Reflections on Klaus Schwab's Book, Covid-19: The Great Reset

“There are no nations. There are no peoples…There is only one holistic system of systems…It is the international system of currency which determines the totality of life on this planet. That is the natural order of things today.…And our children will live, Mr. Beale, to see that perfect world in which there's no war or famine, oppression or brutality. One vast and ecumenical holding company, for whom all men will work to serve a common profit, in which all men will hold a share of stock. All necessities provided, all anxieties tranquilized, all boredom amused.”

~ Paddy Chayefsky, Network 

“Communism’s promise was whispered in the first day of the Creation under the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil: 'Ye shall be as gods.'” 

~ Whittaker Chambers 1

Klaus Schwab aspires to create a utopia using technology and one massive central government.  
And he's asking for your cooperation.  Are you in?  

When did you first hear about the New World Order? For me, it was around twenty years ago. A friend of mine had a shelf full of books about it, and after Mass one evening I stopped by his place and he handed me a stack of them. 

Over the following months, I'd pour over them on Saturday mornings, munching on ding dongs as my eyes widened with fascination and horror as I learned about smart cards, a one world government, microchips and a one world religion.

Eventually, I threw them all out. It felt like reading about poltergeist or stories of the supernatural. They left me unhinged and scared, and I didn't see how they had any bearing on reality. 

“Value Village wouldn't even want these,” I reasoned as I checked them into the dumpster behind my apartment.

Yet here we are two decades later, hearing about a “great reset,” a need to “build back better,” and, yes, a New World Order. 

But this time, it's from an entirely different perspective. Back then, I'd read about the New World Order as something that “they” were going to roll out and inflict onto all of “us,” i.e. the author and reader of the book. 

But now “they” are the ones doing the talking. With their book Covid-19: The Great Reset, we're getting the skinny on the New World Order straight from the horses' mouth. 

Klaus Schwab and Thierry Malleret published Covid-19: The Great Reset in July of 2020, just three months after the lockdowns for covid-19 ensued around the world. They describe the book as a “hybrid between a contemporary essay and an academic snapshot”2 to look at the significance of what's transpired, and they examine the pandemic from a macro, micro, and individual point of view. It's about 250 pages, which they wrote over the month of June.3 It's published by Schwab's organization, The World Economic Forum. 

Schwab has written several books previously, both on his “stakeholder theory,” which professes that a business is obligated not only its shareholders, but to all its stakeholders, and the “Fourth Industrial Revolution,” which is about advancing the capacity of technology with respect to artificial intelligence, robots and gene editing. 

Thierry Malleret, who is a leader in the World Economic Forum, has co-authored with his wife, Mary Anne Malleret, the book, Ten Good Reason to Go For a Walk and Other Wellness Ideas, which includes an introduction by Schwab. 

Klaus Schwab and the World Economic Forum

Klaus Schwab started the WEF in 1971, as a platform to promote his stakeholder theory, which is about infusing a company's ethos into the community it serves. 

What comprises Schwab's ethos? In The Great Reset, he repeatedly advocates for “fairness,” which he admits is highly subjective.4 Some of his other values include addressing systemic economic inequality, climate change, enjoying the wonder of nature and eating unprocessed foods. 

He earned doctorates in economics and engineering from University of Fribourg and has received 17 honorary doctorates. He acknowledges that economics has changed the dynamic of political power in the modern world. 

“Big wars and military power to achieve political objectives is more or less a matter of the past...to exercise influence in the world today is mainly based on economic power,” Klaus tells Charlie Rose in a 2010 interview. 

The WEF has identified 78 distinct global challenges. Its mission is to improve the state of the world, by means of this “stakeholder theory” and by integrating private organizations with governments. Its members meet yearly at Davos and other places throughout the world. 

He believes the Fourth Industrial Revolution is central to solving these challenges. As he tells Rose: “Practically every issue in the world can also be solved (disease, environment) by the new technologies which are now developed.” 

But don't be too hasty to jump on board: “This Fourth Revolution; it doesn't change what you are doing, it changes YOU. If you take genetic editing, just as an example, it's YOU who are changed...it raises many ethical and legal questions and we have to be prepared for it.” 

And at 50 years old, Schwab's organization has amassed a tremendous amount of clout. He says world leaders recognize the need to network with the private sector in order to advance agendas. He admits to knowing nearly every leader in the world, and WEF's members include around 80% of the Fortune 500 Companies. It is recognized as an international organization similar to the Red Cross and the Olympics. 

The Book's Central Message?

