A Closer Look at ‘Philanthropist’ Bill Gates

Recently I wrote an article called “Easter: God’s Vaccine for Humanity“. Using vaccines as an analogy for the Gospel, I mentioned a recent news report about Bill Gates investing his personal wealth in the search for a coronavirus vaccine.

I clearly hadn’t done my homework on Bill Gates, and I therefore hadn’t anticipated the forthcoming backlash from our discerning Daily Declaration readers.

In preparing the mea culpa you are now reading, I have spent considerable time researching Bill Gates. And I can see why I was naive to choose him as an illustration.

Bill Gates (1955–) rose to fame as the co-founder and CEO of Microsoft. He is a software developer, investor, and business magnate. Along with his wife Belinda, Gates has more recently turned his attention to philanthropy.

Gates has received considerable attention since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. Major news outlets are reporting an explosion of Bill Gates-themed conspiracy theories circulating online. Even Fox News personalities have made intriguing speculations about him, in what has become a global game of he said she said.

I have a natural apprehension towards conspiracy theories, and for one simple reason. In a complex world, they seek to explain highly complex phenomena in all-too-simple terms.

All that said, Bill Gates hasn’t done himself any favours. He has made eerily prophetic predictions and very large, dubious global health investments—all of which leave the door wide open to suspicion.

In a 2015 TED talk, Bill Gates reflected on the recent Ebola outbreak in West Africa, saying:

As awful as this epidemic has been, the next one could be much worse. The world is simply not prepared to deal with a disease—an especially virulent flu, for example—that infects large numbers of people very quickly. Of all the things that could kill 10 million people or more, by far the most likely is an epidemic.

 

In January this year, the Daily Mail reported that, “In a 2019 Netflix documentary, billionaire Bill Gates predicted a killer virus could originate in China’s wet markets to rapidly infect the world.”

In what now appears to be an eerie premonition of future events… Mr Gates had warned of the likelihood of a virus breaking out in one of China’s wet markets—exactly like the one in Wuhan where this new outbreak of coronavirus is believed to have originated.

These were his predictions. What of his investments?

British newspaper The Times, in a 2009 article called “Billionaire club in bid to curb overpopulation“, identified Bill Gates with a clandestine circle of philanthropists that included David Rockefeller, George Soros and Michael Bloomberg. The group reportedly met to discuss how, circumventing politics, they might use their fortunes to help drive down the world’s population.

In 2017, Politico ran an expose on Bill Gates that began with this dramatic introduction:

Some billionaires are satisfied with buying themselves an island. Bill Gates got a United Nations health agency in Geneva.

Over the past decade, the world’s richest man has become the World Health Organization’s second biggest donor, second only to the United States and just above the United Kingdom. This largesse gives him outsized influence over its agenda…

The article went on to accuse Gates of “monopolistic philanthropy,” quoting a Geneva-based NGO representative who revealed that Gates is “treated liked a head of state, not only at the WHO, but also at the G20,” and that he is one of the most influential men in global health.

What has really gotten the conspiracy theorists’ tongues wagging is the two occasions on which Bill Gates has suggested that vaccines help reduce the world’s population—the implication being that his sponsored vaccines are designed for death.

In his defence, Bill Gates explains on his website that his goal with vaccines is counter-intuitive. By eliminating childhood disease, he says, vaccines encourage families in the third world to have fewer children in the knowledge that those they do have will make it through to adulthood.

He also argues that his desire for population control is altruistic—that by slowing reproduction to the point of negative population growth, there will be more of the world’s finite resources to go around for future generations.

In terms of motive, I am willing to give Bill Gates the benefit of the doubt. Otherwise, the only alternative is that he has genocidal intent—and that he has been advertising this publicly for the better part of two decades.

Having said this, let me be clear: I will never trust a tycoon throwing billions of dollars at any project that seeks to help people when their main concern is population control.

Especially not someone who is expressly anti-life, like Bill Gates. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has given more than $82 million to Planned Parenthood, whose overwhelming business interest is not parenthood but abortion.

Gates has also been closely linked with Barack Obama’s Global Health Initiative, which used American taxpayer dollars to export abortion overseas. As I’ve written elsewhere, nothing says western imperialism quite like trying to exterminate dark-skinned babies in the developing world.

Conspiracy theories aside, the facts alone are enough for me to sound the alarm on Bill Gates. And to never again use him as an illustration again.

[Photo: Wikimedia Commons]

By |2020-04-24T15:26:03+10:00May 1st, 2020|Authors, World|4 Comments

About the Author:

Kurt Mahlburg is a qualified primary school teacher and a freelance writer. He blogs at Culture, Worldviews and Life with Jesus, besides writing for the Canberra Declaration and occasionally The Spectator Australia.

He has a particular interest in speaking the truths of Jesus into the public square in a way that makes sense to a secular culture and that gives Christians courage to do the same.

Kurt has also studied architecture, has lived for two years on a remote island in Indonesia, is fluent in several Indonesian languages, and among his other interests are philosophy, history, surf, the outdoors, and travel.

4 Comments

  1. Sharon Crossman May 1, 2020 at 12:57 pm - Reply

    I’m sorry Kurt, in the Ted talk, Bill Gates did not say it originated in China.
    He just said it could originate in a wet market. I think it is dangerous to quote it from Daily Mail.

  2. Kym May 1, 2020 at 1:27 pm - Reply

    An honest balanced assessment, thanks Kurt.
    The problem is the by extrapolation many end up with weird conspiracy theories and end up in fear, uncertainly, and doubt. They lose focus on Jesus and the fact that God is in control no matter what.

  3. Paul May 1, 2020 at 6:56 pm - Reply

    As the saying goes “truth is stranger than fiction” can also be applied to Bill Gates. This article is surprisingly balanced and I mostly agree with it.

    I think there are a couple of ways of interpreting where the truth lies. The mainstream philanthropic view that Billy thinks what he’s doing is altruistic, is both naive and putting him up on a pedestal that is undeserved. It also whitewashes the enormous corruption, coerced vaccination policies and cover-up of injuries and deaths they have caused. Similarly, the failure of his organization to look at other ways of alleviating disease and poverty gives credence to the alternative “conspiracy theory” view that Billy wants to depopulate the world.

    I can’t say whether he really believes he’s doing the right thing or not, but I doubt he could possibly not know that vaccines have serious issues, especially when given to children in the developing world whose immune systems are already in bad shape due to malnutrition, poverty, high amounts of pollution and garbage, poor sanitation and contaminated drinking water.

    I think Billy is a front for the globalist interests, who have a depopulationist policy, which they believe is justified to protect the Earth. They believe humanity is destroying it, and they are not incorrect. However, it is morally and ethically wrong to bring down the Earth’s population by using chemical and biological means that result in upticks in disease rates, premature mortality and reduced fertility. A more honest approach would be to coerce people to have fewer children, by financially punishing those that have too many. That doesn’t hurt anyone other than in the hip pocket.

  4. Sharyn May 2, 2020 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    Hi Kurt, I haven’t read any of your work before. Just wanted to say how refreshing it is to hear someone react to a ‘backlash’, as you mentioned, by actually going off to do further research. You are to be commended for you courage and honesty in coming back to the table to share you findings. This article itself has sparked a back-lash amongst Christian leaders we know because it challenges their current paradigm. All good though….we need to hold space open for honest and open-dialogue around world events (that is based on referenced research) instead of just allowing labels such as ‘conspiracy theorist/theory’ being attached to anything that challenge the official narrative. We have a preferred future for our family, our children and their children…however, it would seem that Bill Gate’s version isn’t compatible with that! We know which one needs to be challenged! 😉

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