Klaus schwab: “now imagine a billion people all heading north”

Klaus schwab:'jetzt stellen sie sich eine milliarde menschen vor, die alle nach norden gehen'

WEF founder and President Professor Klaus Schwab in Davod village, where the meeting is taking place. Image: World Economic Forum/swiss-image.ch/Andy Mettler/License: CC-BY-SA-NC-2.0

The head of the World Economic Forum quickly discovers the connection between falling commodity prices and refugees and warns: "We are all in the same boat"

The World Economic Forum, which wants to improve the world, is above all the doer and networker Klaus Schwab, who annually brings together the powerful on earth to a kind of summit to discuss important political and economic ies. One could say naturally also, in order to offer to those, which want to pay themselves to the economic and political elite, a stage in the world of the parallel society of the rich and powerful ones.

Some chide Schwab for not having the courage to let North Korean Auben Minister Ri Su Yong appear as planned. A few days before the start of the event, he quickly canceled the North Korean delegation because of the nuclear weapons test. North Korea criticized this as a political decision contrary to the principles of the WEF, which is an international forum for the discussion of economic ies. The cancellation had taken place minutes before an appearance at a press conference. Prere from the US government is suspected behind this.

The topic of this year’s meeting is the "Fourth Industrial Revolution". This is the most influential and powerful challenge of all. There was also a report on the future of work (Future of work – not so bright). But Klaus Schwab now seems to have discovered that the dominant topic at the moment is refugees. Now, in an interview with Bloomberg, Schwab warned, in an apocalyptic tone that apparently has to be, that Europe should expect another wave of refugees in light of falling commodity prices. Many African countries were also dependent on oil sales: "Now imagine a billion people all going North."

Falling commodity prices not only affected the economy, but could lead to a "substantial social breakdown" According to the WEF head, who thinks we were born in a time "unexpected consequences" live. This is not particularly new, however, and has been discussed, for example, in terms of side effects. Chaos theory had also taught that in networked systems, certain events can trigger unpredictable dynamics through interaction. But Schwab believes that today it has become more difficult for politicians to know the consequences of their decisions, which leads to a "loss of trust" the decision-makers, the government has been. It could be argued the other way around, that often blind and short-term decisions are made in a hurry to score political points, but medium- and long-term consequences are hardly considered anymore in the operation of democracies timed by elections. Of course, the decision-making space of national politics is much more limited than it used to be.

Otherwise, the WEF masterminds rattle off generalities. In contrast to him and the elite he has assembled, the "normal citizens today are overwhelmed by the complexity and speed of events not only in the political world, but also in the technical field". This led to the emergence of radical politicians who stirred up fear and xenophobia, while, according to Schwab, it was necessary to cultivate a sense of it, "that we are all in the same boat".

He should tell this to his rich guests and insist that taxes on wealth and capital income should be increased in order not to increase inequality, which, as the Oxfam report published for the WEF pointed out, has taken on grotesque proportions and collapses any balance when just 62 people have the same wealth as the poorer half of humanity – and thus also exercise corresponding influence (Oxfam: Inequality is growing explosively worldwide). Perhaps Schwab should leave his castle above Davos with the WEF and go among the people in a city to demonstrate that his elites are not a parallel society, but that everyone is in the same boat.

The current fear, which he also attributes to the possibility of an even greater wave of refugees, is not new to him, he said. The world is more and more interconnected, therefore the consequences of economic problems have become more serious. But there is its World Economic Forum, which has given the political decision-makers "the first opportunity after the collapse of the markets (offers) to look at the situation and to coordinate".

The simple burghers are not wanted there (The private meetings of the rich and powerful). In the beginning, there were still rough protests against the meeting in Switzerland (World Economic Forum before the end of the year)?), which was the reason for the short-term move to New York in 2002 (New York’s police russe themselves for the protests against the World Economic Forum), but massive police deployment was also necessary there (Interim state of affairs at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in New York: Fear), Schwab’s guests are now meeting in the Alps largely unmolested (The World Economic Forum is running out of critics).

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