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Ep. 227 Behind Klaus Schwab, the World Economic Forum, and the Great Reset: Part 1

Bob starts a series looking into Klaus Schwab, founder of the World Economic Forum and, along with Prince Charles, proponent of the “Great Reset.” 

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About the author, Robert

Christian and economist, Research Assistant Professor with the Free Market Institute at Texas Tech, Senior Fellow with the Mises Institute, and co-host with Tom Woods of the podcast "Contra Krugman."


  1. Jan Masek on 01/12/2022 at 9:04 PM

    Re the German accent.. Funny, isn’t it, how it’s suspicious and scary coming from Klaus Schwabb but cute, intellectual and aristocratic coming from Mises 🙂

    • David R. Jeffries on 01/27/2022 at 10:45 PM

      Ludwig von Mises spoke with an AUSTRIAN (not German) accent. Yes, German is the dominant language in Austria, but Austrians tend to speak it with a noticeably different accent than Germans. To what extent this difference in pronunciation between Austrians and Germans affects their speech in (for them) foreign languages (such as English) presumably may vary from person to person.

  2. Jan Masek on 01/12/2022 at 9:28 PM

    On the reading from the script: this may just be incompetence in showmanship. The reason I say that is I work in a large corporation and I see this all the time. These people are no Joe Rogans or Tom Woods’. When there is a company wide broadcast, they are incapable of winging it and just speaking from the tops of their heads. The whole agenda is scripted, they have their powerpoints in front of them with the text and they read it out verbatim. You can even notice when they encounter a smiley face in the text because they would read it the whole text dead serious and then they would stop and carve a smile on their faces.
    It’s FAAAAAKE but genuinely fake, if you know what I mean. Junior people (people who definitely don’t have any ulterior agenda) don’t know any better and think that’s “how it’s done” so they do the same thing when it’s their turn to speak.

    I agree with everything in this great episode but this maaaay just be reading too much into it.

  3. Not Bob on 01/17/2022 at 4:27 PM

    I think these types of people are well-intentioned. I have a friend exactly like this. Very smart, by classical measures probably the smartest person I’ve ever met. Complete technocrat. He’s so smart, he should decide for everybody, he thinks. Completely immune to arguments against this, “won’t happen to me.”

    It’s simply hubris.

    • DudeNamedBen on 01/17/2022 at 8:27 PM

      It really matters little why these people are doing these things.

      “Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.” ~ C. S. Lewis

      • Not Bob on 01/20/2022 at 10:27 PM

        Completely agreed. This very-smart guy, who has been my friend for decades, will lie to my face with 100% sincerity. Then, when I pull out the facts to prove him wrong, he immediately 100% pivots to “Yes, and it’s good that way!” And he honestly does not recognize, after I point out this 180, that he’s just completely changed his opinion within one second.

        The very typical sequence is, like with so many libs:
        1. X is not happening
        2. X is overblown
        3. X is actually good!

        This happens within SECONDS and I honestly believe he doesn’t think he’s doing it, even when I point it out again and again.

        It’s very weird, but I do believe he’s sincere. And yes, that makes it extra dangerous.

  4. Tel on 01/18/2022 at 10:28 PM

    People of the same trade seldom meet together, even for merriment and diversion, but the conversation ends in a conspiracy against the public, or in some contrivance to raise prices.

    — Adam Smith

    There’s nothing conspiratorial about a group of people having a chat about how to work together, but most of free market economic theory is based on a presumption of a competitive marketplace, with some kind of lightweight rule of law (i.e. property rights at a minimum) and this requires the existence of an arbitration or judgement mechanism … which ideally should be as neutral as possible and free from conflicts of interest.

    In practice this is incredibly difficult to achieve … and for example we see situations where a bunch of oil producers get together to discuss how much oil they are going to produce each year … and they aren’t neutral, they aren’t competitive, and we call it the OPEC cartel. This sure annoys the buyers. There was for a while, some genuine competition as Russia was put into a position where they were ramping up international oil production … but now Russia also trots over to the cartel office and has a little chat about how much production would be appropriate.

    These examples are all over the place … with or without Schwab and his WEF … you can regard the Federal Reserve System as a government-sponsored banking cartel, they keep competitors out, and they provide a sweet deal for government, with loans at well below market rate (i.e. free money) and they stick it to the little guy by producing inflation (and then denying everything and blaming suppliers).