The arguments and assertions in Covid-19: The Great Reset are somewhat muddled, and contradict themselves frequently. I believe these two statements from the conclusion come closest to what the authors are getting at: 

“The pandemic...represents a rare but narrow window of opportunity to reflect, reimagine and reset our world....replacing failed ideas, institutions, processes and rules with new ones better suited to current and future needs. This is the essence of the Great Reset.” 5 

However, they also assert elsewhere that we cannot ever go back, and the Great Reset isn't an opportunity, but an inevitable event that's going to happen all of a sudden. 6

The window of opportunity, they say, is due to the “monumental” catastrophe the pandemic has beset upon the world. But they hedge on whether or not the pandemic is really catastrophic. 

The first pages of the introduction uses hyperbolic language to describe what's just transpired, even describing it in Messianic terms: “No parallel in modern history,” “Disruption of monumental proportions,” “The pandemic marks a fundamental inflection point” and “Radical changes of such consequence are coming that some pundits have referred to a 'before coronavirus' (BC) and 'after coronavirus' (AC)”7 represents only SOME of the superlative language that survived editing. 

Then they immediately walk this all back and assert that this pandemic isn't nearly so bad as historical pandemics such as the Black Death or Plague of Justinian, nor as deadly as any event in recent history, including WWII.8 A lockdown is common and normal, they insist, and we need to calm down, obey authorities and refrain from scapegoating: that's just a sign of the mental strain of isolation. 9

The book continues in this incoherent fashion, making it difficult to identify just what these two are trying to communicate. 

Non-Sequiturs Galore

Although Malleret and Schwab profess that “predicting is a guessing game for fools,”10 the two spend the entire book spelling out what the future should and will look like, with more arguments rife with contradictions (read footnotes for actual quotes). Here's a sampling. 

  •  They say the pandemic highlights the need for a world government, while also making the argument that the US and China were simply too big to effectively handle the pandemic, and that smaller countries, due to their size, fared much better. 11
  •  They state that we can’t go back to normal, ever, full stop. Except that we can, once everyone is vaccinated. 12
  •  They note that the reduction in flying and driving due to the lockdowns did little to reduce carbon emissions, as the real emissions culprits are related to electricity, agriculture and industry. Yet they hope that post-lockdown we’ll all commit to flying and driving less in order to save the environment. 13
  •  And in its most overt and egregious contradiction, the two establish outright that there wasn't any debate over whether or not to impose draconian lockdowns and shut down the economy. The shutdowns are about saving lives. Keeping the economy running means sacrificing lives. 14 Then they spend some sixty-odd pages (of a 250 page book) discussing just how destructive these lockdowns portend to be. This reveals some pretty shocking stuff, and it's worth spelling out just what they foresee.

A Cure That's Deadlier Than the Disease

As I've said, Malleret and Schwab state explicitly that covid-19 will kill fewer people than WWII. 15 By most estimates, WWII killed between 70-85 million, and so covid, according to their 7/2020 prognostications, will kill fewer than this. 

However, the two men predict “multiple famines of biblical proportions” due exclusively to the economic fallout from the lockdowns. 16 They forewarn of massive, violent unrest due to people not having a job. Domestic violence will increase by 15 million for every three months of lockdown, while many will also suffer from acute psychotic episodes.17  Failing small business will cause a vicious downward spiral in entire communities.18 And entire nations will be destroyed due to disruptions in the supply chain.19 

“There will be no recovery [due to skyrocketing unemployment]. There will be social unrest. There will be violence. There will be socio-economic consequences: dramatic unemployment. Citizens will suffer dramatically: some will die, others will feel awful.” 20

“The number of people suffering from acute food insecurity could double in 2020 to 265 million. The combination of movement and trade restrictions caused by the pandemic with an increase in unemployment and limited or no access to food could trigger large-scale social unrest followed by mass movements of migration and refugees.” 21

Just with the number from the second quote alone—137 million more people on the brink of starvation--the two have made the case that the lockdowns are worse than covid-19, and so should have been avoided at all costs. And this doesn't account for the millions of incidents of domestic violence and acute mental illness, nor take into account those nations that will fail.

Advocating the lockdowns makes no sense whatsoever, presuming their objective is to mitigate destruction and save lives. 

I also find it odd, given that Schwab has a PhD in economics and is an advocate of “fairness,” that nowhere in the book did he note the wealth transfer that came about as a result of shuttering small businesses and keeping monoliths like Amazon, Home Depot and Costco open and running non-stop. There's no way he isn't aware of this. 

The Stuff of Leaders? 

In Covid-19 The Great Reset, Malleret and Schwab argue explicitly for a one world government. The UN and WHO aren't cutting it, they assert. 22 Clearly, they see themselves as playing a central role in its formation; i.e. playing a central role in running the entire world.

Yet they cannot coherently and logically articulate their ideas in this academic essay. It's no excuse that they whipped this book out in one month. This is huge, far-reaching authority they're gunning to possess, and so the sloppy thinking in this book is inexcusable. 

