The ever-changing world of technology was the focus on Tuesday night at the second-ever meeting of the Eagle Forum of Alabama’s Marion County small group. Eagle Forum Research Fellow Rebekah Blocher spoke to a crowd of about 40 people on the topic of The Great Reset, a global initiative of The World Economic Forum.

“The World Economic Forum (WEF) is a group of every world leader — almost every world leader ‑ (of) CEOs, major corporations, all the big names you hear about, all the billionaires,” said Blocher. “They meet every year in Davos, Switzerland.”

WEF was founded by Klaus Schwab in 1971 as the European Management Forum and later changed its name, in 1987, to reflect its focus on global issues. It is also referred to as The Davos Agenda.

“The year the pandemic came out, he (Schwab) released this book, ‘The Great Reset’,” Blocher said. “It’s his plan to reset everything. They’re using the pandemic and climate change as the pretext for all of it.

“So, here’s their plan,” Blocher continued, “and it is thorough. You’ve got healthcare, 3D printing, the environment, drones, 5G, human rights, LGBTQ, all these different things. I showed this to a friend back in the beginning and she said, ‘I don’t see anything about religion."

Blocher said all of her research on The Great Reset, also known as the fourth industrial revolution, portrays religion as the major pretext to wars.

She outlined a list of predictions for the world in 2030 detailed in a 2016 article on the WEF website.

“You’ll own nothing and you’ll be happy. Whatever you want, you’ll rent and it will be delivered by drone,” Blocher said while showing a video of the predictions.

“The US won’t be the world’s leading superpower,” she read. “What made them think this in 2016? A handful of countries will dominate.”

“You won’t die waiting for an organ donor, you’ll 3D print one,” she said. “You’ll eat a lot less meat. We’re already seeing a push for this, big time.

“A billion people will be displaced by climate change. So, we’ll have to do a better job of welcoming and integrating refugees. Polluters will have to pay to emit carbon dioxide. There will be a global price on carbon. This will help make fossil fuels history—something Biden has said he wants to do.

“You could be preparing to go to Mars. Scientists will have worked out how to keep you healthy in space.

“Western values will have been tested to the breaking point. Think of all the riots we’ve experienced. Checks and balances that underpin our democracy must not be forgotten.”

Blocher used the Biden campaign slogan “build back better” to show several other nations had used the same slogan in recent years.

“Every time you hear somebody talking about ‘build back better,’ they’re pushing the Great Reset,” she said. “Biden’s infrastructure bill calls for a tax on all gas-driven cars. It also calls for all future cars to be electric. If you continue to drive your gas car, you’ll be taxed per mile.”

Blocher talked about the prevalence of smart devices, designed to make life easier for the consumer but warned that most of these devices can gather and share data about you without your knowledge or permission.

“There are all kinds of amazing tech that makes the planet cleaner or helps detect illness sooner,” Blocher said. “But they could come at a cost to your privacy or freedom if used the way the WEF has planned.”

Blocher said part of the plan is the expansion of broadband because the required technology needs 5G to operate. Even things like expanding the internet to rural communities have benefits that must be weighed against concerns if used to accomplish the WEF agenda.

“The thing is, most of the emerging technology and things being proposed are good things,” she said. “Universal broadband could be a good thing. But you can also see how it’s a necessary thing for several proposals on the Great Reset plan.”

Earlier this week, Gov. Ivey issued a proclamation calling for a special session of the state legislature to appropriate federal COVID relief funds allocated to Alabama through President Biden’s American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). One of her proposals designates the COVID funding to be spent expanding broadband connectivity statewide.

Blocher described the benefits of blockchain technology, using Singapore as an example of a high-tech society where automation has become commonplace. When someone gets married or has a child, their records are generated and stored in blockchain.

“They brag that they never ask for your information twice,” she said.

She said the storage of records could become a constitutional issue for gun owners.

“Last year, one of the first bills was HR5. It was a gun bill,” Blocher said. “One of the things it called for was a public registry of guns. If you own a gun, you have to register it with the government — every gun you own — and where you keep it in your house.”

Blocher said the proposed bill created a public registry that could endanger people like single moms who were not gun owners. She said Bitcoin is a popular digital currency using encrypted blockchain technology but, she cautioned, all blockchain networks are not anonymous.

“I believe it is up to the creator of the network,” Blocher said. “For example, if the US wanted to create their own digital currency, they could require its users to make a wallet linked to their real identity or even their biometric data.”

Biometric data can include your fingerprint, eye scan, facial recognition, and link to your personal data like your social security number, your marriage records and even your voter registration.

In 2021, the federal reserve announced plans to potentially launch a central bank digital currency (CBDC). Unlike Bitcoin and other anonymous, decentralized currencies, the United States CBDC would be a permission-based blockchain system.

Last week, Republican Congressman Tom Emmer (MN-06) introduced a bill prohibiting the federal bank from issuing products directly to individuals, citing privacy concerns. His proposal would require any US CBDC to be permissionless and private, and “maintain the privacy of cash.” 

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