Mohler: The Frustration Of The Elites

Intellectual, economic, political, and educational elites tend to meet together at one great event once a year, and it just took place last month in Davos in Switzerland for the World Economic Forum.

It was a gathering of billionaires (by and large) and of political leaders. In Davos, it’s the government leaders we should note who show up with hat in hand in order to hobnob with the elite of the economic world (and not the other way around).

The term “Davos Man” was coined back in the 1990s to describe the kind of person who goes to the World Economic Forum. They are cosmopolitan elites whose primary allegiance is to the elite, not to the nation of their birth or to their citizenship; and they believe—they sincerely believe—that they have the answers to the biggest problems facing the world today.

But each year, as they meet again, they grow more and more frustrated that they cannot as elites solve all the world’s problems.

It’s a moral lesson on how much we ought to expect from “Davos Man.”

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