In this Chapter, Winston and Julia read a draft copy of Koenig Schmidt’s book, Eusocial Capitalism, my version of Orwell’s book within the novel 1984.
In this introduction I want to relate what I learned from an article by Cynthia Chung on James Burnham’s The Managerial Revolution. Burnham (not Trotsky as many assume) is the real inspiration behind Orwell’s Emmanuel Goldstein. Chung draws links between Burnham, a former Trotskyite turned neoCon, and Henry Kissinger, Klaus Schwab and the Great Reset, the agenda of which is presaged in Burnham’s writings:
“Effective class domination and privilege does, it is true, require control over the instruments of production; but this need not be exercised through individual private property rights. It can be done through what might be called corporate rights, possessed not by individuals as such but by institutions: as was the case conspicuously with many societies in which a priestly class was dominant…”
“If, in a managerial society, no individuals are to hold comparable property rights, how can any group of individuals constitute a ruling class?
The answer is comparatively simple and, as already noted, not without historical analogues. The managers will exercise their control over the instruments of production and gain preference in the distribution of the products, not directly, through property rights vested in them as individuals, but indirectly, through their control of the state which in turn will own and control the instruments of production. The state – that is, the institutions which comprise the state – will, if we wish to put it that way, be the ‘property’ of the managers. And that will be quite enough to place them in the position of the ruling class.”
I thank Chung for the insight that Schwab’s The Great Reset follows the tradition started by Burhnam and satirized by Orwell in 1984. Klaus Schwab is his own worst enemy; the more people who become familiar with his writings, the sooner we will have a popular uprising against the Fourth Industrial Revolution.