Dollar?”:
“What you must understand is the adoption of a digital dollar by the U.S. government would be one of the greatest expansions of federal power ever made. You also must understand that a digital dollar would be much different than a cryptocurrency like bitcoin, which is decentralized and has limitations on its ultimate quantity.”
“The key distinction is that Fed issued digital dollars would be traceable and programmable and would be integrated with the Fed and private banking. Specifically, digital dollars would be programmed to have various rules and restrictions governing how and when they are spent.”
“We know from the executive order released by the Biden administration on March 9, which required several federal agencies to study digital currencies and to identify ways to regulate them, that CBDCs and other policies governing digital assets must mitigate ‘climate change and pollution’ and promote ‘financial inclusion and equity.’
“What does this mean, exactly?”
“At the World Economic Forum (WEF) earlier this year, one zealous central planner clearly stated that the intent of traceable and programmable CBDCs is to monitor, ‘where you are traveling, how you are traveling, what you are eating, what you are consuming – individual carbon footprint tracker.’”
- JD Heyes in Natural News illustrates the openness of world leaders today on their ultimate goals and means of getting there: “No longer a secret: WEF founder Klaus Schwab, globalist billionaire George Soros declare West must govern like ‘role model’ China”:
“’We have to have a strategic mood,’ he said. ‘We have to construct the world of tomorrow. It’s a systemic transformation of the world. Leaders, he said, must ‘define’ what the world ‘should look like’ after ‘this transformation period.’”
“’I think this would be the time, because you really need to bring China into the creation of a new world order — financial world order,’ said Soros. ‘They are kind of reluctant members of the IMF. They play along, but they don’t make much of a contribution because it’s not their institution. Their share is not commensurate — their voting rights are not commensurate — to their weight.’”
“’So I think you need a New World Order that China has to be part of the process of creating it, and they have to buy in. They have to own it the same way as I said the United States owns… the Washington consensus… the current order, and I think this would be a more stable one where you would have coordinated policies,’ he claimed.”
- And finally, to get you in the mood for what’s coming (or may already be here in places), you might want to check out a truly great German movie : “The Lives of Others”. From Amazon’s overview:
“This critically-acclaimed, Oscar-winning film (Best Foreign Language Film, 2006) is the erotic, emotionally-charged experience Lisa Schwarzbaum (Entertainment Weekly) calls ‘a nail-biter of a thriller!’ Before the collapse of the Berlin Wall, East Germany’s population was closely monitored by the State Secret Police (Stasi). Only a few citizens above suspicion, like renowned pro-Socialist playwright Georg Dreyman, were permitted to lead private lives. But when a corrupt government official falls for Georg’s stunning actress-girlfriend, Christa, an ambitious Stasi policeman is ordered to bug the writer’s apartment to gain incriminating evidence against the rival. Now, what the officer discovers is about to dramatically change their lives – as well as his – in this seductive political thriller Peter Travers (Rolling Stone) proclaims is ‘the best kind of movie: one you can’t get out of your head.’”