“The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men / Gang aft a-gley. (‘The best laid plans of mice and men often go awry.’)

— Robert Burns, 1785

“Diversity does not preclude political stability.”

— Klaus Schwab

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

— Albert Einstein

“Chaos is roving through the system and able to undo, at any point, the best laid plans.”

— Terence McKenna

“The more the plans fail the more the planner’s plan.”

— Ronald Reagan

“Plans are nothing; planning is everything.”

— Dwight D. Eisenhower

“Complex systems are intrinsically hazardous systems … e.g., transportation, healthcare, power generation … are inherently and unavoidably hazardous by their own nature.”

— Richard I. Cook, MD

“A complex system designed from scratch never works and cannot be patched up to make it work. You have to start over, beginning with a working simple system.”

— Jason Fried, Basecamp co-founder

“The World is a very complex system. It is easy to have too simple a view of it, and it is easy to do harm and to make things worse under the impulse to do good and make things better.”

— Kenneth E. Boulding

“A rough rule in life is that an organization foolish in one way in dealing with a complex system is all too likely to be foolish in another.”

— Charlie Munger

I keep reading that “we” must fix things, whoever “we” may be. And what “things”? Why, everything of course, since pretty much everything clearly needs fixing. Well, at least the globalists led by the Klaus Schwab’s WEF (The Great Reset) are on the job to fix everything. They are making great progress, it seems. But things are not working out quite as planned.

A bunch of stuff, and possibly almost everything, surely needs “fixing” of some sort. Maybe even being greatly reset, as Klaus and his workers have planned. They appear to be doing their thing without consulting the vast majority of us 8 billion or so other global residents. Perhaps this is the essence of true leadership.

I wonder what might happen if Klaus and his WEF tried asking the global “we” what we might like to have fixed, in order of personal priorities? My bet is that Klaus and the boys would get pretty close to 8 billion different answers. So, some leadership is definitely required, and these WEF folks seem to have taken on this enormous task – resetting the world – on our behalf. Perhaps we should be most grateful.

Unfortunately for these kind folks, the world itself is busy misbehaving. Enormously. Everywhere. Just as it has done at least forever. The world seems to be doing its own thing. How inconvenient for the WEF.

Worse yet, the global distribution of power is being severely redistributed at this very moment. By whom? Well, by the Russians as always, everywhere. Just when the West (U.S., UK, EU, Canada, Japan, Australia, …) had things pretty much under control – their way, at least, along comes Russia and its kind-of-buddy China to bust up this happy hegemony. Now we are heading for a multipolar world in which the West is being relegated to just a one-pole status, among several other major poles. How inconvenient for the happy hegemon.

From The Great Reset to The Fourth Industrial Revolution. Klaus is a busy guy.
From The Great Reset to The Fourth Industrial Revolution. Klaus is a busy guy.

The Great Reset itself seems to be getting greatly reset

I had a look at this apparent happening quite a while back (see here and here). Since then, the WEF has made what appears to be great progress, while the happy hegemon is being severely challenged by much of the rest of the world, multi-polarly of course.

So, while the WEF is busy resetting us, the world has begun resetting itself, including the WEF. There is still some justice in this messed up world, yes?

Take the Ukraine, for example. Assuming that no one else wants it, as increasingly seems the case. This non-war war has been coming unglued on all sides since it began in 2022 (or maybe 2014?). Russia, although deeply involved, has somehow managed to pull partly away from this fray, and has set about restructuring the entire world in its spare time. It, along with kind-of-buddy China, is turning the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) into the BRICS+, with the recent expansion to include Argentina, Egypt, Ethiopia, Iran, Saudi Arabia, and United Arab Emirates. Not in a global fashion, but so far at least in a multipolar fashion. And resulting in a much-less-happy hegemon.

These new kids on the block are even moving ahead swiftly to de-dollarize world trade and to replace the SWIFT (Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunications) financial transactions network. Just when the happy hegemon had a great new war rolling and some major pipelines repurposed.

