World Economic Forum founder did not write book about ‘organised epidemics’

30 June 2021
What was claimed

World Economic Forum founder Klaus Schwab wrote in “Covid-19: The Great Reset” that four billion people would die through planned epidemics, war and starvation by 2050.

Our verdict

He didn’t say that. It’s a passage from a 1992 conspiratorial text which seems to wrongly attribute it to novelist H.G. Wells.

A number of Instagram and Facebook posts claim to show a passage from “Covid-19: The Great Reset”, a book published in 2020 and co-authored by World Economic Forum founder Klaus Schwab.

An excerpt from the passage in the post says: “At least 4 billion “useless eaters” shall be eliminated by the year 2050 by means of limited wars, organized epidemics of fatal rapid-acting diseases and starvation.”

But this isn’t a passage from Mr Schwab’s book.

It is from 1992’s “Conspirators’ Hierarchy: The Story of the Committee of 300” by John Coleman, a conspiratorial essay about a secret elite of leaders that control the world.

Mr Coleman seems to incorrectly attribute the “4 billion useless eaters” passage to science fiction novelist H.G. Wells and his 1928 essay “The Open Conspiracy: Blue Prints for a World Revolution”.

This article is part of our work fact checking potentially false pictures, videos and stories on Facebook. You can read more about this—and find out how to report Facebook content—here. For the purposes of that scheme, we’ve rated this claim as false because he didn’t write it. The passage is from a book published in 1992.

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