In its 2015 report the World Economic Forum
, aka the globe-grabbing business elite, pronounced from its opulent mountain fastness in Davos that, "Inequality is one of the key challenges of our time." Paying $25,000 to attend this billionaires' bash, and that's after shelling out the compulsory $52,000
WEF membership fee, the said elite isn't pronouncing on inequality out of any empathy for the poor and oppressed. This becomes perfectly clear on page 38 of the Global Risks Report 2016
where the reader is informed that inequality has consequences:
"The result is a stripped-down global system in which the liberal ideals of freedom, democracy, justice and equality are no longer put forward as a paradigm to which all should aspire. A new entente emerges on respect for differences of political and economic approach, though this means accepting a degree of entrenched global inequality and disintegration, and a parcelling up of the global commons. Where they can, people and companies move to places that suit their objectives best."
The WEF's response to inequality is called the "imperative resilience", a sneaky way of saying caulk our own lifeboat and let the rest sink. Needless to say, the uncaulked lifeboats of refugees won't let them "move to places that suit their objectives best". Referring to agriculture, the report says (p. 59), "System resilience requires new rules to militate against export controls", meaning that the Davos deciders can snatch whatever food they want from the mouths of infants in poor, rural parts of the world. They're also keen to "increase the resilience of balance sheets to climate shocks" (p. 61). It's all about their own resilience to the climate shocks they themselves produce. Apart from being something we should no longer aspire to, the word justice
, which decent people tend to associate with the injustice
of the inequalities that grievously harm the majority of people, appears only once more in the report (p. 46), carefully tucked into inverted commas and referring to a "climate justice" movement. Undismayed by this, the mainstream press fawningly presents this nod to inequality as a good thing. Didn't those journalists read the report? It's the exact opposite. They're talking about getting the rest of us to accept "a degree of entrenched global inequality and disintegration" while they are busy "parcelling up of [gobbling up] the global commons", increasing their fortunes, and stopping the angry dispossessed from getting out of hand
. And they're pretty blatant about it.