Climate Depot Special Report
The COVID-19 lockdowns and suspension of liberties have only emboldened climate campaigners to achieve their progressive vision of having “the masses” lives planned, monitored, and controlled for their “safety” — all in the name of “science.” The very real threat of oppressive rule by unelected experts in government is now threatening to engulf the world due to the ongoing COVID lockdowns and “phased reopenings.”
‘Compliant’ public is a grave danger to liberty
“If one lesson from the pandemic is that taking serious action in a timely manner is key – then shouldn’t this also be true in terms of climate change?” asked the Speaker of the House of Commons Sir Lindsay Hoyle at G7 Speakers’ Meeting in 2020.
Speaker Hoyle was amazed at how “compliant” the public was in accepting COVID lockdowns “No-one could ever imagine that we would be wearing masks so readily and that we would all be so compliant,” he said. “People were prepared to accept limitations on personal choice and lifestyle – for the good of their own family and friends.”
Hoyle claimed that the climate “tragedy is that unlike the pandemic, the climate crisis is not simply an external threat, but one in which we have had a clear hand”. He said: “In other words, it seems that we have brought this on ourselves. While this is again sobering, surely, it is in our hands to rescue it, if we have got the will to do it?”
The “will to do it” means the public has to prepare for climate lockdowns since they were so “compliant” in accepting the COVID lockdowns. A compliant public and ambition politicians and bureaucrats are a grave threat to liberty. The COVID lockdowns are being hailed by climate activists across the spectrum as a model for the coming climate lockdowns.
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Former Secretary of State John Kerry noted that “the parallels [between COVID-19 and climate change] are screaming at us, both positive and negative.”
“You could just as easily replace the words climate change with COVID-19; it is truly the tale of two pandemics deferred, denied, and distorted, one with catastrophic consequences, the other with even greater risk if we don’t reverse course,” Kerry said.
French President Emmanuel Macron while warning citizens to stay confined to their homes during COVID-19 lockdown, urged: “We must all limit the number of people with who we’re in contact with every single day. Scientists say so.”
And the reason? Because “scientists say so.”
The COVID lockdowns and the attempt to impose a Green New Deal upon the USA herald another step into what is being called “scientism” that is leading us to a technocracy. “Technocracy” can be defined as the public’s acquiesce to a governing body composed of an elite cadre of unelected technical experts who are positioned to call the shots and manage society.
“The lockdown and its consequences have brought a foretaste of what is to come: a permanent state of fear, strict behavioral control, massive loss of jobs, and growing dependence on the state,” German Economic Professor Antony P. Mueller explained in August 2020.
“This coming technocracy involves close cooperation between the heads of the digital industry and of governments. With programs such as guaranteed minimum income and healthcare for all, the new kind of governance combines strict societal control with the promise of comprehensive social justice,” Mueller wrote.
“Earlier totalitarian regimes needed mass executions and concentration camps to maintain their power. Now, with the help of new technologies, it is believed, dissenters can easily be identified and marginalized. The nonconformists will be silenced by disqualifying divergent opinions as morally despicable,” Mueller detailed.
Mueller added, “Under the order envisioned by the Great Reset, the advancement of technology is not meant to serve the improvement of the conditions of the people but to submit the individual to the tyranny of a technocratic state. ‘The experts know better’ is the justification.”
The world's first coronavirus passport is being launched today https://t.co/iyT0ZK0fL5
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) October 7, 2020
As C.S. Lewis warned decades ago: “I dread government in the name of science. That is how tyrannies come in.”
Lewis explained: “I dread specialists in power because they are specialists speaking outside their special subjects. Let scientists tell us about sciences. But government involves questions about the good for man, and justice, and what things are worth having at what price; and on these a scientific training gives a man’s opinion no added value.”
But just which scientists and what “science” should we be listening to? In the age of COVID lockdowns and a pending Green New Deal, author Thomas Sowell’s insights are more valuable than ever. “Experts are often called in, not to provide factual information or dispassionate analysis for the purpose of decision-making by responsible officials, but to give political cover for decisions already made and based on other considerations entirely,” Sowell wrote.
Or another name for it is: Science manipulated to support preconceived policies.
Eisenhower’s Technocracy Warning
We were warned about being ruled over by scientists and experts. In President Dwight D. Eisenhower’s Farewell Address in 1961, he bluntly warned that “public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite.”
Eisenhower explained that “a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity” and “the prospect of domination of the nation’s scholars by Federal employment, project allocations, and the power of money is ever-present and is gravely to be regarded.”
“We must also be alert to the equal and opposite danger that public policy could itself become the captive of a scientific-technological elite,” Eisenhower added.
President Dwight D. Eisenhower
President Eisenhower continued: “Today, the solitary inventor, tinkering in his shop, has been overshadowed by task forces of scientists in laboratories and testing fields. In the same fashion, the free university, historically the fountainhead of free ideas and scientific discovery, has experienced a revolution in the conduct of research. Partly because of the huge costs involved, a government contract becomes virtually a substitute for intellectual curiosity.”
2020 became the year that Eisenhower’s warning about a “scientific-technological elite” became a very obvious reality in America. COVID and climate morphed into two sides of the same coin as COVID lockdowns achieved many of the same goals the climate movement has strived for: central planning, loss of individual freedom, economic pain, obedience to authority, and weakened national sovereignty – all happening in a virtual blink of the eye.