    If you want a more recent example … search out Dr Fauci and his disclosure (after a lot of pushing) of his investments which is still trickling out a bit at a time. There’s a brief sanitized public version of his statement of disclosure (the tip of the iceburg) and then a huge volume of royalty payments that are not normally disclosed to the public.

    Andrzejewski said that the group officially filed suit on Oct. 25, 2021 and “that suit moved fast in federal court.”

    “And the agency admitted they were holding 1,200 pages subject to our request,” he recalled. “So think about this, we got 51 pages – there were redactions – and there’s 1,200 pages.”

    “So they admitted to holding 1,200 pages that were subject to the request and 3,000 pages of line-by-line royalty payments,” Andrzejewski said. “Every line is a potential conflict of interest and there’s up to 1,000 NIH scientists receiving royalty payments. It’s legal, but it should be disclosed.”

    Is it bad to make a profit? No, I don’t have a problem with the concept of profits in a competitive market, because it shows you are doing something right. Should the guy who is in a key government position be getting a personal share of the private profits that directly relate to the exercise of a public duty? Hmmm, I think we can all see why there’s a problem there.

    • guest on 01/26/2022 at 11:54 PM

      “There’s a brief sanitized public version of his statement of disclosure (the tip of the iceburg) and then a huge volume of royalty payments that are not normally disclosed to the public. …”

      “… Should the guy who is in a key government position be getting a personal share of the private profits that directly relate to the exercise of a public duty? Hmmm, I think we can all see why there’s a problem there.”


      And wouldn’t you know it, that “discredited, anti-vax” chick was right, all along (speaking about Dr. Anthony Fauci):

      Dr Judy Mikovits PhD Molecular Biologist on the Coronavirus Plandemic and Big Pharma Corruption
      bitchute [dot] com/video/oKY996JyrsWa

      Mikki Willis, Father/Filmmaker: “How can any person who’s giving global advice for health own a patent in the solution in the vaccine? Isn’t that a conflict of interest, or shouldn’t it be?”

      Dr. Judy Mikovits: “It is a conflict of interest. And in fact, this is one of the things that I’ve been saying, and would like to say to President Trump: repeal the Bayh-Dole Act.

      Footage of Dr. Mark Lemley speaking: “Bayh-Dole fundamentally changed the way universities approach technology transfer, and you can see that best in the statistics. Universities obtain 16 times as many patents today as they did in 1980.

      “Now, everybody’s getting more patents, but still, universities’ share of all patents in the United States is more than five times greater than it was before Bayh-Dole. The situation has gotten so bad that one information technology industry official has publicly referred to universities as, quote, crack addicts, unquote, driving by, quote, small-minded tech transfer offices addicted to patent royalties.”

      Also this (Skipping ahead to 10:15):

      Willis: “Do you believe that this virus was created in a laboratory?”

      Mikovits: “I wouldn’t use the word “created,” but you can’t say “naturally occurring” if it was by way of the laboratory. So, it’s very clear this virus was manipulated. This family of viruses was manipulated and studied in a laboratory, where the animals were taken into the laboratory. And this is what was released, whether deliberate or not. That cannot be naturally occurring.

      “Somebody didn’t go to a market, get a bat. The virus didn’t jump directly to humans. That’s not how it works. That’s accelerated viral evolution. If it was a natural occurrence, it would take up to 800 years to occur. This occurred from SARS1 within a decade. That’s not naturally occurring.”

      Willis: “And do you have any ideas of where this occurred?”

      Mikovits: “Oh, yeah. I’m sure it occurred between the North Carolina laboratories, Fort Detrick, US Army Research Institute of Infectious Disease, and the Wuhan laboratory.”

      Footage of a Ben Swann report (his face and name aren’t shown, but his voice is recognizable: “$3.7 million flowed from the National Institutes of Health here in the US to the Wuhan lab in China, the same lab where many people have said that this coronavirus infection first originated. We also now know that NIAID, the department associated with the National Institutes of Health, of which Dr. Anthony Fauci is in control, had already conducting experiments with the Wuhan lab in the past in regard to coronavirus. If Dr. Anthony Fauci cannot be honest with the public about his connection to this lab, then Fauci has to go.”

