Shapers of slavery: the awakening

We began this series by quoting a filmed interview with Catherine Austin Fitts in which she warns that we are being pushed into a nightmarish future of complete control, a technocratic “slavery system”.

The video was removed by YouTube after 2.7 million views but at the time of writing was still available on vimeo.

Fitts says that we have been put in a trap by the Covid-19 corporate coup: “But the door hasn’t shut”.

Our only hope, she says, is transparency, in revealing to people what is being imposed on them without their willing consent.

“The first thing you have to see is you have to get a good map. In other words, you can’t nagivate this unless you can see the transhumanist system that is being built and who’s building it”.

Nobody outside the power elite wants the vast part of the whole human species to be effectively turned into “livestock”, she points out. Our rulers are “very afraid” that a critical mass of the public will see the trap that has been laid for them and reject it.

“We have the power to change this”.

Gs logoIt is in this spirit that we have been writing about the WEF’s Global Shapers, who are playing a key role in advancing the techno-slavery agenda.

As we have seen, this insidious organisation is against:

Democracy. Instead of letting people decide how to live their own lives, it uses its power and money to create fake public opinion backing its own narrative and plans.

Community. It wants to cut us off from each other in the real world so that we have to lead our lives online and are thus tranformed into digital products for its profit.

Freedom. In its future of total control, we will be caged in a “smart” prison. We will not be able to go where we want to go, see who we want to see, live how we want to live, say what we want to say or even think what we want to think. We are getting a taste of this already!

We urge you, our readers, to play a part in this vital struggle to stop the slavery system getting a grip on humanity’s future.

We need to counter the dictatorial and corporate-owned Global Shapers Community with our own decentralised and autonomous community of Global Liberators!


As well as sharing the information that we have presented in this investigative series, we would ask you to help expose more details about the Global Shapers, their connections and their machinations.

There are more than 400 Shaper hubs in 151 countries across the world. As their own site reminds us: “There is always a hub near you”.

GS hub searchThe hubs are listed alphabetically in the annual report and can be found via the Global Shapers site.

We would encourage everyone to explore and expose the identity and activities of hubs in their own area, starting with the information the Global Shapers have so helpfully provided for us.

We would also encourage you to seek out your local Global Shapers and confront them with questions, whether via social media or in the real world.

GS annual report coverBear in mind that one or two of these individuals may, like many foot soldiers in the Transition Towns movement or Extinction Rebellion, be blissfully unaware of the real agenda they are serving.

As well as trying to “get on in the world” by mixing with powerful people, they may even be gullible enough to be fooled by the WEF’s “woke” rhetoric into thinking they are involved in something worthy.

The aim is not to insult them, but to make sure that they know what exactly the Global Shapers organisation is all about and that they understand that its aims are totally unacceptable, indeed morally abhorrent, to the vast majority of their fellow citizens.

You might ask them, for instance:

* Why are you part of an organisation which subverts democracy by promoting “stakeholder” rather than popular rule?

* How do you feel about being part of a gang systematically using lies and manipulation (“storytelling” and “narratives”) to trick people into going along with its plans?

* Do you think it is acceptable to deliberately whip up fear over a “pandemic” in order to “reset” human society into a mode more profitable for a tiny clique of sociopathic parasites?

* Why are you, via Global Shapers, helping to turn proper education into online training and using the pretext of digital “inclusivity” to force children into “social impact” exploitation?

* Do you really welcome a future in which our children are nothing but “human capital” for the profit of the ultra-rich?

* Why are you part of an organisation linked to arms dealers like the Carlyle Group?

* Why are you involved in an organisation which is openly spearheading a massive wave of imperialism, particularly in Africa, pillaging land for mineral resources and turning people into products?

* Why are you, by your involvement with the Global Shapers, trying to destroy human relationships and communities, to push us into sterile and isolated existences in which we depend on the corporate matrix for everything we need and do?

* How can you sleep at night knowing that you are part of an astroturf operation run by billionaire profiteers which is attempting to enslave all of us, our children and our children’s children?

* Do you have any moral scruples, or indeed legal concerns, about participating in a conspiracy to make vasts amounts of money by committing crimes against humanity?

As well as asking these questions we also need, of course, to make a stand against the whole Great Reset coup being promoted by the Global Shapers.

We need to refuse to believe their “storytelling”, refuse to buy their “solutions”, refuse to go along with their “social distancing”, refuse to take their “vaccines” and refuse to be herded like sheep into the nightmare future they want.

The big advantage we have over the billionaire transhumanist-technocrats is that we far outnumber them, even though they have hired an army of “influencers” to work for them.

There are around 10,000 Global Shapers and we might imagine that there are ten times as many individuals as that in all the various projects working in parallel for the same agenda.

But with 7.8 billion people in the world that leaves 7,799,900,000 potential Global Liberators!

People of the world, awake and arise!


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Shapers of slavery: the plan

Shapers of slavery: the leadership

Shapers of slavery: the empire

Shapers of slavery: the virus

Klaus Schwab and his great fascist reset

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Shapers of slavery: the virus

The long months since the start of the Covid-19 phenomenon have been incredibly difficult for billions of people.

We are witnessing lives in tatters, individuals isolated, families divided, friends estranged, pleasures lost, freedom curtailed, plans abandoned and hope crushed.

But Klaus Schwab, boss of the World Economic Forum, has a different take on things.

He announced in June 2020: “The pandemic represents a rare but narrow window of opportunity to reflect, reimagine, and reset our world to create a healthier, more equitable, and more prosperous future”.

As we have previously explained, Schwab and his accomplices are using the Covid-19 crisis to bypass democratic accountability, to override opposition, to accelerate their totalitarian technocratic agenda and to impose it on the rest of humankind against our will.

It was therefore to be expected that Covid-19 would take a prominent place in the activities of the Global Shapers Community, the fake-grassroots “youth” network set up by Schwab in 2011.

Indeed, the Shapers have more than 150 articles under the Covid-19 heading on their website.

One of these in particular comes across as significant, as it announces the formation of a brand new Covid-related project called Reimagine Society.

We learn on its website that Reimagine Society (“the action tank for systems change“) was founded in March 2020 by two WEF Global Shapers.

“As the pandemic awakened the collective to long-standing system gaps, we mobilized a global community to reflect, reimagine, and reset our world”.

Reimagine Society is presented as a sort of Global Shapers in miniature, involving “60 Communities” and “100 Shapers”.

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And all of this was dreamed up and established before the end of March 2020 in direct response to the then-breaking Covid-19 “pandemic”. Incredible!

One of the two Reimagine Society founders is Alexis J Taylor, “a global leader in activating and connecting entrepreneurial ecosystems for economic prosperity”, who works as director for global engagement at the Global Entrepreneurship Network (“building one global, entrepreneurial ecosystem”).

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The other is Miguel A Rozo,”a Canadian-based policy advisor and social entrepreneur passionate about lots of things including climate action, global affairs and innovation”, who has worked for the Canadian Department of Global Affairs and the United Nations Development Program.

And what was Reimagine Society’s totally authentic and original response to Covid-19?

“We believe the pandemic represents a rare window of opportunity for us to build back better”.

Well, fancy that! Young Alexis and Miguel spontaneously came up with the same “narrow window of opportunity” thought as Global Shapers founder Klaus Schwab!

gs miguel a rozoAnd they even managed to slip in the “build back better” slogan which has been parroted by politicians across the world in recent months.

Brownie points all round!

Alexis and Miguel aim to provide “the latest knowledge on emerging systematic gaps and large-scale solutions in response to the COVID-19 outbreak”.

To this purpose they feature headings on “Climate and Sustainability”, “Education and Employment” and “Inclusion and Diversity”, although there is no actual content, just the tantalising promise of “more details to come!”.

Brownie points cancelled. Must do better!

In the face of this unfortunate dead end, knowledge-seekers are forced to turn to other Covid-19 Global Shaper projects in order to gain an idea of how they intend exploiting that “narrow window of opportunity”.

Gs logoSome of the local projects appear harmless enough, promoting practical help for vulnerable individuals and communities.

But others betray the reality that the Global Shapers initiative is, as we have seen, really all about promoting the techno-slavery of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

Schwab’s Shapers are very keen to impose a full-spectrum New Normal in which human beings are isolated in the real world and forced to seek connection only through the infrastructures of technological control and exploitation.

They therefore go out of their way to “raise awareness about COVID-19 and spread positivity amongst people from all over the world, encouraging them to stay home and stay safe”.

One hub has been producing an “easily replicable image that can be stenciled and printed globally” so as to “promote everyone working together by staying home”.

“Now that the Coronavirus pandemic requires us to stay home and stay safe, Shaping Fashion and Fashion Revolution have joined forces for digital activation and empowerment of citizens”, says another project, which promises the compensation of “virtual sustainable shopping events”.

When people do venture out of their homes, it is obviously very important that they remain isolated and engage in no social interactions that cannot be tracked and monetised. They must comply with “the ‘new normal’ situation of social distancing”.

Klaus’s Shapers identify “a need to increase awareness among the community about the utilization of hand sanitizer” as part of this pathological obsession with personal and social “hygiene”.

But it seems that “amidst Covid19, working parents are struggling to help their young (2-6 year old) children change their hygiene behaviour overnight” and so Shapers have created “Behaviour Change Cards for Hygiene” to get the tiny tots in line.

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“Living with the virus requires many adjustments to our way of life including the use of masks”, say Shapers.

Projects include supporting vulnerable women by providing them work through making masks, writing a handbook on how to make medical masks and take care of them, online webinars on mask making”.

“The M.A.S.K. (Make and Sew Kindness) Project is an effort to change public behavior around the usage of masks in times of COVID-19 crisis”.

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The hub in Bhubaneswar, India, even got involved with manufacturing what they call an “innovative face shield”, pictured above, while their colleagues in Pakistan promoted “anti-viral walkthrough gates”, pictured below.

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“Help our heroes: doctors, policemen and people working during the quarantine”, declare Shapers.

They never use the word “propaganda” to describe their output, but talk rather of “a social media campaign” or an “awareness tool for spreading authentic information about COVID-19“.

This latter project ensures that “people who show interest in registering themselves as volunteers with several health related organizations and institutes for spreading authentic information can be accurately tracked along with other necessary details to guide them further on the registration and information distribution process”.

This is needed, they say, to “multiply the momentum of the COVID-19 global awareness campaign and fight the spread of misinformation that is prevalent on social media”.

“There has been a lot of misinformation, conspiracies and fake news”, claim Shapers.

“According to Princeton University and the University of New York, older adults are the main victims of false news. Young people should become the reliable source of information in each home”, insists one project.

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Shapers are eager to “participate in global initiatives to share truthful educational content regarding the coronavirus and bust myths which may exist”.

One campaign included “a diverse panel of medical experts and influencers who shared insightful information and recommendations for staying safe”.

They really do seem very worried about people not buying the official Covid line.

Unreliable and false information is spreading around the world to such an extent that some commentators are now referring to the misinformation that’s accompanying the COVID-19 pandemic as a ‘disinfodemic’.”

Don’t panic! Don’t panic!

The London hub also seemed to be breaking out into a cold sweat over crumbling Covid narratives.

“There is a concern that younger people are starting to get impatient and the Hub feels there is a role for us to play in this time. The campaign is designed to encourage particularly younger people to pledge ways to help with the pandemic efforts”.

These pledges include “stay at home”, “befriend an elderly resident virtually” and, of course, “help stop the spread of misinformation”.


Obviously, as the hubs are all genuine grassroots entities, expressing the personal views of the young people involved, they will all have hit upon slightly different approaches.

So in Nigeria, on the one hand, they came up with this:

“In view of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the Lagos Hub initiated a talk series where we invite medical experts, especially experts involved in managing the pandemic in the country, to help educate people and give clarity on the myths currently circulating on social media”.

Whereas thousands of miles away in Moldova, on the other hand, they had this to say:

“In view of the recent COVID-19 pandemic, the Chisinau Hub initiated an online talk series where we invite experts, especially experts involved in managing the pandemic in the country, to help educate people and give clarity on the myths currently circulating on social media”.

thoughtpoliceCertain projects have gone even further, advancing beyond mere shaping ‘n’ propagandising to a hands-on thought-policing role.

“Global Shapers Copenhagen is collaborating with WHO Europe for information sessions from WHO directly to Global Shapers hubs across Europe and Eurasia.

“As part of this initiative, this project will arrange weekly calls throughout the month of April with a WHO representative for Shapers in Europe and Eurasia to receive a weekly update about COVID-19 across the region and to ask questions about the pandemic.

“Furthermore, this initiative provides WHO with an opportunity to gather information from Shapers on any rumours or potential misinformation that is circulating in different cities within the region”.

Another project, entitled “Combat COVID. Stop misinformation”, announced: “The world and our generation now sit on the edge of a paradigmatic shift in the way we operate our daily lives and plan our immediate futures. In such times we, as Global Shapers, need to be more united than ever.

“In support of the ‘COVID Action in Europe’ project collaborating with WHO Europe – an initiative that, amongst other things, provides WHO with an opportunity to gather information from Shapers on any rumours or potential misinformation that is circulating in different cities within the region – the ‘Combat COVID. Stop Misinformation.’ project aims to amplify our reach in collecting rumours or misleading information.

“Through sharing between 8 and 12 posts on social media accounts over the next 6-8 weeks, calling upon readers to share any rumours or potential misinformation they hear, the project endeavours to generate information for the WHO Europe to inform their communication around COVID-19″.

A report under the heading ‘Global Situation and Strategic Direction‘ confirms the way the Global Shapers “youth network” has been deployed to help impose the official narrative.

gs 1984b“A major difference of the current pandemic compared to pandemics in the past is the widespread misinformation through different sources.

“This leads to panic, anxiety and fear among the global community. In addition to discussion on the existing situation in different countries, an important aspect is to discuss the role of youth in this unfortunate time and the strategic direction of the respective governments.

“For this purpose, Facebook live sessions were organized with the support of Global Shapers Hubs around the globe in which the discussion revolved around the current pandemic situation in different regions.

“The goal of the process was for intellectual support and a collaboration with a think tank named Centre of Progress and Inclusive Development (CPID) was an impressive result.

“Topics explored included emergency ethics, role of community, strategy of governments and health practitioners, Sustainable Development Goals, e-learning for education among others. The series involved 32 Global Shapers Hubs and was viewed by more than 15,000 people from all over the world”.

At the same time, of course, Shapers were advancing their Great Reset agenda, with “online workshops” and “training courses to be transitioned online” plus bids to “help those who are digitally excluded”.

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Covid brought the good news, for technocrat entrepeneurs, that “schools have no choice but to start online classes”. It does, after all, represent a “narrow window of opportunity” for accelerating their lucrative business agendas.

As David Timis of the Brussels hub reminds us: “Online learning is a fertile ground for multi-stakeholder partnerships, such as those between tech companies and universities.

“Now is the time to reimagine the learning ecosystem and experiment with new ideas. There is no going ‘back to normal’. If we do, then we would lose a golden opportunity to revolutionize education in order to overcome the challenges of the 21st century”.

One man’s pandemic is another man’s “golden opportunity”.

A Global Shaper project reports: “According to UNESCO, schools across the world that are forced to close and switch to online teaching due to the global pandemic has impacted more than 1.5 billion children and young leaders, leaving millions of poor children out to education as a result of a lack of digital devices.