‘A flu d’état”
Health care journalist Peter Barry Chowka was blunt, calling the COVID/Climate “solution” linkage “a flu d’état.” “A takeover of our supposedly democratic political process by unelected & unaccountable administrative state medical bureaucrats,” Chowka warned, noting that all of the COVID solutions were virtually the same as the Green New Deal “solutions” to the purported climate “crisis.”
“Overnight, our society is doing what radical leftist Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) and her fellow Green New Deal fanatics have demanded: An almost total end to air travel; personal automobile travel down to a trickle; promises of free health care for all quickly becoming the new status quo; and the ability of people to sit at home without working and receive a paycheck from the government. The Democrats want that to continue indefinitely,” Chowka wrote.
‘Lab coats run the world’
The U.S. is entering into a new phase where the “danger of letting lab coats run the world” is palpable. “It should be clear by now that most of the world’s leaders were stampeded over the lockdown cliff like so many lemmings. What caused the stampede is even more remarkable: a tiny coterie of obscure, soft-spoken epidemiologists in white lab coats playing with numbers…the aim was to cause panic,” wrote Bill Dunne in American Thinker.
“We were plunged into the grandest of experiments in authoritarian paternalism, whereby we plebeians — i.e., those without government jobs — are deemed incompetent to judge if it’s safe to take a dip in the ocean or a walk in the woods. We can, though, crowd into a Walmart or the local supermarket,” Dunne wrote.
No holidays, no weddings, no family celebrations, no live music, no live sport, no nights out, no cinemas, no theatre, no bustling bars, no buzzing restaurants.
No spontaneity, nor any way to plan for the future.
Enough is enough.
— Oliver Smith (@ollysmithtravel) October 8, 2020
Former UK Supreme Court Judge Lord Sumption explained this well in 2020: “Do we really want to be the kind of society where basic freedoms are conditional on the decisions of politicians in thrall to scientists and statisticians? Where human beings are just tools of public policy?” Sumption asked.
“To say that life is priceless and nothing else counts is just empty rhetoric…There is more to life than the avoidance of death,” he added. “To say that there are no limits is the stuff of tyrants. Every despot who ever lived thought that he was coercing his subjects for their own good or that of society at large,” he added.
“A society in which the Government can confine most of the population without controversy is not one in which civilized people would want to live, regardless of their answers to these questions. Is it worth it?” Sumption explained adding, “The lockdown is, without doubt, the greatest interference with personal liberty in our history.”
"I am 80, and it is no business of the Government to tell me whether or not to kiss my grandchildren, or whom I may invite into my house. It is time to dismantle the grisly apparatus of anti-social distancing and to pick up the pieces of life"https://t.co/wY8wglfbKm
— Jenny B. (@jblovatt) October 8, 2020
Epidemiologist Knut Wittkowski also slammed the COVID lockdowns and ripped the “scientific studies” funded to support government policy.
“Shutting down schools, driving the economy against the wall – there was no reason for it,” Wittkowski explained in a YouTube video. For his honesty, Wittkowski was promptly banned from YouTube as were almost all lockdown dissenters on social media platforms.
— Marc Morano (@ClimateDepot) October 13, 2020
“Governments did not have an open discussion, including economists, biologists, and epidemiologists, to hear different voices. In Britain, it was the voice of one person – Neil Ferguson – who has a history of coming up with projections that are a bit odd. The government did not convene a meeting with people who have different ideas, different projections, to discuss his projection,” Wittkowski said.
Echoing the words of President Eisenhower in 1961, Wittkowski said:
“They have the scientists on their side that depend on government funding. One scientist in Germany just got $500 million from the government, because he always says what the government wants to hear. Scientists are in a very strange situation. They now depend on government funding, which is a trend that has developed over the past 40 years. Before that, when you were a professor at a university, you had your salary and you had your freedom. Now, the university gives you a desk and access to the library. And then you have to ask for government money and write grant applications. If you are known to criticize the government, what does that do to your chance of getting funded? It creates a huge conflict of interest.”
Or another name for it is: Science manipulated to support preconceived policies.
Experts are often called in, not to provide factual information or dispassionate analysis for the purpose of decision-making by responsible officials, but to give political cover for decisions already made and based on other considerations entirely.
— Thomas Sowell Quotes (@ThomasSowell) August 29, 2020
Eisenhower has been proven correct. The public health bureaucracy and the climate community have become political lobbying organizations and they are using “the science” to support the preferred policies. No researcher looking for government-funded research money would put their name on a study that was against the politically accepted views on COVID or climate.
In 2020, the UN IPCC chief Hoesung Lee admitted — while discussing how “the COVID-19 pandemic tells us that everything is connected” — that the UN climate panel is all about using science to lobby for political goals. “Our [IPCC] assessment findings will strengthen the political will of the policymakers for immediate and concrete actions,” Lee said on June 1, 2020. Or another name for it is: Bending science to support the policy. [Also see: Watch: Gore admits UN IPCC report was ‘torqued up’ to promote political action – ‘How else do they get the attention of policy-makers around the world?’]
Is ‘Science’ becoming a liberal conspiracy?!
A bumper sticker promoted by progressives reads: “Science is not a liberal conspiracy.”
