Everything that's happened so far in 2020 – lockdowns, destruction of small businesses, crippled economy – is an attempt to shove people into such desperate circumstances that they'll beg their elite overlords to "save" them.
And what will world rulers have once economies crash, poverty becomes rampant and people are desperate? To these power-mad rulers, it's better to reign in hell than serve in heaven. They elites don't care if they destroy the greatest nation with the greatest economy on earth; they'd rather reign in hell. The love of money (or power, since money = power) is indeed the root of all evil.