The real “reset” is coming | VICTOR DAVIS HANSON
President Joe Biden believes the war in Ukraine will mark the start of a “new world order”. Amid the global COVID pandemic, Klaus Schwab and the global elites also announced a “great reset”.
Accordingly, the nations of the world should cede their sovereignty to an international body of experts. They would enlighten us on taxes, diversity and green policies.
When former President Donald Trump was elected in 2016, top journalists announced that partisan reporting should replace the old, supposedly disinterested approach to reporting.
There is a common theme here.
Normally, progressives worry about not having public support for their policies. Only in times of crisis do they feel that the political left and the media can coalesce to use doomsday themes to impose generally unpopular approaches to foreign and domestic issues.
We saw it last year: fleeing Afghanistan, embracing critical race theory, trying to end the filibuster, filling the court, trashing the Electoral College, and nationalizing election laws.
These “new orders” and “resets” always involve much larger government and more powerful, unelected bureaucracies. The elites assume that their sweeping changes in energy use, media reporting, voting, sovereignty, and racial and ethnic quotas will never quite apply to themselves, the architects of these top-down changes .
So we ordinary people have to give up fossil fuels, but not those who need to use business jets. The walls will not mark our borders but will protect the homes of Nancy Pelosi, Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates. Hunter Biden’s lost laptop will be reported, by fiat, no news. In contrast, Alfa Bank’s bogus “collusion” narrative will make national headlines for weeks.
Middle-class lifestyles will be held back as we are tasked with fighting for sustainability and the transition to apartment living and public transport. But the Obamas will still keep their three mansions, and the Silicon Valley futurists will insist on exemptions for their yachts.
In truth, we are about to see a drastic reset – from the current reset. It will be a different kind of transformation than the elites expect and should greatly fear.
The world and the United States are furious at hyperinflation which could soon exceed 10% per year. We will be lucky if it only ends in a recession or stagflation, rather than a global depression.
The mess was created by the same apparatus that adhered to “modern monetary theory”. This silly academic idea claimed that prosperity would follow a huge expansion of the money supply, keeping interest rates at de facto zero levels, running huge annual deficits, accumulating an unsustainable national debt and subsidizing workers. for them to stay at home.
Natural gas and oil costs are now climbing to unsustainable levels – and to the point where the middle class simply won’t be able to travel, keep warm in the winter or cool in the summer.
Both in Europe and the United States, leftist governments have deliberately curbed non-Russian drilling and pipelines. They shut down nuclear power plants and subsidized expensive and inefficient solar and wind projects. They resulted not in utopia, but in fuel shortages, high prices and energy dependence on the most repressive regimes in the world.
The Woke Revolution in the West was supposed to teach us that the Western world dominated by “white men” is toxic. Its origins, rise, current hobbies and wealth were only supposed to be due to systemic exploitation, racism and sexism. The elites introduced cancel culture, doxxing, deplatforming and social ostracism to shame these supposed exploiters and destroy their lives and careers.
Few have asked how a supposedly noxious West lasting some 2,500 years became the No. 1 destination for millions of non-Western migrants worldwide and provided the highest degree of global prosperity and freedom. to its citizens.
So a reset reckoning is coming – in reaction to the “new orders” championed by Biden and the whole of Davos.
At the midterm of November 2022, we will probably see a “No!” historical. on the agenda of the Orthodox left which has resulted in unsustainable inflation, unaffordable energy, war and humiliation abroad, spiraling crime, racial hostility – as well as an arrogant defiance on the part of of those who deliberately adopted these disastrous policies.
What will replace it is a return to what until recently had worked.
Closed and secure borders with only legal and measured immigration will return. Americans will demand tough policing and deterrent sentencing and a return to integration and the primacy of individual character rather than separatist fixations on the “color of our skin.”
The public will continue to disconnect from partisan and mediocre “mainstream” media. We will see a greater increase in the production of oil and natural gas to move us slowly towards a greater variety of energies, a strong national defense and deterrent foreign policies.
The prophets of the new world order have sown the wind and they will soon reap the storm of an angry public exhausted by the incompetence, arrogance and ignorance of the elites.
Victor Davis Hanson is a Distinguished Fellow of the Center for American Greatness and a Classics and Historian at the Hoover Institution at Stanford. Contact him at [email protected]