What a dandy swipe at the elite of the elite:
If you’re Europe, and your struggling people are called “Greeks”, and your rich people are called “Germans”, then the World Economic Forum will spend pretty much limitless amounts of time and effort on attempts to understand the dynamics between the two and (doomed) plans to try to prevent it from turning into a fully-blown crisis.
On the other hand, if you’re a country — the USA, say — and your struggling people call themselves “the 99%” while your rich people are called “Davos delegates”, then your fundamental asymmetries will be studiously ignored — and, indeed, encouraged.
And this is also my big problem with the State of the Union OWS not being mentioned —and yes, BY NAME. If we’re talkiong about instilling confidence, here is the biggest source of hope that is happening rigght now. I continue to feel tremendously let down. But I can’t say I didn’t halfway expect that it wouldn’t be mentioned. The degree to which Obama has over-expressed deference to the other side is , to say the least, staggering.
the Davos crowd is not even close to listening carefully to what Occupy has to say: they’re evidence of the problem, but they’re not remotely helpful when it comes to solutions.
Really? Not even remotely? I call “SNOB”. That puts me close to the same attitude toward these Davos burgeoise. Not even listening to them anymore. Dismissed. Out of touch. Part of the problem.
And God forbid that churches ever display such callous disregard, particularly when mosty of these poor misguided folks are themselves taking the side of the oppressor by buying into their mythological “American dream” that can only, CONVENIENTLY, be realized by taking the medicine they prescribe. One of the first things to go in powerful nations is the prophetic voice of the church, replaced by the assimilation of the ideologies OF the powerful, FOR the powerful, and BY the powerful.
A zinger of a conclusion from the above article:
Davos feels past its prime. It’s not helping to change the big world problems, in Europe: the best it can do is identify them. And it’s utterly divorced from the movements which really might make a difference.
But hey, at least the skiing is good this year.