The Davos Death Knell Has Been Rung

Klaus Schwab on big screen at World Economic Forum

A sense of doom pervades the elites who are starting to arrive in Davos early for the big event. Attendance appears as though it may be less than usual. The count of private jets flying into Switzerland is said to be descending because some of the world’s top leaders have decided to avoid the poor photo optics of attending rich feasts during times of famine.

Apparently, Joe Biden’s lobster fiasco in which he banned lobster harvesting in the Northeast while providing a lobster feast for dignitaries gathered at the White House gave him pause about backlash from another similar event so soon. So, Biden and several other G7 or G20 style national leaders will not be dignifying the event with their presence.

Even George Soros and possibly the evil Dr. Klaus, himself, won’t be attending, which has spawned conspiracy theories about a terrorist act of violent rebellion being planned against the elites. Regardless, their private parking lot of jets still speaks of their arrogance in preaching carbon footprints to the rest of us while creating more carbon for one person on a single flight to Davos than entire families create in a year of driving their multiple cars and mowing their lawns. What matters is that they help us save the world for themselves to enjoy.

Others, of course, are arriving in a long line of luxury automobiles with entourages in separate automobiles when they could be taking a bus or carpooling or take the public train that runs from the airport to Davos.

That’s just the same ol’, same ol’ for the Davos Dandies

The art of reglobalizing

Because the globalized world has broken, the cuban-huffing corporate cabal will fraternize to fantasize in the coming week over how to put the world back together again. Many people who loathe the World Economic Forum are running their own fantasies about how Putin’s War and Western sanctions are the death knell for globalism, but I am here to predict that is far from true. It is wishful thinking. Those who gather in the collegiate collective at Davos are not about to give up their ambitions. That is why the topic of talk this year is how to re-globalize.

Oh, without a doubt the old globalism has cracked in two. Xi will not be attending unless he decides to side closer to the West, which isn’t likely to happen. Putin is banned for life as likely are other top Russian dignitaries. I’m not saying that is officially stated policy. It’s just fact. The WEF is by invitation only, and Putin won’t be getting any in this lifetime. He’s been dismembered from the club.

So, one of my predictions, freely given for all, which runs counter to most of what I read in the alternative press is that globalism will not remain busted into multinational shards of pottery for long. The Davos crowd is meeting to talk about how to solidify as much world back into the West as it can. And it will. Instead of the end of globalism, we’ll see a bifurcated globalism come out of this — perhaps a little less interdependent on supply chains, but still pressing toward the globalist agenda of free trade and green trade among Western nations being quickly restored, global climate initiatives among Western nations, eventually even a global currency among Western nations. I’m not suggesting that we’ll see all the pieces come back together in 2023, but we’ll definitely see movement in that direction.

In fact, I think just as what is now being called “the polycrisis” has made NATO larger and better funded than it has been in years with more nations in Europe feeling NATO’s mission is more vital now than any European has felt it is in decades, we’ll see the West, forced by the need to work closer together to maintain its alliance and its sanctions — MAKE them work.

I realize that is not a message that’s going to make me popular on the far right or in the alternative press, but I don’t care because I always try to write only what I believe will be true when I make my predictions (or when I write anything), whether people want to hear it or not; and I am 100% confident we will see the Davos congregants recircle their Hummer wagons and use this event to form an even tighter alliance in all respects between Western nations. I don’t predict what I want to see or what I know others want to see. That is no way ever to make predictions of any value. If that was how I should write, I’d just write the economy and stock market are going to be great this year, and call it day — job complete. End of this blog.

Reforming Davos

Yes, the cloistered wealthy of the world are worried in a big way that globalism is under siege. In fact, without a doubt, that is their all-consuming concern this year.

A decade ago, political power brokers and corporate bigwigs gathered here in the Swiss Alps under an upbeat theme. It was a time for “resilient dynamism,” declared the organizers of the 2013 meeting of the World Economic Forum. After the travails of the global financial crisis, they explained, the world was now in a “post-crisis” stage. It was incumbent on the elites convened at Davos to usher in further reforms in the service of economic “sustainability” and “competitiveness,” perennial WEF watchwords that tap into the liberal dogma that long underlay its proceedings, where the desire to do good need not interfere with profit margins.

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Nor need it interfere with their fun. They will still be inviting their friends at Davos to join them in the summer at yacht parties and will be coming and going in private jets. They may even have to skate off in their private jet for a quick lunch in Lichtenstein to return in time for the evening plenary session. They will not be eating bugs for lunch; you will. However, they do recognized their global aims have been shattered, so there is much work to be done. All the more need for private jets in order to make the most of every moment.

