We’ve all heard the old story of Marie Antoinette stating, “Let them eat cake” when told of the people’s discontent over not having enough to eat. Though it may be true that she never actually made that particular statement, the mindset illustrated by the story holds true. We are beginning to see the everyday people across the world figuratively taking up pitchforks and torches as we’ve all seen ourselves getting poorer and poorer while those at the top get richer and richer. And what is the response from these people? Basically a look of confusion as to why everyone is so upset. After all, their stock portfolio looks great and they just finished paying off the yacht. So things must be pretty good, right?
The global elite are meeting in the Swiss ski resort of Davos this week for their annual shindig but, as Donald Trump waits to be inaugurated as US President, the world’s power-brokers are struggling to come up with answers to the rise of ‘populism’.
Right off the bat it’s obvious these people are aware of the fact that they have gotten rich and powerful at the expense of everyone else. Otherwise, why would populism be a threat?
The global economy is in better shape than it has been in years, stock markets are booming, the oil prices are on the rise again and the risks of a rapid economic slowdown in China have eased.
Yeah I mean sure, you can’t afford to get injured and need healthcare and people are seeing their countries invaded by third worlders but on the other hand, gas prices should be going up. So why aren’t these people celebrating?
But incumbent leaders and established political parties are taking a pounding in opinion polls, especially in Europe, where the National Front’s Marine Le Pen is ahead in the race to become France’s next President.
I dunno, it’s almost like it could be a sign that the people are pissed or something.
How were we to know that the people wouldn’t appreciate Europe becoming a part of the third world?
The political leaders, CEOs and top bankers at the World Economic Forum, which starts tomorrow, have been left scratching their heads.
How can these people be leaders of anything when they can’t grasp something so patently obvious?
We offer to bring this to all of Europe and what kind of thanks do we get? SMDH
Moises Naim, of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, said: ‘There is a consensus that something huge is going on, global and in many respects unprecedented. But we don’t know what the causes are, nor how to deal with it.’
Unprecedented? Seriously? Look, I expect the average everyday person to be somewhat historically illiterate. I have stated many times before that the average person’s historical perspective is their own lifetime. However, one would think that people in positions of authority would have a little more insight than this. What we are seeing is not historically unprecedented. In fact, it’s just the opposite: we are seeing a push back that is moving things back in the direction of the historical norm.
What’s that? The people fed up with the detached elite who rule over them? Why, that’s unprecedented!
The global financial crisis of 2008/9 and the migrant crisis of 2015/16 exposed the impotence of politicians, deepening public disillusion and pushing people towards populists who offered simple explanations and solutions.
Once again we see them try to imply that solutions to these problems are something complicated when they aren’t. It wasn’t complicated who these migrants were brought in so why is expelling them some sort of complicated issue that will take years of thought to figure out?
Trump will be inaugurated on Friday, the final day of the forum, and his name is bound to be at the forefront of the attendees’ minds all week.
Last year the consensus at Davos was that Trump had no chance of being nominated, let alone elected.
So on this particular topic, internet Nazis are proven to have been more insightful than what are supposed to be our all seeing elite overlords.
But then the global elite also never dreamed Britain would vote to leave the European Union.
Is this article written with the intent to make the global elite look incompetent? Because if it is, they’re doing a good job, I have to say.
Both votes, and numerous other mini-shocks around the world, have shaken the principles the WEF attendees have long held dear – globalisation, free trade and multilateralism.
All of which are policies which have proven to have been extremely detrimental to the people as a whole and yet, these people are completely at a loss as to why there’s push back.
Trump is the poster child for a new strain of virulent populism that is spreading across the developed world and threatening the post-war liberal democratic order.
Oh yes, this populism is so virulent. Just the thought that your little scam of draining every last person of any resources they may have so you can get even richer must send a real shiver down your spine. I’ve got a news flash for you people: if you think Trump is scary, you haven’t seen anything yet. .This thing is just getting started and the harder you resist, the greater the push back will be. This is the situation as it stands, these elites can either give in and step away (which they won’t) and things will slowly start returning to the natural order of things or they can continue to try to cling to power and shove their agenda down the throats of an every increasingly angry public (which they will) and when this thing breaks lose they will be swept up in a flood of anger they can’t even imagine. The time is quickly approaching when they will be unable to hold back this building anger. If they think Trump’s populism is virulent and frightening, are they ever in for a shock.