Marc Morano in 2019 interview: “Oh yes, it is. Yes, it can be and much of science is. Here is where that bumper sticker is wrong. When the regulatory state — the Environmental Protection Agency, the United Nations, the U.S. federal government, the UN, the EU — when they want to regulate, they look for justifications — that’s the natural state of any government. So essentially the regulatory state is using the climate scare now to achieve its ends. The science must support the government policy and the network of government and academic funding, peer-pressure is designed to ensure ‘the science’ ends up supporting the politicians’ favored policy. Any dissenters have to face intimidation and censorship.”
Chinafication of the West
German Economic Professor Antony P. Mueller explained how China’s methods are being employed in Western nations. “This new world order of digital tyranny comes with a comprehensive social credit system. The People’s Republic of China is the pioneer of this method of surveillance and control of individuals, corporations, and sociopolitical entities,” Mueller wrote.
“It is, in short, a type of social engineering which is the opposite of a spontaneous order or of development. Like the mechanical engineer with a machine, the social engineer—or technocrat—treats society as an object. Different from the brutal suppressions by the totalitarianism of earlier times, the modern social engineer will try to make the social machine work on its own according to the design,” Mueller analyzed. [Also see: UN climate chief Christiana Figueres steps down – Lamented U.S. democracy as ‘very detrimental’ – Sought ‘centralized transformation’ – Lauded one-party ruled China for ‘doing it right’ on climate &
Flashback 2009: NYT’s Tom Friedman lauds China’s eco-policies: ‘One party can just impose politically difficult but critically important policies needed to move a society forward’ https://t.co/XzgCJBDOcn pic.twitter.com/8mjtVwTG7A
— Marc Morano (@ClimateDepot) October 13, 2020
UK columnist Peter Hitchens warned about the lockdowns from the onset. Lockdowns are “the biggest state takeover of life and work ever attempted by non-Communists,” Hitchens wrote.
“All the crudest weapons of despotism, the curfew, the presumption of guilt and the power of arbitrary arrest, are taking shape in the midst of what used to be a free country,” Hitchens wrote about the COVID lockdowns
“Even Vladimir Putin might hesitate before doing anything so blatant frightening series of restrictions on ancient liberties and vast increases in police and state powers,” Hitchens explained. But he lamented that the UK citizens were so willing to “surrender centuries-old liberties in an afternoon” and “seem to despise our ancient hard-bought freedom and actually want to rush into the warm, firm arms of Big Brother.”
“Imagine, police officers, forcing you to be screened for a disease, and locking you up for 48 hours if you object. Is this China or Britain?” Hitchens added. “How long before we need passes to go out in the streets, as in any other banana republic?” he asked.
Statistician Dr. Matt Briggs rejected the entire approach to COVID using lockdowns and mask mandates. “Raise your hand if you’re tired of hearing from ‘experts,’”, Briggs wrote. “Stay Inside Or Die!” Briggs mocked, while noting that “Ver are your paperz! comes to the good ol’ USA.”
Settled science? In 2006 The ‘Science’ Of Pandemic Mitigation Was Nearly The Opposite Of What It Is In 2020 https://t.co/Mejs3M698D
— Marc Morano (@ClimateDepot) October 13, 2020
Former Prime Minister of the UK Gordon Brown called on world leaders to create “a temporary form of global government” to fight the coronavirus outbreak. “This is not something that can be dealt with in one country,” Brown said. “There has to be a coordinated global response.”
Briggs replied: “Brown wants international organizations like the WHO and the UN to be given executive powers that would supersede national sovereignty as part of a new system overseen by world leaders and health experts.” By ‘temporary’ Brown likely meant ‘in perpetuity.’ But seriously, who could have figured elites would use a crisis like this to increase their power?”
Unelected health bureaucrats preside over the U.S. economy
The Trump administration initially allowed the health bureaucracy and their failed COVID models to dictate the national policy narrative which led to the lockdowns. Trump economic advisor Larry Kudlow said in April 2020 that it is “up to the health people” when the economy would reopen.
“How much longer? I don’t really want to forecast. That is up to the health people.,” Kudlow said on Fox News.
Joe Biden said he would listen to the scientists and go along with a national lockdown to fight COVID. “Asked specifically whether he’d push to shutter economic activity if scientists said it was necessary, Biden replied: ‘I would shut it down,” ABC News reported.
The “listen to the science” narrative has been a very effective strategy because it has bullied Republican politicians, conservatives, and many dissenting scientists into silence or submissiveness when it comes to challenging COVID lockdown or climate change claims. If you accept “the science” determines whether or not you are a good person, a smart person, or an evil science denier who deserves to be jailed and silenced according to our mainstream media, government officials, academia, and social media censors.
“When the media says ‘listen to the science, what they really mean is ‘listen to the science that we didn’t censor from social media,'” explained Dr. Simone Gold about the censoring of views that diverge from the official public health stance about COVID-19 and lockdowns.
‘If liberty means anything at all it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.’
'Freedom of the Press' | Orwell's unpublished preface to his novel Animal Farm (1945)
— George Orwell (@OrwellQuotes) October 22, 2019
This “listen to the science” litmus test for climate change will be used to bully politicians into climate and COVID-19 policies.
‘Mass scale bombing of one’s own economy’
As the controversy over the COVID lockdowns grew, questions about the cost/benefit of lockdowns were raised.