“As Professor Klaus Schwab once said during a Global Shapers Town Hall Meeting, ‘Young people and better use of technology are the two main drivers to help us reimagine, redesign and rebuild a new system’, this virtual roundtable will offer an oppotunity to help us reimagine education in the post-COVID-19 world”.

Others “are exploring the idea of supporting the health sector through using 3D printing”.

There is not a lot of talk about vaccines on the Global Shapers site, although one group notes that “we will have to live with the disruption for a year or more until a vaccine can be developed”.

Perhaps they are wary of people noticing Shaper connections to Big Pharma businesses such as Sinovac (see Shapers of slavery: the empire).

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But they have not been backwards in selling various other “solutions” to the Covid “pandemic” which they have been working so hard to persuade us is so unique and world-changing.

BlockCOVID is a month-long virtual summit to activate anyone anywhere to build COVID-19 solutions on the blockchain. By providing a collaboration platform and technical support, we aim to inspire and catalyze implementable products to address societal challenges arising from the COVID-19 pandemic by the end of the incubator“.

3D printed facial shields. Really easy to do on a large scale with our 3D printers and using PVC for the shield. Up to today, we delivered more than 450.000 facial masks and we are working to produce them faster and with more comfortable designs for users. Companies such as Leroy Merlin, PcComponentes, BQ, Renault, KPMG and SAP are helping us with resources to print more units“.

The Johannesburg Global Shapers, in partnership with non-profit organisation RUACH 3D, Alpha Pharm and the wider 3D printing community, are collaborating to produce and distribute 3D Printed Face Shields to healthcare workers across South Africa at no charge“.

There is a ‘Biotech for Good’ project “to present new tools to overcome the virus” and a scheme in India “to improve the livelihood of women artisans through new skills training, such as blockchain and sustainability“.

Shapers set out to “bridge the new digital divide” by “delivering devices and monitoring the whole impacts“.

The use of the word “impact” here is far from benign. The “social impact” investment industry, which wants to farm human beings for profit, needs us all to lead our lives online.

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Entrepreneurialism is always lurking behind Global Shaper initiatives: “The Bilbao Hub, together with several entrepreneurs, has decided to create a gymkhana or digital escape room”.

But the Munich hub is quite blatant about it: “It is needless to mention how the pandemic has impacted businesses and individuals. Our focus is on social impact startups in the area of health, education and climate. There is a huge need to access the network of investors, founders and experts to accelerate their growth”.

And the ‘HackCovid19 Cordoba’ project involved “more than 85 mentors (some Shapers) and nearly 40 experts guiding entrepreneurs, with the aim of generating value for our community”.

“Creating value” is a favourite euphemism in WEF circles. They just mean making money. The sly wording used by one group is a useful reminder that the motivation for all the Covid propaganda is profit: “How do we combat disinformation and fake news? How do we add value from communication?

But the final word on the Global Shapers’ Covid agenda should go to Shaper “Golden” Timis of Brussels.

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He wrote for London’s Chatham House “think tank” in July 2020: “The COVID-19 outbreak has forced millions of people around the world to stay indoors for months in what has been one of the most significant social experiments in history”.

Although for many people, working from home has become the new normal, he continues, the impact of the lockdown and social distancing policies is far more profound.

“It has radically transformed our collective perspective of what is considered essential work. But the window of opportunity to invest in human capital and help those most affected by the recent developments is closing rapidly”.

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Our next report concludes this investigative series and calls for a worldwide awakening against the Great Reset.


Shapers of slavery: the plan

Shapers of slavery: the leadership

Shapers of slavery: the empire

Shapers of slavery: the awakening

Klaus Schwab and his great fascist reset

Great Reset page of resources

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Shapers of slavery: the empire

The World Economic Forum organises its Global Shapers Community by means of hubs – there are more than 400 of these in some 150 different countries.

The idea is to give the impression of a worldwide youth movement, a groundswell of opinion from the new generation endorsing the WEF’s call for a Great Reset of our society and our lives.

But, of course, in reality the Global Shapers set-up is not a “community” at all, but a centralised structure in which young recruits are merely puppets, obedient mouthpieces for those actually running the show.

Gs logoThe real agenda behind the Global Shapers is made very clear by looking at its leadership, as we did in our previous article.

The Shapers in all these hundreds of hubs are effectively working for the likes of WEF boss Klaus Schwab, Chinese Big Pharma billionaire Eric Tse and David Rubenstein of the war-profiteering CIA-linked Carlyle Group.

This is a world of “social impact investing”, of lucrative human and natural “capital”, a world of blockchain, robotics and AI, of equity funds and pharmaceutical businesses, a world of exponential profit and exploitation hidden behind a rhetoric of “inclusivity”, “sustainability” and “systemic change”.

Their agenda is nothing less than the acceleration of global corporate control to a level we can barely imagine, the imposition of a full-on techno-tyranny in which freedom is abolished for 99.99% of humanity and in which future generations are reduced the status of digitally-farmed cattle for the profit of the parasitical elite.

To illustrate this shocking reality, we here take a closer look at Shapers and their connections in some key global locations: London, Brussels, Beijing, Lagos and New Delhi.

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The London hub of the Global Shapers describes itself as a “large, vibrant and extremely diverse group” of young people who “care deeply about having an impact in London and the wider world”.

It is currently listed as being involved in four projects:

Shaping Fashion. “Now that the Coronavirus pandemic requires us to stay home and stay safe, Shaping Fashion and Fashion Revolution have joined forces for digital activation and empowerment of citizens”.

Covid Action in Europe. “This initiative provides WHO with an opportunity to gather information from Shapers on any rumours or potential misinformation that is circulating”.

United Against C19. “Stay at home. Help stop the spread of misinformation”.

Combat COVID. Stop misinformation. “Calling upon readers to share any rumours or potential misinformation they hear, the project endeavours to generate information for the WHO Europe to inform their communication around COVID-19”.

GS rory daniels 2One of the rising stars among the 42 hub members is Rory Daniels.

Daniels came to the public’s attention when he stood as Liberal Democrat candidate for Llanelli in the 2017 General Election while still a 19-year-old student.

Presented as “passionate about the EU“, he finished last of five candidates with a meagre 548 votes and even lost his deposit.

But a total lack of democratic mandate has not held him back. Daniels spoke at a UNESCO conference in Stockholm in 2019, where he was listed as “Young Leader of Industry, European Commission” and since September 2019 he has been a member of Amnesty International’s first Global Youth Task Force.

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He has described Jeremy Corbyn’s warnings about the post-Brexit sell-off of the NHS as part of “Russian disinformation” and in November 2019 he attended a Council for Europe “World Forum for Democracy” event in Strasbourg entitled “Is Democracy in Danger in the Information Age?”. 

In September 2020, Daniels was named as a new board member of the Sutton Trust, a charity set up by private equity tycoon Peter Lampl, who is described by Wikipedia as a “philanthropist“.

In 2020, the Sutton Trust was providing “briefings on the impact of COVID-19 on social mobility” concluding that “moving work experience and internships online can give a fairer opportunity to all and delivers benefits for employers too”.

The London hub’s founding curator Kate Hampton is chief executive of the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation, an “independent philanthropic organisation, with offices in Addis Ababa, Beijing, London, Nairobi and New Delhi”.

gs kate hamptonCIFF claims it is all about “championing children”, working “with a range of partners seeking to transform the lives of children and adolescents in developing countries”.

But it also explains that it is “a private philanthropy focused on systemic change” seeking “integrated solutions that follow children along the life course”.

This is very clearly the social impact investing which Alison McDowell has been warning us about.

CIFF confirms this when it says it intends to be “nimble” and to “take risks where the potential pay-off is big”.

It adds: “We know that the returns on smart investments in areas such as children’s early development and adolescent girls are especially high”.

“Championing” children or exploiting them for profit, Ms Hampton?

gs chris hohnThe CIFF exercise in so-called “smart philanthropy” was started in 2002 by hedge fund billionaire Chris Hohn and his then-wife Jamie Cooper. 

Hohn, given a knighthood by David Cameron’s Tory government in 2014, was revealed in 2019 as having donated £50,000 to Extinction Rebellion, with a further £150,000 handed over by Hampton’s CIFF.

At the same time it was reported that he had built a £630m stake in Heathrow Airport via a range of investment companies.

Hampton is not the only London hub member involved with the world of impact.

Vyonne Bajela, “previously a Senior Investment Manager at Mitsui & Co”, is today “the Founding Member and Principal at Impact X Capital, a UK based venture capital fund”. 

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Jasnam Sidhu works for PricewaterhouseCoopers, or pwc as it brands itself, a multinational professional services network famous for its Social Impact Lab and “founding partner of the Social Enterprise NL and Ashoka platforms”.

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As we reported in Shapers of slaver: the leadership, Ashoka is a strange organisation, funded by “charitable foundations”, which links ultra-wealthy individuals such as Antonis Schwarz with “activists” like Rob Hopkins and also provides advice to organizations including the World Bank.

Sidhu’s “typical day” involves “mapping out disruptive technologies such as blockchain, AI, or drones”.

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Kenny Imafidon is the co-founder and managing director of ClearView Research Ltd: “We specialise in gathering culturally-informed insights on diverse audiences, to inform business and marketing strategies, and to support social impact evaluation”.

His personal website reveals that “he was named by Impact Squared as one of 100 young leaders (under 25) across the globe making a social impact to transform our world”. He has mingled with royalty.

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Jordan Abdi joined the London Global Shapers hub in June 2020.

In 2018, having graduated in medicine from Imperial College, London, he was picked out as a Schwarzman Scholar for the graduate fellowship at Schwarzman College, based at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Abdi declared at the time: “China has a unique political and economic system, and in a world where China is posed to play a greater role, understanding its systems will be vital to successful multilateral engagement.

“My entrepreneurial background coupled with my interest in public policy makes this programme so appealing to me as its modules span business, policy and international relations at a time when greater global collaboration will be needed to solve our shared future challenges”.

Imperial College, whose modelling famously predicted a massive Covid death toll at the start of the “pandemic”, boasts in its report on Abdi’s scholarship that it has “strong connections with China” and is “the UK’s top academic research collaborator with China”.

Stephen A. Schwarzman, chairman of Schwarzman Scholars who funded Abdi’s time in China, is a former Lehman Brothers billionaire who co-founded global private equity firm Blackstone and is “a long-time friend” of Donald Trump.

GS Jordan AbdiAbdi is very keen on the “automation of healthcare” and on old peole being looked after by robots.

A “serial entrepreneur”, he is now “strategy and business development lead” for Singapore-based international business Holmusk, which is involved in “data driven medicine”, “behavioral health and neuroscience” and “innovation among pharma companies”.

Earlier in 202O, Abdi retweeted Boris Johnson when the UK Prime Minister declared “This is going to be a fantastic year for Britain” and Abdi later took to Twitter to announce: “2O21 is going to be great”.

But great for whom, precisely?

Hub member Faheem Ahmed is “a global impact investment advisor and ESG analyst, specialising in sustainable healthcare financing, delivery and innovation”.

In September 2020, he contributed an article to Forbes business magazine entitled “All Public Health Roads Lead To Private Equity”.

GS Faheem AhmedHere he enthused: “Global healthcare is the fastest growing and most lucrative sector for private investors, closing over $100 billion worth of deals in 2019 alone”.

He noted that “sustained government spending cuts to social care has [sic] presented lucrative opportunities for private equity worldwide”.

Are we alone in finding that statement totally abhorrent?

Ahmed concluded that “by shifting away from risky, average leverage ratios to impact-oriented patient growth capital, PE [Private Equity] can provide a much-needed lifeline to support the fragile health and social care systems we all depend on. In the end, all public health roads lead to private equity”.

A profile of Ahmed on the London Business School website notes that he has been appointed as a fellow of its Wheeler Institute for Business and Development, which “brings together business, government and NGOs for social impact”.

It adds that his “passion for social entrepreneurship” led him, in 2017, to co-found HealthMakeSpace.

HealthMakeSpace “aims to accelerate change across the NHS by connecting industry and entrepreneurs with clinicians to foster clinically guided innovation” and, it turns out, was “developed in partnership with Imperial College Health Partners”.

Imperial College again! What a coincidence that the London Global Shapers, whose projects are so focused on holding up the Covid pandemic narrative, are also linked to the insitutition whose projection helped fuel the panic!

GS Bien KingBien King “is an experienced agile project management professional, community builder and youth leader with over 15 years of experience in enabling impact-driven organisations delivering multidisciplinary projects in the UK and across the globe”.

She was therefore presumably well over the current age limit of 27 when she joined the London hub in June 2020!

King is founder of Let’s Reinvent, which is interested in “reinventing value and opportunities” and aims to “take a robust collective action to generate awareness and opportunities to successfully onboard a full representation of the different segments of our society into the future of technology”.

She “can’t wait to get jabbed” with the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine.

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Claudine Adeyemu is a former “Rising Star” in the “We Are The City Awards” and number one in the 2018 EMpower/Financial Times Top 30 Ethnic Minority Future Leaders List.

She works for Mishcon de Reya, a law firm with offices in London and Singapore, which says it is “here to help our clients benefit from new economies, new geographic centres of wealth, the new global movement of people and capital, and the impact of new technologies and new knowledge”.

In 2018 it was accused by the family of the murdered Maltese anti-corruption journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia of harassment, intimidation and an attempt to “cripple” her financially.

gs laura Round picHub member Laura Round is a Conservative Party activist and a former special adviser to the UK Defence Secretary and Secretary of State for International Development.

She is a councillor in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea and was one of the 2018 Tory candidates reportedly reprimanded by a pub manager for being obnoxious and allegedly plotting how to “spin” the Grenfell Tower tragedy when out canvassing.

Round is “associate director at the PR company freuds advising clients on purpose and social impact projects” and “a strong advocate of the role that the private sector can play in sustainable development”.

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Other London hub members include Dylan Itzikowitz, “venture associate” at Founders Factory (“we’re backed by the world’s most influential companies”) and Maxine Mackintosh, co-founder of One HealthTech.

Mackintosh’s research involves “routinely collected data from electronic health records”. She is “an advocate of digital health approaches and maintains that data analysis has the potential to transform traditional approaches to healthcare”.

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You get the picture. Well-connected and wealthy young entrepreneurs obsessed with data gathering, private equity, venture capital and social impact investment.

Just a typical cross-section of London youth!

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According to the city’s Global Shapers, “Brussels is where frontiers become foundations of inclusive projects, the capital where Belgium’s diversity meets into a nation; the heart of the European Union”.

They add: “Brussels best embodies the notion of thinking global and acting local, as it is home to the grand vision that underpins the European project and of challenges facing communities at a neighbourhood level”.

The hub is listed as currently being involved in four projects:

Museum of the Future. “Companies and institutions must be able to anticipate the changes of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and adapt quickly, and cities and communities must be able to do the same. Whether its [sic] understanding the impact of virtual reality, artificial intelligence, big data or the Internet of Things, Shapers want to enable all actors to play an active role in shaping the future of Brussels”.

The Future of Work. “One-third of our lives is spent in a work environment that is being rapidly transformed by emerging technologies. Global Shapers have the opportunity and the responsibility to influence the Future of Work”.