      Backing up these claims (though it appears she didn’t know about EcoHealth Alliance) are these articles:

      Leaked Fauci Financials Expose How Millionaire Doctor Profited From Pandemic
      January 16, 2022
      zerohedge [dot] com/markets/fauci-financials-expose-how-millionaire-doctor-profited-pandemic

      “Surprise Surprise – Fauci Lied Again”: Rand Paul Reacts To Wuhan Bombshell
      September 8, 2021
      zerohedge [dot] com/covid-19/massive-foia-release-proves-fauci-funded-wuhan-research-construct-sars-related

  5. John on 03/03/2022 at 6:24 PM

    Schwab is promoting technological ‘innovations’ towards which the intelligent part of the people have lately increasingly developed a critical attitude. Schwab is promoting an utopia of greater connectivity by means of modern technology. In the the end you will have smartphone functions implanted in your head so to speak. And he is envisioning technological innovations which allegedly lead to greater and intenser social and sensual pleasures.
    Now, the intelligent and sensible part of the people throughout the years have become critical of smartphones, social media, gaming (which is a virtual reality) etc. They have realized that all this technology interferes with their lives, that it is hollow, that through social media they start to crave for attention of people they don’t really have a connection with, that it destroys their capacity of concentration and their being present in and their attention for local physical life, that they have exchanged the richness of real life for the hollow an satisfyingly illusions of virtual reality. Psychologists have also become aware of the destructive psychological influence of social media where it concerns children, and the destructive influence on their much needed privacy and psychological development. People have been fighting with addiction to the internet, gaming and social media.
    Also the elites have started to discipline their children, they are aware that the presence of these ever distracting screens and virtual realities have a negative effect on the intelligence of their children.

    Schwab is merely a brilliant networker, popularizer and demagogue frontman, promoting what seduces the masses, while they themselves are protecting their children from all these ever more dumbing down virtual realities. These elites seek to breed intelligence offspring, while seeking to dumb down the masses by means of the masses’ inherent obsession with socializing and desire based obsession with sensual experiences.
    The WEF elites are themselves not at all interested in all these alleged improvements, these are merely to provide more play for the masses, to keep them dumb, and dumb them down ever more. Partly he is a popularizer speaking to the masses, the tech cultists and utopianists, but this is not the main part of the agenda.
    Behind all the envisioned glamourous technological innovations, of which most is not backed up by real science and existing technology, it being all hype and make belief, there is plain classical demagogy and classical oligarchic striving towards power. Nothing new under the sun.

    Critics, I suggest, should focus less on the sensational ‘conspiracy’ and power mongering part, it being plain classical theory and historical practice.
    Instead they should focus on the fact that transhumanism is a glamorous hype which has no basis in realty, and many of it’s ‘utopian’ goals and visions are not supported by many people. And, that real life and nature provides a far more rich experience, nay that virtual life is a pseudo experience, and that real life is ultimately not controlled by anybody, and that it is freely given. Use your common sense and humanity, they are working and trying to overwhelm and impress through hype and glamour, through illusions. Meanwhile establishing the only thing which is real about it, ever more global control.
    Schwab with his infantile visions is merely a frontman, his theories in as far as it concerns transhumanism, he collected and copied these from various tech cult fantasy prophets. Probably, having already one foot in the grave, he is not that stupid and gullible to think that these will all become true, but he needs that part to attract the gullible and the tech utopianists. But this man himself is concentrated, decidatedly working towards his goal, living a life which is counter to the type of life which he envisions and promotes, which is about being ever more always distracted and ‘connected’, ever being not yourself, he is a monk, a studied man, now and then performing the public function of popularizer. Schwab has studied bread and play for the masses, and power to the glorious elite, who will breed intelligent offspring, in isolation from the masses’ tech utopia. He is also seizing on the addiction to technology and virtual reality of society itself, a popularizer and an opportunist as far as it concerns his popularizing activities. His theories of power are real, his utopia is an illusion of extreme materialist seduction, everything provided by a grid, owned by the powerful, disowning what is yours by nature. For the stupid. the slavish and the gullible.

  6. Concerned on 03/16/2022 at 3:28 PM

    Bob, Thanks for sharing your research. I’ve listened to all 3 parts. Are we being duped by Trump and family? Please investigate this further:
    Ivanka Trump was “was honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum (2015).”

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