Economist Sanjeev Sabhlok, resigned from his job in the Department of Treasury and Finance in Victoria Australia in September 2020 “to protest the outrageous violations of liberty” due to the COVID lockdowns. “Australia’s bureaucracy has performed as badly as the world’s worst bureaucracy during this pandemic. No one offered any independent advice. Comprehensive groupthink and incompetence have prevailed,” he explained. Scientists and politicians are “panting like a mad monster in the excitement of their total power over the people,” he added. “Since independent thinking is a punishable offense in all government organizations, science is no longer about advancing the truth but about promoting politically preferred ideas,” Sabhlok wrote.
“This is like a mass scale bombing of one’s own economy,” Sabhlok said, referring to lockdowns and phased reopenings. Many UN climate supporters and Green New Deal proponents have endorsed the concept of “planned recessions” and economic “degrowth” for climate change. The COVID lockdowns achieved those goals almost overnight.
“Since independent thinking is a punishable offense in all government organizations, science is no longer about advancing the truth but about promoting politically preferred ideas,” Sabhlok wrote.
Thomas Sowell famously wrote, “Only in government is any benefit, however small, considered to be worth any cost, however large.” This is essentially where we are in our response to COVID-19. – https://t.co/lk0rH5qJrZ
— Marc Morano (@ClimateDepot) April 7, 2020
‘A triumph of the precautionary principle’
“25 million Americans became unemployed in 5 weeks…Many people want this insanity to continue. As far as I know, it has never happened in the history of civilizations that the bulk of a large enough nation, let alone the world, was kept at home for several months,” Former Harvard University Physicist Dr. Lubos Motl wrote.
“The precautionary principle has only been promoted as a meme since the 1970s when it appeared as the ‘Vorsorgeprinzip’ in German discussions about deforestation and sea pollution. The precautionary principle is an extremely dangerous fallacy whose purpose is to make an absolutely irrational assumption – namely that some risks must be considered infinitely more critical than all other risks – sound more intelligent or maybe even scientific. You are ‘obliged’ to do even things that actually make the public health conditions worse,” Motl added.
WHO Official Urges Halt to Lockdowns as Primary COVID-19 Control Method – ‘A terrible, ghastly global catastrophe’ – ‘Lockdowns just have one consequence…making poor people an awful lot poorer’ https://t.co/I2xHIE90CP
— Marc Morano (@ClimateDepot) October 12, 2020
Sabhlok believes Western nations need to build in civil liberty protections against future lockdowns. “This pandemic should lead to the rewriting of all textbooks in epidemiology and should lead to a law (like they have in Sweden) that governments must require court orders for each individual, to restrain them at home for quarantine or lockdown,” Sabhlok wrote.
Finally! Media recognizing reality! BBC: ‘Health experts join global anti-lockdown movement’ – ‘Thousands of scientists have joined a global movement warning of ‘grave concerns’ about Covid-19 lockdown policies’ https://t.co/VmLJNZk9ze
— Marc Morano (@ClimateDepot) October 8, 2020
Steve Milloy of JunkScience.com warned that the government response and suspension of liberty during COVID revealed “the incompetent, corrupt and politicized public health bureaucracy…wants to create a precedent for permanent control of society via ‘public health.'”
“As with education, conservatives abandoned public health as a profession decades ago. I don’t know any conservatives with expertise in public health. We are now paying the price,” Milloy wrote.
“We have ceded the field (of public health) to leftists who have only one tool — government crackdown. All public health bureaucrats are Democrats and worse sorts of leftists,” Milloy wrote. “We can still ‘social distance’ without devolving into a police state or destroying the economy.”
Sweden has destroyed the case for lockdown –https://t.co/juBRDqLPBD
— Marc Morano (@ClimateDepot) October 8, 2020
COVID and Climate Policy Following the Same Playbook
“Climate and COVID share the commonality of government control. From electric car and fuel efficiency mandates to the entire economy busting Green New Deal, the ‘benevolent’ government seeks to control all aspects of our lives,” wrote Denver-based physician Dr. Brian C. Joondeph.
“One can see numerous parallels between COVID and climate policy. Both create fear, to a frenzy level, of the world ending, massive death and destruction, all due to a warming planet or an aggressive flu virus,” he explained. “Question the dogma of either the virus or climate movement and prepare to have your life, if not disrupted, then ruined. There is only one politically correct viewpoint on both issues.”
Tony Heller, who runs the website RealClimateScience.com summed up the twin threats of COVID lockdowns and climate “solutions.” “We have arrived at the end game. Totalitarianism and economic depression. And a compliant public which has begged for it to happen,” Heller said.
“A small group of academics has seized control of public policy,” Heller added. Heller explained that “1) CDC director says 90% of the population is vulnerable; 2) PCR tests make people believe virus is everywhere; 3) Mask mandates make people think the only reason they are still alive is a piece of cloth. “Conclusions – everyone else is a mortal threat and government tyranny is needed.”
"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive…" -C.S. Lewis pic.twitter.com/jlO309EDV6
— 🥷🦅Austin Petersen 🇺🇲🥋 (@AP4Liberty) September 5, 2017
The ‘Great Reset’
2020 saw COVID and climate officially meld. WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus declared in August 2020 that “the Covid-19 pandemic has given new impetus to the need to accelerate efforts to respond to climate change.”