Brussels Happiness Project. “Provides the framework in which people are able to share their progress and get peer advice, encouragement, and support”.

Vote! “A project dedicated to improving awareness, debate, and ultimately youth voter turnout and engagement for the next European Parliament elections”.

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One of the key figures in the 31-strong hub is former curator David Timis.

His personal website describes him as “a keynote speaker focused on the impact AI will have on the future of work” and notes that he “has guest lectured at renowned universities, such as Cambridge University in the UK and the College of Europe, and delivered presentations for a diverse range of clients, including Google, the European Commission, and AIESEC”.

Timis is interested in “human capital” and in 2018 was “a Project Manager at Google, where he coordinates the most ambitious digital skills training program in Romania, Atelierul Digital”. This project also taught young people “entrepreneurship”.

In 2017 he became “a social innovator at Ashoka” – the strange organisation we mentioned in relation to London’s Jasnam Sidhu and also in Shapers of slavery: the leadership.

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Timis is also co-founder and project manager of European Heroes, which is part of the Future of Europe initiative (“New narrative for Europe: Bringing more Union into the European Union”) funded by the European Commission’s Europe for Citizens Programme.

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Fellow hub member Nadine Khouzam is involved in attempts to format young children’s brains for the requirements of the coming techno-tyranny. Her CodeNPlay business “trains computational thinking — the ‘thought process of machines’ — through robotics in a playful way to kids aged 6 and older”.

Explains one report: “In classes of maximum 12 students starting as early as 6 years old, CodeNPlay teaches the logic of programming through robots and coding as game”.

CodeNPlay’s partners are Digital Belgium, (the Brussels Planning Agency) and Google.

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Oana Popescu works in “Business Acceleration Services” at the European Innovation Council. This Euro-body was “introduced by the European Commission to support the commercialization of high-risk, high-impact technologies in the European Union”.

gs oana popescuIt works to promote “a European Green Deal” and “a Europe fit for the digital age”.

It is concerned that “Europe’s venture capital market remains underdeveloped” and aims “to put Europe on top of the next wave of breakthrough and disruptive innovation that creates new markets, in particular by combining physical and digital products and services based on new technologies business models”.

The project is, of course, all about channelling public money into businesses developing “future and emerging technologies”.

“The EIC Accelerator will enable higher levels of support to target cases where risks are too high for private investors and which have innovative scale up potential”.

Sabina Ciofu is head of EU and trade policy at techUK, which works at “championing technology’s role in preparing and empowering the UK for what comes next, delivering a better future for people, society, the economy and the planet”.

It lists its “partners” as The Broadband Stakeholder Group, The Cyber Growth Partnership, DigitalEurope, European Cloud Scout, Tech Partnership Degrees and UK Spectrum Policy Forum.

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Ciofu’s firm aims to “make the UK good for tech” and “ensure the UK is the best place for technology companies to locate and thrive”.

It is interested in “accelerating innovation” and sets out to “explore the applications of emerging technologies and champion their use. From cloud and 5G to artificial intelligence and quantum, we analyse the significance and opportunity of new tech and identify how they fit into the thriving UK tech ecosystem”.

It says it “works with businesses and stakeholders to develop effective policy and regulatory solutions to promote the digitisation of the economy and drive productivity and inclusive growth” and adds that “techUK believes technology has the power to strengthen society and we work with the government and stakeholders to build a smarter state”.

Ciofu previously spent nearly ten years as a policy advisor in the European Parliament, focusing on tech-related legislation, international trade and EU-US relations.

Alarmingly, she “holds an MA in War Studies from King’s College London”.

gs ugur kan hekimUğur Can Hekim is an international trade lawyer and vice-president of the Paris-based law association Jus Gentium, which says it promotes “internationalism, globalism and human rights” and supports Black Lives Matter.

Jus Gentium explains on its website that it “provides a platform for our network to develop legal, intellectual, and political influence. The principal objective of Jus Gentium is to educate and train young changemakers, diplomats, economists, government staff and international lawyers”.

gs koen hoornaertThe Brussels hub’s founding curator is Koen Hoornaert, a partner in the corporate law practice at Van Olmen & Wynant.

He is said to be a specialist in “cross-border mergers and acquisitions and private equity”.

Antonella Vagliente is co-founder and director of Young Water Solutions – “empowering young social entrepreneurs to kick-start their own water and sanitation solutions”.

gs antonella vaglienteHer organisation says it wants to “make an effective and scalable contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals” by “empowering young leaders and entrepreneurs, providing them the tools to carry out water and sanitation projects and launch social businesses in their communities”.

Youssef Kobo is an “entrepreneur and strategic innovation consultant” and former advisor to the Brussels Secretary of Digitalization.

He is the founder and managing director of several projects claimed to be “empowering vulnerable communities in Europe, Africa and the Middle East”, including one set-up called A Seat at The Table.

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Kobo says: “We want to inspire young people and show them how ambitious they can be themselves and thus create their opportunities”.

The context for this statement is that it appears on the website of Brussels’ Impact House, where “social entrepreneurs, supporting organizations, impact investors, inclusive corporates and civil society come together”.

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Organisations featured as involved include Impact Capital (“impact focussed ecosystem”), Oya Seed (“be disruptive and change the system”), SI2 Fund (“deploying human and financial capital”), Shaerpa (“provides management services to impact investment funds”), Klimaatzaak (“force the Belgian authorities to fulfil their climate promises”), C2C Platform (“guides companies towards Cradle to Cradle (C2C) certification”) and, of course, the ubiquitous Ashoka, with its mission “to identify, connect and support these changemakers to accelerate social innovation and trigger systemic change”.

Triggering systemic change into a 21st century slavery system, some might say…

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The Palo Alto hub of the Global Shapers describes itself as “a group of dreamers and doers from diverse professional and cultural backgrounds who seek to make a difference through advocacy, initiatives and projects”.

It adds: “Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, the Hub strives to capitalize on its unique location by gathering highly accomplished young individuals to address regional and global challenges in a world where youth are central to solution building, policy-making and lasting impact”.

The hub is only linked to one project on the Global Shapers site, namely Technology to Decrease Inequality. “Palo Alto is a major center for many of the innovations associated with the Fourth Industrial Revolution, whether artificial intelligence, big data analytics, mobile-based lifestyle tracking, 3D printing and nanotechnology. Yet a communication gap exists between the leaders engineering these technologies and the populations that they impact”, they write.

“Only through inclusive dialogue will Palo Alto be able to shape the Fourth Industrial Revolution and create a future that reflects the city’s and citizens’ common goals”.

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There are 18 listed members of the Palo Alto hub.

Paul Klimos is a leading figure. Indeed, since October 2020, he has even been promoted to the WEF’s Global Future Council on Agile Governance.

Klimos is an attorney with global law firm DLA Piper, which boasts that its clients include more than half of the Fortune 250 rich list, that it advises “governments and public sector bodies”, has a longstanding partnership with UNICEF, is a signatory of the United Nations Global Compact and “strives to be a leader in environmental sustainability”.

In 2012 it was the twelfth-largest donor to President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign.

In his work with DLA Piper’s Corporate practice, Klimos “helps founders navigate the challenges of entrepreneurship and emerging technologies” and advises on matters such as “private investment fund formation and operation, as well as domestic and cross-border mergers and acquisitions”.

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Klimos has worked for the Federal Reserve Bank of New York and at the Central Bank of Lebanon as well as “at international financial institutions and regional law firms in Central America and the MENA region” and has contributed to a United Nations Development Programme “peace building project”.

He is “passionate about empowering youth, shaping public policy, and redefining opportunities in the midst of the 4th Industrial Revolution”.

Andrea Carafa is a an “entrepreneur, design thinker and educator” who has worked for the European Commission on “managing emerging technologies for social and economic impact” and with the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN), where he “identified technological trajectories and suggested ways to accelerate the emergence of new technologies that can positively impact society”.

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gs andrea carafaCarafa is an “entrepreneur in residence” with global private equity firm Blackstone (see also the London hub report, above), where his work is to “seed and incubate new technology ventures”.

He “chaired the Impact Entrepreneurship Initiative at President Obama’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit and advocated the establishment of the Sustainable Development Goals at the United Nations”.

gs karishma jadejaKarishma Jadega is a “bioengineer”, a “budding entrepreneur” and medical account manager at Health Tap, “the leader in providing access to high-quality virtual primary healthcare to all. For individuals & organizations”.

Their “personalized AI-powered symptom checker” is, HealthTap tells employers, “a modern approach to keeping workers healthy”.

A lot cheaper than providing them with access to real healthcare, that’s for sure.

David Capelli is a tech entrepreneur,  the founder of TECH Miami and involved for many years in “blazing the trail to equitable smart cities“.

Describing her work with Capelli in 2016, fellow Smart Cities specialist Carla Mays said: “Our current research includes strategies around revenue models for building and sustaining smart city infrastructure vs. just cost savings and modernization efforts”.

gs david capelliShe said their work involved encouraging “strategic partnerships to support digital public infrastructure for smart cities, in relation to increased automation and leaning of the global labor force”. 

“Topics include cybersecurity, new business and revenue models development for public sector organizations, access to capital to build new markets, diversity and inclusion in entrepreneurship to support new market growth, disruption and innovation of community and economic development, uses of AI, blockchain in fintech and smart contracts in public sector enterprise cloud and mobile.

“We are almost 17 years into the 21st century, and we must innovate and invest in a ‘New Deal’ that helps Americans compete in the innovation economy and thrive and live in diverse smart cities”.

A clever way to push smart cities is to pretend that they are in some way “green”, although, like the Fourth Industrial Revolution in general, their world of digital “connectivity” involves an acceleration of industrialism and power generation and also, therefore, of environmental destruction.

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Capelli and Mays are now working together on the #SmartCohort Program, “the #1 comprehensive program for Smart & Sustainable Cities Development”.

In this 2017 article they complain that “the public sector currently heavily relies on corporate sustainability and philanthropic dollars to fund Smart Cities development” and insist that “public administration must lead in establishing equitable frameworks for Smart Cities development, design and implementation”.

Palo Alto hub member Jimmy Au works for cloud computing business Salesforce, one of the Global Shapers’ official partners, headed by billionaire Marc Benioff, owner of Time magazine and inaugural chair of the WEF’s Forum Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco.

In this Salesforce video, Au’s voice-over explains that he is a senior product manager of the Einstein AI “prediction builder” team. His slideshow tells us: “Intelligent automation will drive the next level of productivity”.

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Au is also a mentor with FoundersHK, or 港創人, an organisation set up to connect the “tech community” in Silicon Valley and Hong Kong.

It says its mission is “to build Hong Kong as the next tech hub of the world” and it sees itself as “an entryway for Hong Kong founders to Silicon Valley and the rest of the world”.

Au’s fellow mentors at 港創人 include Frances Lam, senior product marketing manager at Microsoft and Edith Yeung, general partner at venture capital firm Race Capital (“we invest in what matters to humanity”).

Another mentor is Cindy Chow, executive director of Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund.

Alibaba founder Jack Ma was listed, as we saw in Shaping slavery: the leadership, on the Foundation Board of the Global Shapers Community.

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The Beijing hub of the Global Shapers announces that it consists of a “large and diverse group of young people, including investors, entreprenuers, artists, doctors, and corporate managers” who are “engaged in such industries as tech, Internet, healthcare, education, art, and many more”.

There are three projects associated with the hub on the Global Shapers website:

Shaping Fashion. “This is a great time to call for a sustainable fashion industry after Covid-19. Now that the Coronavirus pandemic requires us to stay home and stay safe, Shaping Fashion and Fashion Revolution have joined forces for digital activation and empowerment of citizens”.

Shapers Connect: Promoting COVID-19 Global Solidarity. “Schools across the world are forced to close and switch to online teaching due to the global pandemic… Reimagine education in the post-COVID-19 world”.

WeStillHaveArt2020. “A global online art movement that encourages people to create daily art and bring inspiration to each other in the tough time of the COVID-19 epidemic”.

gs Liu RuoxiThe message is very consistent there. Because of the “epidemic”, everything we do in life now has to be done online!

Hub curator Liu Ruoxi is currently “working on reducing the gap among social entrepreneurs, government officials and venture capital investors” and explains that the project involves “several social enterprises which leverage blockchain and big data technologies to solve social credit problems”.

She is employed as an adviser at Tau Investment Management, a New York and Hong Kong-based growth-equity venture investment firm.

Tau is headed by Munich-educated Oliver Niedermaier, who is also on the boards of international technology-led services and payments specialist EQ (Equiniti Group plc) and of the World Policy Institute, which until 1982 went under the splendid name of the Institute for World Order.

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In 2014 the firm invested $200 million in the textiles sector in Bangladesh, the sum being a portion of a billion-dollar Tau Transformation Fund “seeking to change the global supply chain over next three years as part of their Clinton Global Initiative to upgrade the apparel and textile supply chain in promising garmenting destinations such as Bangladesh and the likes”.

Tau adds on the “opportunity” section of its website: “As e-commerce has become pervasive in global apparel markets, consumers are emphasizing availability and fast delivery of a wide range of apparel products. It is now imperative for global apparel brands to identify rapidly evolving fashion trends and ensure that they capture the market by supplying the right apparel to their customers both quickly and with high quality”.

Call us cynical if you will, but could there just possibly be a link there with the Beijing hub’s involvement in the “Shaping Fashion” project?

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Beijing hub member Chen Xiaohan was one of three young Chinese Shapers invited to the WEF’s Davos conference in January 2017.

gs chen xiaohanIn an interview on the WEF site, she enthused about the advantages of social media by declaring: “A Chinese university student can have the latest breaking news at his fingertips from Weibo and initiate a conference call on WeChat to discuss a West African social innovation project with his partner, whom he met in a LinkedIn group”.

Chen works as associate director of public affairs at Schwarzman College, Tsinghua University, which hosts international Schwarzman Scholars, such as London Global Shaper and Imperial College graduate Jordan Abdi (see above).

The college and scholarship are named after Stephen A. Schwarzman, the former Lehman Brothers billionaire who co-founded global private equity firm Blackstone, which employs Andrea Carafa of the Palo Alto hub (see above).

Beijing hub member Shaoqian “Steve” Deng also works at Tsinghua University, where he specialises in “machine learning, industry data analytics, and computer architecture”.

He is in charge of “designing machine learning algorithms and hardware architectures for the MATRIX blockchain” and is due to speak at the Blockchain Expo at the Business Design Centre in London in September 2021.

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So what is his project all about? A 2018 article on the Matrix AI Network website sheds some light.

It states that “AI’s progress has been throttled by its own technical challenges. A nagging economic paradox continues to feed skepticism around transformative technologies”.

The problem, apparently, is that “there is a still a major disconnect for productivity in the real economy” and technological advance has not proved sufficiently profitable.

“The growth rate for labor productivity in the US steadily fell to less than half its rate in 2005”.

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The Matrix AI Network article reveals that Deng and his team have discovered “ways that AI could make breakthrough advances in areas hindering the growth of blockchain”, such as slow transaction speeds, cyber security risks and “zero value creation from scarce computing resources”.

It adds: “Blockchain’s promise to serve as the backbone of all other technologies has spurred a wave of aspiration to restructure entire sectors of the economy by integrating blockchain with tech applications like AI and Internet of Things (IoT).

