Global Elites: 'No Money, No Problems' | Opinion

The Marxists of yesteryear just wanted you to have as much as your fellow citizen—no more, no less. Or at least that's what they claimed.

Today's totalitarians, by contrast, don't want you to have anything. They are globalist elites, and they're frank about their aims. Back in 2016, perhaps their most prized club, the World Economic Forum (WEF), largely known for its flashy annual meeting in the Alpine resort town of Davos, offered eight predictions for the world in 2030. The number one prediction, at the time, was literally: "You'll own nothing. And you'll be happy."

The rapper Notorious B.I.G. famously observed, "Mo money, mo problems." Global elites, however, desire that you subscribe to an utterly different dictum: "No money, no problems." Indeed, this isn't merely their "prediction"—it's their explicit plan. And don't be fooled. They won't be satiated by seizing all your material property. They want to own you. To do this, they will infiltrate, corrupt, and control every component of our humanity. This is the near-term future global elites seek, and one they're within striking distance of achieving given their extraordinary influence over the major institutions of high society. They were just awaiting the right moment to pounce.

Enter the COVID-19 pandemic. Since, according to the Left, no good crisis should go to waste, the WEF openly asserted in 2020 that "the COVID-19 crisis" was an inimitable moment that needed to be exploited to "improve the state of the world." It has since built upon that proclamation with the Great Reset initiative, a breathtakingly audacious framework for overhauling "the direction of national economies, the priorities of societies, the nature of business models, and the management of a global commons." Practically ripped straight from the tyrannical revolutions of yore, the Great Reset initiative now also promises to build "a new social contract that honors the dignity of every human being."

Upon closer examination, what can be deciphered from the framework is that the WEF intends to will into existence its 2016 aim and render as many people as possible penniless serfs. In his contribution to Against the Great Reset, a recently released, must-read collection of essays, scholar Michael Anton makes this crucial point about the goal of our internationalist overlords. "Note that the WEF doesn't say they will own nothing, only that you will. They most assuredly will own a great deal—more than the considerable amount they already own, and you will make up the difference."

To pull off this advanced heist, there are the 21st-century, three-card monte gambits of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) and Economic, Social, and Corporate Governance (ESG), and the Green New Deal. They are championed by the WEF and other transnational organizations—more often than not, directly—and are interconnected across media, academia, entertainment, government, and the corporate world. Of course, not all activity is finely orchestrated from the top. Nonetheless, the vision is defined, the marching orders have been given, and the incentive structure is gamed toward a predetermined outcome.

For instance, colleges and universities, bolstered by endowments and federal grants, issue degrees with few if any career prospects—which, lo and behold, tend to keep graduates from earning a decent living, thus leading them toward dependence on government. Similarly, only the world's largest companies are equipped to keep up with the highly complex and constantly changing standards of ESG. Small- and medium-sized businesses are ever more prone to getting swept away.

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (L) addresses the
German Chancellor Olaf Scholz (L) addresses the assembly next to Founder and executive chairman of the World Economic Forum Klaus Schwab during the World Economic Forum (WEF) annual meeting in Davos on May 26, 2022. FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP via Getty Images

Though this comprehensive system of redistribution differs in important ways from its predecessors, the outcome, as Anton suggests, will be exactly same—the self-appointed individuals in charge of collecting property in order to, allegedly, guarantee greater "equity" will keep the lion's share for themselves. This time around, the conductors of social engineering are just far more transparent about their aspirations.

The value of property ownership has been recognized across different civilizations for centuries. Possessing assets gives you a tangible stake in life. It causes you to look beyond the present moment and think about the future, especially if you have a family and care about its flourishing. The protection and cultivation of assets requires prudence, courage, and restraint—several of the virtues essential to a healthy democracy.

Property ownership is integral to the sovereignty of the individual and the nation as a political unit—and this is exactly why it's a key target of the new internationalist totalitarians. Property is more complex and diverse than ever. It's no longer only physical structures and cash. As such, elites needed to come up with more sophisticated and subtle ways to conduct the steal.

Notably, the WEF in 2016 affixed an addendum to, "You'll own nothing. And you'll be happy." It was, "Whatever you want, you'll rent." In other words, there will be the illusion of property ownership, but, in reality, you'll simply be a permanent renter. We can already see this, as evidenced by our diminishing control over even the things for which we have paid.

For example, you believe you "own" your home? Think again. You might get locked out of your thermostat the next time a utility company decides there's an "energy emergency." Consider also the push for virtual real estate, clothing, and other digital goods in the Metaverse and beyond. Corporatist behemoths simulate the feeling of ownership, but back in real life, you're still empty-handed. Think the dystopian science-fiction novel Ready Player One.

In many ways, the WEF's framework is the culmination of the regressive Left's long-standing ambitions. For decades, radical feminists have encouraged abortions so that mothers wouldn't be "burdened" by unwanted children. (Left-wing idol and current Georgia gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abrams recently went so far as to suggest abortion as a solution for addressing inflation. Fewer kids, fewer costs, so her merciless logic goes.) Ultimately unshackled from all forms of responsibility and duty, one becomes a wholly atomized being and is rendered fully susceptible to the whims of global elites.

Society's major institutions have been largely, if not entirely, coopted, and, as indicated above, are being increasingly directed toward a singular and largely unspoken end: the abolition of individual agency. To accomplish this, the WEF and its ideological comrades in both the private and public sectors are striving to knock down the very building blocks of humanity—tradition, custom, faith, family, community, individual liberty, and national sovereignty.

If their plan comes to fruition, not only will you own nothing—you yourself will be owned. You'll of course be far from happy, yet it will be far too late to do a darn thing about it.

Dr. Jonathan Bronitsky is Co-Founder and CEO of ATHOS, a Washington, D.C.-based PR firm and literary agency. Follow on Twitter: @jbronitsky.

The views expressed in this article are the writer's own.