Got that? A “new impetus” to fight “climate change. Remember, this is the same WHO organization that warned in 2018 that “Climate change is the greatest health challenge of the 21st century, and threatens all aspects of the society in which we live.”
Climate activists Mark Hertsgaard and Kyle Pope see COVID and climate as almost one and the same. “The overlaps between the coronavirus crisis and the climate crisis are many…there is an opportunity for all of us here. As awful as the coronavirus is, it is something of a test run for the challenges of a climate crisis that continues to accelerate,” Hertsgaard and Pope wrote. “The similarities between the causes of and solutions to the coronavirus and the climate crisis are nothing short of eerie.”
In 2020, the WHO’s director-general claimed, “We cannot go back to the way things were,” adding “the Covid-19 pandemic has given us a glimpse of our world as it could be: cleaner skies and rivers.”
Consider yourself warned: COVID & Climate – a marriage made in authoritarianism. The morphing of the public health bureaucracy and the climate establishment is at hand. Nothing good can come from this arranged marriage. “Build back better” is code for the “Great Reset.”
"We know that no one ever seizes power with the intention of relinquishing it. Power is not a means; it is an end. One does not establish a dictatorship in order to safeguard a revolution; one makes the revolution in order to establish the dictatorship".― George Orwell, 1984
— Marc Morano (@ClimateDepot) June 10, 2020
In June 2020 the chairman and founder of the World Economic Forum in Switzerland, called for “a Great Reset of capitalism” due to COVID and to help fight climate change. Klaus Schwab said the virus has given us an “opportunity” to pursue “equality & sustainability.”
“The changes we have already seen in response to COVID-19 prove that a reset of our economic and social foundations is possible…The world must act jointly and swiftly to revamp all aspects of our societies and economies, from education to social contracts and working conditions,” Schwab explained. “Every country, from the United States to China, must participate, and every industry, from oil and gas to tech, must be transformed. In short, we need a ‘Great Reset’ of capitalism.”
Talk about never letting a “crisis” go to waste, Schwab is all in on seizing this “rare but narrow window of opportunity” to shove to impose his “solutions” on the world. (Also see: Salon Mag: ‘From pandemics to climate change, the real problem is capitalism itself’ – ‘A system that has devastated our planet’)
UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared a Great Reset” in 2020 and is seeking to use the lockdowns as a “trigger for economic and social change.”
“After all we have been through, it isn’t enough just to go back to normal. We have lost too much. History teaches us that things of this magnitude – wars, famines, plagues, events that affect the vast bulk of humanity, as this virus has – they do not just come and go. They can be the trigger for economic and social change,” Johnson said in October.
Former Vice President Al Gore is also deeply involved in the “Great Reset”. “I think this is a time for a ‘Great Reset,’” Gore said. “We’ve got to fix a lot of these problems that have been allowed to fester for way too long,” he added.
Gore trained activists were set to be featured at the World Economic Forum meeting in 2021 billed as a “twin summit” because it is featuring youth leaders trained at Gore’s Climate Reality Project.
“Gore is deeply connected to the ‘Great Reset’ and will be closely involved with its rollout in 2021,” Justin Haskins editor-in-chief of StoppingSocialism.com and research fellow at the Heartland Institute wrote.
(Also see: Mission Accomplished! Flashback 2013: Fmr. UN climate head predicted COVID lockdowns?!: ‘The only way a 2015 agreement can achieve a 2-degree goal is to shut down the whole global economy’)
German Economic Professor Antony P. Mueller explained what is behind the “Great Reset,” noting, “The ideology of the World Economic Forum is neither left nor right, nor progressive or conservative, it is also not fascist or communist, but outright technocratic. As such, it includes many elements of earlier collectivist ideologies.”
“The perpetrators of the new world order have smelled blood. Declaring the coronavirus a pandemic has come in handy to promote the agenda of their Great Reset. Only massive opposition can slow down and finally stop the extension of the power grip of the tyrannical technocracy that is on the rise,” Mueller wrote.
“The World Economic Forum’s great reset project is social engineering at the highest level. Advocates of the reset contend that the UN failed to establish order in the world and could not advance forcefully its agenda of sustainable development—known as Agenda 2030—because of its bureaucratic, slow, and contradictory way of working. In contrast, the actions of the organizational committee of the World Economic Forum are swift and smart. When a consensus has been formed, it can be implemented by the global elite all over the world,” he added.
“I prefer dangerous freedom over peaceful slavery.” – Thomas Jefferson https://t.co/zeGoOMHkVg
— Marc Morano (@ClimateDepot) April 21, 2020
‘Serfdom & misery’ – ‘The Great Reset’ – A ‘fascist experiment’
Maurice Newman, a former advisor to Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott issued a clarion call against a Great Reset. “Stripped of the propaganda, the Great Reset is not new. It’s another fascist experiment being pushed by controlling elitists. Economic growth and social mobility must be subordinate to the collective. Connections will be institutionalized and privilege perpetuated. History demonstrates the children of the elites will receive preferential access to higher education and elite positions. ‘Inclusion’ and ‘fairness’? Forget it. Think inequality, serfdom and misery,” Newman wrote in October 2020.
