“A well done is better than well said.”— Benjamin Franklin
“Do not be wise in words. Be wise in deeds.”— Jewish Proverbs
“Pay less attention to what men say. Just watch what they do.”— Dale Carnegie
“It is not enough to stare up the steps, we must step up the stairs.”— Vaclav Havel
“The actions of men are the best interpreters of their thoughts.”— John Locke
“Do you want to know who you are? Don’t ask. Act! Action will delineate and define you.”— Thomas Jefferson
“People may doubt what you say, but they will believe what you do.”— Lewis Cass
“I`m not upset that you lied to me, I`m upset that from now on I can`t believe you.”— Friedrich Nietzsche
“The toughest thing about the power of trust is that it’s very difficult to build and very easy to destroy.”— Thomas J. Watson
“Trust is like a vase. Once it is broken, though you can fix it, the vase will never be the same again.”— Unknown
Where to start? Well, perhaps it should be this rather outlandish statement by World Economic Forum (WEF) founder Klaus Schwab following the conclusion of this year’s Davos Forum of world leaders. From Ramon Tomey in Natural News on May 27, 2022:
“World Economic Forum (WEF) founder and Executive Director Klaus Schwab issued a thinly veiled threat toward Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro after the strongman refused to sign the World Health Organization‘s (WHO) pandemic treaty.”
“Let’s also be clear: The future is not just happening. The future is built by us, a powerful community – you, here in this room. We have the means to impose this state [of the future] on the world [emphasis added],” Schwab said in a video posted on Twitter.”
A related Natural News article described what appears to be Schwab’s primary motivation and goal here:
“World Economic Forum founder Klaus Schwab’s lifelong goal has been to remake the world in an image that is agreeable to him: A top-down globalist society that is led by a hand-picked elite to rule over the rest of us without any regard to our personal liberties or freedoms.”
Just a mostly-harmless megalomania?
Megalomania for sure, but “harmless”? A wannabe Mr. Big? World-level Mr. Big, it seems. “We (aka ‘I’) have the means to impose this state of the future on the world.” If these are not simply words, then we may well have emerging a new world-level Mr. Big. Serious guys like Schwab do not speak without careful thought. He almost certainly means just what he says.
SWI swissinfo.ch, the international unit of the Swiss Broadcasting Corporation (SBC) providing independent reporting on Switzerland, adds some important context to Davos and the WEF:
“When the WEF started back in the 1970s, the Cold War divided the world along ideological lines. The annual meeting in Davos became one of the only forums to bring competing worldviews together. It was built on what the WEF calls the ‘Davos Spirit’ – the “concept of multistakeholder participation, collaboration and congenial exchange”.
“As the liberal economic order took over, the WEF became synonymous with the open trade and economic efficiencies that defined the globalization of the 1980s and 90s. This led to huge economics gains until the beginning of the 2000s and helped bring millions out of poverty as China and former Soviet states became integrated into the global economy.”
“Violent protests erupted against the WEF and its billionaires club at the turn of the century as it became emblematic of the problems with globalization.”
“When the agenda was proposed in anticipation of a January meeting in Davos, the prospect of a Russian invasion of Ukraine still appeared unlikely. Adapting to the dramatic change in circumstances, WEF changed the theme of its 2022 event from ‘Working Together, Restoring Trust’ to ‘History at a Turning Point: Government Policies and Business Strategies’.
“’What we’re seeing is a reverse globalization,’ says Warner. ‘We are seeing a return to aggressive nationalism in certain countries, from the Gilets Jaunes [France’s Yellow Vests movement] and to a certain extent [Russian President Vladimir Putin]. People increasingly feel left out and have no emotional attachment to globalization.’”
Davos 2022 Forum: Working together to regain trust
Regain trust? Trust in what respect, and how was it lost?
These are not lightweight players but instead include a surprising number of the world’s top and senior leaders. They don’t use words without careful thought and consensus beforehand. They must indeed think that WEF, or perhaps its related organizations, has visibly lost some serious, essential element of trust.
You have certainly heard the saying that trust is easily lost but often difficult-to-impossible to regain. By publicly suggesting that trust has been lost, the WEF seems to be risking that this will remind people of just how hard it can be to regain.
Here is one clue that I ran across while trying to make sense of this huge statement. Oliver Greenfield writing in Green Economy Coalition: “Davos – Working Together, Restoring Trust?”