Ten years on, there seems to be less optimism. Instead of a “post-crisis” moment, it’s more common to talk of a “permacrisis,” of a world buckling under a never-ending cascade of calamity — war, climate catastrophe, energy price chaos, inflation, epidemics of hunger and disease, political instability and widening economic inequity. This year’s WEF theme, a plaintive appeal to find “cooperation in a fragmented world,” seems more possessed by the ruptures that have already taken place.

All according to longterm plan, some would say. And there you have it — the theme: “Cooperation in a fragmented world” is just another way of saying “cementing all the pieces back together.” You didn’t really think these guys were just going to give up and call the game for good, did you? Not a chance. That is the stuff of fantasies.

In a press call with reporters last week, WEF President Borge Brende said the meeting “will happen against the most complex geopolitical and geoeconomic backdrop in decades.”

While many European nations have been forced back to smudgy coal or third-eye-causing nuclear power, they are more concerned about the climate than ever. In fact, with all the extreme weather this year, particularly as demonstrated in California, I hear whispers of a new climate term emerging. We have gone from “global warming” to “climate change,” and now I have just heard the phrase “climate chaos” to describe what is happening.

The WEF is an economics forum, so of course the corporate colleagues and competitors and the old-world bankers with ivy wrapped around their legs are concerned about the global recession that is spreading. It takes big profits to keep flying into Davos each year and enjoying the caviar and foie gras. They are, of course, terribly concerned about the inequity with which wealth has accumulated, so they will have many talks about that in order to heal their aching guilt.

It is always good to feel like you are actually doing something about it, but their solutions for doing something usually run along the lines of figuring out how the middle class can live with less so the deeply impoverished class can have a little more. They might, for example, have to freeze out your lobster trapping, while making sure some locale in the world retains a readily flyable crop for the Davos dinner … at greater expense, of course, but what is money for but to separate what they eat from what you eat? For you, they will keep developing the ways in which larvae can be processed as a source of protein. (From last week’s Daily Doom: “Beetleburgers could soon reach mass production — helping to feed the world.”)

Thank God, for the Beetles; they are the new rock stars of the food world. The Davos davenport crowd are, of course, comfortably couched while deeply concerned about global famine. Their solution requires less food (such as grain) goes to food, such as cows. So beetles can help save the world while saving enough four-legged steaks to feed the Davos devotees.

They were, of course, greatly upheaved by protectionism that raised its head in the Trump days, and that has spread as a movement because of sanctions. They are, in fact, not even too happy with Biden on the protectionist issue because he’s building an industrial center in the US for chip production. They don’t hate chips. Nothing they own will work without them — not even their solar-powered off-the-grid apocalypse bunker mansions — but, God forbid, I guess, that the US make them for itself and to sell to others. I suppose it is just that it would be better if industrialization happened in faraway places like China, not in their own clean backyards.

I didn’t say they like change in the global patterns they have long worked to lay out. I just said they will deal with it. They will wrap it up in their plans — find a way to fold it in — because that is what they have always done. Globalism has never been a smooth trip where everyone goes along for the Sunday drive without protesting. It’s not easy to shove things down people’s throats. It is always evolving and shapeshifting.

The new localizing of industrialization may even imperil “the causes of liberal democracy and market capitalism,” wrote one liberal economist in the article quoted above. How? I wonder. Can democracy and capitalism not thrive in nations like the 1960s US? Maybe the operative word there is liberal. Perhaps he doesn’t mean free democracy. He means Davos democracy — the kind that helps you decide how you’re going to decide by determining the options you will have available to decide on.

Isn’t a move toward more localization supposed to be more environmentally “sustainable” by using less energy to ship parts around the world to make products from those parts in order to reship the products around the world, often even back to the nation the original parts or resources came from? How is greater localization of supply chains a bad thing?

To coerce the changes that are happening back in line with the agenda, the kickoff presentation is titled, “De-globalization or re-globalization.” You can be sure the aim is the latter.

“I would say we are in a re-globalizing moment,” Tengku Zafrul Aziz, Malaysia’s minister for trade and industry, told me at his nation’s pavilion along the snow-lined central promenade of Davos.

The question is how? With Russia and China sidelined, and many Western companies having already moved out of those two nations or being in the process of extracting themselves, how will the new trade routes be redeveloped? Where will the new sources of raw resources come from?