“While governments, enterprises and big banks remain apprehensive about blockchain’s swift growth, first movers are convinced that this innovation is not the next cloud — It’s the next internet”.

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Beijing Hub member Dai Wei is the founder and chief executive officer of the bike-sharing company ofo, which runs its schemes via a smartphone app.

gs dai weiIt was all going very well for a while, but a report in the South China Morning Post on December 27 2020 says that ultimately Ofo’s “cash-burning tactics failed to pay off”.

According to MSN news on December 28 2020, Ofo is in “bad financial shape and earlier this year abandoned its bike-sharing interface and transformed itself into a shopping app”.

The writing had been on the wall. Forbes reported back in December 2018 that Dai had been “blacklisted by a Beijing court for not meeting his debt obligations”.

Ofo has received backing from Alibaba, the business empire of Jack Ma, the Chinese billionaire who has recently disappeared from sight – and indeed from the Global Shapers’ online version of their Foundation Board (see Shapers of slavery: the leadership).

gs eric tseThe highest profile Beijing hub member is Eric Tse, who seems to have replaced Ma as China’s representative at global leadership level.

Although the young Big Pharma billionaire is from Hong Kong, he is said to have “close ties” with “mainland Chinese politicians”.

His father Tse Ping was previously a committee member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the country’s top political advisory body.

CNN report that on October 1 2019, the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, “the younger Tse attended Beijing celebrations open only to invited guests and dignitaries”.

On December 7, 2020, Tse’s Sino Biopharmaceutical invested $515 million in Sinovac, the company behind the CoronaVac vaccine.

gs sinovacCoronaVac has already been declared “safe” in Brazil and over a million doses had arrived in the Latin American country by the start of December.

Says this report: “On Monday, December 7, Indonesian President Joko Widodo said that Indonesia received 1.2 million doses of CoronaVac, in preparation for potentially distributing the vaccine in Indonesia early next year. Indonesia is also set to receive another 1.8 million CoronaVac doses in January”.

Sino Pharmaceutical’s investment “is expected to fund further development, capacity, expansion and production of CoronaVac in exchange for further equity stakes”.

Sinovac said the new stream of funding would help the company double its manufacturing capacity to produce over 600 million doses of CoronaVac per year.

In reaction to the news of its massive vaccine investment, shares in Global Shaper Tse’s Sino Pharmaceutical “jumped 4.93 percent“.

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Africa is a key target of the 2020s corporate exploitation agenda.

As Cory Morningstar wrote in her October 2020 article ‘The Enclosure of Africa‘, “the race to recolonize African citizens, as techlonial subjects, has begun”.

Lagos, in Nigeria, is the most populous city in Africa and is a major financial centre for the whole of the continent.

We should therefore not be too surprised by the revelation on the Global Shapers website that “the Lagos Hub was one of the first Global Shapers Hubs created”.

It says that its 37 members are “dynamic young leaders drawn from business, non-profit, private, public service, across major sectors of the Nigerian economy” who are “committed to positively impacting our community”.

The Lagos hub is involved in four projects:

Shaping Fashion. See Beijing, above.

Covid-19 Dialogue Series. “We invite medical experts, especially experts involved in managing the pandemic in the country, to help educate people and give clarity on the myths currently circulating on social media”.

Covid-19 Relief Lagos. “The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating effect on the livelihoods of some of the poorest in the population”.

COVID-19: Global Situation and Strategic Direction. “A major difference of the current pandemic compared to pandemics in the past is the widespread misinformation through different sources. The goal of the process was for intellectual support and a collaboration with a think tank named Centre of Progress and Inclusive Development (CPID) was an impressive result”.

Lagos hub curator is April Amorighoye, a “corporate communications and strategic brand management specialist”.

gs April AmorighoyeIn a 2019 video she appears sporting a Global Shapers t-shirt, “championing” the WEF’s ‘Shaping My City’s Future’ project (see Shapers of slavery: the plan).

Amorighoye says that “achieving a sustainable city and community in Lagos sounds like such a Herculean task” but that she is promoting “accessible designs of the future by the Fourth Industrial Revolution”.

She says that she is standing in a place where “a lot of people lost their lives due to bad buildings and bad structures”.

The hub curator says she has learned from the WEF’s ‘New Champion Awards‘, which honour “companies exploring business models, technologies and sustainable growth strategies that will be needed in the Fourth Industrial Revolution”.

“I plan to give back to the community”, she concludes, by trying to “shape this city’s future”.

It sounds very much like Amorighoye and the WEF would like to see the old parts of Lagos rased to the ground to make way for a “sustainable” smart city, a digital prison of total control and surveillance in which Nigerians would be reduced to the condition of “human capital” for the global corporate slavemasters.

Amorighoye also set out her agenda in a June 2020 article on the WEF website.

She writes: “The COVID-19 pandemic is revolutionizing digital and online education globally but kids in rural and underserved communities in Lagos State, Nigeria, are being left behind as they are not equipped to adapt or transition to the new methods of learning”.

This is the famous “digital divide”, a fake-humanitarian storytelling term by which the megalomaniac technocrats want to force Africa and the whole world online (in the name of “inclusivity”) and thus subject to their control and exploitation.

Amorighoye is worried that there may be “a severely diminishing pool of young adults who have not garnered the necessary skills to stay ahead in the future”.

She adds: “With Nigeria already behind in preparing its young people for the workplace of the future, the effects of the pandemic further exacerbate this issue.

“There are measures that must be taken to help bridge the divide when the urgent needs of the pandemic subside. They centre largely around Public-Private Partnerships (PPPs) and government aid”.

She writes: “Government aid is needed in terms of investing in educational tools of the future alongside a total revamp of the educational sector.

“Reforms in the national curriculum post-pandemic would be an effective way to bridge the gap in inequality.

“Priorities should include the introduction of courses such as coding and robotics which can usher students into the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and prepare them for jobs of the future”.


Amorighoye’s article recommends the Teach for Nigeria project, which declares on its website: “Millions of children in Nigeria lack access to an excellent education that will give them a successful future.

gs teach for nigeria2“This results in more and more people continuing to join the cycle of poverty, making it increasingly difficult for our nation to live up to its vision of a better future. Teach For Nigeria exists to change this narrative”.

The real “vision” behind Teach for Nigeria is revealed by its “partners”, which include:

Aluko & Oyebode. A law firm “noted for its work in banking and finance”.

Africapractice. “A strategic advisory firm, operating at the nexus of industry and government”.

ExxonMobil. US oil giant “well positioned for future’s evolving energy landscape”.

FBNQuest. “The unified brand name for the Merchant Banking and Asset Management businesses of FBN Holdings Plc, one of the strongest and most dependable financial service groups in sub-Saharan Africa”.

pwc. PricewaterhouseCoopers, a multinational professional services network famous for its Social Impact Lab (see London, above).

Grace Lake Partners. An investment and advisory firm which “builds and operates profitable businesses that address important societal needs in Nigeria while creating economic value for GLP and its shareholders”.

Sterling Bank. “A full service national commercial bank in Nigeria”.

Swift. “The global provider of secure financial messaging services”.

Verod Capital Management. A leading West-African private equity investor “backed by a rich blend of mainly foreign and institutional investors”.

Amorighoye’s plan to “give back to the community” of Lagos evidently means making them more “productive” for global finance.

As she writes: “Aid provided in this direction can be viewed as an investment in human capital”.

Founding curator of the Lagos hub is Osayi Alile. She works as a consultant to Nigeria’s Access Bank, which since 2019 has been “the largest bank in Africa” and which enjoyed “a breakout growth in earnings” in the third quarter of 2020.

gs osayi alile2Alile is also CEO of Aspire Coronation Trust (ACT) Foundation, which is, in fact, supported by Access Bank.

ACT announces on its site: “Our mission to drive sustainable impact across Africa pushes us beyond boundaries”.

ACT expresses concern at the direction Africa has been taking in recent years.

It states: “As the rates of unemployment and underemployment continue to soar all over the continent, the value of human capital, as well as the pace of development begins to plunge.

“Today, some extreme political and religious organizations have taken advantage of the situation which may gradually become difficult to contain.

“Sustainable solutions are therefore urgently required to counter the challenge of unemployment in Africa.

“We believe that entrepreneurship is key to driving growth in most developed economies; hence, our support is extensively directed towards the youth population who sit at the heart of innovation.

“By instilling entrepreneurial values in the minds of young people, we intend to drive sustainable socio-economic impact in African communities”.

In another article, Alile’s organisation complains that “the poor development of the continent is unimpressive when juxtaposed with its vast potentials in rich human and natural resources”.

In order to make better use of that human and natural capital, ACT is “committed to revitalizing leadership in Africa”.

It explains that its call for new “leadership” is shared by the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD).

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Launched 20 years ago, NEPAD is interested in “accelerating economic co-operation and integration among African countries” and has partnerships with international development finance institutions — including the World Bank, G8, European Commission, UNECA and others — and with the private sector.

Its ongoing projects include:

* The launching of a ‘green revolution’ in Africa.
* Numerous trans-boundary infrastructure projects and the launch of a Pan African Infrastructure Development Fund.
* An “e-schools programme” in partnership with several large IT companies.

In June 2015 NEPAD was involved in special session at the World Economic Forum Africa with the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative (see Shapers of slavery: the leadership).

And it has the enthusiastic backing of Blair’s friend Tony O. Elumelu, one of the Global Shaper leaders.

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For instance, the Nigerian billionaire said in 2017: “A coherent and coordinated approach is needed to mobilize institutional investors while limiting their risk exposure.

“African governments need to work on creating conducive environments to attract these investments which are so vital for the continent’s growth and development.”

Hub member Temitope Adediran is a software developer at Andela, a US business with operational campuses in several locations in Africa.

Its co-founder and CEO Jeremy Johnson previously co-founded 2U (“we power world-class online higher education”).

gs temitope adediranAndela describes itself as a “global talent network that helps companies build remote engineering teams” and Johnson was delighted to note in September 2020 that “Covid-19 has dramatically accelerated the trend toward remote work”.

According to Andela, “an accelerated shift to permanent remote work allows engineering leaders to rethink their staffing strategies, tapping more global resources, which can increase productivity and cultural diversity”.

Its site reveals: “Andela is backed by investors including Generation Investment Management, Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, Spark Capital, and Google Ventures”.

Lagos hub member Sinmisola Nojimu-Yusuf has been interviewed by the DevelopAfrika site ( the page is tagged “African Youths” and “Youths Making Impact”).

She said: “Nigeria as we all know is what you would call a developing nation. The painful thing however is the very slow process in which this development is happening. There’s little or no progress and we are moving at a snail speed. I feel responsible for creating the future that I want”.

The Future We Want. Nice bit of WEF branding!

Nojimu-Yusuf continues: “I believe the world is going beyond formal education yet we still place all our value on it. There’s a need to equip youths with the soft skills needed to thrive in the future of work”.

Future of Work. Another one. Well done!

Looking back at 2018 on her personal website, she writes: “I got accepted to the World Economic Forum Global Shapers Lagos Hub! With this platform, I’m taking a step forward on my journey to being a nation and continent builder on a global scale.

“Still linked to the above I was offered a the [sic] role of strategy and structure lead at a fantastic NGO called Project Zeros focused on poverty alleviation and of course I accepted it with open arms”.

gs sinmisolaIt seems the NGO is actually called Project Zero and is “deployed to tackle the menace of out-of-school children by supporting and re-enrolling children who are out of school or on the verge of dropping out of school”.

“The initiative, in partnership with Lagos State Universal Basic Education Board (LASUBEB), is deployed to trace, mobilize and support children who have dropped out of school due to socioeconomic impacts of COVID-19 pandemic”.

Another report explains that this “social remedial project” also involves “some private partners”.

We learn that in July 2020 LASUBEB “commenced a 10-day digital literacy training programme facilitated by Microsoft in partnership with ATB Technosoft Solutions for over 12,000 Primary School Teachers”.

The report continues: “While emphasising the importance of technology to learning, the LASUBEB Chairman stated that its relevance has become more pronounced with the outbreak of the Coronavirus pandemic which has changed the ways of doing things globally”.

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The New Delhi hub describes itself as “one of the earliest Global Shapers Community Hubs in India” which “has garnered an interesting profile of Shapers and undertaken myriad initiatives”.

It says it works with “individual and institutional sector specialists and impact driven local organizations”.

It describes the Global Shapers Community as “a network of young people” and insists its activities in India “focus on larger public good”.

The hub is currently linked with eight projects.

Magic Collar Initiative for Street Animals. “1,100 collars will be put on dogs and cattle”.

Smart Mobility. “Regulate the flow of traffic through smart technologies and sensors”.

Upskilling for Girls from Marginalized Communities. “Projects towards maximum possible impact”.

COVID-19 in South Asia. “The fight against this virus is seen on every level; from a global scale to local municipalities”.

Indigenous Masks – Covid, Climate & Art. “A hybrid project framework that lies at the intersection of pandemic response, arts and climate & biodiversity conservation by functioning on the multi-stakeholder theory”.

COVID-19: Global Situation and Strategic Direction. “A major difference of the current pandemic compared to pandemics in the past is the widespread misinformation through different sources”.

COVID-19 Resources in Regional Languages. “Crucial myth-busters and more”.

Virtual Community Huddle & Webinar Series. “Discussing the impact on big business and understanding the post-COVID-19 world”.

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There are 32 listed members of the New Delhi hub, one of whom is Utkarsh Amitab.

Amitab is the founder of Network Capital, variously described as “a peer-to-peer mentoring community” and “a remote-first company”, which has “organically grown to become a global tribe of 100,000+ mentors from 104 countries”.

We learn from his profile: “Being passionate about public–private partnerships, Utkarsh shaped Network Capital’s partnership with Government of India’s Atal Innovation Mission to build India’s largest mentoring program”.

This scheme was set up “to create and encourage an environment of innovation and entrepreneurship across schools, educational organisations, research institutes and industries”.

Among its key initiatives are Atal Incubation Centres, focused on supporting “technological innovation” in areas including artificial intelligence, Internet of Things and cyber-security.

gs utkarsh amitabhIt is also developing Atal Tinkering Labs, described as “learning spaces for students between Class 6 to 12 for them to develop skills and become adept at new technologies such as artificial design (AI), design and computational thinking, adaptive learning, etc.

“The modules have been created by partners such as Microsoft, Adobe, SAP Labs, Wipro, and other such leading tech-based companies”.

Amitabh is also known as “the torchbearer of Ashoka University’s Young India Fellowship”.

Readers will recall that Ashoka is a strange organisation funded by “charitable foundations”.

And there is something very strange and cult-like about the language and imagery featured in the current recruitment brochure for the “flagship residential postgraduate diploma in liberal studies”.

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gs yif2“A Fellow for Life”, it declares. “The Fellowship Never Ends”.

“Adapting to the new normal will require an empathetic, collaborative and interdisciplinary approach to problem solving and leadership.

“Young India Fellows together form a community of diverse leaders and changemakers from all walks of life, driven to generate transformational impact on society. Members of the community continue to demonstrate a spirit of service towards the Fellowship and Ashoka”.

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The brochure reveals that “since 2011, the YIF has groomed over 1700 socially conscious leaders and change-makers for the 21st century”.

The use of the word “groomed” is interesting, there.

One of the “post-fellowship pathways” presented by the scheme for which Amitabh bears the torch is headed “Create Social Impact”.

