“If a free society cannot help the many who are poor, it cannot save the few who are rich.” ~ John F. Kennedy
From RT.com, comes the following on the hip meeting of the wealthiest of the wealthiest at Davos, Switzerland
‘The wealth of the 8 richest people on earth equals that of the poorest 3.6 billion, according to a report by Oxfam presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos. This vast wealth gap is a threat which may “pull our societies apart,” the report warned.’
One has to think about this one for a bit to let it really sink in. 8 men are richer than 3.6 billion people – combined. Stunning.
“It is obscene for so much wealth to be held in the hands of so few when 1 in 10 people survive on less than $2 a day,” said Oxfam International Executive Director Winnie Byanyima, who will be attending the Davos Forum, according to The Chicago Tribune.
But one should feel empathy for these guys, after all, they have to have their staff plan their trip to start with (as long as their annual membership of up to $585,000 is current). A strenuous start.
Then there’s the weighty issues they’ll be facing. Alleviating climate change. At least their minds will be free to conjure up ways everyone else can contribute to alleviate “climate change” since they were able to travel to Davos in their private jets, free from the hassles everyday citizens face when traveling. What’s a little carbon emissions, right? They have important issues to discuss. No matter that a private jet trip across just the United States alone releases about as much carbon on the atmosphere as an average American does in a whole year.
Alleviating poverty is also one of their topics to be discussed. Interesting. On a side note, the one topic that evidently isn’t being discussed is not having this gabfest at all, combining the money spent on such lunacy and donating it to charities across the world who work directly with the poor that these jackals never see hide nor hair of.
Another of their heavy and noble topics – reducing inequality. Hmmm, interesting choice as they’ll be waited on by a cadre of the Precariat ready to make their every demand an instant reality.
It has been four years since the WEF (World Economic Forum) identified rising economic inequality as a major threat to social stability. But Oxfam said the problem is just getting worse.”Despite world leaders signing up to a global goal to reduce inequality, the gap between the rich and the rest has widened,” it said.
And from Reuters.com
“Far from trickling down, income and wealth are instead being sucked upwards at an alarming rate,” the report says. It points to a “global spider’s web” of tax havens that ensures wealth stays out of reach of ordinary citizens and governments, citing a recent estimate that $7.6 trillion of individual wealth – more than the combined economies of Germany and the UK – is currently held offshore.
Yes, indeed. Nice to have those tax havens. We wouldn’t want these elites deprived of a few cents from their hoard of cash coming back to ordinary citizens.
And for the Big Theme of this forum, they’ll be hitting on Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution
Mastering the Fourth Industrial Revolution actually means replacing you with robots. It is estimated that in the next 10-20 years 50% or more of all jobs will be taken by robots. Occupations most likely to be affected are cashiers, factory workers, marketers, lawyers, customer service, food workers and every other service economy job that people were to live on in a post-industrial society. All of the free trade agreements that gutted manufacturing in the West were brought to you by the very same people high atop that mountain in Switzerland. Now they are going to master the 4th industrial revolution, makes you feel warm and fuzzy all over. If anyone thinks the Davos crowd is gonna just let everyone lay around and collect a welfare think again. The idea of a Universal Basic Income being kicked around at this year’s Davos meeting is only a means of further corralling mankind. Anyone who thinks the government would just give money away with out a lot of major strings attached is insane.
So, let’s see…a first-class meeting, in a first class resort, with first class wine, first class food and first class extracurricular activities in order to have meetings and discussions about what others should/could/can do to…
1) alleviate climate change – how about summoning the power of the Greek god, Zeus – we could that for you.
2) Alleviate poverty around the world – let’s see, governments already tax us up the arse for everything under the sun – how about having the government pals you own direct that money (more than is given currently) to the poor, the less fortunate, the mentally ill. NASA gets a scant $50 million a day! Just a few million of those ducats directed to those less fortunate would do wonders.
3) The inequality issue – $7.6 trillion of individual wealth held offshore – doesn’t take a genius to figure out that money brought back into “circulation” might help. Or maybe you clowns living the life of those you talk about helping for 1 week might melt the corrosive elements of your perverted hearts.
and 4) – mastering the fourth industrial revolution. Just get over yourselves. Yeah, we get you own the frickin’ planet. How about this – how about remembering that those who create and make available to you, the first class of everything you have, that without them and their efforts – you’d be at the airports you never go through, cleaning toilets.
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