At an old job of mine, there was a fellow who had been placed in charge of buying a certain type of equipment. He often bought too much of various bits, and those sat around the warehouse.
Someone finally looked into the situation and found out that, for each trip this guy made to buy equipment, he got a coupon from the manufacturer, and he was using these to buy equipment on the side at a ten percent discount and resell it.
In other words, he was spending thousands of dollars to get hundreds of dollars, but because he would otherwise never even have had those hundreds, he was coming out ahead. To him, it was a free few hundred bucks, even if it cost others many thousands.
By the time the company found out about this situation, it had migrated from inconvenience to disaster. The budget was looking bad. Jobs would be lost. The company would have to change its business model. Perhaps downsizing was the answer.
Stress hung in the atmosphere like humidity. People existed in a constant state of cold sweat and low energy. Then one morning, in came the CFO, whistling. Heads turned to watch him go down the hall. The all-hands management meeting ended with claps on the back, jokes, and donuts.
It turned out that management had come up with a simple solution: donate all of our extra gear to some charity, take the tax write-off, and sell off the part of the business in which criminal guy (now fired) had worked. They broke even on the tax write-off and reinvested the extra dosh in another sector.
You will see this pattern again and again in business. Tax dominates the books. If something goes wrong, you need to find a way to convert it into an acceptable loss, then scoop that cash out of the tax fund and dump it somewhere where it will make more cash.
It looks like World Leftism, Inc., will be attempting something similar. They know that their business, namely milking the productive to fund the government and underclass, has run into its final stage where it is no longer viable. Like every failing business, they hope to reach monopoly status by adopting world socialism — making themselves into a utility, much like social media wants to happen for itself — before more of us bail out on having any positive belief toward egalitarianism and government.
They are calling this The Great Reset:
As we enter a unique window of opportunity to shape the recovery, this initiative will offer insights to help inform all those determining the future state of global relations, the direction of national economies, the priorities of societies, the nature of business models and the management of a global commons.
In other words, they want to transition from national economies to a world economy which will be centrally managed. Rich countries will subsidize poor countries, bureaucrats will get paid handsomely, and dissent will be aggressively squashed with “de-platforming” anyone who objects.
They will justify this with the usual laundry list of panics — climate change, poverty, pandemics, “racism” — and portray anyone who objects as some kind of ignorant, uneducated deplorable clinging to his guns and religion.
We see here an instance of progressive rationalization, meaning that one rationalizes (justifies what one has as what one wants) in steps leading toward acceptance of reality. At first, we were told that equality led to Utopia. Now that Utopia has failed, so it is time to justify equality through force.
Humans favor whatever belief justifies what they want to believe is true, mainly that they are living the best life possible. This begins with the least amount of contact with reality; as this fails, they mix in more reality at each step. We have now admitted that socialism requires world totalitarianism to achieve.
The great reset shows us a partial step toward reality. Keynesianism — priming the economy with gifts of tax money — has failed, so we must go toward full socialism, just a hop skip and a kiss away from world Communism, which the Left wanted all along. This tells us that Keynesianism and socialism were the same all along, and so we are following the path of the French Revolution: start with equality, then when that fails subsidize it, and when that fails, seize power for a Total State and militarize the population in the style of an Asiatic tyrant. We are walking in the footsteps of Genghis Khan.
Ironically, the real great reset will be a rejection of modernity, and it has been gaining momentum for some time. The most creative, insightful, wise, and productive people in our society no longer believe in equality; they know that it is a death spiral, enforcing a symbolic notion on reality despite a lack of function, and that it will not stop until it crashes like the Soviet Union. This touches on both economic and social outlooks in politics, and has people wanting to get out of modern life — bureaucracy, taxes, propaganda, narrow meritocracy — entirely.
With this comes nationalism, or the idea that each group should rule itself according to its interests. We can come together on international agreements, but if we let every nation vote on these, they will default to the old human lie, namely having the richer nations pay for everything. This cannibalizes hope for tomorrow in order to try to patch up the past.
Any real great reset means the end of consumerism and Leftism, which we now can see are the same thing. Leftism means dumping money on people who did not produce it, resulting in consumerism as they spend recklessly, allowing businesses making junk to get huge while the junk ends up littering the landscape. There is never enough money, which is why governments across the world are broke, either outright in debt or in debt for future expenditures like infrastructure which they have neglected in order to pay for diversity and equality.
For most governments, the great reset amounts to a jubilee, or orgy of debt forgiveness. We transition economic systems and wipe the slate clean, then start over without taxes; instead, we have direct socialism, so the money is taken before it is earned. This takes Keynesianism, which almost all governments use, to its logical conclusion, but ends in equal bankruptcy everywhere. A real great reset will stop the bleeding by ending the Keynesian entitlements — direct or in-kind payments to citizens like public schools, socialized medicine, retirement, and welfare — and set us on a path to health instead. In the process, we lose the desire for “equality,” and consequently can focus on more substantive things like improving ourselves, achieving self-discipline and self-actualization, and getting to the stars.