The brochure suggests that young Indian people interested in “creating meaningful change in society” might like “apply to the values-driven 18-month Mother Teresa Fellowship programme at Ashoka University’s Centre for Social Impact and Philanthropy”.

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Bonus fact about Amitabh: “He previously worked at Microsoft and helped build India’s first smart village“.

gs nikoreNew Delhi hub curator Mitali Nikore describes herself as a “feminist economist examining infrastructure, gender & structural barriers”.

She is the founder of Nikore Associates,  “a youth-led policy and research group aiming at policy efficacy and design”.

Nikore herself is totally on board with Klaus Schwab’s Great Reset agenda.

She insists, for example: “Smart infrastructure is essential to lay the foundation for the fourth industrial revolution in developing countries.

“It is time for governments and private sector to work together, so that underserved populations can leapfrog to their new normal”.

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She has also written an article for The Times of India which “highlights the need to increase the investment in the digital infrastructure and analyses India’s readiness to transition to 5G and suggests a 4-point action plan to achieve the $1 trillion digital economy”.

In September, Nikore participated in the WEF’s Sustainable Development Impact Summit 2020 (“Putting the world back on a path of sustainable, equitable, and inclusive growth will require more than a global recovery; it will require a Great Reset of social and economic systems”).

In a video presentation she explains that she is currently advising the Asian Development Bank on a plan to “improve the competitiveness and efficiency” of Indian businesses.

She is also “advising the World Bank on transport and logistics” and exploring how to “reduce the logistics costs in a country as large and wide as India”.

With this in mind, she explains that the aim of her “think tank”, Nikore Associates, “is to work on gender and infrastructure together and see how we can actually work with industries, private sector, and convince them to make the investments that are required to bring women into workplaces”.

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Nikore Associates’ interest in gender issues is reflected in the fact that its team “spent a large part of 2019” compiling a chapter for a book called The Indian Woman’s Journey: The Last Five Decades.

Their chapter “analyses women’s participation in the Indian economy since its independence”.

And its title? “Women’s Human Capital”.

Nikore is also an advisor for the BRICS Chamber of Commerce.

This international organisation, covering the so-called BRICS states (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), uses the marketing slogan “gearing up for the future”.

It states that it is “determined to change the system” and is “working hard to bridge the gap between the worlds of education and business”.

Its chairman, Vishwas Tripathi, kicks off his ‘message‘ to readers of the website by talking about praying for “peace in the cosmos”.

But his organisation seems to think that this will best be achieved by working with the arms trade!

The BRICS CCI Aerospace & Defence & Homeland Security team boasts “decades of defense-specific consulting experience” and provides “comprehensive business, technical, manufacturing and project solutions to clients for the Ministry of Defense, Front Line Commands and the supply chain”.

It describes itself as “a single-window platform/voice to promote the best interests of the Industry”.

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Hub member Sonakshi Chaudhry is also interested in what Nikore Associates term “Women’s Human Capital”.

In a June 2020 article on the Outlook India site, she expresses concern that “women are dropping out of the country’s workforce at an alarming rate” and adds that “despite an increase in education and training, estimates suggest that in 2020, only 15 percent of India’s youth entering the labour force will be female”.

Chaudhry complains that this is happening despite the fact that “Indian girls and women are more educated than ever”.

She asks: “If this is not translating into jobs in the ‘real’ world, what is the purpose of education in India then?”

She muses: “For those of us with the privilege to believe it, education may be an end unto itself, but…”

But what exactly? In fact, unbelievable though it may seem, Global Shaper Chaudhry is arguing that education for India’s girls and women is a bad thing!

Indeed, the article in question is entitled ‘Is Education The Reason Women Are Disappearing From India’s Workforce?’

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Chaudhry puts the blame on “mismatches between aspirations, skills, and availability”.

She explains: “Improved literacy rates across the country have led to an exponential increase in qualified potential female workers.

“Despite this growth opportunity, however, there has not been an equivalent increase in the available white collar jobs because job creation has been largely in the informal sector.

“Thus, while India’s women are becoming more educated, they are not always able to find jobs that are commensurate with their educational qualifications.

“Dr. Deshpande sums it up succinctly with an example, saying, ‘A girl who has completed class 10 or class 12 may not want to be a manual worker…'”.

gs sonakshi chaudhryChaudhry says that, instead of being educated in the way we currently understand it, young people should be trained with “the necessary skills for 21st century jobs”.

This would obviously be good news for the businesses hoping to exploit their labour for profit and whose agenda dictates the sly narratives spun by the likes of Chaudhry.

Indeed, she references her leaders’ position in her article, writing: “A World Economic Forum project suggests that closing the nation’s skills gap could add US$1.97 trillion to India’s GDP by 2028.

“Thus, the economic implications of India’s youth being unprepared for the modern job market make updating education and adding skilling programmes an urgent need”.

Chaudhry is also research and editorial lead at the Women In Labour Podcast.

Its “about” page says it is “a podcast on women and work. With laughs”.

It goes on to express the same concerns as those voiced by Chaudhry in her Outlook India article.

“Since 2005, the percentage of Indian women in paid work has dropped from 35% to less than 24%, but no one is talking about why. Until we did, and Women in Labour was born (pun intended).

“A comedic take on a serious issue, Women In Labour explores a veritable feast of topics related to women, work, family, power, and everything in between. Why do Indian women do the most unpaid work in the world? Why do we preface our work emails with ‘I was just wondering…’? Why do we still watch movies that stereotype women’s roles? And the big one—what’s keeping us away from India’s workplaces?”

A section tucked away at the bottom of the page, entitled ‘A big thanks’, states: “We are grateful to an awesome team of passionate women at the American Center in New Delhi who have supported our vision and made this possible. But, here’s the legal bit, the views of our podcast do not necessarily represent the views of the American Center or the U.S. Government”.

“Not necessarily”!

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The New Delhi hub’s founding curator is Neeraj Bharadwaj, a man with considerable experience in the global corporate realm.

He graduated from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, in the USA, and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.

He has previously held senior roles at The Goldman Sachs Group (an American multinational investment bank and financial services company), McKinsey & Co (an American worldwide management consulting firm) and Morgan Stanley Dean Witter & Co (another American multinational investment bank and financial services company).

Bharadwaj was managing director at tech firm Accel India and partner at private equity investment group Apax Partners.

He is currently a director of Confluent Software, a $4.5 billion-valued Silicon Valley cloud computing company started by Jay Kreps, co-founder of LinkedIn.

GS neeraj bharadwajBharadwaj is also a director of New Delhi’s Global Health Pvt Ltd, which deals in “diagnostic, rehabilitation, and other hospital services”.

He is a “non-independent non-executive” director of Mumbai-based SeQuent Scientific Ltd, “an integrated pharmaceutical company with a global footprint” which aims to “create value in the global animal health space”.

Managing director Manish Gupta says that although it already has a healthy annual turnover of $165m, the firm is “well poised to a new phase of development” in which it could become “one of the top global animal healthcare companies”.

The reason for this optimism? SeQuent has a “new promoter group” and is now backed by a big concern which is “no stranger to the Indian Healthcare sector”, has “a deep understanding of the market and an ability to create value” and for whom the SeQuent transaction was “their largest control deal in India”.

gs carlyleThe identity of this new business backer? Why, it’s none other than the Carlyle Group which, as we saw in Shapers of the slavery: the leadership, was identified in 2003 as being “at the epicenter of the military-industrial-complex-Bush-Cheney-crony-capitalism administration” and is heavily involved in the arms industry.

David M. Rubenstein, a CIA-linked American billionaire who is part of the Global Shapers leadership,  is co-founder and co-chief executive officer of the Carlyle Group. 

And who is the managing director of Carlyle India Advisors Private Limited, handling “growth capital and buyout opportunities across sectors in India”?

It’s Neeraj Bharadwaj, founding curator of the Global Shapers New Delhi hub, that “network of young people” famous across all India for its “focus on larger public good”.

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Our next report focuses on the Global Shapers and Covid-19.

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Shapers of slavery: the leadership

It should be quite clear from our opening article on the Global Shapers Community that the project is fundamentally anti-democratic.

A democratic society shapes itself – by means of the participation of its citizens in discussing and deciding how things should be organised and to what ends.

But, as even their name reveals, the Global Shapers want to “shape” society from above and in their own interests.

They are not doing so openly, by declaring a World Dictatorship of the Wealthy Elite, but dishonestly, by pretending that this “shaping” is coming from below.

The deceitful term “stakeholder democracy”, which means absolute rule by big business interests, is matched in terms of hypocrisy by the term “The Global Shapers Community”.

A community is something organic, a coming-together of people from below.

Gs logoThe Global Shapers project is the opposite of that. It is a manipulation of people from above, dressed up as something else.

It is, as investigative journalist Cory Morningstar has said, “a grotesque display of corporate malfeasance disguised as good”.

As an entirely top-down organisation, Global Shapers of course has a leadership.

As we will now see, the identity of these leaders is very illuminating regarding the agenda and interests lying behind this worldwide anti-democratic conspiracy.

The organisation’s website tells us: “Global Shapers Community is governed by a Foundation board that includes leaders from business, government and civil society”.

Top of their list of leaders is, needless to say, Klaus Schwab, founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum, whose authoritarian transhumanist agenda we explored in some depth in our October 2020 article ‘Klaus Schwab and his Great Fascist Reset‘.

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Underneath him in the Global Shapers list of leaders is David M. Rubenstein, co-founder and co-chief executive officer of the Carlyle Group, a private equity firm identified in 2003 as being “at the epicenter of the military-industrial-complex-Bush-Cheney-crony-capitalism administration”.

One of the great beneficiaries of the Small Reset following 9/11, the secretive Carlyle Group is heavily involved in the arms industry. It has “profited handsomely” from war, as this 2020 article puts it.

Rubenstein himself is, in the predictably bland language of Wikipedia, “an American billionaire businessman and philanthropist”.

He is chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations, which is closely linked to the CIA.

Rubenstein is also a funder and chairman emeritus of the Brookings Institution, a high-profile US “think tank”, which, as we detailed on this site four years ago, gets funding from the likes of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, bankers JPMorgan Chase, John L. Thornton (former president of Goldman Sachs) and the state of Qatar.

In July 2016 CIA director John Brennan gave a key speech to Brookings’ Center for 21st Century Security and Intelligence, in which he spoke about “emerging challenges for the US, enhanced interrogation techniques, drones, cyber threats, and terrorism in Saudi Arabia”.

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Rubenstein has donated $60 million to the Harvard Kennedy School, an institution which seems to play a key role in the global “storytelling” machinations behind the Great Reset, as we explained in this November 2020 analysis.

Specifically, it provides an exclusive training course for “staggeringly wealthy” young members of the global elite, in order to steer them into the world of “social impact” investing. The course is held “in collaboration with” the WEF.

Next in the WEF’s list of Global Shapers leaders is Ellyn Shook, chief leadership and human resources officer at Accenture, one of the Global Shapers’ official partners.

This multinational professional services company has recently been involved in pushing “a complete business and technology transformation” in the Canadian housing sector, in setting up a “California Statewide Automated Welfare System” and in rolling out smart meters to UK homes.

Accenture is also, of course, very interested in “community impact”.

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gs EllynShookShook’s profile on Accenture’s site reveals that she is also an “active member” of an organisation called World50.

This describes itself as “a private community for senior-most executives from globally respected organizations to intimately share ideas, solutions and collaborative discovery free from press, competition and solicitation”.

In this video, World50 CEO David Wilkie explains that it deals with issues like “macro-economic events, what’s going in the world, what’s reshaping the future of the landscape around us, disruption, innovation” and aims to help business leaders “make a bigger impact in the world around them”.

Key terms: “Reshaping the future”. “Disruption”. “Impact”.

A little more light is shed on World50’s activities here: “Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia and founded in 2004, World 50 is an exclusive, invite-only peer-to-peer network and knowledge exchange platform serving senior executives at leading corporations”.

In general, perhaps not surprisingly, World50 does not seem keen to divulge, in any detail, what its activities actually involve.

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It boasts on a page aimed at potential employees: “We keep a low profile. (Don’t believe us? See what you can find on your own.) And we like to keep it that way. Let’s put it this way: Everything we do is in the service of our members. But we do quite a bit of stuff. And much of it is incredibly cool”.

It explains that its World 50 Internal Summit is “a gathering of experts, leaders and provocateurs that sparks internal conversations about how we can reshape the world around us”.

And it declares: “It’s our job to be relevant—to our members and ourselves. We sometimes use jargon like innovation, change management and geopolitical forecasting to discuss unwieldy concepts, but we really just mean that we’re friends with some of the smartest people in the world, and they help us understand it better. (They’re really pretty smart.)”

Oh yes, they are all so “incredibly cool”, these “really pretty smart” individuals who aim to “reshape” the world by means of “internal conversations” which exclude anyone outside their elite circles.

It is easy to see why World50’s Ellyn Shook was such a great fit for the WEF’s Global Shapers offensive.

gs Wanjũhĩ-NjorogeGlobal Shaper Wanjuhi Njoroge, from Kenya, is founder of People Planet Africa. We learn from this organisation’s website that it is “a consultancy firm in the field of sustainability Inclusive Development that incorporates rural communities which constitute 70% of Africa’s population”.

It works closely “with corporates and governments” on “innovative solutions, business models, programs, initiatives and activities that are socially inclusive, environmentally sustainable, generate profit and elicit active participation of an organizations [sic] key stakeholders”.

People Planet Africa makes good use of the WEF’s corporate newspeak dictionary when it adds: “We work with rural communities and assist government agencies and organizations incorporate sustainability into their businesses thus increasing their positive impact and profit”.

Impact and profit go hand in hand for the sustainably parasitical elite.

Njoroge is also the founder and president of Nelig Group Ltd, a “young and dynamic group with an objective to change the African narrative”.

According to the Nairobi Global Shapers hub, Njoroge “is passionate about education and inclusive development that doesn’t exclude the rural communities that make up 70% of Africa’s population”.

This line is actually quite useful for understanding what the WEF and its co-conspirators mean by the apparently fluffy word “inclusive”.

It, in fact, refers to their desire that no single human being on earth should live free from their industrial system of exploitation and control, even those currently living close to nature in Africa.

They are all “human capital” to be hoovered up and transformed into yet more profit and power by global business “stakeholders”.

In 2019 Njoroge took part in an ‘Impact!Africa‘ virtual conference jointly staged by the British Council, an executive non-departmental public body sponsored by the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office, and Ashoka.

Ashoka is a strange organisation funded by “charitable foundations” which links ultra-wealthy individuals such as Antonis Schwarz with “activists” like Rob Hopkins and also provides advice to organizations including the World Bank.

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The stated aim of this event was to “change Africa for good“, the double sense of that phrase typical of the twisted terminology of the Great Reset.

The talk was of “crowding in private sector capital and skills to reduce Africa [sic] economic vulnerability, providing market based solutions to the continent’s most pressing needs” and of “how social entrepreneurs can prepare themselves to engage with impact investors”.

There was a session on “venture philanthropy and impact investment success”, whose wording serves as a handy reminder that “philanthropy” in modern parlance is not about rich people giving their money away to the poor, but about rich people getting even richer by ramping up their exploitation of the poor.