More good wishes and grand guests and not-so guests

Of course, the Davosites are calling for billionaire-busting taxes to help curb the one-sided manner in which 60% of the wealth accumulated in the last two years went to the top 1%. But many of the attendees are the top 1%. They’ve talked about “progressive” tax ideas like this for decades, but whatever plan they come up with always has plenty of loopholes for themselves, or the talk remains talks, as in something to do at an event. Talking is good window-dressing for the masses to help stave off the need for utilizing those bunker mansions for anything more serious than an apocalypse party in New Zealand with a few wealthy friends just to show off the bunker. It’s the new flagrancy to flaunt.

Oh, for the good ol’ days in Davos when …

WEF organizers hailed the participation of Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev as a national leader who understood “global responsibilities.” Of course, Medvedev along with Russian President Vladimir Putin are now all persona non grata in Davos, as well as the coterie of Russian oligarchs and business elites who used to throw some of the most lavish parties on the sidelines of the forum.

Those easy times when all the pieces seemed to be sliding in the right direction — uh, the Davos direction — are gone. Now there is fundamental work to do again. But the work will be done. It’s already happening. That’s what this WEF is all about.

Ukrainian first lady Olena Zelenska is going to attend as an honored guest to help inspire the bejeweled forces not to give up the fight for the greater good.

They typically have many working sessions to help plan things like Gates-style farming for food security, lessons learned from Covid vaccine rollouts to improve the next time when vaccines must be forced upon the world for health security reasons, genetic innovation of the human species — the usual stuff of systems positive change, including youth education. (They call this “social entrepreneurship.”) Even Klaus Schwab’s mentor, Adolf Hitler, recognized the importance of a good youth group in implementing change at a foundational level.

And I suppose there will be some forum to discuss the importance of gun control while surrounded by their own armed security forces.

Don’t get yourself in Davos dither

“The mood is somber,” said Nick Studer, CEO of the Oliver Wyman Group consultancy, who has attended meetings in Davos for years. “At the same time, you’ve got a lot of people hoping that the U.S. and the U.K. environment—if it’s recessionary—is either short or shallow.”

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There is more for Davos to worry about than fractionalization of the world and how to bind the Western faction into the biggest and most successful contingent, hoping China and India will someday want to rejoin the world — the world’s forum, that is. Inflation and a certain recession are not good for business. Neither are angry villagers storming the palaces. These the Devotees are practical enough to know that milling peasants are a threat to their own wellbeing.

Business leaders also are watching a handful of risks that could reset their calculus. Those include the potential for conflict between China and the U.S. over Taiwan and the possibility of an impasse in the divided U.S. Congress over raising the country’s debt ceiling—threatening a U.S. government default….

Issues that caused headaches for business leaders throughout the pandemic, such as supply-chain snarls or construction delays, aren’t fully resolved, either

So, there is plenty that has the Davos crowd practically dowdy looking — not that their shoes and watches aren’t just as shiny but that their smiles aren’t. It’s a serious mood this year, but they’ll weather the global storms and get through. This isn’t their first rodeo:

“I haven’t heard in 30 years being in business of people talking about the recession for so long,” said Christophe Beck, chairman and chief executive officer of Ecolab….

“If you talk to people on Wall Street who are 35 years and younger, they think it’s the end of the world,” Mr. Bergman said. “You talk to people 50 and over, we’ve been through this many times….”

Wage inflation is also stabilizing, making it less of an issue than earlier in the pandemic

Now that last line brings some cheer to the crowd. You see, too much of that share-the-wealth stuff to avoid the problem of inequitable wealth distribution might actually cause more equitable distribution, which would mean less for the rich. We can’t have that, so sighs of relief are heard in the paneled rooms at Davos. At least, that nasty wage inflation is settling down. For a minute there, it looked like things might get downright equitable.

“Davos was built on the idea that the world was getting better and more global and more honest and more tolerant and the economy worked better because of that,” said Alex Karp, chief executive of Palantir Technologies Inc. “Well, it doesn’t look like we’re living there anymore.”

Sure, if you were part of the 1%.

Now the village mob is getting a little restless, and those bunkers are looking a little less like status symbols and vacation homes, and more like possible primary residences.

Of the creation of conspiracy theories there is no end

Maybe it is just because the mood is sour as the colleagues consider the new amount of work they have to do to restructure by binding the national shrapnel of iron together with clay as the glue that is keeping some of the longtime top leaders at bay this year, including Soros and Schwab. Soros says he is not attending due to an “unavoidable scheduling conflict.” That is what presidents say when they want to avoid meeting with an international dignitary without causing international offense. Believe me, if the mood was great in a place where the caviar is always top shelf, there would be no such thing as an “unavoidable scheduling conflict” that could prevent hobnobbing in Swiss chalets.

