Economics/Class Relations

The 5 Creepiest Moments at Davos

The real Davos conspiracy is hiding in plain sight

No, Davos is not a secret plan to raise a stadium of babies in Matrix-style incubator pods, as some Twitter users supposed — prompting a fact check from Reuters.

The real Davos conspiracy is hiding in plain sight and it’s pretty much the kind of pro-business agenda you’d expect from a bunch of billionaire Fortune 500 CEOs, heads of state and central bankers meeting at a ski resort in the Swiss Alps. A recent article on the World Economic Forum’s website about “the Davos Agenda” gives you the basic idea: “We desperately need to disrupt our approach to retirement saving.” People are living longer, you see, so they’ll “want to work past mandatory retirement age…while others will need to work longer to remain financially resilient in later life.”

In other words, grandma’s going to have to go back to work.

It doesn’t say that explicitly of course, instead relying on the bloodless, euphemistic language that is the province of economists. “The traditional three stage life of school, work and retirement no longer functions in an age of unprecedented longevity and shifts in work and health outcomes,” the article concludes. That’s the real Davos agenda: business friendly proposals so banal that even the most insidious ones pass without notice. I’ve reviewed a bunch of Davos panels so you don’t have to, and here are the most evil parts.

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