In this context, the statement that “young people are the demographic dividend for Africa” is a telling one.

KS covidAs has been made plain in Schwab’s books, one of the aims of the WEF and its Great Reset is to sweep away all those pesky regulations which have been put in place to protect people and communities from the rapacious attention of big business vampires.

So, of course, the Impact!Africa event included “assessment of innovation regulation in Africa and the necessary steps to advance a positive policy environment that encourages innovation and entrepreneurship across the continent”.

Another African Global Shapers leader is Tony Onyemaechi Elumelu, who is inevitably described by Wikipedia as a “philanthropist“.

Elumelu is the chairman of Heirs Holdings, the United Bank for Africa and Transcorp. He is also an advisor to USAID’s Private Capital Group for Africa and a member of the Global Advisory Board of the United Nations Sustainable Energy for All Initiative.

The Nigerian billionaire is involved, through his Tony Elumelu Foundation, with the Tony Blair Africa Governance Initiative.

The two Tonies’ modestly-named organisations are involved in “a partnership to strengthen the private sector’s role in the economic transformation of select African countries”, known as the Blair-Elumelu Fellowship Programme.

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Blair’s plans for Africa involve “transformational governments” which will “enhance competitiveness” and “attract and nurture private investment”.

Declared Elemelu: “Africa is lucky to have a friend like Mr. Blair”.

We wonder if they are saying the same thing in Iraq, which is coincidentally the home country of one of Elemelu’s fellow Global Shapers leaders, Basima Abdulrahman.

gs basima abdulrahmanFounder and CEO of KESK Green Building Consulting, she is a self-described “female entrepreneur” in the business of “green city planning and sustainable architecture”.

Abdulrahman is evidently one of those who have done very well out of “building back” Iraq after the destruction wrought by the illegal invasion and occupation famously backed by Blair.

Other leaders of the Global Shapers include Khalid Alkhudair, executive vice-president of the Riyad Bank in Saudi Arabia, “activist” filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, and Juan Jose Pocaterra, co-founder and CEO of ViKua, a “Smart City start-up” business based in Venezuela.

Right at the bottom of the list on the Global Shapers site is Eric Tse.

gs eric tseIn fact, he does not appear at all on the Foundation Board line-up in the Global Shapers 2019-2020 annual report.

Described as executive director of Sino Biopharmaceutical, this young Chinese billionaire was in fact gifted his fortune from his family’s company in 2019.

Although he is from Hong Kong, Tse has close ties with mainland Chinese politicians.

Adds this report: “That’s not surprising, as his father Tse Ping was previously a committee member of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), the country’s top political advisory body”.

On October 1 2019, the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, “the younger Tse attended Beijing celebrations open only to invited guests and dignitaries”.

So we have a Big Pharma billionaire, who is working with the WEF to push for yet more global corporate control and exploitation, celebrating the founding of a communist state!

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Tse’s place on the Global Shapers Foundation Board appears to have come at the expense of another Chinese participant.

The Foundation Board presentation on page 32 of the pdf of the Global Shapers Annual Report 2019-20 also includes the name of Jack Ma, founder of Alibaba, the massive Chinese multinational technology and e-commerce business.

But he is not listed on the online version currently available.

Ma Yun, as he is really called, is one of the wealthiest people in China. His net worth, according to Forbes, is $58.4 billion.

There is currently a lot of fevered speculation about Ma’s whereabouts.

gs jack maThe International Business Times said on January 4 2021: “Ma, who ranked 25 in Bloomberg’s Billionaires Index, reportedly disappeared after he criticized global financial regulators and called for economic reform in a speech at a conference in Shanghai in late October.

“What Ma said wasn’t well-received by Chinese authorities, who reportedly suspended a $37 billion IPO of his fintech firm Ant Group Co”.

Although Ma is a member of the Chinese Communist Party, media reports say that the Chinese government’s moves against Ma and his companies include “an antitrust investigation into Alibaba”.

Sooner or later, even the greatest of empires will crumble into dust.

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The next report in this series looks at some key Global Shapers Community hubs.


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Shapers of slavery: the plan

“What we are watching is a change in control and an engineering of new control systems. So think of this as a coup d’état”.

So says Catherine Austin Fitts in an excellent recent video interview about what lies behind the Covid-19 agenda. It was removed by YouTube after 2.7 million views but at the time of writing was still available on vimeo.

The global ruling elite are trying to install “economic totalitarianism”, she warns, a new way of ordering the world based on technocracy, transhumanism and complete control over every aspect of our lives.

She declares: “I would describe this as a slavery system”.

Klaus Schwab2When Klaus Schwab of the World Economic Forum initially announced his plan for a Great Reset, a New Normal or Fourth Industrial Revolution “unlike anything humankind has experienced before”, few of us understood quite what he had in mind.

In recent months this has been changing, with more and more people doing research and realising the alarming truth about what is currently being foisted on us.

The system’s gatekeepers have being doing their best to dismiss this awareness as mere “conspiracy theories”. Schwab’s views are just the words of one elderly German man, they argue, with a limited capacity for influencing the way the whole world is actually run.

But, in fact, Schwab’s Great Reset is not just rhetoric: he and his corporate accomplices have been busy, for many years, building up a massive networks of collaborators to spring their heist.

One of these is the Global Shapers Community, set up by Schwab in 2011, registered in Geneva, Switzerland, and based at the World Economic Forum offices.

It describes itself on its website as “a network of young people driving dialogue, action and change”, representing “the power of youth in action”.

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The site explains that the organisation involves nearly 10,000 “Shapers” and 3,000 “Alumni”, organised in more than 400 hubs across 150 countries.

“Projects are wide-ranging – from responding to disasters and combating poverty, to fighting climate change and building inclusive communities. Shapers are diverse in expertise, education, income and race, but are united by their desire to bring about change”.

The “story” that the WEF tells us (to use its own term) is that the Global Shapers scheme is about “building a movement”.

It declares: “We believe in a world where young people are central to solution building, policy-making and lasting change.

“This generation has inherited enormous global challenges, but has the ability to confront the status quo and offer youth-led solutions for change”.

A “story” indeed. The Global Shapers are centrally run, from WEF HQ, and their “solutions” are far from “youth-led”.

As its 2019-2020 annual report makes clear, the project’s aim is to “mobilize” people to “influence policy and drive action”.

It is a sophisticated attempt to use a phoney worldwide “movement” to push human society into a direction which will profit a tiny group of business sharks.

GS annual report coverIt is the negation of democracy, because the future they have in mind for us, their nightmarish system of slavery, is obviously not one which most people desire.

They can only get away with it by pulling the wool over our eyes, by dressing it up as an attempt to “fight Covid” or “save the planet” or increase “inclusivity”.

This deception at the heart of the Global Shapers scheme means that it can accurately be described as a conspiracy – a conspiracy by a self-interested elite launched against the vast majority of humankind.

Because the WEF’s “movement” is a sham, and is intended purely to advance the views and interests of the WEF and its backers, not just any young person is allowed to play a “central” role in the kind of “lasting change” the WEF has in mind.

A careful filtering and screening process has been set up to ensure that only the right kind of young person, aged between 18 and 27, is allowed into the “movement”.

The Brussels Global Shapers specify that they are looking for those who are “exceptional in their potential” and who have “the desire to create impact”.

The London Global Shapers explain: “Each application is assessed by at least four Shapers, based on a broad range of criteria and the mean score is taken”.

The listed criteria are “impact motivation”, “commitment & community mindset”, “achievement” (“we’re looking for candidates who have established a track record of leadership and demonstrated impact in their field, or who are firmly on a leadership trajectory”) and “leadership potential”.

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Would-be recruits are warned that they are expected to make an effort for the Shaping cause: “We require a minimum of 1–2 hours per week of time for the hub, additional commitment in terms of attending local and regional events, and active leadership and/or participation in hub projects.

“Every year we struggle with more amazing applicants than available spaces and it’s important that every hub member contributes to our community”.

And why should any young person want to be part of the Global Shapers?

“As Shapers, we have the unique opportunity to launch and participate in projects with support from the community and WEF.

“Aside from projects, the extraordinary convening power of both WEF and our own members allows us access to organise and attend events with world-class speakers and other participants.

“Moreover, membership of the hub provides access to engage with the broader World Economic Forum community, including the opportunity to apply to attend the WEF Annual Meeting in Davos and other major events”.

The Global Shapers like to use the word “impact” a lot, even in their recruitment material.

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They probably think they are being very clever, because some of the young people they are trying to attract, as well as the general public, will imagine that “impact” just means something about making a big difference to the world.

But, in fact, it is a blatant reference to social impact investment, one of the most insidious elements of the Great Reset agenda, in which people are reduced to the status of “human capital” for financial parasites.

Alison McDowell explains this rather well in this 10-minute illustrated video.

The Global Shapers even have a section of their website called Impact, presenting, under thematic headings, various projects from their hubs.

Gs logoFor a flavour of their thinking, let’s dip into one of these sub-sections, entitled ‘Shaping My City’s Future‘.

Note that the future for the Global Shapers can only be about cities, not small towns or villages or rural living.

This sterile metropolitan outlook is reflected in their logo, in which their world “community” is represented by a range of slightly-differently shaped office blocks.

No room for trees or animals or real people in the future they want…

The brave new tomorrow envisaged in these 55 Shaper projects is one of “inclusive entrepreneurship“, “storytelling“, and “smart mobility“, in which life will be focused on building “smart energy grids, e-governance devices, 3D printing to tackle homelessness” and on “tackling the digital gap” by working “to connect populations without internet access“.

There will be “digital tourism” for which it is hoped to “connect infrastructure electronically through an IoT network“, “smart road infrastructure“, “smart buildings“, “IoT technologies” and “responsible trash management” via “a mobile-app solution that gamifies the trash management of each citizen“.

And who could fail to look forward to the prospect of authorities being able to “use human emotional recognition technology by mapping the facial expressions of citizens during their interaction with a governmental service“?

All of this, of course, forms part of the Fourth Industrial Revolution as described at some length by Klaus Schwab in his various books.

It is hardly surprising that it is mentioned so often by the phoney “community” he and his colleagues have manufactured.

Indeed, one of the Global Shapers’ official partners is cloud computing business Salesforce, headed by billionaire Marc Benioff, owner of Time magazine and inaugural chair of the WEF’s Forum Center for the Fourth Industrial Revolution in San Francisco.

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Nevertheless, the sheer relentless insistence with which the term “Fourth Industrial Revolution” is pumped out in report after report in the ‘Shaping My City’s Future’ section is still quite astonishing!

The onset of the fourth industrial revolution presents opportunities for innovative solutions“.

Companies and institutions must be able to anticipate the changes of the Fourth Industrial Revolution and adapt quickly, and cities and communities must be able to do the same“.

The key to thriving in the Fourth Industrial Revolution will be to lead the transformations it entails. This will require two elements of agile leadership: awareness of disruptive technologies and strategies to make the most of them“.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution brings a lot of changes, opportunities and challenges that impact a vision of the cities and societies of the future“.

4IRjThe Fourth Industrial Revolution will have fundamental implications on how humans interact and how we define work“.

Prepare for 4IR technologies and the future of work“.

The Fourth Industrial Revolution (4IR), driven by artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things, will transform everyone’s lives“.

The new narrative that respects opportunities and risks of the 4th Industrial Revolution“.

Scales up efforts in creating more innovative business environment and helps young people to seize opportunities of the 4IR for employment and entrepreneurship“.

Nurture communities that are skilled in proficiencies related to the Fourth Industrial Revolution“.

A defining trait of the Fourth Industrial Revolution is the speed of change“.

Just in case you were in any doubt as to what the Fourth Industrial Revolution involves, the Global Shapers provide a handy description in a corner of their website dedicated to that very theme.

Some may find their wording rather chilling: “The Fourth Industrial Revolution represents a fundamental change in the way people live, work and relate to one another. The speed, breadth and depth of this revolution is forcing us to rethink how countries develop, how organizations create value and even what it means to be human”.

Even what it means to be human…

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The next report in this series focuses on the Global Shapers leadership.

Main image: Detail from Sheep, Shepherds, and a Goat by Jordan Henderson.


Shapers of slavery: the leadership

Shapers of slavery: the empire

Shapers of slavery: the virus

Klaus Schwab and his great fascist reset

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Enemies of the modern world: a triptych of novellas

As the benevolent forces of Progress whisk us towards a better and more secure tomorrow, there are always those in society who insist on dragging their heels.

They turn up their noses at global smart governance, they insist on the value of a reality that is not virtual, they cling to outmoded notions of “naturalness”, community, truth and freedom.

By spreading misinformation, voicing malicious opinion and breaching public safety norms they endanger both lives and economic sustainability.

In this triptych of novellas, Paul Cudenec introduces us to some of these sinister anti-social misfits. We find ourselves in chillingly close proximity to conspiracy theorists, denialists, technophobes and extremists – in short, to sworn enemies of the modern world.


Enemies of the Modern World by Paul Cudenec (2021, ISBN 9782957576807) is available to buy online and, in the spirit of non-commercialism, is also available as a free pdf.

Cory Morningstar: challenging the global business dictatorship — organic radicals

2020 has been a year in which many illusions have been shattered, not least that of liberal-capitalist “democracy” itself. Many movements which we previously imagined to be opposed to the system have aligned themselves with it. Many individuals who had built a reputation for speaking out against the status quo have stepped forward to defend […]

Cory Morningstar: challenging the global business dictatorship — organic radicals

Sheep, Shepherds, and a Goat

“What is essential in a work of art is that it should rise far above the realm of personal life and speak from the spirit and heart of the poet as man to the spirit and heart of mankind”, wrote Carl Jung in Modern Man in Search of a Soul.

Historical moments of severe crisis often spark the fires of intense artistic creativity. Images, music and poetry can express complex and profound realities not easily communicated by dry analysis.

As Jung said, true art speaks from the heart to the heart. It is a shared awakening and enlightenment.

It gives shape to our dreaming, our fearing, our knowing. It warns us of dangers that we have been unable or unwilling to fully recognise.

It is the gushing forth of the waters of our collective unconscious, the world soul made manifest.

Here, we are very pleased to share an extraordinary new painting by Jordan Henderson, an artist from Washington State, USA, who works in oil on canvas and charcoal on paper.

He describes Sheep, Shepherds, and a Goat as an “exploration of acquiescence versus resistance to oppression”.

The digital format obviously cannot do justice to the reality of this large painting, which measures more than five and a half feet across.

But Jordan has also provided several “close-ups” to reveal some of the all-important detail.

Here is Jordan’s own description of the work:

Sheep, Shepherds, and a Goat

Oil on Canvas 42×68

An allegory of the year 2020 and The New Normal that it has brought, a year in which symbolism, ritual, and superstition reign as instruments of oppression. I built this composition around the widely understood concepts conveyed by ancient, and still useful, metaphors of sheep, shepherds, goats, and wolves. This allegory is multilayered; my usage of the primary metaphors is overt, but built into the primary metaphors are additional, much subtler, layers of metaphor.

I will eventually provide a more detailed explanation, and I am more then willing to clarify points of confusion, but for now, I think viewers will have more fun discovering the metaphorical layers on their own. Additionally, it is worth noting, that the viewer may perceive deeper truths in the elements portrayed in a painting then what the artist intended, and I don’t want to get in the way of that process.