That's because teachers are still being paid! If the salaries and benefits of all governors, mayors and government officials had been suspended during the lockdown, it would have ended after two weeks, it probably would not ever have been imposed.
— Marc Morano (@ClimateDepot) August 5, 2020
Newman detailed just who is behind the Great Reset. “The World Economic Forum, a Geneva-based non-profit foundation whose ranks include Prince Charles and other climate change crusaders like Al Gore and Greta Thunberg, together with the secretary-general of the United Nations, the president of the European Central Bank, the secretary-general of the OECD, the managing director of the IMF, George Soros, world trade union leaders, chief executives of Big Tech and representatives of NGOs like Greenpeace and WWF, believes climate action must be top of the global agenda as we emerge from Covid-19,” Newman wrote.
“Much of the World Economic Forum’s agenda can be found in America’s radical Left’s Green New Deal, which addresses climate change and economic inequality,” Newman added.
“Indeed, anyone who fears big government and values free speech, freedom to choose and property rights, should be terrified. Yet, so far, political, business and church leaders, along with the mainstream media, seem oblivious to the threat and turn blind eyes to the dictatorial abuses already perpetrated in the name of the pandemic. There is even bi-partisan support for policies which, two decades ago, would have been considered politically and economically unthinkable,” Newman concluded.
“If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stamping on a human face—for ever.”
― George Orwell, 1984https://t.co/xrSMjF8Rdb
— Marc Morano (@ClimateDepot) June 10, 2020
‘Prisoners in a so-called democracy’
Sky News TV broadcaster Alan Jones warned Australians were made “prisoners in a so-called democracy” in July 2020.
“When will this end? More importantly, what will the end look like? When will someone give us our lives back? We can look after our own health. We’re not stupid. We know how to look after ourselves. We have been made prisoners in our so-called liberal democracy,” Jones explained.
“Freedoms taken from us, the very freedoms men and women died for. We’re creating a dangerous environment here, perpetuating the view that governments have the answers — are you kidding me? Those who created the problem and the disproportionate response, now reckon they have the answer?” Jones added.
The world's first coronavirus passport is being launched today https://t.co/iyT0ZK0fL5
— The Telegraph (@Telegraph) October 7, 2020
“Many greens, concerned that the masses may not follow orders, prefer the post-democratic method of handing over power to credentialed environmental “experts” operating in Washington, Brussels, or the United Nations,” explained Joel Kotkin, a fellow at Chapman University and executive director of the Urban Reform Institute.
The white lab coats AKA, the unelected public health bureaucracies now directing social and economic policy around most of the world, has alarmed many.
“I am not one for melodramatic comparisons, but in seriousness, in what kind of country do people wake up and find that in the middle of the night a minister passed a law, without warning or Parliamentary approval, that bans them going to the pub with people they don’t live with?” asked human rights lawyer Adam Wagner.
In case it's confusing, it is not Sweden that is an "experiment". It is the rest of the western world that has abandoned long-established, evidence-based scientific policies & has been experimenting w/catastrophic lockdowns/restrictions at the cost of human lives & mass suffering
— Kulvinder Kaur MD (@dockaurG) September 26, 2020
Lockdowns happened almost overnight and remained in place with constantly moving goalposts of criteria for when they could be lifted. Lockdowns that were passed are nothing short of suspension of democracy. No votes by legislators or parliaments, but a complete deferral to the expertise of a credentialed class to formulate far-reaching policies at a whim. Public health bureaucrats, who no one had ever previously known their names, are now wielding massive state powers to enforce every possible rule – ranging from quarantine, isolation, mask mandates, restrictions on weddings, funerals, barbeques, playgrounds, and even for how long you are able to leave your house and for what purpose.
And what if you violate any of the edicts of these unelected health bureaucrats? Your friends, neighbors, or even family members could turn you into the authorities. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, in fact, encouraged citizens to report violates of the COVID stay at home orders with the phrase “Snitches get rewards.”
Mayor from East Germany? A symptom of totalitarianism – Govt turns citizen against citizen – LA Mayor Garcetti encourages residents to report violators of stay-at-home order: 'Snitches get rewards' –https://t.co/CVXOj6OKvR
— Marc Morano (@ClimateDepot) April 8, 2020
Lockdown’s to ‘tackle a climate emergency’
Prof. Mariana Mazzucato of University College London issued a warning on Sept 22, 2020: “In the near future, the world may need to resort to lockdowns again – this time to tackle a climate emergency.”
“Under a ‘climate lockdown,’ governments would limit private-vehicle use, ban consumption of red meat, and impose extreme energy-saving measures, while fossil-fuel companies would have to stop drilling. To avoid such a scenario, we must overhaul our economic structures and do capitalism differently. Many think of the climate crisis as distinct from the health and economic crises caused by the pandemic. But the three crises – and their solutions – are interconnected,” Mazzucato wrote.
“The world is approaching a tipping point on climate change when protecting the future of civilization will require dramatic interventions. Avoiding this scenario will require a green economic transformation – and thus a radical overhaul of corporate governance, finance, policy, and energy systems,” Mazzucato added.
