World Economic Forum – The Growing Disconnect

This week, the annual World Economic Forum (WEF) takes place in Davos, Switzerland. This major pow-wow of politicians and business leaders is a reflection of the growing disconnect of the globalist elite and voting citizens. 

After a very green and sunny Christmas and New Year in the Swiss Alps, lots of snow has finally fallen in the past 2 weeks. Winter has arrived in earnest in Switzerland. And with it, a lot of private jets, black limousines and sleek helicopters transporting the rich and powerful to and from Davos. For one week, the mountain village and ski resort turns into a mountain fortress and bigwig meeting frenzy.

Who is NOT invited?

The biggest star, this year, is clearly President Xi Jinping, the first Chinese head of state to address the gathering. However, who is there is less telling than who is not invited to the event. If you are looking for diversity of vision at the WEF, you may be disappointed. Big names are there for sure, but not all of them.

All the big names are expected in Davos, except for the so-called “populists” who want to move the world in “a different direction”: Donald Trump, Teresa May, Gert de Wilders, Marine Le Pen, Beppe Grillo, and Switzerland’s own Christoph Blocher.

An article published by Bloomberg pointedly states the following: “The top executives, financiers, academics and politicians making their way up the mountains to the World Economic Forum will be talking a lot about such non-establishment leaders as President-elect Donald Trump – whose inauguration in Washington occurs on the event’s last day – France’s National Front chief Marine Le Pen and Italian populist Beppe Grillo of the Five Star Movement. But they won’t be meeting them. Not one of the leaders bent on overturning the world order as Davos has designed it will be present.”

Marine Le Pen’s view of the WEF: “The ideology of Davos is simple: undo nations, people and democracies to leave an open field to markets, big finance and obligatory multiculturalism.”

What do WEFers expect for 2017?

Every year, the WEF publishes a survey of the attendees at the event. They are asked to select and rank the biggest global risks for the coming year. As you can see in the following graphic, this year’s top risk is supposedly “Extreme Weather”(!?). The disconnect could not be more obvious than in that choice.

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A year ago, none of the WEF pundits anticipated, or even dared to consider the possibility, that Donald Trump would be the next US president or that Britain would exit the EU. On the contrary, WEF management had already predicted one of the agenda points for this year’s WEF:  A video conference was scheduled, where US President Hillary Clinton would be on a panel with British Prime Minister David Cameron.

So, should we now worry about extreme weather? Probably not. While the WEF is known for its countless moments of crystal-ball gazing, don’t put too much confidence in their predictive relevance. The group’s views are highly conformist and always “politically correct”. After all, those who step out of line, are no longer invited…

We largely and increasingly agree with Christoph Blocher’s view of the event in Davos: “The WEF is an event where you go to see and be seen – it’s like a theater. Meeting up is fine, but what comes out of this is speeches, declarations, drivel.”

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