The summit used to be “a weeklong schmoozefest where billionaires and autocrats mingle over canapés while activists protest in the frigid mountain air,” according to the New York Times.
But this year the Davoisie again has been confined to their respective screens as they seek “to define the state of the world and priorities going forward,” in the words of WEC founder Klaus Schwab.
Schwab groveled as he introduced the event’s most important speaker, Chinese president Xi Jinping, praising the Communist leader for managing 9% growth in the midst of a global pandemic that originated in Wuhan, China.
Schwab is a cartoon character Davos villain.
Here, he introduces Chinese President Xi to address the CCP Virus, the environment, and economic inequality — literally the three global challenges most exacerbated by China! https://t.co/fAJsYyc08T
— Steve Cortes (@CortesSteve) January 17, 2022
Jinping took the opportunity to offer a Hegelian interpretation of “historical progress,” according to which “the world is always developing through the movement of contradictions” and “the history of humanity is a history of achieving growth by meeting various tests and of developing by overcoming various crises.”
In a thinly-veiled attack on rising populism in the West, Jinping criticized “rhetorics that stoke hatred and prejudice” and those who would build “exclusive yards with high walls.”
The Chinese autocrat compared the countries of the world to passengers “in a giant ship on which our shared destiny hinges.” And, though he called on the international community to “discard Cold War mentality and seek peaceful coexistence and win-win outcomes,” Jinping left no doubt as to the identity of the ship’s captain.
Jinping held up China as the country most able to secure the “common prosperity of the entire population,” but warned that “the common prosperity we desire is not egalitarianism.”
“To use an analogy, we will first make the pie bigger, and then divide it properly through reasonable institutional arrangements,” Jinping said.
Second-tier administrators like Dr. Anthony Fauci were allowed to speak to the digitally-assembled “stakeholders” in order to apologize on behalf of backward Americans for spreading disinformation.
NOW – “We have ‘disinformation’ that is entirely destructive to a comprehensive public health endeavor,” says Dr. Fauci at Klaus Schwab’s WEF virtual summit. pic.twitter.com/EBjAPdmZwa
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) January 17, 2022
“One of the things . . . we certainly are facing . . . in a very very disconcerting way in the United States, is the amount of disinformation that is accompanying what should be a problem where everyone pulls together,” Fauci told Davos Man.
Fauci’s self-flagellation was sarcastically cheered by Chinese state media:
Sigh! That is the state of pandemic response as summed up by Dr Fauci.
— Chen Weihua （陈卫华） (@chenweihua) January 17, 2022