Left and right agree on few things. But one thing both agree on: our elites suck.
This year Spectre Board Meeting … oops, I mean gathering of the World Economic Forum … in Davos has achieved a rare consensus among both left and right. We both hate them.
Consider the takes of Britain’s Guardian and America’s New York Post on this top-level gathering of worthies.
The Guardian is Britain’s leading left-wing daily. The New York Post is America’s largest conservative daily newspaper.
Here’s what the Guardian had to say about this year’s soiree in Switzerland:
[Davos] is a symbol of cloistered elites boldly pampering themselves as they lecture on the need for sustainability; it is a symbol of exclusivity draping itself in the language of democracy; it is a symbol of the unaccountable financiers and bureaucrats and intellectuals who went to the right schools and work for the right institutions and are therefore allowed to lock themselves in an impermeable bubble, gaze out in ignorance at a world whose problems they have never experienced, and prescribe a course of action that will, coincidentally, perpetuate the dominance they have enjoyed for generations.
The utility of any actually worthwhile networking or communication or information-sharing that occurs in the halls of Davos pales in comparison to the inferno of disgust that its existence stokes among millions of angry, mistreated, locked out people around the world who will never set foot inside its security cordon. If nothing else, the attendees of Davos should shut it down out of pure self-interest. They’re making everyone mad.
The New York Post is similarly unsparing in their criticism of the elites.
If you expect billionaires and political weasels to save the Earth, then you’ll love the World Economic Forum at Davos, Switzerland. The Swiss government assigned up to 5,000 Swiss troops to protect its attendees — except from prostitutes charging them $2,500 a night. Self-worship is obligatory in Davos.
In 2016, WEF put out a video with eight predictions for life in 2030. The highlight of the film was a vapid millennial guy pictured alongside the slogan: “You will own nothing and be happy.” This bizarre notion was no WEF aberration. Last July, WEF proposed slashing ownership of private vehicles around the globe. And then there was the WEF pitch to save the planet by having people eat insects instead of red meat. But according to WEF managing director Adrian Monck, the WEF has been the victim of a horrible conspiracy theory sparked by the “own nothing, be happy” phrase. Monck sought to absolve WEF because the phrase in the video came from “an essay series intended to spark debate about socio-economic developments.” They didn’t really want to turn everyone back into serfs. How dare you criticize the billionaire elite with their own words? That’s misinformation!
Indeed. Even the CEO of Morgan Stanley said the quiet part out loud when he characterized the whole affair as one big echo chamber: “…this echo chamber we live in here in Davos where everybody’s basically repeating back to each other what they’ve heard from the last person. Let’s be honest.”
The whole affair proves two things.
First, that our elites don’t have your interests in mind. If they did, they’d discuss politics that expand freedom so you can live your life as you see fit. Rather, they want to dominate and control you.
Second, even if they did, they don’t have any ideas. As Morgan Stanley’s Master of the Universe was right, it’s just one big echo chamber. It’s not just yodeling that’s echoing in those Swiss mountain valleys.
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