OPINION: We may need climate lockdowns to halt climate change, Mariana Mazzucato writes. That might mean governments limiting private vehicle use, banning consumption of red meat, etc. We must do capitalism differently to avoid that. https://t.co/zTxjfJJWpZ
— MarketWatch (@MarketWatch) September 24, 2020
‘One of the greatest transfers of wealth in history’
Where are the Progressives outraged over the COVID lockdowns?! The earnings of billionaires reached new highs during COVID-19 lockdowns. “Billionaire wealth reached record high levels amid the COVID-19 pandemic, a report by UBS and PwC found, as a rally in stock prices and gains in technology and healthcare helped the wealth of the world’s richest break the $10 trillion mark,” Reuters reported.
Jim Cramer: The pandemic led to ‘one of the greatest wealth transfers in history’- "This is the first recession where big business … is coming through virtually unscathed,” https://t.co/ZGLXG6ZngZ
— Marc Morano (@ClimateDepot) June 6, 2020
CNBC business analyst Jim Cramer reported that the lockdown’s led to “one of the greatest wealth transfers in history.”
“This is the first recession where big business … is coming through virtually unscathed,” Cramer added.
During the 2020 COVID lockdowns, “the world’s 500 richest people are a combined $813 billion richer now than they were at the beginning of the year, the Bloomberg Billionaires Index reported in October 2020.
Amazon doubled its profit to $5.2 Billion during the lockdowns as online shopping boomed. And Amazon was not alone. See: Tech giants’ shares soar as companies benefit from Covid-19 pandemic — Amazon, Apple, Facebook and Google reported positive quarterly results even as overall US economic growth fell by 32.9%.
So Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos says more testing is necessary before the economy can be reopened. Hmm, might Mr. Bezos have an interest in keeping retail stores closed?
— Marc Morano (@ClimateDepot) April 19, 2020
Who loves lockdowns? Who makes more money in lockdowns than anyone else?
Why, the richest and biggest companies in the world – the tech giants, the mega-retailers, and don't forget Wall Street!
Did you have fun this spring? They did. https://t.co/hCSFJNGz0O
— Alex Berenson (@AlexBerenson) October 28, 2020
The evidence of the massive redistribution of wealth to the elite classes was even too much for the World Health Organisation to let go unnoticed by the end of 2020.
David Nabarro, World Health Organization special envoy for Covid-19, called the lockdowns “a terrible, ghastly global catastrophe” in a recent interview with the UK Spectator.
“Look what’s happening to poverty levels. It seems that we may well have a doubling of world poverty by next year. Seems that we may well have at least a doubling of child malnutrition because children are not getting meals at school and their parents, in poor families, are not able to afford it,” Nabarro said.
Unicef warns lockdown could kill more than Covid-19 as model predicts 1.2 million child deaths – 'Indiscriminate lockdowns' are an ineffective way to control Covid and could contribute to a 45 per cent rise in child mortality'https://t.co/9dXMs9wSVt
— Marc Morano (@ClimateDepot) September 9, 2020
“We in the World Health Organization do not advocate lockdowns as the primary means of control of this virus,” Nabarro added. “The only time we believe a lockdown is justified is to buy you time to reorganize, regroup, rebalance your resources, protect your health workers who are exhausted, but by and large, we’d rather not do it,” he continued.
“Just look at what’s happened to the tourism industry, for example in the Caribbean or in the Pacific, because people aren’t taking their holidays. Look what’s happened to smallholder farmers all over the world because their markets have got dented,” he added.
Why doesn't the media have the same concern when entire economy is shutdown!? NYT in 2019 on Gov't Shutdown: "The standoff is beginning to inflict pain on Americans, whose lives are affected, in one way or another, by the federal government."
— Marc Morano (@ClimateDepot) May 6, 2020
Cause of death — climate change!
Say what you will about climate activists, but they are a quick study. Seeing the scary and emotional daily COVID-19 death counts on television and all the media attention the viral fears received, inspired members of academia are seeking ways to copycat this technique in order to draw attention back to their pet climate cause.
Perhaps the wackiest story to evidence the jealousy exhibited by climate activists over COVID news coverage, were calls to place “climate change” on death certificates as a cause of death. In 2020, academics in Australia demanded to add “climate change” as a “pre-existing condition” on death certificates.
“Climate change is a killer, but we don’t acknowledge it on death certificates,” co-author Dr. Arnagretta Hunter, from The Australian National University (ANU) Medical School, said. The study was published in May 2020 in The Lancet Planetary Health.
“Climate change is the single greatest health threat that we face globally even after we recover from coronavirus,” Dr. Hunter said. But climate skeptics were having none of it. Ron Clutz of Science Matters ridiculed the study: “No doubt they noticed how powerful were the Covid19 death statistics in getting the public to comply with lockdown regulations. Their logic is clear: When people die with multiple diseases, pick the one that’s politically useful. (‘Never let a crisis go to waste.’)”
Statistician Dr. Matt Briggs also ridiculed the study: “They discovered a way to boost fear and keep control!” Briggs added, “Daily body counts blasted from the evil media, ‘Over 100 people died from climate change today, raising questions about … blah blah’”
The possibilities are endless if the alarmists are able to gain traction over “climate death certificates.” Since federal research has sought a link between “climate change” and “fatal car crashes,’ is it possible that anyone dying in a car crash could be listed as a “climate change” death? A 2016 U. S. Department of Transportation study asked: ‘How might climate change increase the risk of fatal crashes in a community?’
