“Build Back Better” was used originally by the UN to describe the disaster recovery, rehabilitation and reconstruction concept set forth in the Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030. This framework was adopted at the Third UN World Conference in Sendai, Japan, on March 18, 2015. But now, following the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, “Build Back Better” has become the UN’s clarion call for a new social contract and new global deal.
Biden, an avowed globalist, is also calling for a new social contract. In his commencement speech to Columbia Law School’s Class of 2020, Biden declared that COVID-19 should be seen “as a force majeure that compels us to rewrite the social contract that’s been scrambled by nature’s fury and human failures.” The close parallels between Biden’s vision of what such a new social contract would look like and the UN’s vision are noteworthy.
Starting with the United Nations, the central themes of the UN’s concept of a “new social contract” are a rapid transition to what it calls an inclusive green economy and an end to inequality worldwide. UN Secretary General Guterres spelled this out in detail in his Nelson Mandela Lecture entitled “Tackling the Inequality Pandemic: A New Social Contract for a New Era.” Guterres said that the coronavirus pandemic “has laid bare risks we have ignored for decades: inadequate health systems; gaps in social protection; structural inequalities; environmental degradation; the climate crisis.” Guterres added that “when building back better, we build back with inclusiveness and with sustainability, addressing the problems of inequality and addressing the problems of climate change.” He called “not only for climate action, but climate justice.” On other occasions the Secretary General has warned of what he described as the “world’s climate emergency.”
Guterres also said in his Nelson Mandela Lecture that the world needs “affirmative action programmes and targeted policies to address and redress historic inequalities in gender, race or ethnicity that have been reinforced by social norms.”
On other occasions, Guterres has bought into the progressive narratives of so-called systemic racism, widespread police brutality, and the “racist legacy” of slavery.
Guterres referred in his Nelson Mandela Lecture to colonialism as an historic source of global inequality, whose legacy, he said, “still reverberates.” Thus, in addition to creating a new social contract within each country, Guterres called for a new global deal with a significant transfer of resources to the developing world – i.e., massive wealth redistribution. He also said that “A new model for global governance must be based on full, inclusive and equal participation in global institutions.”
The leftist progressives advising Joe Biden’s campaign are busy writing the Biden template for a new social contract, which leans heavily in the same socialist, globalist direction as the UN’s “Build Back Better” ideas. In the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force Recommendations, for example, which are intended to help guide the Biden campaign, there is a section entitled “Combating The Climate Crisis And Pursuing Environmental Justice.” The co-chairs of the committee who authored this section are Democratic-Socialist Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and former Secretary of State John Kerry. “Climate change is a global emergency,” the first sentence of this section says, mirroring UN Secretary General Guterres’ alarmism.
“Democrats commit to reducing climate risks and building back better after disasters and climate-fueled catastrophes in a resilient, green and just manner,” the AOC/Kerry-led committee wrote. This would include “a screening and mapping tool to ensure racial and socioeconomic equity in federal climate, energy, and infrastructure programs.” The committee also has the same concern about “climate justice” as UN Secretary General Guterres does. “Democrats believe we must embed environmental justice and climate justice at the heart of our policy and governing agenda,” the AOC/Kerry-led committee declared.
There is also a section in the Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force Recommendations entitled “Building A Stronger, Fairer Economy,” authored by a different committee that is co-chaired by progressive congresswoman Karen Bass. Representative Bass is the current leader of the Congressional Black Caucus and is reportedly under consideration for selection as Joe Biden’s running mate.
Employing all the talking points of the leftist progressives, this section calls for “fundamental reforms to address systemic racism and entrenched income and wealth inequality in our economy and our financial system.” It seeks to punish those who succeed in our economy with more onerous taxes, and proposes to “equalize established pathways for building wealth.” It extols the virtues of a “new social and economic compact” that would invest “in building equity and mobility for the communities of color and Native American communities who have been left out and left behind for generations.”
In addition to “making racial equity part of the mandate of the Federal Reserve,” the “Building A Stronger, Fairer Economy” section of the Biden-Sanders unity document states as follows: “Democrats will direct regulators to consider potential effects of future mergers on the labor market, on low-income and racially marginalized communities, and on racial equity.” This is social engineering on steroids.
“Equity” means equality of outcome, not of opportunity. Biden is being led down a path that would ruin our country by leftists who are anti-capitalist. Joe Biden will be little more than a malleable vehicle for the progressive left to enact their radical agenda. Waleed Shahid, communications director for Justice Democrats that was instrumental in getting AOC elected, described Biden’s emerging platform as “the most progressive platform of any Democratic nominee in the modern history of the party.”
United Nations bureaucrats won’t say so publicly, but they must be salivating at the prospect of a Biden presidency. They are confident that Biden is on their side and would prioritize the U.S.’s return to the disastrous Obama-Biden Iran nuclear deal and Paris climate agreement. UN Secretary General Guterres, who once served as secretary-general of the Socialist Party in his native Portugal, as vice president of Socialist International, and as Portugal’s prime minister, will find a willing partner in a “President” Joe Biden. To start with, they can work together on their new socialist social contracts.