Sunday, January 29, 2006

World Fascist Forum

The World Economic Forum met in Davos, Switzerland. Bill Clinton, Bill Gates and John McCain were there, as well as many beautiful celebrities. What is the World Economic Forum? Here is a statement on their web site:

The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world by engaging leaders in partnerships to shape global, regional and industry agendas.
Leaders partnering with industry to shape their agenda? That’s socialism, specifically the form of socialism known as fascism.

The main characteristic of socialism (and of communism) is public ownership of the means of production, and, therefore, the abolition of private property. The right to property is the right of use and disposal. Under fascism, men retain the semblance or pretense of private property, but the government holds total power over its use and disposal. (Ayn Rand, “The Fascist New Frontier”)
Here is another statement:

The World Economic Forum is an independent international organization committed to improving the state of the world. The Forum provides a collaborative framework for the world's leaders to address global issues, engaging particularly its corporate members in global citizenship.
What does all this vague, feel-good language mean? What does it mean to engage corporate members in global citizenship? I’m sure corporations are willing to sell their product to anyone in the world without the encouragement of the world’s leaders at the WEF. But helping corporations pursue a profit is not behind such warm and fuzzy words as “collaborative framework” and “improving the state of the world.” WEF is about some degree of state control of corporations to pursue altruist-statist-collectivist ends.

Bill Clinton knew who he was talking to at the Forum. As Michelle Malkin put it,

Clinton... kindled the fires of the Euro-pointy heads with lots of gooey "global society" talk--including ranking "climate change" and global inequality ahead of terrorism as the world's most serious threats and making insipid pronouncements about how "people basically want to know that we're on their side, that we wish them well, that we want the best for them, that we're pulling for them."

Good ol’ Bill, still feeling our pain. But to people whose heads are full of mush, mush sounds profound.

Reports Newsday:

"First, I worry about climate change," Clinton said in an onstage conversation with the founder of the World Economic Forum. "It's the only thing that I believe has the power to fundamentally end the march of civilization as we know it, and make a lot of the other efforts that we're making irrelevant and impossible."

Clinton called for "a serious global effort to develop a clean energy future" to avoid the onset of another ice age.

He also said the current global system "works to aggravate rather than ameliorate inequality" between and within nations _ including in the United States, where he lamented the "growing concentration of wealth at the top," alongside stagnation for the middle classes and rising poverty.

Clinton is pushing the scientifically dubious threat of another ice age to justify expanded state control over energy production. Then he laments the “growing concentration of wealth at the top.” What could that be but the veiled threat of redistribution of wealth?

I have stated repeatedly that the trend in this country is toward a fascist system with communist slogans. But what all of today’s pressure groups are busy evading is the fact that neither business nor labor nor anyone else, except the ruling clique, gains anything under fascism or communism or any form of statism -- that all become victims of an impartial, egalitarian destruction. (Ayn Rand, “The Moratorium on Brains”)
In Davos, Switzerland, Bill Clinton spoke to those who would be the world’s ruling clique.


zama202 said...

Awesome post. Its amazing. People say that Ayn Rand's diaglog was "unrealistic". The speeches at this conference could have come directly from Atlas Shrugged. I wish I could live long enough to the point where that book is considered the greatest novel ever written.

I love your blog.

Darleen said...

The most important thing to remember about Billy Jeff is that his biggest goal in life, the key thing that animates all his behavior -- he wants to be LOVED. Not right, not couregeous -- but LOVED by everyone.

No wonder he's popular with reporters and the Hollywood crowd. Those that seek fame for fame's sake work from a similar raison d'etre.

EdMcGon said...

Myrhaf, with all due respect, I think you may have the purpose of the WEF backwards.

Did you look at the list of companies which are "strategic partners" with the WEF? The list is here:

These are not a bunch of lightweight treehugging companies. Citigroup, HP, Microsoft, Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Intel, just to name a few.

Just because Clinton speaks there doesn't make it fascist, although I can appreciate why you might think that.

To me, this looks more like an event for companies to involve themselves with so they can say to people, "Look! We're good corporate citizens of the world!" Then they can go back to pinching pennies so they can make next quarter's projected profits.

As for business-government partnerships, I don't have a problem with them, as long as they are done at a good arm's length distance.