And will cancer deaths also be listed on death certificates as a “climate change” death? “Climate change” and cancer were linked in a study published in the American Cancer Society journal, deaths from cancer could someday be labeled a “climate change” death. A 2020 study in the American Cancer Society Journal found “climate change is already increasing cancer risk” and even fretted over the “carbon footprint of cancer care.”
Suffering organ failure at the time of death could also prompt a climate change death certificate listing. In 2017, Al Gore promoted a link between climate change and health by warning, “every organ system can be affected by climate change.”
So if Gore is correct that “climate change” impacts “every organ” in the human body, could that mean that anyone who dies of organ failure could now be listed as a “climate change” cause of death? If someone dies from a car crash, cancer, or organ failure, “climate change” could be listed as a cause of death on a death certificate.
Thomas Lifson writing at American Thinker explained: “Just wait for the headlines about “Millions killed by climate change.” And “Climate change death toll mounts.” If it bleeds, it leads.
“Politicized science is now a fact of life in the Western world, undermining the very foundations of the technological and material progress that liberated the mass of humanity from permanent poverty, the normal state of affairs until the scientific and industrial revolutions changed the state of civilization,” Lifson wrote.
“Stalin was the pioneer in bending science in service of a political agenda, and under him, Trofim Lysenko led the charge to corrupt science, which ended disastrously when agriculture was forced to accept practices based on phony science. Lysenkoism is the name given to the practice of bending science to politics,” he added. Or another name for it is: Bending science to support the policy.
This is an entertaining and information speech by @ClimateDepot's Marc Morano
— Clear Energy Alliance (@clearenergy) October 13, 2020
Shock research shows masks ineffective during surgeries: ‘A lack of substantial evidence to support claims that facemasks protect either patient or surgeon from infectious contamination’ https://t.co/WdXqrQ2Xpx
— Marc Morano (@ClimateDepot) October 13, 2020
A 2015 study on masks of 1600 health-care workers showed those wearing masks were 6 timesto have flu-like illnesses as those in the control group after 4 weeks…" @APEntertainment @tomhanks – The concl… https://t.co/t6k13ByH5C
— Marc Morano (@ClimateDepot) October 13, 2020
Going out to eat with members of your household this weekend? Don't forget to keep your mask on in between bites.
— Office of the Governor of California (@CAgovernor) October 3, 2020
1957: Elvis Was King, Ike Was President, and 116,000 Americans Died in a Pandemic – But ‘nothing was shut down. Restaurants, schools, theaters, sporting events, travel – everything continued without interruption’
We Didn’t Close America in 1957-1958 during ‘Asian flu’: Dealt with virus ‘without doing unacceptably massive damage to our whole society’– “It ended up killing some 116,000 Americans—in a country that, with 170 million people, had about half the population of today’s America. Even using inflated numbers, about 95,000 have died so far from the coronavirus, by comparison…
Flashback March 2020: “Let’s not let this crisis go to waste.” Coronavirus offers “a chance to do capitalism differently.” “Government has the upper hand, it must seize the moment.” – Prof. Mariana Mazzucato of University College London in UK Guardian
Told you so! ‘Fantastic’ for the climate: Activists See Coronavirus Lockdowns As Dress Rehearsal for ‘Climate Emergency’ – Special Report– Climate Depot’s Marc Morano: “If you like living under the coronavirus fears and government-mandated lockdowns, then you’ll love living your life under a ‘climate emergency’.”
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- Mask Madness: CDC says wearing a mask during prolonged exposure to coronavirus won’t prevent possible infection – Plus: Read lots of wacky mask mandates
Green ‘policies are the opposite of what’s needed to stop or slow’ viruses – “Americans have been urged to cluster in large, densely populated cities,” wrote Michael Barone.
“Lone drivers commuting to work or heading to shopping malls in massive automobiles, it is argued, waste natural resources and pollute the environment. It would be better for commuters to switch to trains or subways, and for shoppers to walk to neighborhood stores,” Barone explained .
“All these policies, it turns out, are just the opposite of what’s needed to stop or slow down a global pandemic. Self-distancing and isolation, not clustering, are necessary. The broad aisles of the suburban supermarket and disposable plastic bags are less likely to transmit disease than the close quarters of the local mini-market and oft-used recyclable shopping bags. Heading in your own car to a drive-in testing center is better than riding the subway and waiting in a crowded line,” he added.
Marc Morano: “At UN climate summits they call for planned recessions in order to fight global warming and this is what activists are calling for and it’s all about emission control, economy control, redistribution of wealth, central planning our economy.
When COVID came along and the entire world went into a grip of fear and immediately started locking down, everything the climate activists had been demanding almost happened almost overnight.The COVID lockdown is a trial run for the climate lockdown.The World Economic Forum they’ve come out and called for — based on COVID and climate — a Great Reset. They are not letting a crisis go to waste. They’re calling for a socialist great reset against capitalism. These are the words of the founder of the world economic forum. They’re going to try to morph climate and COVID together and you’re going to go from a COVID lockdown to a climate lockdown.In addition, academics in Australia are calling for climate change to be added to your death certificate as a cause of death. We are facing the prospect of daily, monthly, annual death tolls, of people who died from climate change. Climate activists see the fear, the emotional toll of daily death counts, so the climate movement is copying the COVID crisis.”