The Rockefeller Foundation published a report in May 2010 in cooperation with the Global Business Network of futurologist’s Peter Schwartz. It was called “Scenarios for the Future of Technology and International Development.”
The report contains various futurist scenarios developed by Schwartz and company. The first scenario carries the intriguing title, “LOCK STEP: A world of tighter top-down government control and more authoritarian leadership, with limited innovation and growing citizen push-back.” Here, it gets interesting, as in what some people call “predictive programming.” The first half of this scenario has already unfolded. Will it continue as predicted?
The information on Lock Step begins at about the two-thirds point of the article.
The Schwartz scenario states, “In 2012, the pandemic that the world had been anticipating for years finally hit. Unlike 2009’s H1N1, this new influenza strain — originating from wild geese — was extremely virulent and deadly. Even the most pandemic-prepared nations were quickly overwhelmed when the virus streaked around the world, infecting nearly 20 percent of the global population and killing 8 million in just seven months.”
He continues, “The pandemic also had a deadly effect on economies: international mobility of both people and goods screeched to a halt, debilitating industries like tourism and breaking global supply chains. Even locally, normally bustling shops and office buildings sat empty for months, devoid of both employees and customers.”
This sounds eerily familiar.
Then the scenario gets very interesting: “During the pandemic, national leaders around the world flexed their authority and imposed airtight rules and restrictions, from the mandatory wearing of face masks to body-temperature checks at the entries to communal spaces like train stations and supermarkets.
Even after the pandemic faded, this more authoritarian control and oversight of citizens and their activities stuck and even intensified. In order to protect themselves from the spread of increasingly global problems — from pandemics and transnational terrorism to environmental crises and rising poverty — leaders around the world took a firmer grip on power.” The Rockefeller report in its entirety can be downloaded here. [The importance of this document cannot be overstated.]
Posted By: F. William Engdahl
New Eastern Outlook