Commentary on the world economic forum: fair of hypocrisy

Commentary on the world economic forum: fair of hypocrisy

Marching united. Bild: world economic forum / walter duerst

Die reichen und machtigen suchen rettung im ablasshandel

In davos versammeln sich zum weltwirtschaftsforum wieder einmal die reichen und machtigen, zumindest einige davon. Willkommen war auch der neue regierungschef von brasilien, jair bolsonaro, dem das wef eine buhne bot. Gut nachvollziehbar, denn bolsonaro, der die vergangene militardiktatur schatzt, will keine sozialen reformen, sondern mit der hilfe des militars und auch mit gewalt vor allem den wohlstand der reichen sichern. Das kommt vermutlich im publikum an.

Und er durfte auch propagieren, obgleich das wef doch den klimawandel und den umweltschutz so hoch ansetzt und umweltrisiken ganz oben im bericht uber die globalen risiken stehen, dass umweltschutz und wirtschaft "harmonieren" sollen. Das heibt, er will weitere gebiete des regenwalds der okonomischen nutzung offnen. "Safeguarding our planet" is however a motto of the meeting.

Once again 3.000 of those who take themselves important and want to show off. Trump would have liked to come to his fellow billionaires, but the dispute over the shutdown and the wall do not love it too. The meeting is held under the motto "globalization 4.0". Support was also provided by a poll purporting to demonstrate that people around the world are burying globalization and with it the widening gap between rich and poor. It is a smear comedy in which some "do-gooders" like david attenborough this year are used as fig leaves. The percentage of women at the men’s event continues to be subterranean.

The rich, we have already reported, have become richer again, which has increased inequality, and they want to secure their wealth and keep getting richer. In addition one likes to pretend to be a world savior, when it is only about saving the property, however acquired. Klaus schwab, the head of the wef, even sees globalization as a salvation from global warming, even though global corporations are making little effort to do so.

In earlier times, the world economic forum had to reckon with rougher protests; in 2001, the meeting already took place once in new york (from the mountains to the city). But the fight against the elites has become history, people now vote for billionaires and neoliberal populists in protest.

Switzerland appreciates the forum, after all it is spending about 9 million francs of tax money on security alone, only a quarter of which is to be taken over by the wef.

Commentary on the world economic forum: a fair of hypocrisy

Wef motto: "meaningful life: discovering happiness".Bild: world economic forum / jakob polacsek

Mindestens 1500 privatjets

Die prominenz der reichen und machtigen halt sich naturlich nicht wie die unteren chargen langer auf dem treffen auf, man dust buchstablich kurz ein und halt, wie die nzz suffisant bemerkt, speed-dating-sitzungen, um gleich wieder abzubrausen. Das tut dem klima, das das wef doch so wacker retten will, nicht gut, demonstriert aber, dass man geld und wenig zeit hat, also wichtig ist. Allein der flughafen zurich rechnet mit zusatzlichen 800-1000 starts und landungen, wie die nzz wohlwollend berichtet. Denn die reichen und machtigen scheiben auf das klima und fliegen mit ihren privat- oder staatsjets, um sich nicht unters einfache volk mischen zu mussen. Deswegen fliegt man dann auch mit dem hubschrauber gerne zum treffen, um die offentlichen straben zu meiden.

Schatzungen gehen davon aus, dass wef-teilnehmer mit mindestens 1500 privatjets einfliegen, es ist auch von bis zu 2000 die rede. In 2017 there were 1300. This goes down well when globalization and climate protection are mentioned. Participants from germany, france, the united kingdom, russia and the united arab emirates are particularly keen to take advantage of this. No other global event would have such a demand for private aircraft. And more and more coarse airplanes were booked, one does not want to be seen as a miser.

At the wef they are into the indulgence trade. The sundry souls do not go to heaven for a fee, which sometimes led to rebellion in the church and the reformation, but the wef or the travelers were compensated for their climate impact. Dominique waughray, head of the exotic department for "global public goods" at the wef, told afp that they are urging the "business partners and others to" to make compensations. Most of the politicians were flown because of security, but they were compensated for that. You may believe it or not, but compensations do not matter much, it is more important to change the behavior. But with this, the wef undermined his livelihood. Better to pay indulgences and remain a church.

What is not liked in davos is the proposal of the shooting star of the democrats, the newly elected congresswoman alexandria ocasio-cortez, that rich people with a fortune of more than 10 million us dollars should pay 70 percent income tax. According to a poll, 60 percent of americans and as many as 45 percent of republicans favored this idea.