Has World War III started? Just what is WW III?

Like so many terms these days, the meaning of “World War” seems to be unclear, to me anyway. Is it a nuclear devastation type world war that erases everything back to some sort of day-zero? Or is it not much more than the usual disagreements and jockeying of major world powers? Or something else entirely?

This seems to matter – a lot – because a world war may disrupt plans by various great resetters to reset the world, an endeavor that is now fully underway and moving along quite nicely. But there are many disruptions other than a world war presently doing their various contrary things.

The Ukraine has morphed into, or perhaps always was, a war between two great powers – the U.S. and its minions of the West, and Russia, with its multi-polar new friends of almost everywhere else.

It seems almost impossible not to view the current world happenings as a new type of world war. World wars have always been about power and involving major powers. Whatever gets blown up or destroyed is just collateral damage.

Today we have at least two great powers battling mightily for control of everything: the U.S. aka the hegemonic West, and the multipolar Russian alliance aka BRICS+. Both have non-aligned factions internally to make the mess even worse. This is, for all practical purposes, World War III. We are there.

See Related Reading below for more on this global battle.

The even greater – but hidden – power

Plans and ambitions of the lesser-great powers are going to be, and perhaps already are, seriously and unpredictably messed with by a greater-great power – a power that almost no one seems to have recognized: the behavior of massive, fragile, complex systems.

Without getting into the complexity of complex systems theory, it may be enough to look at a few extracts from a seminal paper on hidden fragility …

James P. Crutchfield, Complexity Sciences Center, Physics Department, University of California at Davis, in 2009, wrote this: “The Hidden Fragility of Complex Systems—Consequences of Change, Changing Consequences”:

Abstract: Short-term survival and an exuberant plunge into building our future are generating a new kind of unintended consequence—hidden fragility. This is a direct effect of  the sophistication and structural complexity of the socio-technical systems humans create. It is inevitable. And so the challenge is, How much can we understand and predict about these systems and about the social dynamics that lead to their construction?”

“The world economy, financial markets, air transportation, pandemic disease spread, climate change, and insect-driven deforestation are examples of truly complex systems: They consist of multiple components, each component active in different domains and structured in its own right, interconnected in ways that lead to emergent collective behaviors and spontaneous architectural re-organization.”

“My premise is that truly complex systems, especially the socio-technical systems humans now construct, are inherently fragile. More to the point, they become so as a natural and inevitable product of how limited cognitive capacity, both at the individual and social levels, affects deploying technological solutions.”

“In short, fragility emerges due to increasing structural correlation that spans system degrees of freedom and system degrees of abstraction. Fragility is hidden from us because it is emergent [emphasis added].”

“For example, one of the earliest lessons from complex systems is the existence of deterministic chaos—perfectly deterministic systems that over the long-term generate complicated and random-seeming behavior. It turns out there are a number of important properties of chaotic systems that underlie hidden fragility.”

One is the exponential amplification of small effects [emphasis added]. In the present case—networked systems with many degrees of freedom and many layers of organization—this sensitivity manifests itself as the rapid propagation of information across the system. Above, this was referred to as failures that cascade across system components.”

Apologies for this complex tech-story, but the implications are huge:

  • Our enormously complex world is inherently fragile
  • Small disturbances can cascade into major disruptions
  • Outcomes are unpredictable

These, together with the efforts of so many ruler-wannabes to gain complete control over everything, assure failure of whatever the ruler-folks are trying to do. Their failure is inevitable.

Our world today as a hugely complex system – inherently fragile, unpredictable, and increasingly prone to failure.
Our world today as a hugely complex system – inherently fragile, unpredictable, and increasingly prone to failure.

Kind of bad news for the ruler-wannabes

Gaining, and then tightening, control over everything is a bad move. This simply makes the world system more fragile than it already is. As a result, failure is ever more likely, and the time frame is shortened.

