Disclaimer: Although I studied theology at Loyola College, I am no longer a practicing Catholic. I believe that the Living Church IS the resurrected body of Christ. I am a Catholic in the sense that Love is the universal principle of faith preached by Jesus-Christ and Apostle Paul. I share my opinion on what I think are unprecedented times in the history of humanity. Never before in the past have varied bodies of un-elected officials come together to reset and create a world order in their image. I post the following letter because I share many of the thoughts outlined by the Archbishop.
“The fate of the whole world is being threatened by a global conspiracy against God and humanity…”
“A global plan called the Great Reset is underway. Its architect is a global élite that wants to subdue all of humanity, imposing coercive measures with which to drastically limit individual freedoms and those of entire populations. In several nations this plan has already been approved and financed; in others it is still in an early stage. Behind the world leaders who are the accomplices and executors of this infernal project, there are unscrupulous characters who finance the World Economic Forum and Event 201, promoting their agenda.”
“The purpose of the Great Reset is the imposition of a health dictatorship aiming at the imposition of liberticidal measures, hidden behind tempting promises of ensuring a universal income and cancelling individual debt… Beyond the enormous economic interests that motivate the promoters of the Great Reset, the imposition of the vaccination will be accompanied by the requirement of a health passport and a digital ID, with the consequent contact tracing of the population of the entire world. Those who do not accept these measures will be confined in detention camps or placed under house arrest, and all their assets will be confiscated.”
“No one, up until last February, would ever have thought that, in all of our cities, citizens would be arrested simply for wanting to walk down the street, to breathe, to want to keep their business open, to want to go to church on Sunday. Yet now it is happening all over the world, even in picture-postcard Italy that many Americans consider to be a small enchanted country, with its ancient monuments, its churches, its charming cities, its characteristic villages. And while the politicians are barricaded inside their palaces promulgating decrees like Persian satraps, businesses are failing, shops are closing, and people are prevented from living, traveling, working, and praying…”
By Andrew Latham, professor of political Science at Macalaster College Consortium News
Before March of this year, few probably thought disease could be a significant driver of human history.
Not so anymore. People are beginning to understand that the little changes Covid-19 has already ushered in or accelerated – telemedicine, remote work, social distancing, the death of the handshake, online shopping, the virtual disappearance of cash and so on – have begun to change their way of life. They may not be sure whether these changes will outlive the pandemic. And they may be uncertain whether these changes are for good or ill.
Three previous plagues could yield some clues about the way Covid-19 might bend the arc of history. As I teach in my course “Plagues, Pandemics and Politics,” pandemics tend to shape human affairs in three ways.
First, they can profoundly alter a society’s fundamental worldview. Second, they can upend core economic structures. And, finally, they can sway power struggles among nations.
Sickness Spurs Rise of Christian West
The Antonine plague, and its twin, the Cyprian plague – both now widely thought to have been caused by a smallpox strain – ravaged the Roman Empire from A.D. 165 to 262. It’s been estimated that the combined pandemics’ mortality rate was anywhere from one-quarter to one-third of the empire’s population.
While staggering, the number of deaths tells only part of the story. This also triggered a profound transformation in the religious culture of the Roman Empire.
On the eve of the Antonine plague, the empire was pagan. The vast majority of the population worshiped multiple gods and spirits and believed that rivers, trees, fields and buildings each had their own spirit.
Christianity, a monotheistic religion that had little in common with paganism, had only 40,000 adherents, no more than 0.07 percent of the empire’s population.
Yet within a generation of the end of the Cyprian plague, Christianity had become the dominant religion in the empire.
How did these twin pandemics effect this profound religious transformation?
Rodney Stark, in his seminal work The Rise of Christianity, argues that these two pandemics made Christianity a much more attractive belief system.
While the disease was effectively incurable, rudimentary palliative care – the provision of food and water, for example – could spur recovery of those too weak to care for themselves. Motivated by Christian charity and an ethic of care for the sick – and enabled by the thick social and charitable networks around which the early church was organized – the empire’s Christian communities were willing and able to provide this sort of care.
Pagan Romans, on the other hand, opted instead either to flee outbreaks of the plague or to self-isolate in the hope of being spared infection.
This had two effects.
First, Christians survived the ravages of these plagues at higher rates than their pagan neighbors and developed higher levels of immunity more quickly. Seeing that many more of their Christian compatriots were surviving the plague – and attributing this either to divine favor or the benefits of the care being provided by Christians – many pagans were drawn to the Christian community and the belief system that underpinned it. At the same time, tending to sick pagans afforded Christians unprecedented opportunities to evangelize.
Second, Stark argues that, because these two plagues disproportionately affected young and pregnant women, the lower mortality rate among Christians translated into a higher birth rate.
The net effect of all this was that, in roughly the span of a century, an essentially pagan empire found itself well on its way to becoming a majority Christian one…
Finally, Covid-19 seems to be accelerating the unraveling of long-established patterns and practices of work, with repercussions that could affet the future of office towers, big cities and mass transit, to name just a few. The implications of this and related economic developments may prove as profoundly transformative as those triggered by the Black Death in 1347.
Ultimately, the longer-term consequences of this pandemic – like all previous pandemics – are simply unknowable to those who must endure them. But just as past plagues made the world we currently inhabit, so too will this plague likely remake the one populated by our grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Comments made by a high ranking German official, who wishes to remain anonymous, about the current power grab.
“The highest representatives of the Bundestag have now announced that they will follow the plans of the corporations to further centralize political power. So they want to transfer the economic policy of all EU member states to the European Union “because of Corona”, as Bundestag President Schäuble recently announced…
An economic policy at EU level would only serve the interests of transnational corporations.
