Davos man, master of the poor

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I think I’m even more focused on the decline and fall than usual because I’m sitting here in Central Europe reading the media and hearing people talk about how scared they are about what’s happening in the fall and in winter, if the Russian gas supply be cut off. Very few people in this part of the world support the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but no one has asked them if they are willing to sacrifice their economy to wring Putin’s nose. In Germany, business leaders and others are talking about the possibility of German industry collapsing from a lack of gas to power its factories. It’s not an empty threat. The German economy is the engine that powers Europe. If Germany falls into depression, so does the rest of Europe – and that means political unrest, possibly even violence. If you see what is happening in the Netherlands right now, with angry farmers violently fighting back against the state’s plan to confiscate their land, you see what is possible for all of Europe in the near future. . So what will NATO do?

Earlier today I mentioned Uvalde Cops as a metaphor for our leadership class. Here’s another metaphor: the World Economic Forum in Davos. You may have seen that the Sri Lankan government crumbled this week in the face of national bankruptcy and rioting by people who cannot feed themselves. What happened? Sri Lanka followed the advice of the WEF and switched to full organic farming a few years ago. Its agricultural economy collapsed. A nation that could once eat rice is now reduced to importing it.

Curiously, the WEF deleted its “we will make Sri Lanka rich” article from its website following the disaster:

Ah, but the Wayback Machine remembers everything! Here is a link to a 2018 article by the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka, writing on the World Economic Forum website, promising to make his country “wealthy by 2025”.

The people of Sri Lanka have, so to speak, much less today than they did in 2018, when they were not rich, but could at least feed themselves. They took the advice of Western experts and are now broke and starving. Michael Shellenberger analyzes the causes of the crisis. Extract:

But the biggest and most important issue that caused Sri Lanka’s downfall was its ban on chemical fertilizers in April 2021. Many other developing countries have faced similar challenges including covid and high external debt, but did not collapse. Indonesia suffered from terrorist attacks, which damaged tourism, but managed to rebound, and tourism has rebounded in Sri Lanka since last year. And while economic growth decreases after 2012 but starting from astronomical peaks of 8% and 9% and remained above 3% and 4% until 2020.

The numbers are shocking. One third of Sri Lanka’s agricultural land were sleeping in 2021 due to the fertilizer ban. Over 90% of Sri Lankan farmers had used chemical fertilizers before they were banned. After their ban, an astonishing 85% experimented crop losses. The numbers are shocking. After the fertilizer ban, rice production fell 20% and prices soared 50 percent in just six months. Sri Lanka had to import 450 million dollars worth of rice when it was self-sufficient in cereals a few months earlier. The price of carrots and tomatoes Pink quintuple. While there are only 2 million farmers in Sri Lanka, 15 million 22 million people depend directly or indirectly on agriculture.

Things were worse for small farmers. In the Rajanganaya region, where the majority of farmers farm just one hectare (2.5 acres), families have reported crop reductions of 50 to 60 percent. “Before the ban, it was one of the biggest markets in the country, with tons and tons of rice and vegetables,” said a farmer earlier this year. “But after the ban, it became almost zero. If you talk to the rice mills, they don’t have any stock because people’s harvest has dropped a lot. The income of this whole community has dropped to an extremely low level .

But the damage to tea has been key to Sri Lanka’s financial failure. Tea production had generated $1.3 billion in exports annually. Tea exports paid for 71% of the country’s food imports before 2021. Then, tea production and exports crushed 18% between November 2021 and February 2022, reach their lowest level in 23 years. The government devastating fertilizer ban thus destroyed Sri Lanka’s ability to pay for food, fuel and debt service.

This is precisely why, despite a weakness for organic farming, I could not believe that organic farming was a solution to feed all the peoples of the world.

Spiked’s Brendan O’Neill connects the dots. Excerpts:

As with the disastrous impact of the global lockdown on Sri Lanka, these deranged and damaging green policies will be seen by many Sri Lankans as an external imposition, something imposed on their nation by global institutions and global decisions. Yes, Sri Lanka’s own political elite has feverishly embraced organic madness. But like Michael Shellenberger points out, the World Economic Forum has promoted organic in Sri Lanka. Many elite activists in the West have advocated for Sri Lanka to go organic, some of them backed by funds from ostensibly eco-friendly companies like Google, Disney and JPMorgan.

If I was a Sri Lankan farmer, seeing my yield run out, seeing prices skyrocket, seeing fuel and food running out, I would be mostly angry with my government, yes. But I would reserve some of my rage for the world’s influential eco-elites, who seem to view the developing world as a site for environmental experimentation rather than a part of the world that needs more industrialization and growth to power enjoy equality with us in the West.

Sri Lanka shows us what happens when politics is shaped around the desires and prejudices of new elites rather than the needs of ordinary people. The lockdown may have been a boon for laptop elites and some billionaires, but it has been incredibly damaging for many working-class people in the West and millions of hardened people in the South. Green ideology may give new elites a sense of purpose, flattering their narcissistic delusion that they are saving the planet from heat-induced death, but it hits the pockets of Western workers who will end up paying for the Net Zero madness. , and this is fueling hunger and misery in those parts of the world that are not yet as developed as the West.

In Sri Lanka, we see an extreme and disturbing case study of what happens when global politics is built on the fear and narcissism of disconnected elites, rather than being informed by the question of what people need to flourish and become richer. In Sri Lanka too, we are seeing exactly the kind of reaction we need against all of this. People have had enough. And they are not alone.

Note these words carefully: when global politics is built on the fear and narcissism of disconnected elites, rather than being informed by the question of what people need to thrive and become richer.

Does the gender ideology and homosexuality of a generation of children give them what they need to thrive and become richer? This is the case according to Joe “Transgender rights are the civil rights issue of our time” Biden, and all other members of the globalist ruling class. Does training children to think of themselves entirely in terms of racial group identity and to despise themselves or others based on group identity give them what they need to thrive and get richer? Teaching them false ideological theories instead of science and facts, and teaching them to be so fragile that they cry bloody murder when confronted with questions that make them anxious – does this help their fulfillment, learning the habits of intellectual conformity? Is unleashing criminals on the streets to prey on innocent people, based on a ridiculous theory that criminals are not really responsible for their crime, “systemic racism”, he gives children of all races what they need to thrive?

Why do ordinary people agree to be colonized by these enlightened Brahmins? What they did to the people of Sri Lanka, they would do to all of us. And are do, in many ways. Traveling through central Europe over the past three years, I have met people – Poles, Czechs, Slovaks, Hungarians, Romanians – who believe that efforts to destroy the family, and the gender binary, are a form of cultural imperialism, coming mainly from Woke Capitalists in the United States and Western Europe. Of course they are right! It will be a great day when we have governments in the United States and Western Europe who agree with the common people of the European nations of the former communist bloc and who are ready to use political power to fight this vampiric madness of Davos Man and restore the conditions of health and fulfilment.

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