For us non-ruler-wannabes, the good news is that the failure of great power efforts is doomed, probably rather soon. They will fail. The bad news for us is that this may take a while to unfold, and things meanwhile are going to get very chaotic and painful.

And there is nothing that any of us, ruler or serf, can do about it. It is now in the hands of our complex, fragile, world system, not the great resetters and kin.

Evidence of such a happening is already beginning to appear. The multipolar Eurasian BRICS+ bunch has not only survived the West’s Ukraine machinations, but has turned the situation into a restructuring of the world that favors the BRICS+ nations. Meanwhile, the West continues to make mistakes – fragility-increasing mistakes – and to crumble steadily toward failure.

Messing with our complex world system will almost certainly fail

Richard I. Cook, MD, Cognitive Technologies Laboratory, University of Chicago, lists the mechanisms of complex system failure: “How Complex Systems Fail”:

Complex systems are intrinsically hazardous systems.
All of the interesting systems (e.g. transportation, healthcare, power generation) are inherently and unavoidably hazardous by the own nature. The frequency of hazard exposure can sometimes be changed but the processes involved in the system are themselves intrinsically and irreducibly hazardous.”

Catastrophe is always just around the corner.
Complex systems possess potential for catastrophic failure. Human practitioners are nearly always in close physical and temporal proximity to these potential failures – disaster can occur at any time and in nearly any place. The potential for catastrophic outcome is a hallmark of complex systems. It is impossible to eliminate the potential for such catastrophic failure; the potential for such failure is always present by the system’s own nature [emphasis added].”

“… all practitioner actions are actually gambles, that is, acts that take place in the face of uncertain outcomes. The degree of uncertainty may change from moment to moment.”

Might “best practices” work on our complex world system?

Today, we know a great deal about how systems of all kinds work, including national and even supranational states. Surely we have learned enough to pursue changes in these without courting disaster. Best practices, perhaps?

Jen Briselli writing in Medium.com’s Topology section argues that “best practices” are really “past practices” and are not applicable to complex systems: “Best Practices are Useless in Complex Systems”:

“Yet so many organizational leaders rely on ‘industry standard’ tactics, or seek out ‘best practices’ to guide their strategy, especially in times of uncertainty. It makes sense to some degree; the appeal of best practices exists because they have produced good outcomes in the past, and they do provide value in some domains. But in an increasingly interconnected world where technology, information, and customer expectations evolve at an accelerating rate, insights from past performance quickly become irrelevant in many scenarios, and even worse, a red herring that muddies priorities, hinders decision making, and stifles innovation.”

Complex systems are characterized by self-organization and emergence — when the behavior of the whole is different than the sum of its parts’ behaviors [emphasis added]. Strategies rooted in best practice or industry standards, though well-intentioned, assume a stable environment. Complex systems, however, are dynamic and unpredictable.

This seems to imply that whatever our current collection of great (reset) powers are attempting – using past practices – is almost certainly doomed to failure. Our rulers and ruler-wannabees are simply gambling that they will get lucky and that things will happen just as they plan and desire.

Failure is even more assured because most of these people are driven by blind ambition, huge egos, power-lust, and assumed infallibility. They are intelligent but not smart.

“We cannot solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them.”

— Albert Einstein

Things for the great resetters even now are beginning to fall apart

Examples of how the plans and efforts of the Great Resetters are beginning to crumble are becoming increasingly common:

“In July of last year as the hype surrounding the Covid pandemic was finally dying out, I came across a video promoting a barely publicized project called the ‘Council for Inclusive Capitalism [CIC].’”

“The CIC is intimately tied to institutions like the World Economic Forum (WEF), the United Nations and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), but it is primarily an attempt to link all these organizations more closely to the corporate world in an open display of cooperation. The group pushes the spread of what they call ‘Stakeholder Capitalism.’ This is the notion that international corporations are obligated to engage in social engineering. That’s another way of saying that corporations are required to manipulate citizens and governments with economic punishments and rewards.”

