Every once in a while, even socialists stumble upon the truth. Such was the case when Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), a self-avowed socialist who actually honeymooned in the Soviet Union, called out the World Economic Forum’s latest global summit in swanky Davos, Switzerland.
As Sanders recently tweeted: “The oligarchs in Davos party, the poor suffer. While 260 million people throughout the world will likely be pushed into extreme poverty this year – trying to survive on less than $2 a day – over 2,000 billionaires across the globe became $3.78 trillion richer during the pandemic.”
It has been two years since the World Economic Forum hosted its Open Forum meeting, which is the preeminent gathering of the globe’s rich and powerful wherein they pretend to care about solving the world’s problems but actually conspire to increase their wealth and power.
This year, for example, the Davos meeting will include discussions on “pressing” topics such as ESG investing; the climate crisis; increasing diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives; and many more trivial matters.
Interestingly, the most relevant problems that are substantially impacting people around the globe, including skyrocketing inflation; a looming worldwide food shortage; a lack of abundant and affordable energy; an increasingly belligerent China; and the ongoing political, social, and economic turmoil from the horrible global response to the COVID-19 pandemic did not make the cut.
As Sanders highlighted in his tweet, it is absolutely true that the oligarchs in Davos are busy celebrating, attending fancy dinners, and holding lavish parties while the rest of the world suffers. And, as Bernie indicated, it is certainly true that billionaire (especially those connected with the Davos crew) made out like bandits during the pandemic, while the vast majority of hard-working people continue to suffer because of the globalists’ response to COVID-19.
Never forget, throughout the pandemic, both in America and across the globe, big businesses remained open, gained even more market share, and increased their power and coziness with big government while small businesses were shuttered, good-paying jobs were lost, and people suffered to simply make ends meet.
In fact, as Bernie alluded to in his tweet, we saw the greatest wealth transfer in world history occur during the pandemic. Unfortunately, this was a wealth transfer in which the rich got richer and the poor got poorer.
However, this is typically the case when big government and big business get in bed together. And, it will be even worse if the World Economic Forum’s Davos agenda gains more traction. From the Great Reset to ESG scores, the World Economic Forum is forging a new world order with an emphasis on more centralization of power and wealth, not to mention limits on personal freedom and national sovereignty, which is heretofore unprecedented in history.
Make no mistake, I rarely, if ever, agree with Bernie sanders. Yet, I must say when it comes to his assessment of the World Economic Forum’s latest gathering in Davos and their quest for global government, we are simpatico.
PHOTO: U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders. Photo by Gage Skidmore. Attribution-ShareAlike 2.0 Generic (CC BY-SA 2.0).
Chris Talgo ([email protected]) is an editor and research fellow at The Heartland Institute and a researcher and editor at StoppingSocialism.com.