This orientation of the EU can already be seen, for example, in the facto tax exemption of digital companies and the privileging of the financial sector. Parallel to the shift in power to Brussels, the European governments are taking Corona measures to ensure that large parts of the small & medium-size enterprises (SME) sector can be bought up by corporations and financial investors as a result of the crisis. This approach corresponds to the agenda of the “Great Reset”. I therefore appeal in particular to all SME entrepreneurs to defend themselves against these efforts…
In addition to the political aspects, the financial sector is abusing the crisis in order to push ahead with the long-awaited global cash abolition. Unfortunately, many people are not aware of the effects the switch to digital currencies would have and the enormous potential for abuse associated with it. At this point, I encourage everyone to deal with the actual consequences of a cashless society and, in particular, to internalize the power that the operators of a global, digital payment infrastructure could exercise over the entire population.
In view of the coronavirus situation, I consider such massive coercive measures to be disproportionate and therefore join Edward Snowden, who warned against a worldwide architecture of suppression using digital technology that will outlast the crisis. If we allow digital systems to determine our freedom of movement and our access to public life, then at the same time we are handing over control of our most elementary fundamental rights to the private operators of the digital infrastructure…”
The following explains two previous paradigm shifts:
“There was the first great depression, which lasted for 26 years during the 19th century. That event was named the “Long Depression”. After the 1930s crash, that depression became known as the “Great Depression.” Both involved a paradigm shift where the first followed the introduction of the railroads, which then displaced many jobs involving horses and carts. The next Great Depression saw the collapse in agriculture, which had employed 40% of the civil workforce at the turn of the 20th century. With the invention of the combustion engine and tractors, this reduced the need for manual labor. Then the Dust Bowl hit, driving unemployment to 25%. It took World War II to restore the economy by absorbing the excess agricultural labor and forcing them to become qualified.”
On top of the current paradigm shift favoring e-commerce and home based work, there is a paradigm shift in the world global finances. For instance, the concentration of wealth held by transnational corporations is matched by high levels of debt held by governments, corporations and consumers. Corporate buybacks and the products and services that people purchase is bought on credit. Both buybacks and things consumers buy increase stock market valuations and results in a disproportionately high levels of debt shared by most.
High stock valuations have been kept alive by central banks and pension funds who don’t have a better place to invest their money except in equities as interest rates are close to zero percent. Pension funds need a rate of return of at least 6 to 8% in order to stay afloat and pay remittances and benefits to retirees.
This concentration of wealth and expansion of debt is at the core of a dynamic polarity between greed and fear. It is reflected in the anxiety that erupted during the repo crisis on September 2019 when the invisible hand of the market shook the confidence of financial institutions. Market players were demanding higher interest rates to match the increasing risk involved in equities’ high valuations stemming from low interest rates concurrent with high debt levels. An increase in interest rates would cause a monetary crisis and the economy to contract.
The US dollar is the reserve currency of the world as a result the Fed’s interest rates policy does not only effect the domestic economy but the world’s financial systems. Many foreign countries have borrowed in US dollars. This resulted in a debt trap as interest rates could not be raised in the US without destabilizing foreign monetary systems, especially the European banking system stuck with a negative interest rates policy.
To manage an eventual unraveling of a debt trap, governments and related institutions were compelled to prepare for an orderly transition to a new financial order. And also to deflect the responsibility for the consequences of low interest rates policies.
The current environment triggered a replay of the Y2K scare. This time, fear of a deadly virus was used instead. Corporate mass media and online sources of information, jumped on the occasion to exploit fear to increase ratings to generate advertising money. While governments used emergency orders at the beset of special interests to implement lockdowns and the suspension of individual rights that are typically used only in times of war.
Y2K was named after a programming glitch expected to cause a global application crash on 01/01/2000. The oversight was the result of programmers trying to save valuable memory space by setting the year with two digits as in 01/01/99 instead of four, 01/01/1999.
The scare started a few years prior the turn of the millennium when news that computer programs would not convert seamlessly into 01/01/2000. Fears of malfunction on planes and elevators and other essential applications began to spread. Reports of power grids and financial systems were predicted to crash dominated the headlines. Fear turned into full blown hysteria that peaked until the dreaded day.
Most of my relatives live in Italy. At the time I read Italian and French newspapers. I noticed the lack of concern about the threat posed by Y2K overseas. European country’s reaction was in stark contrast with the end of the world scenario that was publicized in the US. The main reason for their composure was that governments, institutions and businesses in Europe took a reasonable approach to the situation and hired programmers to do the tedious job of changing the codes/date to avoid a problem without the need to alert the public.
On 01/01/2000, a systemic crash did not occur. The world did not end. In the US, programmers were celebrated by the media has having saved the day. In retrospect, a debunked assessment the period reveals that the hysteria benefited media ratings and advertising revenues. It enriched shady programmers who made tons of money exploiting people’s fear of a systemic collapse.
But a crash did occur that year.
On March 10, 2000, the dotcom bubble burst. It was the result of unsustainable amounts of money that fueled the Nasdaq mania between 1995 and 2000. The index rose five-fold during that period, reaching a high of 5,048. A year and half later the index was down 77% form its high. Venture capitalists and speculators were willing to gamble their money that the Internet and Web start-ups would be the leading industries in the future and be very profitable investments.
It took twenty years for speculators to be right. The FANGs did crawl out of their grave and reassert themselves as a turbulent paradigm shift.
In times of crisis, there are always individuals and special interests ready to exploit the situation to their own advantage. A crisis is an opportune time to make tons of money and impose views on how the world should be run or who should run it.