I want to point out here that there has been a dramatic shift in globalist circles towards a defensive posture, rather than the offensive posture they held a couple years ago. Apparently, something went very wrong for them during Covid [emphasis added]. They were brazen with their rhetoric not long ago, basically admitting their intentions to establish a global authoritarian system. Now they are sheepish and much more careful in the things they say.”

“To this end, most of the honest discussion on globalism is no longer found in the statements of the WEF or the halls of the Davos forums. Rather, the true agenda is discussed at less prominent climate change events such as B20 in India or the Summit for a New Global Financing Pact in Paris which I covered in July. These are the events where globalists now feel increasingly free to talk about what they really want.”

“Another admission by Rothschild at B20 should be noted as she suggests that Biden’s ‘Inflation Reduction Act’ is one of the best representations of incentivizing climate controls.”

Stakeholder Capitalism is an urgent call to action. — Marc Benioff, Chair and CEO, Salesforce
Stakeholder Capitalism is an urgent call to action. — Marc Benioff, Chair and CEO, Salesforce

“The older I get the more time I spend asking the question, ‘Why does someone want me to know this?’ Our media is so compromised that questioning the editorial bias of every issue is a full time job. And I know that it is done on purpose to distract us from the real issues in some instances while advancing an agenda in others.”

“In 2023, the topic of de-dollarization has been all the rage. It’s been a non-stop barrage of hype and hyperbole. The din of de-dollarization talk became so loud in the lead up to the recent BRICS Summit that it drowned out what was really on the agenda for those few days. This talk came from all sides, from the BRICS leaders themselves as well as the western press dominated by both British and Davos interests.”

“People fell all over themselves talking up the ‘BRICS gold-backed currency’ trying to edge each other out in being ahead of the curve on this issue. After a while it became another moment to ask who benefits from all of this amplification?”

“If de-dollarization wasn’t the point of the Summit this year, then what was? Expansion. And not just expansion for the sake of expansion, but geographically strategic expansion. The BRICS formally added six countries — Iran, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Argentina, Egypt and Ethiopia. They could have added others and almost added Algeria if not for a last-minute veto by India on behalf of France.”

“Algeria is symbolic of the fight between Italy and France for access to African oil and gas. There can be no Ital-exit from the EU without Italy minimizing France’s influence in North Africa, shoring up its energy needs as collateral for a return to the lira. Thankfully, with the help of Russia and China, the Africans are taking care of the Italians’ French Problem all on their own.”

“If there is one common theme beyond the geography (more on that in a bit) with all six of these countries it is their relationship with the supposedly former British empire. From the Arab states and Egypt to those that defied the Brits in the past — e.g. Iran and Argentina — these additions represent a power shift that is profound. One look at the world map should make this point crystal clear.”

Countries in Red are members of the alliance. Those in green have formally applied for membership and yellow are those that have openly expressed interest.
Countries in Red are members of the alliance. Those in green have formally applied for membership and yellow are those that have openly expressed interest.
  • Robert Williams via The Gatestone Institute and ZeroHedge reports on an inconvenient happening in the global climate change hysteria endeavors: “The ‘Climate Emergency’ Is A Hoax”:

“More than 1,600 scientists, including two Nobel laureates, have signed a declaration saying that ‘There is no climate emergency. … Climate science should be less political, while climate policies should be more scientific,’ states the declaration signed by the 1,609 scientists, including Nobel laureates John F. Clauser from the US and Ivar Giaever from Norway/US.”

“The statement adds:”

“Scientists should openly address uncertainties and exaggerations in their predictions of global warming, while politicians should dispassionately count the real costs as well as the imagined benefits of their policy measures…”

“The geological archive reveals that Earth’s climate has varied as long as the planet has existed, with natural cold and warm phases. The Little Ice Age ended as recently as 1850. Therefore, it is no surprise that we now are experiencing a period of warming.”

