Davos failed (again)

Written by Gaute Gulliksen
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World Economic Forum logoWhere are we going? 62 people owns as much as 3.6 billion people. Those are the numbers that Oxfam published for 2015. Oxfam who increasingly are seen as a leftist propaganda platform and not a humanitarian organization. This change of status seems to happen when you criticize capitalism. 

It is hard not to get frustrated over our gullibility as a species. Since most of us dream about being rich we tend to admire and worship those who are. Never mind that they are the top exploiters among us. Never mind that they are prepared to sacrifice our planet to continue what they are doing. Empathy is not a prevailing ability of the wealthy. 

I really wanted to share the thought from Roberto Savio, who is the founder and president emeritus of the Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency, about the power brokers in Davos. Read http://www.ipsnews.net/2016/01/the-lesson-from-davos-no-connection-to-reality/, it is worth it. 

He is right about how disconnected the elite are from the rest of the world. Apart from the disregard towards climate change the increasing inequalities on this planet seems to be of little interest of the power brokers at Davos. No surprise considering humanity’s rich history of exploitation of whatever can be exploited. Shame we don’t learn from history, because it always ends bad.

The thing is that Inequalities brings social unrest and when other factors (such as climate change, armed conflicts, and natural disasters) add pressures to the social fabric in societies it falls apart even faster. Change is the solution, but it is not coming from our elected leaders or from the ones who have the resources. It never does. It is a do-it-yourself thing. Any idea on how to reduce inequality in your community?