I was born in Western Europe and still live here. My family's been considering to relocate to New Zealand for a while now. This is due to the alarming rise and fast expansion of anti-democratic powers. The trend is boosted by ideas that result in overloading the social system and that put an exponentially rising pressure on taxpayers: The transformation is taking place and those who fund it never voted for it: taxpayers. Western Europe is slowly imploding under the weight of its social system. Its sluggish economy isn't going to save it.
At a regional level, public money is handed over to associations that empower this transformation. Those who maintain traditional views and values (such as working a 9-to-5, valuing the notion of family, etc.) are swiftly blacklisted from such funds as if the social credit system from China was invented here. Public shaming of decent people who tried free speech is simply being turned a blind eye on by the law as even judges don't dare to oppose this ideological machine.
Now, this article about the "great reset". I'm unable to properly understand the last paragraph, I'd be glad to have someone more educated than I am shed a light on this, especially knowing the context that brings me here. New Zealand is being compared to a country that moves towards totalitarism. I miss the context behind this claim.
(...) the COVID crisis has accelerated the Great Reset. Monopolistic
corporations have consolidated their grip on the economy from above,
while socialism continues to advance for the rest of us below. In
partnership with Big Digital, Big Pharma, the mainstream media,
national and international health agencies, and compliant populations,
hitherto democratic Western states—think especially of Australia, New
Zealand, and Austria—are being transformed into totalitarian regimes
modeled after China
The topic is quite open, but as I briefly described the context, maybe there is a very simple link between this article's statement about NZ and the situation we're facing here in Western Europe.