There had been talk that even Soros’ buddy Klaus wouldn’t be attending, but that appears to have been a mere rumor; however, the missing top dogs got speculation going in the alternative press that maybe the world’s top leaders and oldest World Elite Forum members were afraid of some catastrophic event such as an emergent to peasants’ revolt, which the wealthy are starting to fear, should this recession run too deep or inflation remain out of control. After all, the way we fight inflation to save the middle class is by killing the wage increases the middle class was just starting to see. That is always the plan — stop inflation by cropping the middle class who are spending too much.

“Is something going down?” Lavern Spicer, a Republican candidate in Florida, wondered on Twitter. “Something is brewing…” wrote James Bradley, a GOP candidate in California.

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It is not just the Davos devotees who are atwitter with worry this year. So are those who talk about them.

“You’ll know we’re in deep doo doo, if the plane trackers catch him and his cult brethren flying to their New Zealand bunkers,” @RightKingTodd tweeted in response to the news….

“I think there could be a massive security/terrorist event at Davos this week,” [wrote] Josh Reid, figurehead of the Redpill Project.

There is never a shortage of good conspiracies flowing around Davos, and an elite delete is certainly something the gatherers have more reason to fear this year than in calmer years; but I suspect that is also nothing more than right-wing fantasy, running ahead of itself. When they are wrong, they will all conveniently forget they said it and move on to creating a new conspiracy — perhaps something more reptilian.

False flag incoming,” @Jrseeker1963 wrote on Twitter.

Always, the go-to theory these days, that one.

If Soros were aware of a false-flag operation against the WEF, it would beg the question as to why his son, Alexander, chair of the Open Society Foundations, is attending the conference and has posted about his presence on social media.

Oh, sure, but what about the old double-false flag? It works like a double agent: Soros’s son pretends he is going to attend Davos, knowing full well he doesn’t dare because of the terrorists, in order to draw in the people Soros & Son knows are plotting to kill them, so those people show up as they are planning so the authorities can capture them and imprison them for Soros’s future safety.

Huh? What about that?

Soros, meanwhile, is not the only international figure to shrug off the meeting: Joe Biden … will not be joining other world leaders there, and neither will Rishi Sunak, the U.K. Prime Minister, French President Emmanuel Macron or Brazil’s new president, Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva.

OK. Now maybe we are talking a known plot to assassinate world leaders. (Or maybe we are just talking top politicians who know a good photo-op from a bad one in a time of future famines looking not that far off, high inflation, and central-bank economic crushing of the Middle Class and poor.)

The dwindling popularity of the conference, with the backdrop of a war in Ukraine and a heavily sanctioned Russia, suggests that its vision for a globalised society may be waning in the current geopolitical climate.

I don’t think so. While that is actually liberal Newsweek saying that, I don’t think so. If you’re a globalist, there is hard work to be done in rethinking the global landscape. So, I’m not saying in my prediction that all is easy for the Davos divinity. I’m just saying a rich cabal decades in the making does not just give up after its decades of scheming. This isn’t their first rodeo either.

While I think conspiracy theories are easy to get started and run amok, let us remember that the mere existence of Davos and the Bilderbergers was the stuff of conspiracy theory a few decades ago. Now they put their audacious plans out on videos on YouTube and talk openly about how you’ll eat bugs and be happy you have that much.

I’m not saying they don’t have a mess to fix. I’m saying they will do the work. So, let me start my own conspiracy theory, since it is easily done (and that is all I am doing with the following): The growing unrest in the world might mean the REAL people behind Davos and the Bilderbergers — the top tier of twenty as opposed to the big party at Davos they invite the second tier to — have decided they need to go back to meeting in secret until they get their new pattern for globalism worked out to where it is ready to air publicly again. The Davos meeting is now just the window dressing for the ten-percenters to receive the plan and believe they came up with it. The true cabal will be rotating their actual planning sessions between their mansion bunkers.

(Or am I just creating a new counter-conspiracy theory by telling you I’m making it up? Maybe I know something you don’t about the bunkerbuilders meetings, and I’m in on it and just want to plant the seed that it’s nothing but a conspiracy theory before the truth of the top-tier meetings behind the meetings gets found out ; )

How will you ever know?

If what I said above disagrees with you, it’s just disinformation. It’s impossible you would be wrong.

Trust me.

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