Taking Back Our Stolen History
World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Begins (17th-20th)
World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Begins (17th-20th)

World Economic Forum Annual Meeting Begins (17th-20th)

(From their own site: weforum.com) With over 400 sessions on the official programme, covering everything from the rise of populism to the global economic outlook, you’d be forgiven for feeling confused by what just happened in Davos. While it would be impossible to condense it all into one article, here are some of the biggest stories.

A new leadership role for China

Before the meeting even started, China was already making headlines: not only was Xi Jinping the first Chinese president to come to Davos, but he was joined by the largest delegation the Asian giant has ever sent. In an address to participants, Xi emerged as a champion of economic globalization, insisting that despite a Western backlash, it still had the power to change people’s lives for the better. It was a message repeated by other Chinese leaders at the meeting, including one of the country’s most successful entrepreneurs, Jack Ma of Alibaba. It’s not globalization that’s to blame for America’s woes, he explained; it’s the way the process was managed. Rather than redistributing wealth to all Americans, it was squandered according to Xi.

Where now for Europe?

Sticking to the theme of uncertainty, British Prime Minister Theresa May came to Davos to outline her country’s Brexit plans. Despite her assurances that Britain was still open for business, financial leaders didn’t seem convinced, and spoke to journalists in Davos about their plans for downsizing their London offices. As for the European project more broadly, while its future is still unclear, leaders took to the stage to defend it from critics. National governments need to stop playing the blame game, they said, and instead rally round to save the union.

A new world order

The main sense throughout the meeting was that we’re living through a geopolitical shift not seen since the end of the Cold War – from a unipolar world, with one superpower, to a multipolar one. “We are moving into a world in which you have many great powers,” economist Nouriel Roubini told participants. “These great powers either work together, or there will be increasing frictions and conflicts on trade and currency, on economics and finance.” Change is scary, Alexander De Croo, Belgian’s deputy prime minister, told participants in a session on understanding the rise of populism – a theme that cut across the whole meeting. “What you have is anxiety about a world that is changing,” he said.

What will the new world look like?

The question that kept coming up is what that world will look like. Will it be a return to the 1930s, with a rise in selfish national interests at the extent of the broader good? Not according to Davos leaders. While almost everyone called for a reform to globalization, most people agreed with President Xi: globalization is worth saving.

Here’s another propaganda article from weforum.com on what the future might look like titled: “Welcome to 2030. I own nothing, have no privacy, and life has never been better“:

Welcome to the year 2030. Welcome to my city – or should I say, “our city”. I don’t own anything. I don’t own a car. I don’t own a house. I don’t own any appliances or any clothes.

It might seem odd to you, but it makes perfect sense for us in this city. Everything you considered a product, has now become a service. We have access to transportation, accommodation, food and all the things we need in our daily lives. One by one all these things became free, so it ended up not making sense for us to own much.

First communication became digitized and free to everyone. Then, when clean energy became free, things started to move quickly. Transportation dropped dramatically in price. It made no sense for us to own cars anymore, because we could call a driverless vehicle or a flying car for longer journeys within minutes. We started transporting ourselves in a much more organized and coordinated way when public transport became easier, quicker and more convenient than the car. Now I can hardly believe that we accepted congestion and traffic jams, not to mention the air pollution from combustion engines. What were we thinking?

Yes, the communist plan to eliminate property will be sold to us with lipstick and rouge. Not taken from us by force. Once we’ve handed over our property rights for convenience as explained in the aboce scenario, the noose will tighten. Property taxes will become extreme moving everyone toward renting or having things provided as a service. Ownership will lie in the hands of the megacorporations who will eventually raise prices, force things on you that you don’t want, etc.