More explanation will be forthcoming, and for now, enjoy the painting.

A portfolio of Jordan’s work can be viewed at

Prints available here.

Original here.

The Acorn – 62

Number 62

In this issue:

  1. We will prevail!
  2. Naming the enemy
  3. Shattering illusions
  4. Here comes Santa Klaus!
  5. Jaime Semprun: an orgrad inspiration
  6. Acorninfo

1.  We will prevail!

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It was back in March 2020 that we first reported signs of resistance against the Covid-themed totalitarian coup.

We hoped back then that this would quickly develop into a largescale uprising that would quickly see off this unprecedented global power grab.

Things didn’t quite work out that way, though, and opposition has been much slower to build than we would have imagined.

But now, as 2020 draws to an end, things in England and elsewhere are finally hotting up.

People who were pro-lockdown are seeing through the illusion, and GPs and hospital staff are voicing their huge concerns about the mRNA vaccine and so-called hospital statistics.

There’s a definite swing occurring – and not in the technocrats’ favour, either.

Since our last Acorn bulletin came out, there have been thousands on the streets of the UK.

This has not just been in London (see this also), but also in the likes of Manchester, (plus this link and this), Bristol (this also), Liverpool (plus this), Brighton (and this), Nottingham, Edinburgh, Neath, Stroud and Bournemouth.

This video round-up from the StandUpX site shows some recent action.

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All over Europe, too, people are rising up against the 0.001% and their police state.

From Rome to Leipzig (also this and this), they have been showing their dissent.

Water cannon were rolled out to attack enormous and diverse crowds in Berlin.

There have been protests in Paris (also this), Montpellier, Nice, Bordeaux and all across France.

The Italian revolt has continued in Florence, Cosenza, Reggio Calabria, Genoa, and elsewhere.

Protests have been sweeping Denmark, the Netherlands, Poland, Slovakia, Ukraine and Albania.

In Ireland, freedom campaigners (or “conspiracy theorists” in the language of the corporate media!) set up big LED roadside displays across the country declaring “Covid tests are fraudulent”, and “Take off your masks!”.

There was an impressive performance protest in Austria, with people masked and dressed in full Hazmat suits, like mesmerised zombies, wearing signs saying “our breath kills”.

In the USA, protesters burned face masks as they marched through Manhattan following similar demonstrations in California, upstate New York and Minnesota.

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In fact, there have been protests all across the world, from Argentina to Serbia, Australia to South Africa and Malawi.

More protests are planned in coming days and weeks, not least the big New Year’s Eve Freedom Protest street party in central London from 9pm on Thursday December 31.

Most of this dissent goes unreported by corporate media, of course, as the system struggles to keep a lid on the rebellion.

As awareness of the Great Reset agenda spreads around the world, the likes of the BBC and Wikipedia are being used to insist that it is all just “conspiracy theory”, despite it having been set out very clearly by Klaus Schwab of the World Economic Forum.

Authorities are hurriedly drawing up new “online safety legislation” to eliminate what they define as “harmful content” from the web.

Scientists who challenge the Covid agenda are being locked up in mental hospitals and anti-vaccine campaigners are being found dead in mysterious circumstances.

The global capitalist mafia have evidently invested an enormous amount of time and resources in planning this enormous coup.

They are not willingly going to abandon it. The repression will be ratched up yet further and many of us will pay a price for our resistance.

But we have to keep going. We cannot give up. We are not mere spectactors to the unfolding of history, but active participants. We, and our actions at this time, are the future unfolding!

And we should know that if we stay strong, if we all hold our nerve in the face of everything, we will prevail!

Together, in joy and determination, we will defeat the dictatorship.

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2.  Naming the enemy

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We badly need a new vocabulary to describe what is going on in the world today.

Under cover of Covid-19, a long-prepared and widely-orchestrated attempt is being made to enslave humankind in a hi-tech global police state.

But what do we call these people and their odious system?

Everybody seems to use a different term and bickering over which one is most appropriate distracts attention from the essential question of how we can get together and bring them down.

anti-capitalist-protestMany of us have been content to use the word “capitalism” to describe the combination of wealth and power behind this clique.

This term now seems increasingly inadequate, partly because not all of those who we would identify as capitalists are complicit in this coup, but mainly because some supporters of the “new normal” seem to be framing it as kind of post-capitalism.

A dictionary definition of capitalism: “An economic system based on the private ownership of the means of production, distribution, and exchange, characterized by the freedom of capitalists to operate or manage their property for profit in competitive conditions”.

As far as the first part of that sentence goes, we are entering deeper into capitalism, with private ownership and exploitation of everything and everyone a key aim of the Great Reset.

But the final reference to “competitive conditions” sounds less relevant when we are looking at a total monopoly imposed by global governance.

So what do we call the people behind the Covid Coup, the people laying claim to ownership of our lives, our land and our future, if we don’t call them “capitalists”?

Hammer and sickleThere are some out there who think these dictators are “communists”, because of the strong element of state control involved.

This impression is reinforced by the deliberate use of “redwashing” and “wokewashing”, as well as the usual corporate greenwashing, to disguise the true nature of what is happening and thus sell it to a part of the population.

But are we really talking about what the same dictionary defines as “a classless society in which private ownership has been abolished and the means of production and subsistence belong to the community”?

No. Obviously not. We are not looking at a classless society at all, but a society divided between a tiny elite class of absolute rulers and a vast lower class of exploited serfs.

The means of production and subsistence will not even theoretically belong to us all, even via the intermediary of a state which is supposed to incarnate the interests of the community. They will remain firmly in private hands.

What we are seeing is a lot closer to the fascist model of pretending to be “socialist” in order to use the power and the resources of the state to prop up private industry.

But there are some problems in using the term “fascism”, as many people associate fascism and Nazism primarily with the specifically nationalist and racialist narrative of its original proponents, which does not apply to the new global version.


On the other hand, the rival term “globalist” is problematic because it is too vague about the nature of those it describes. We need to be clear that we are not just talking about people who think in terms of a global situation, or who have an internationalist approach, but about a class of billionaires who already own much of the world and want to stitch up the whole thing.

The term “technocrat” is pretty accurate, when you look at the history of that movement, but is often understood as meaning simply rule by experts, with the implication of some kind of political neturality.

The problem is that we have never been in this situation before, in which a conspiracy of the wealthiest people in the planet is so overtly using the lies and police-state tactics previously associated with authoritarian communist and fascist regimes.

Transhumanism7And we have never before been in a situation where this sociopathic ultra-rich elite seems prepared to ditch the vehicle that brought them this far – capitalism – and switch into a dictatorship built on raw power.

We also have the added element of the twisted transhumanist ideology which seems to lurk behind these sinister neworks.

So what name can we agree to give to these powerful enemies of humanity, of freedom, of community, of nature, of friendship, of love, of everything that makes life worth living?

When we raised this question on Twitter recently, we were deluged with good suggestions.

The System
The Mechanicus
The covidian cult
Feudal Eugenicists
The Predator Class
Technocratic neo-feudalists
Neofeudalist biofascism
Neofeudalist technoscientism, or absolute rule by the financial oligarchy through the tools of biofascism & greenwashing
Virus spewing technofascists
Self-appointed overlords
Corporate Technocratic Fascism
World Enslavement Forum
Totalitarian managerialism
The Machine
The Iron Heel

And what name will we give to ourselves as we come together to defeat them?

Wild Humans? “Los Liberados”? World Freedom Fighters? Or simply The People?


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3. Shattering illusions

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Contemporary society is pure spectacle, “the superficial reign of images” as Guy Debord put it.

“All that once was directly lived has become mere representation,” he said. “What is false creates taste, and reinforces itself by knowingly eliminating any possible reference to the authentic”.

He also wrote of efforts “to turn secret agents into revolutionaries, and revolutionaries into secret agents” and warned of the use of “provocation, infiltration, and various forms of elimination of authentic critique in favour of a false one which will have been created for this purpose”.

We already knew, before 2020 got underway, about the greenwashing falsity behind the climate capitalists’ agenda, with their astroturf rebels, their manufactured patron saint and their fake-radical promoters.

But this year has seen even more layers of deception peeled away.

Bill McKibbenThe faux-green scam was brought to a much wider audience by the documentary Planet of the Humans, to the wrath of Bill McKibben of the group, who came under particular scrutiny.

And the launch of the Covid coup revealed that vast swathes of people who had appeared to be opponents of the system, even anarchists, were in fact staunch defenders of Authority and its Big Businesss sponsors.

It also transpired out that the same financial networks funding Extinction Rebellion have also been doling out money to a wide range of “activist” groups working for the Great Reset aim of ““systemic change”.

Rob Hopkins of the Transition Movement turns out to be heavily compromised by links to powerful corporate networks, adored by climate capitalist Bill McKibben and happy to regurgitate the “storytelling” slogans of the Great Reset.

Hollywood “radical” Sean Penn has been outed by UK investigative journalist Vanessa Beeley as receiving funding from Bill Gates and promoting the Great Reset.

Celebrity “communist” activist and academic Angela Davis not only publicly backed neoliberal warmonger Joe Biden in the US election but has now launched her own fashion label, helpfully plugged by The Guardian!

Naomi KleinNaomi Klein, erstwhile darling of the anti-capitalist movement, who once warned us about  The Shock Doctrine often used to accelerate corporate control, has finally stopped pretending to be on our side.

With people increasingly clued up about the Great Reset, Klein was wheeled out on the once-interesting The Intercept site to declare that any such information was “a viral conspiracy theory” which  “blends together legitimate critiques with truly dangerous anti-vaccination fantasies and outright coronavirus denialism”.

Yes, that’s right. She actually used the phrase “coronavirus denialism”!

It increasingly seems that all the “left-wing” and “radical” heroes that we have heard of – via the corporate media! – are not what we thought they were.

They appear instead to be gatekeeping puppets, promoted in order to place limits on our dissent and shunt it into directions that best serve corporate agendas.

Vandana Shiva 3One of the few exceptions to this betrayal seemed, until very recently, to be Vandana Shiva, whom we have often mentioned on this site.

She is, after all, a famous opponent of the bio-tech industry and critic of Bill Gates’ empire and even declared in a November 2020 interview: “The Great Reset is about maintaining and empowering a corporate extraction machine and the private ownership of life”.

Surely her heart is in the right place? Well, we would love to think so, but unfortunately the evidence is stacking up that there is something awry here.

Simply retweeting the ubiquitous Bill McKibben would not be a serious matter, on its own.

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But we do wonder why Dr Shiva has chosen to sit on a body called the World Future Council (catchprase “Solutions for Our Common Future“).

She is pictured on their website, sitting alongside Anders Wijkman (to her right).


Wijkman is “an opinionmaker and author”, says the World Future Council. He is honorary president of the Club of Rome and has been assistant secretary-general of the United Nations and policy director of the United Nations Development Programme.

“As of March 2017 Anders is chairman of the Governing Board of Climate-KIC – the largest public-private partnership on innovation for low-carbon solutions in the EU”.

We were also alarmed to learn that Dr Shiva had writen a positive review of The Green New Deal by Jeremy Rifkin, a book published in 2019.

The other names lined up in praise of this dubious tome are in themselves cause for concern – there is Paul Polman, former Unilever boss and one of the shadowy Extinction Rebellion business backers, billionaire Richard Branson and Anne Pramaggiore of US nuclear energy giant Exelon.

As for the author himself, Rifkin is an enthusiast for the technology of the Fourth Industrial Revolution (which he confusingly prefers to term the Third Industrial Revolution!), in other words for AI, robots and “digital infrastructure”.

This video makes it clear that, despite all the usual lip service to the environmental crisis, his real passion is for industrialisation, economic growth and profit.

So why would a genuine environmental and anti-capitalist campaigner want to endorse his work?

Dr Shiva’s own latest book is entitled Oneness vs. the 1%: Shattering Illusions, Seeding Freedom and now features “a new epilogue about Bill Gates’s global agenda and how we can resist the billionaires’ war on life”.

Let’s hope that her apparently laudable political position is not yet another illusion which is about to be shattered in these revealing and tumultuous times.

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4. Here comes Santa Klaus!

santa kDo you remember the Christmases we used to have when we were young, in the good old days, way back in the 2020s?

I used to get so excited about it all when I was a kid.

I remember one year waking up in the night to see a large figure looming in the doorway of my bedroom. I was amazed! I thought it was Father Christmas himself! But it turned out, of course, that it was only the Biosecurity Police checking up that I was socially distancing from my teddy bear.

In the morning we could hardly wait to unplug ourselves from our beds, fight our way out of our plastic anti-viral protection tents and rush to check the contents of our digital stockings.

If you’d done what you were told all year long, there would be all sorts of Citizen Credits in your account, for games, films, chat. Once I’d even earned 40% of the cost of the next year’s People’s Vaccine! I was the happiest kid in town, I can tell you!

After breakfast we liked to go out for a Christmas morning stroll, so out came the treadmills and virtual reality headsets.

My mum used to like v-walking on the beach in Portugal on a spring afternoon, my dad preferred the Alps on a bright winter morning, my brother usually went for the Australian outback at night and I loved to e-stroll through the Scottish highlands on a summer evening.

But I remember my grandad telling me that he always took his v-walk around the back streets of Coulsdon on a grey and drizzly winter day, because that was what December 25 had always meant to him. Sad old duffer!

By the time lunchtime arrived, all the extended family were there. In the chatroom.

space foodWe took off our masks, put on our plastic hats and tucked in. Mounds of protein-rich lab-grown meat substitute with genetically-modified fake-veg chunks and lashings of synthetic chemically-enhanced gravy, followed by freshly-printed Christmas pudding strips sprayed with post-custard dessert fluid! De-bloody-licious!

Later we would all be glued to our screens to watch the traditional Christmas Day address from the Global Supreme Ruler himself.

What kind of a world would we be living in today if Santa Klaus had not come down our collective digital chimney with his generous gift of technology-driven inclusive exploitation, ensuring secure and sustainable corporate control for one and all?


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5. Jaime Semprun: an orgrad inspiration

The latest in our serious of profiles from the orgrad website.

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“In the old days it was forbidden to think freely; today we have gained the right but lost the ability”

Jaime Semprun (1947-2010) was an influential anti-industrialist writer, translator and publisher.

Estranged from the mainstream left because of his rejection of the modern mindset, he warned that we lived in “an era of acceleration and falsification” (1) controlled by a “mercantile tyranny”. (2)

Semprun echoed René Guénon in judging that so-called “progress” had in fact brought about severe cultural decline amounting to “the loss of all quality”. (3)

And he was scathing about those whose semi-radical thinking left the way clear for right-wingers and fascists to recruit those with a deep-seated aversion to the industrial capitalist world.

He warned in 1993: “We mustn’t neglect people’s need to attack existing society, or simply to counter it with a new conception of the world and of the life they could lead in it. We have already seen, with fascism, the high price of allowing our enemies to fulfil this need”. (4)

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Semprun worked with fellow orgrad inspirations Guy Debord and Miguel Amorós and was a great admirer of George Orwell.

After being involved in the Situationist International, he was a key figure in the Post-Situationist movement and founded the journal Encyclopédie des Nuisances, which later became a book publisher.

Semprun translated and published writing by Orwell which had not previously been available in French, along with work by Theodore Kaczynski, Jean-Marc Mandosio, René Riesel and Chuang Tzu. (5)

He was also known as a leading opponent of nuclear power in France, publishing the essay La Nucléarisation du monde in 1980.

