“Never let a good crisis go to waste”. Winston Churchill made this statement immediately after the end of World War II when he sat in Yalta with US President F.D Roosevelt and Soviet leader Joseph Stalin to divide the Allies’ spheres of influence. It also led -and Churchill referred to this with his ‘never let a good crisis go to waste’ statement- to the creation of the United Nations.
As with many of Churchill’s other quotes, that statement took on a life of its own, long after the man’s passing, but there are some things to be said against the final outcome. The Yalta meeting eventually resulted in mistrust, the Cold War, the arms race, the Iron Curtain, the Berlin Wall and everything that came after.
Even the United Nations – apart from being an internationally very interesting New York talking shop for privileged people – turns out to be mostly an impotent mastodon where the original goal of Never Again War and Hunger is still a cynical illusion after 77 years.
Today, we see the ‘Never let a good crisis go to waste’ reappearing in all kinds of bizarre initiatives: the best-known statement on this is of course that of WEF leader Klaus Schwab, who saw in the Covid crisis and the reactions to it not death, economic misery and an attack on fundamental human rights, but rather as he stated ‘a narrow window of opportunity’ to roll out the scenarios that have been ready since a few years and about which the man is very frank, by the way. You can read it all in his book The Great Reset.
Now, the mainstream press is always a bit gun-shy about the WEF and very much underestimates the influence the ‘little club’ has on government leaders and policy. Anyone who comments on this is quickly dismissed as a conspiracy thinker. It is nothing more than an informal meeting of world leaders, influencers, NGOs and captains of industry, the specialised financial press said as recently as this spring.
That now appears to be slightly different.
In Canada, the WEF is suddenly helping the Canadian government set up the Federal Digital ID programme. The aim of the new initiative is to develop a digital ID that can be used in various systems and environments, “from government departments to airports and border controls”.
This “Known Traveler Digital Identity (KTDI)” was a pilot project of the WEF in 2018. Prime Minister Trudeau of Canada is a Young Global Leader of the WEF. Other partner in Canada’s KTDI programme, by the way, is the Dutch government. That includes Sigrid Kaag (D66), an ‘agenda contributor’ to the WEF.
Kaag is pretty much the Netherlands’ shadow prime minister and finance minister. She reported a few days ago that she wants to oblige banks to put all transactions above 100 euros into a large database, under the guise of fighting fiscal fraud.
That in itself is a huge breach of privacy law.
The Dutch government’s plan to track almost all transactions of its citizens could also be a preparatory step towards the implementation of a digital central bank currency (Central Bank Digital Currency). That digital euro is again not a fairy tale of conspiracy thinkers, but was also previously announced by the European Central Bank.
Such a digital Euro, centrally controlled by the ECB is the prelude to a total social control society on the Chinese model. With it, every financial transaction can not only be monitored but then adjusted or even banned. Linked to credit or debit cards, your spending patterns can be accurately tracked. Linked to your “Covid Safe” card or app (which will be soon renamed as a Health Certificate) your money can be blocked in case of ‘undesirable behaviour’.
Bought too much meat or avocados from Africa this month causing your carbon footprint to go into the red? Then your digital money for these products will be blocked. Put a bottle of Moët et Chandon Champagne too much in your shopping basket while your digital health certificate knows you have high blood pressure? “Better not drink any more alcohol this month anyway” your digital money will say to you.
Anyone who already takes a plane once in a while will not be able to book their next flight if as a result your ‘CO2 plane points’ have been exceeded. Airmiles will suddenly take on a whole new meaning.
Maybe the green tick on your digital pass will suddenly jump to red if it turns out that you have not been vaccinated and you will be unable to buy anything at all.