Advocating these destructive, deadly lockdowns as a solution to covid further brings into question their capacity as leaders. Why would we trust any of their solutions to the other 77 problems they claim the world faces, when by their own admission their solution to handling covid was far worse than covid would have been on its own?

Their book really demonstrates that they should not be running the show. And it makes me wonder why DID we listen to the edicts that Schwab and Gates professed in lockstep which, essentially, were to wear masks, social distance, wash hands and sit around at home waiting around for a vaccine? At one point Schwab writes that the “necessity to address the pandemic by any means available” will inevitable lead to SMART TOILETS to monitor our health. 23 This extreme measure is utterly absurd, given the basic measures he never calls for, such as setting up a covid-19 hotline to advise patients on early treatment. (Something this fundamental was never set up in the USA--when someone received a positive result for covid, they weren't given any instruction at all, and were expected to go home, drink OJ, and could only be admitted to ICU when their lips were blue.)

Now, given that Malleret and Schwab's advocacy of the lockdowns makes no sense from a life-saving standpoint, then why are they pushing them so strongly? Reset offers an explanation. 

A Totalitarian Technological Shift

In order to understand the motive for advocating these deadly lockdowns, it's important to remember that Schwab believes technology is the key to solving all of humanity's problems. And the lockdowns accelerated his technological revolution exponentially.

As we know, the lockdowns forced us to go “digital everything”: shopping, working, socializing, learning. Businesses and universities were forced to completely change as well, offering remote or hybrid models in lieu of in-person. 

According to Schwab, this pandemic has also highlighted the need for massive, ongoing surveillance. 24 It's obligatory going forward that everyone's health be digitally tracked and recorded. There's no hiding under the “individualist facade of rights,” he says, 25 since “we cannot be individually well in a world that is unwell.” 26

Eventually, the authors foresee that wearing digital technology will blur the line between monitoring our personal health and public healthcare, with governments “encouraging” healthy activities such as sports. 27 

This illustrates what Schwab's stakeholder theory really looks like in practice: individuals no longer making decisions about how to go about living their lives, but rather this government-business hybrid he's cultivated through the WEF “advocating” (i.e. forcing) its agenda onto humanity. 

Digital currency is part and parcel to this surveillance scheme. Schwab and Malleret briefly note the decline of the dollar, and pose digital currency as a viable alternate global reserve. 

The implications of this are crucial: digital currency originates from a country's central bank, giving the state the capacity to monitor every single transaction an individual makes. The end of the digital currency road, essentially, is one where the central government can impose whatever mandate it chooses (which, if Schwab got his way, would include mandates to take vaccinations, eat unprocessed foods and exercise regularly), and if anyone doesn't play along, their purchasing power is suspended.

Although this may sound utterly fantastic, it's worth noting that during the pandemic the Federal Reserve in the US made dramatic steps toward this end. 

In this excellent video, John Titus highlights how the Fed made an unprecedented move at the onset of the 2020 pandemic to directly put money into the hands of the private sector (i.e. us), bypassing commercial banks! Having the central bank take over this huge portion of the retail money supply—around 3.5 trillion dollars--brings us closer to making digital currency a reality in the US.  (start watching around min 44.)

“The genie of tech surveillance will not be put back in the bottle,” Malleret and Schwab inform us.28 In this “After Covid” world, things like working hybrid, video conference calls and online grocery shopping are a way of life. And it appears that digital currency and some other seriously dystopian shit looms just over the horizon. Undoubtedly Schwab is thrilled about it. 

The Intended Audience 

The book takes a bizarre turn at the end. After explaining how the lockdowns are essentially a wrecking ball smashing into all of humanity, he concludes by pointing out how the pandemic helped many of “us” appreciate the meditative quality of life and nature.

“[COVID-19] made us more aware and sensitive about the great markers of time: the precious moments spend with friends and our families, the seasons and nature, the myriads of small things that require a bit of time (like talking to a stranger, listening to a bird or admiring a piece of art).” 29

The choice of pronouns here is noteworthy. When they're discussing frolicking in the woods and watching butterflies, they're talking about “us.” Whereas when discussing the devastating fallout of the poor and vulnerable, the pronouns are always “they.” 

Note this passage from earlier in the book:

“For many states, the pandemic will be the exogenous shock that forces them to fail and fall even further...economic disaster will trigger some form of political instability and outbreaks of violence because the world's poorest countries will suffer from two predicaments: first, the breakdown in trade and supply chain caused by the pandemic will provoke immediate devastation like no remittance or increased hunger; and second, further down the line, they will endure a prolonged and severe loss of employment and income.” 30

This “us” he's speaking to, then, is his intended audience: people just like him, who suffered none of the ruinous impact of covid, but for whom it was really an extended vacation of sorts, allowing them to spend hours upon hours enjoying nature, visiting with family and catching up on reading. 