Semprun regarded industrial capitalist society as fake in both its whole and its parts. Reforming certain aspects of it would make little difference, he argued.

“Today, demanding to eat healthy food, for example, is in itself revolutionary”, he wrote, “because in order for that demand to be met it would be necessary to abolish the totality of the social relationships under capitalism”. (6)


Like John RuskinWilliam Morris and Herbert Read, Semprun felt an overwhelming aesthetic distaste for the modern industrial world, arguing that its character was made quite clear by its sheer physical ugliness. (7)

He called out those who adopted pseudo-radical postures while actually defending the assumptions of this foul system. His 1976 pamphlet Précis de récuperation targeted postmodernists like Michel Foucault, Jean-François Lyotard and Gilles Deleuze on this account, but Semprun identified the problem as polluting much of the so-called left.

The root problem was the general acceptance of the notion of “progress” as a means of interpreting history.

For Semprun, explains Patrick Marcolini, this notion was merely “a product of the bourgeois industrial age”. (8) For him, contemporary technology and science carried no promise of liberation – “on the contrary they form part of the structures of domination which have to be brought down”. (9)

The bourgeois-industrial concept of progress was accepted uncritically among supposed dissidents because of a state of mind that was itself a by-product of the general lowering of quality in industrial times, said Semprun.

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He condemned “amnesia, identification with modernity and the hatred of critical thinking”, (10) commenting: “In the old days it was forbidden to think freely; today we have gained the right but lost the ability”. (11)

In Dialogues sur l’achèvement des temps modernes he has his character Ziffel declare: “What we are most missing today is individuals. Marxism told us that man is only the product of the social conditions in which he lives and that his individual conscience is a mere illusion, his freedom a sleight-of-hand and so on. And voilà, just through writing such horrible stuff, it ends up coming true”. (12)

Semprun shared Orwell’s distaste for conformist groupthink, and condemned modern followers of so-called democracy with their “remote-controlled indignation, their way of expressing all together and to order their hatred of those denounced to them as totalitarians, fanatics, or as racists, terrorists, in short as lunatics putting progress itself in danger”. (13)

The left-wing identification with modernity had lent a strange meaninglessness to terms such as “reactionary”, used to attack anyone who opposed the contemporary industrial capitalist machine.

“Everyone is so caught up in what they call progress that you could go as far as to say that if there were today any consistent reactionaries, they would certainly be mistaken for revolutionaries”, (14) wrote Semprun, but not without stressing that “criticism of the modern world is something too important to be left to reactionaries and nostalgists”. (15)

In common with other organic radicals and the anti-capitalist romantics identified by Michael Löwy, Semprun saw nothing wrong with looking to the past for inspiration as to how we might imagine another, non-capitalist, world, referring in a posthumously-published essay to “a past which was still filled with a future that we can imagine could have been, which could still be”. (16)


He was one of the first to expose the emptiness of the now-dominant strand of “environmentalism” which remains firmly embedded within the modern mindset and seeks “solutions” to environmental crisis in the development and production of yet more industrial technology.

He warned, with Riesel, that “precisely the same intellectual and material means used to build this world threatened with ruin, this teetering edifice, are now being deployed to diagnose the problem and recommend a remedy” (17) – which did not augur well for a successful outcome.

Semprun died in 2010, before “climate capitalism” raised the art of greenwashing to new levels of duplicity, but had astutely predicted that “the illusion-merchants have happy days ahead of them. During the disaster, the selling goes on”. (18)

As a genuine revolutionary, he of course completely discounted any possibility of ever creating a better world by reforming or adapting the very industrial capitalism which got us into this mess in the first place.

In Dialogues, the two characters discuss the difficulties in fighting a dominant system whose processes of production, distribution and domination, whose economic and social relationships and whose ideologies are so tightly and inextricably intertwined. Remarks Kalle: “You know full well how to deal with Gordian knots”. (19)

For those not familiar with the legends surrounding Alexander the Great, he is said to have sliced the knot in two with one powerful stroke of his mighty sword.


1. Jaime Semprun, Dialogues sur l’achèvement des temps modernes (Paris: Éditions de l’Encyclopédie, 1993), p. 44.
2. Jaime Semprun, L’Abîme se repeuple (Paris: Éditions de l’Encyclopédie des Nuisances, 1997), p. 54.
3. Semprun, Dialogues, p. 46.
4. Semprun, Dialogues, p. 86.
6. Semprun, Dialogues, pp. 122-23.
7. Jaime Semprun et René Riesel, Catastrophisme, administration du désastre et soumission durable (Paris: Éditions de l’Encyclopédie, 2008), IX.
8. Patrick Marcolini, ‘Jaime Semprun’, Aux origines de la décroissance, co-ordonné par Cédric Bagini, David Murray, Pierre Thiesset (Paris: L’Échappée, 2017), p 279.
9. Marcolini, Aux origines de la décroissance, p. 278.
10. Semprun, L’Abîme se repeuple, p. 29.
11. Semprun, Dialogues, p. 133.
12. Semprun, Dialogues, p. 31.
13. Semprun, L’Abîme se repeuple, p. 14.
14. Semprun, Dialogues, p. 34.
15. Semprun, Dialogues, p 37.
16. Jaime Semprun, Andromaque, je pense à vous, suivi de fragments retrouvés (Paris: Éditions de l’Encyclopédie des Nuisances, 2011), p. 18.
17. Semprun et Riesel, Catastrophisme, administration du désastre et soumission durable, X.
18. Semprun, Dialogues, p. 59.
19. Semprun, Dialogues, p. 93.

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6. Acorninfo

The Great Reset (aka Build Back Better, The Fourth Industrial Revolution, the New Normal or the New Deal for Nature) is an attempted global capitalist coup on a scale never before imagined. The more that people are aware of what this vile billionaire elite are really up to, the less chance they have of getting away with it, so we have set up a Great Reset page, an ever-expanding collection of resources to help spread awareness and, therefore, resistance!


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A timely bundle of in-depth reports and analysis on the anti-lockdown revolts spreading across Europe has been published by Crimethinc. In particular, it demolishes the divisive claim that the protests are “right-wing” and should therefore be snubbed by anarchists and the left, noting: “Like the Gilets Jaunes movement in France, most of the protests across southern Europe involve a contradictory mix of people”.

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“They’re looking at an operating system for the world. It’s essentially as if the world were remade by the CIA to profit hedge funds. How does capital circulate if nobody is making any money and everyone’s in debt? You create a new game where the poor can be gambled on as investment commodities”. Crucial insights into the Great Reset agenda from Alison McDowell in this video talk.

Alison McDowell

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“The truth is that your life and how you live it is over, unless you do something about it – now!”. In this important short video, the Books of Ours team warn about the merger of state and business to create 21st century global fascist feudalism.

Books of Ours The Truth

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“Can you see what’s happening? Anywhere people can meet up to be sociable and entertained is under threat. As things currently stand it feels like there will be no end to this. We face a more atomised, lonely and fearful future. One where an increasing amount of our interactions will be digital rather than face to face. A depressing future where many of us will be merely existing rather than truly living”. A powerful warning from South Essex Radical Media.

essex warning

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Make no mistake, for all the greenwashing around the 5G-enabled Fourth Industrial Revolution, it spells further disaster for the natural world, as a new report into 5G from the US state of New Hampshire concluded. Meanwhile, Plymouth Sound, a stretch of sea off southern England, is to be home to “the world’s first 5G ocean-based marine testbed”, according to reports. This “will enable ultrafast download speeds and low-latency 5G connectivity to support the development of new marine technology”. Did anyone consult the fish?

5G mast

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Did you know that there is an international campaign focused on stopping the so-called New Deal For Nature, the corporate coup of the commons under the guise of protecting and restoring nature? Check out the No Deal for Nature site here and its informative Twitter account here.


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New propaganda techniques being used in 2020 are analysed by Cory Morningstar, Hiroyuki Hamada and Varun Mathur in this superb December 7 video panel discussion with Jason Bosch, ‘Purpose Messaging for Compliance and Social Engineering‘.

propaganda panel with Cory

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A riddle for you all. What is it that links Hitler’s SS with Al-Qaeda? Why, it’s NATO and the CIA, of course! An enlightening talk with Hugo Turner.

gladio wacl etc

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Acorn quote:

“There is an undeniable glory in the thought that an indelible temporal bond links us, not only with our ancestors and our descendants, but above all also with the whole rest of the organic world”.

Constantin von Monakow


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Dismantling tyranny

by Paul Cudenec

The only good thing to have come out of recent nightmarish months is that a lot of people have had to think seriously about the way they see the world.

I have not been exempt from this phenomenon, of course, and have been forced by circumstance into serious bouts of ideological soul-searching, but am delighted to report that, as 2020 draws to an end, I remain attached to the same principles with which I began the year!

What has changed, though, is that I now feel the need to provide certain additional explanations to my overall viewpoint which I would not have previously considered necessary.

Take, for example, my position with regard to the nation-state. I have been outspoken in my condemnation of nation-states and nationalism in my writing, but the global fascist coup has reminded me that a different perspective exists.

This says that truly independent nation-states, free from the chains imposed by all those globalist institutions from the World Bank and the IMF to the United Nations and the World Health Organization, would not have succumbed so meekly to the global capitalist putsch.

I can concede that the resurgence of anti-globalist national sovereignty, in the Global South as well as in Europe and the USA, might well be the best short-term bet for seeing off this horrific attempt to permanently enslave humankind in a techno-fascist world dictatorship.

However – and I would emphasise that word! – it is crucial to remember that nation-states were the first form of centralised authority imposed on free human communities and that the nation-state is the tool with which the exploiting class has long kept us in line.

The weary old mantra of “we’re all in this together” is the language of nationalism, in which the supposed common “national” interest of the serf and the billionaire, and their shared hatred of “foreigners”, is supposed to override any sense of social injustice on the part of the former.

If we ever want to taste real freedom, we will have to decentralise power completely, to the community level

The nation-state, with its fake “democracy”, its “legitimate authority”, its controlled media narratives, its public figures, its academic institutions, its police and its monopoly on violence, is the very real and immediate means by which we are oppressed.

Globalism may be the prison, but the nation-state is both the cell in which we are held and the prison guard standing outside.

If we ever want to taste real freedom, we will have to decentralise power completely, to the community level.

Unless we dismantle the national level of tyranny as well as the global one, everything will remain in place for the same thing to happen all over again.

A second issue I have been contemplating has been the issue of private property. My past criticism has been levelled at the system of private property (particularly land ownership) rather than at individuals who own their own home or farm.

In this society, we have no choice as to whether we want to participate in the system of private property. If we are not home-owners then we are home-renters. It is no better to be ripped off by a landlord than by a building society. People get by as they can.

When I first saw the World Economic Forum propaganda proposing a future in which we “own nothing”, my blood ran cold for a moment. Had I had been inadvertently promoting their agenda through my criticism of private property?

No, because the globalists’ vision is, like everything else they come out with, a lie. They certainly want the vast majority of human beings to own nothing, but that is because they want to own everything themselves – including those selfsame human beings!

Their “own nothing” option in fact represents the next step in the domination of private property, rather than its reversal. They want to consolidate the power of their own ultra-rich ruling class to the extent that the rest of us are left with nothing at all.

It is important to note that it is only through the development of private property as we have hitherto known it, that they have been able to reach this point.

Over many centuries, the ruling class has used its property to create wealth, used its wealth to acquire property and power, used its power to protect and increase its property and wealth.

Our overlords may have thrown us a few crumbs from the table as a sop to keep us quiet – convincing us that we too were part of their “property-owning democracy” – but it was always only a matter of time before they would try to push the thing a step further and grab everything for themselves.

Again, if we were able to pull back from the brink of this global totalitarian coup, there would be no point in returning to the pre-Covid status quo, as all the conditions would remain in place for the global ruling elite to try the same thing again, a few years down the road, using a different trick.

We need to prevent property from being used as a form of power and exploitation over others and develop organic form of communal democracy and co-operative ownership which cannot be hijacked by greedy tyrants.

I do not want to see land or homes owned either by billionaire capitalists or by the state, but by people, in ways that suit them best, on the most decentralised local level possible, in a spirit of sharing, caring and mutual aid.

The third issue I want to address here is that of business. I hate the “business” ethos which was notoriously instilled in the UK under Margaret Thatcher. Greed is good. Anyone who makes money (off other people) is a hero and the rest of us are all losers.

So it was strange to find myself sympathising with the plight of smaller businesses in the face of the lockdowns.

Strange, but perfectly explicable when I looked at it more closely.

As with the previous two thorny issues, what we are seeing today is the massive amplification of the “business” principle which I oppose, not its negation.

The Great Fascist Reset is, after all, being promoted by a business organisation, the World Economic Forum, and all the bias built in to the so-called “sustainability” agendas of the EU, the UN and so forth concerns prioritising the ongoing growth and expansion of business “stakeholders”.

The version of “business” sold to the little people by the global financial mafia was nothing but a gesture, a carrot dangled in front of them to persuade them to consent to the marvellous capitalist system and to stand with the billionaires against any “freedom-hating” left wingers who wanted a fairer distribution of wealth.

Now, that little game has outlived its usefulness and the people who thought they were living the free-market dream will find themselves herded into the same electronic concentration camps as the rest of us, as the slave-masters move to seize complete economic and social control.

The seeds for this have been there all along, from the moment that our societies started moving away from old-fashioned community values and towards the worship of money above all else.

Ferdinand Tönnies

In the words of the German sociologist Ferdinand Tönnies (1855-1936), this was the historic transition from Gemeinschaft (traditional community) to Gesellschaft (modern commercial society).

The French radical Georges Lapierre talks about the dominating “cosmovision” of a society based entirely on money: “In a mercantile society we are all merchants, our heads are filled with the thoughts of big capitalist merchants, we all think about money”.

If there is a Great Awakening from the Great Reset, there is no point in falling back into the money-thinking that has progressively corrupted our world for the last 500 years or more.

Just because things are worse now, with the Covid coup, than they were a year ago, or ten years ago, does not mean that we should aim to return to that previous step of the process.

I keep thinking of the apocryphal story of the man who fell from the top of a skyscraper and, as he passed each floor on the way down, was heard declaring “so far so good!”

While it may have been better to have been alive in 1960 or 1980 or 2000 than in 2020, rewinding to any of those stages would only condemn us to live through the same thing again, as we plummet towards the current calamity.

We need to rediscover what it means to be truly human

Instead, we need to go back to the point before we fell off the edge and take a different civilizational direction.

We need to rediscover what it means to be truly human, to cherish value over price, communal belonging over personal self-interest, honour above wealth.

We need to look deep inside ourselves and search out and nurture everything that makes us noble, authentic, generous and kind.

We need to remember that we are animals, that we are part of nature, part of the living cosmos and that respect for everything around us is essential for our happiness and survival.

That ancient human wisdom is still there, even though it has long been marginalised and spat upon by the same venal parasite class which is currently trying to steal everything from us and turn us into their slaves.

Our task is to find it, to drink it in deeply and then to share it as the health-giving elixir of a free and natural future for all of humankind.

Further reading: Organic radicals website

See our Great Reset and Climate Capitalists pages for more resources.

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