“Given the disconnect between rhetoric and reality, does this mean WEF is a failing institution? Can it hope to rebuild trust in an increasingly chaotic and precarious geopolitical climate, while trust is in short supply? The latest Edelman Trust Barometer suggests that less than half of respondents trust their governments. Concerns over fake news is now at an all-time high of 76%. Majorities in every developed country believe that they will be worse off in 5 years’ time. WEF is right, there is a deficiency of trust and this context matters.”
The Edelman Trust Barometer
Did you know that such a critter even existed? I sure didn’t, even after a huge amount of reading. It appears to be an interesting metric after a first look. Trust is so important in relationships of every kind that even a somewhat narrow or flawed metric version seems like a worthwhile start.
One application that particularly caught my eye addressed: “Breaking the vicious cycle of distrust”:
“The world is failing to meet the unprecedented challenges of our time because it is ensnared in a vicious cycle of distrust. Four interlocking forces drive this cycle, thwarting progress on climate change, global pandemic management, racism and mounting tensions between China and the U.S. Left unchecked, the following four forces, evident in the 2022 Edelman Trust Barometer, will undermine institutions and further destabilize society: “
- Government-media distrust spiral. Two institutions people rely on for truth are doing a dangerous tango of short-term mutual advantage, with exaggeration and division to gain clicks and votes.
- Excessive reliance on business. Government failure has created an over-reliance on business to fill the void, a job that private enterprise was not designed to deliver.
- Mass-class divide. The global pandemic has widened the fissure that surfaced in the wake of the Great Recession. High-income earners have become more trusting of institutions, while lower-income earners remain wary.
- Failure of leadership. Classic societal leaders in government, the media and business have been discredited. Trust, once hierarchical, has become local and dispersed as people rely on my employer, my colleagues, my family. Coinciding with this upheaval is a collapse of trust within democracies and a trust surge within autocracies.
“The media business model has become dependent on generating partisan outrage, while the political model has become dependent on exploiting it. Whatever short-term benefits either institution derives, it is a long-term catastrophe for society. Distrust is now society’s default emotion, with nearly 60 percent inclined to distrust [emphasis added].”
“Government was the most trusted institution as recently as the May 2020 Edelman Trust Barometer: Spring Update, when the world sought leadership capable of tackling a global pandemic. Now, after the confused and bungled response, government is viewed as less competent than business by 53 points and less competent than NGOs by 44 points. People still want government to take on the big challenges, but only 4 in 10 say government can execute and get results. In a critical litmus test, respondents in developed democracies studied believe they will be worse off financially in five years.”
“The fourth force [failure of leadership] is the most worrisome. From globalization to deregulation of financial markets, leaders in democratic societies have made policy promises that have proven to be false [emphasis added], and the public has paid the price. Now, around two-thirds of respondents believe traditional authority figures—journalists, government leaders and business executives—flat-out lie. The ominous result: in many democracies, institutions are trusted by less than 50 percent of their people.”
Leaders have made policy promises that have proven to be false
My take on the meaning here: We trusted your promises but you failed to deliver. We mostly no longer trust you (what you say).
Presumably, this is at least roughly what the WEF at Davos was referring to. If so, it is a huge admission of fundamental failure. Bad news for globalists since the WEF is helping lead the worldwide efforts toward economic, political, health, and climate globalization. Our new Mr. Big seems to be in a whole heap of trouble.
Here’s where it gets even worse: We seem to be in an active World War III (thankfully sans-nukes so far).
We are in fact in World War III between the West and Russia-led Eurasia
Turns out that, in the new abnormal, wars are not formally declared but just threatened and acted-upon in seriously-threatening ways. Players are not the real players, but proxies (NATO-as-Ukraine vs. Russia), acting in a “hybrid” war fashion (e.g. supplying war materials). Got that?
Well, it seems that Russia is not fully on board with this new non-war/war version of WW III: From The Times of Israel:
“Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov on Friday accused Western countries of waging a “total war” on Russia and its people and culture as Moscow pushes on with its military operation in Ukraine.
“The West has declared war on us [emphasis added], on the whole Russian world. The culture of canceling Russia and everything connected with our country is already reaching the point of absurdity,” Lavrov said at a ministry meeting. According to Lavrov, Washington “and its satellites are doubling, tripling, quadrupling their efforts to contain our country.”
Lucian K. Truscott IV wrote in April 2022 in Salon: “Is the U.S. in a proxy war with Russia? Sergey Lavrov and Lloyd Austin seem to think so”:
“With heavy weapons like first-line tanks, multiple rocket launchers, 155mm howitzers, attack helicopters and updated anti-aircraft systems flooding into Ukraine and beginning to reach the battlefield, the only thing missing from an all-out war between NATO and Russia are allied soldiers.”
“Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov responded to the upsurge in weapons shipments this week when he said, ‘NATO is, in essence, going to war with Russia through a proxy and arming that proxy.’ Lavrov accompanied that with some nuclear saber-rattling, and then said that NATO and the U.S. were running the risk of turning the war global and involving nuclear weapons: ‘The risk is serious, real. It should not be underestimated,’ he said Monday night on Russian state television. ‘Under no circumstances should a third world war be allowed to happen. There can be no winners in a nuclear war.’”
Even the solid Pepe Escobar, Brazilian journalist and geopolitical analyst, sees the effective non-war/war situation that exists:
“The first Eurasian Economic Forum, in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan, took place this week at a very sensitive geopolitical juncture, as Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov keeps stressing that, “the West has declared total war against us, against the entire Russian world. Nobody even hides this now.”
Russia sure is behaving like it is in an active WW III situation
As always, actions speak louder than words. Watch what I do, not what I say.
Besides struggling to wrap up the Ukraine war-by-proxy, Russia seems to be pushing ahead aggressively toward a multi-polar world encompassing Eurasia. Eurasia has about 70% of the world’s population.
I have previously referred to this emerging global rearrangement as a “West” vs. “Non-West” struggle. Non-West being all those not explicitly in the current West purview. Probably changing daily.
This post began as an effort to update the prospects for World War III breaking out. Turns out, it already has – absent nukes, so far, at least in the view of Russia. And in the actions of U.S.-led NATO countries. War appears to exist in fact, if not in official declarations. Digging into this further revealed a much deeper and more troubling agenda of the World Economic Forum (WEF) and its leader, Klaus Schwab. Even worse, this bunch – which has been pushing very hard on various globalist agenda items – has just admitted a serious loss of trust. This is a very big deal, since trust, easily lost, is notoriously difficult to regain. Not good news.
From the Merriam-Webster dictionary: “Definition of Mr. Big”:
- informal: a very powerful or important man;
- especially : the leader of a group of criminals
Note: Not Sex and the City’s character played by Chris North:
“Sex and the City is an American romantic comedy-drama television series created by Darren Star for HBO. It is an adaptation of Candace Bushnell’s newspaper column and 1996 book anthology of the same name. The series premiered in the United States on June 6, 1998, and concluded on February 22, 2004, with 94 episodes broadcast over six seasons.”
The previously-obscure Eurasian Economic Union seems to have entered into this already highly confusing situation:
“It’s always important to remember that before Maidan in 2014, Ukraine had the option to become a full member of the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), and even balance it with a loose association with the EU.”
“The EAEU comprises five full members – Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Belarus and Armenia – yet 14 nations sent delegations to the forum, including China, Vietnam and Latin American nations.”
Ramon Tomey just published a short, troubling, heads-up piece in Natural News on how the WEF may be going about “regaining trust”: “Meta MADNESS: World Economic Forum to have leadership role in the metaverse”:
“The World Economic Forum (WEF) is slated to have a key leadership role in the metaverse espoused by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Nick Clegg, global affairs president of Facebook’s parent company Meta, confirmed the WEF’s new role in a tweet. He mentioned the organization’s ‘multi-stakeholder initiative’ as having a leadership role in the establishment of the metaverse.”
“’Building the metaverse requires work across (the) industry to inform best practices and governance principles, and ensure these technologies are built responsibly. [The] WEF’s new multi-stakeholder initiative … will play a leadership role in that work,’ the former British deputy prime minister tweeted on May 25.”
“The WEF elaborated on the initiative, dubbed ‘Defining and Building the Metaverse,’ on its website. It seeks to build ‘an economically viable, interoperable, safe and inclusive metaverse’ – through the collaboration of more than 60 stakeholder companies, including Microsoft and HTC. WEF Managing Director Jeremy Jurgens said the initiative ‘provides the industry with an essential toolkit for ethically and responsibly building the metaverse.’”
“According to the WEF’s website, ‘Defining and Building the Metaverse’ will focus on two key areas. The first area of focus is the governance of the metaverse, how the technologies and environments of the metaverse can be developed in safe, secure, interoperable and inclusive ways. The second will focus on value creation and identify the incentives and risks that businesses, individuals and society will encounter as the metaverse comes to life.”