This “Aw well. It's a shame that those poor nations will be annihilated” tone gives you a clear vision of Schwab, Malleret and his wife (who's given credit for much of Reset's editing). Given their penchant for walking, after completing a passage about mass devastation, it's not unlikely that the trio would step out for a meditative walk in the woods, munching on goat cheese and organic apples. 

A Sudden Reset 

And one final aspect worth noting before I wrap this up: at one point they tell us to anticipate a sudden reset. (As I said earlier, they vacillate between saying that a reset is inevitable and that it's an opportunity for us to imagine and create.)

“For big systemic shifts and disruptions in general, things tend to change gradually at first and then all at once. Expect the same for the macro reset.” 31

This reads like they're priming us for something. 

Since they never establish that covid-19 is so horrible that it would necessitate a seismic shift, it's becoming increasingly clear that the hype is concocted, and it's really a step in the rollout of some greater scheme. And so this passage, in essence, means: “We're going to make a big more here, soon.”

In order to make a shift of this magnitude—mandating worldwide surveillance—they'd have to instill fear and hysteria into everyone in the world at all the same time. So they may very well have some sort of mass-casualty event on the order of 9-11 up their sleeves.

Be ready for it, get your spiritual house in order, and don't give into the hysteria and fear. And if you're so inclined, pray and fast that whatever they have planned might be mitigated or thwarted altogether.

Empty shelves at a grocery store in Russia in 1990: here's what happened 
when the USSR tried to create a utopia via a central government.
Should we expect it will be any different this time around?  


The craziness we've witnessed over the past two years, it appears, is far from over. Given that Schwab has really pushed his weight around on the world stage, it's feasible that the agenda he's pushing in The Great Reset; a one-world government, massive surveillance, technology incorporated into all parts of our lives; has some traction. 

And so this book is a healthy wake up call to any one who wants to have their head in the game. 

They throw a LOT of information at you in this book (it has 172 endnotes!), but rest assured, it is no literary masterpiece. I'll probably eventually toss it as I did my other NWO books so long ago. 

They also state over and over that a successful reset hinges on the cooperation of the masses. So maybe with enough resistance, this dystopian future might be averted. 

Have you read Covid-19: The Great Reset? What are your thoughts on the book? 



1.Whittaker Chambers, Witness. Regency Gateway, 1952: page 9.

2. Klaus Schwab and Thierry Malleret. Covid-19: The Great Reset . Forum Publishing, July 2020: page 3.

3. The Great Reset : page 47.

4. The Great Reset : pages 222, 3, 4.

5. The Great Reset : pages 244 & 9.

6. “Things tend to change gradually at first and then all at once. Expect the same for the macro reset,” The Great Reset  page 29.

“Many of us are pondering when things will return to normal. The short response is: never...radical changes of such consequence are coming,” The Great Reset  page 12. 

7. The Great Reset : pages 11, 12.

8. “Covid-19 will kill far fewer people than the Great Plagues, including the Black Death, or World War II.” The Great Reset  page 17.

“There is nothing new about the confinement and locks imposed upon much of the world to manage COVID-19. They have been common practice for centuries,” The Great Reset page 14. 

9. “The spread of infectious disease has a unique ability to fuel fear, anxiety, and mass hysteria...throughout history, the important and recurring pattern has been to search for scapegoats,” The Great Reset  page 14.

10. The Great Reset  page 127.

11. “Countries or empires have grown so large as to reach a threshold beyond which they cannot effectively govern themselves. This in turn is the reason why small economies like Singapore, Iceland, South Korea and Israel seem to have done better than the US in containing the pandemic and dealing with it,” The Great Reset  page 126.

“If no one power can enforce order, our wold will suffer from a 'global order deficit,'” The Great Reset page 105.

12. “A full return to normal cannot be envisaged before a vaccine is available,” The Great Reset  page 48.

“Many of us are pondering when things will return to normal. The short response is: never,” The Great Reset page 12. 

13. The Great Reset : pages 141-2.

14. “Leaving aside the (not insignificant) ethical issue of whether “sacrificing some lives to save the economy” is a social Darwinian proposition (or not), deciding not to save lives will not improve economic welfare,” The Great Reset  page 43.

15. The Great Reset  page 17. 

16. The Great Reset  page 131.

17. The Great Reset page 229.

18. The Great Reset  page 193.

19. The Great Reset  page 128.

20. The Great Reset  page 85.

21. The Great Reset  page 131.

22. The Great Reset page 118.

23. The Great Reset page 179. 

24. The Great Reset page 33.

25. The Great Reset page 164.

26. The Great Reset  page 205.

27. The Great Reset  pages 206-7.

28. The Great Reset page 171.

29. The Great Reset page 237.

30. The Great Reset pages 128-9.

31. The Great Reset page 29.


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