“Warming is far slower than predicted … The gap between the real world and the modeled world tells us that we are far from understanding climate change.”

“Climate policy relies on inadequate models … Climate models have many shortcomings and are not remotely plausible as policy tools. They do not only exaggerate the effect of greenhouse gases; they also ignore the fact that enriching the atmosphere with CO2 is beneficial …”

“House Majority Whip Tom Emmer (MN-06) reintroduced his flagship legislation, the Central Bank Digital Currency (CBDC) Anti-Surveillance State Act, signaling a strong countermove against the Biden regime’s overreach into Americans’ financial privacy.”

“Emmer has rallied a significant bloc of 50 original Republican co-sponsors, underscoring the concern among conservatives about the implications of a government-issued digital currency.”

“At the core of this legislation is the principle that a Central Bank Digital Currency, unlike decentralized cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, would give the federal government unprecedented powers to monitor and control individual financial transactions.”

“’The administration has made it clear: President Biden is willing to compromise the American people’s right to financial privacy for a surveillance-style CBDC. That’s why I’m reintroducing my landmark legislation to put a check on unelected bureaucrats and ensure the United States’ digital currency policy upholds our values of privacy, individual sovereignty, and free-market competitiveness,’ Whip Emmer said in a statement.”

“’If not designed to be open, permissionless, and private – emulating cash – a government-issued CBDC is nothing more than a CCP-style surveillance tool that would be used to undermine the American way of life,’ Emmer added.”

“While the bill is Republican-led, its implications have garnered wide-ranging support. Heritage Action Acting Executive Director, Ryan Walker, stated, ‘Thorough anti-CBDC legislation is critical for safeguarding Americans’ financial privacy in the face of potential surveillance, control, and political intimidation. We commend Congressman Emmer’s sweeping bill to prohibit a CBDC issued both directly from the Fed to Americans and indirectly via banks or other intermediaries.’”

Complex systems respond unpredictably to such disturbances

Each of these examples, along with many others that keep appearing, seems certain at some point to reset the Greater Resetters schemes – permanently. With the number of system disturbances out there increasing almost daily, the likelihood of such a great-reset reset is growing and the timeframe shrinking.

The greatest threat to resetters’ plans is a major open war between the big powers – the West and Russia-China. Unless this war turns big-nuclear, which will end up resetting almost everything forever, the likelihood may be higher of some sort of expanding series of smaller wars. The Ukraine for example, and Syria, and Niger, and …

What we think of as chaos in our world is the natural flow of random, substantial disturbances that intensify in times like these. Life itself is disturbances of one kind or another. But when these disturbances are major and affect our complex world system, then the likelihood of especially nasty outcomes – including regime failures – increases greatly. Plans of Great Resetters will become greatly reset.

None of this happens of course without much pain and suffering. This is just how the world works. For most of us, at least. Change of any substantial kind almost always results in pain to some, or more often, to many.

This means that we can probably spare ourselves the effort in most cases of resisting actively the current crop of powers-that-be-and-wannabe. They will go down, eventually and inevitably. Instead, our efforts should be concentrated on ensuring our personal survival through whatever may be going on in our reality.

Our complex fragile world is a breeding ground for black swans.
Our complex fragile world is a breeding ground for black swans.

Bottom line:

It seems pretty clear that much of the world is a rather chaotic mess and clearly needs fixing. As always. And just who might do this “fixing”? Why, globalists led by the Klaus Schwab’s WEF (The Great Reset) are on the job to fix everything – their way. While they seem to be making great progress, things are not working out quite as planned. They are dealing with our enormous, hugely-complex, world system that has its very own agenda and mechanics.

Such systems are characterized by inherent fragility, where small disturbances can cascade into major disruptions, and where outcomes are completely unpredictable. The powers-that-wannabe meanwhile are aggressively tightening linkages and reducing real component diversity, both of which will increase fragility and result in unpredictable disruptions. This will ensure ultimate failure of their efforts, albeit with a great deal of pain and suffering for us non-great-resetters. No one can predict or control what our complex world system will do.

“The upcoming Steadfast Defender NATO war drills, set for early 2024, are expected to be the biggest military exercises in Europe since the end of the Cold War, the Financial Times is reporting Monday.”

“At a moment the war in Ukraine grows more and more unpredictable [emphasis added], given neither Russia nor the West have shown any signs of backing down, the FT writes that ‘NATO is preparing its biggest live joint command exercise since the cold war next year, assembling more than 40,000 troops to practice how the alliance would attempt to repel Russian aggression against one of its members.’”

“NATO officials were quoted in FT as saying the planned exercises are seen as a key part of ‘demonstrating to Moscow that the alliance is prepared to fight.’”

“As the Biden administration and governments worldwide make massive commitments to rapidly decarbonize the global economy, the persistent effort to silence climate change skeptics is intensifying – and the critics keep pushing back.”

“This summer the International Monetary Fund summarily canceled a presentation by John Clauser, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist who publicly disavows the existence of a climate ‘crisis.’ The head of the nonprofit with which Clauser is affiliated, the CO2 Coalition, has said he and other members have been delisted from LinkedIn for their dissident views.”

“Meanwhile, a top academic journal retracted published research doubting a climate emergency after negative coverage in legacy media. The move was decried by another prominent climate dissenter, Roger Pielke Jr., as ‘one of the most egregious failures of scientific publishing that I have seen’ – criticism muffled because the academic says he has been blocked on Twitter (now X) by reporters on the climate beat.”

“The climate dissenters are pressing their case as President Biden, United Nations officials, and climate action advocates in media and academia argue that the ‘settled science’ demands a wholesale societal transformation. That means halving U.S. carbon emissions by 2035 and achieving net zero emissions by 2050 to stave off the ‘existential threat’ of human-induced climate change.”

“In response last month, more than 1,600 scientists, among them two Nobel physics laureates, Clauser and Ivar Giaever of Norway, signed a declaration stating that there is no climate emergency, and that climate advocacy has devolved into mass hysteria. The skeptics say the radical transformation of entire societies is marching forth without a full debate, based on dubious scientific claims amplified by knee-jerk journalism.“

“Many of these climate skeptics reject the optimistic scenarios of economic prosperity promised by advocates of a net-zero world order. They say the global emissions-reduction targets are not achievable on such an accelerated timetable without lowering living standards and unleashing worldwide political unrest.”

“In May 2022, the World Health Organization adopted Amendments to International Health Regulations, time for individual countries to turn around and reject them is running out. A whole new set of potentially dangerous Amendments is in the works … On September 20, 2023, the UN plans to adopt a ‘Political Declaration of the United Nations General Assembly High-level Meeting on Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response’ promoting the need to spend an additional 30 billion every year on ‘global health emergency preparedness’ In May 2024, the 300+ new amendments and the WHO CA+ Framework Convention (formerly known as ‘Pandemic Treaty’) are scheduled to be adopted.”

“It must be understood that 194 unelected, unaccountable and largely unknown delegates have somehow obtained the unusual authority to change international law by simply agreeing to do so. Once they have quietly adopted any proposed amendments, no signatures by any President or Prime Minister and no approval by any Parliamentary body, Congress or Senate is needed.”

“From our longstanding Geneva headquarters to our 6 regional offices, 150 country offices and other offices around the world, WHO plays an essential role improving local health systems and coordinating the global response to health threats.” … WHO.
“From our longstanding Geneva headquarters to our 6 regional offices, 150 country offices and other offices around the world, WHO plays an essential role improving local health systems and coordinating the global response to health threats.” … WHO.