Elon Musk quips on the WEF as the world’s elite gather in Davos.
Published on 18.1.2023
The annual WEF gathering in Davos, which brings together a slew of heads of state, central bankers, Wall Street executives and celebrities, kicked off on Monday and will continue through the week.
“I think it’s useful to have some sort of joint forum, government and business. The WEF gives me a bit of a scare, but I’m sure everything is fine…”said Elon Musk on Twitter Sunday evening, in response to a article Substack co-written by journalists Michael Shellenberger and Izabella Kaminska.
The WEF caused an uproar in 2016 with its advertising campaign “Welcome to 2030: I own nothing, I have no privacy and life has never been better.”
Many were outraged to see the WEF taking the absence of personal property and privacy for granted.
In their article, Michael Shellenberger and Izabella Kaminska challenged the director general of the GEF, Adrian Monck. According to him, the uproar around this campaign is attributable to the far-right messaging service 4chan.
Adrian Monck wrote a opinion piece in the Globe and Maila Canadian daily, last August, describing the general indignation of disinformation campaign targeting the World Economic Forum.
“The slogan ‘You will own nothing and you will be happy’ is important and offers valuable insights into how misinformation arises and why it is essential not to spread it”, wrote Adrian Monck. And to add that many critics were racist and anti-Semitic.
Michael Shellenberger and Izabella Kamiska refuted Adrian Monck’s claims and linked to the WEF content, which has since been deleted. “What Monck said is incorrect. The phrase ‘You will own nothing and you will be happy’ did not appear on 4chan, but on the WEF website. »
Elon Musk saw it as a joke on Monday, tweeting: “There should be a game show: 4Chan or Davos, who said that? »
Lack of transparency around ESG criteria
The authors also pointed to the lack of transparency regarding the WEF’s stated commitment to ESG criteria: environmental, social and governance. The WEF does not hide its strong support for the ESG movement.
“Recent events have only heightened business interest in ESG”can we read on the GEF website. “The welfare of workers has become a major concern during the Covid-19 pandemic; social justice protests have drawn attention to gaps in diversity, equity and inclusion. The impacts of climate change and the importance of environmental sustainability are becoming more difficult, if not impossible, to ignore. »
Despite founding the world’s largest electric vehicle company, Musk doesn’t like ESG criteria.
“The S in ESG stands for satanic”has tweeted Musk in response. This is not the first comparison of this nature from the billionaire. He already had writing last November: “The ESG movement, vsis the devil. »
GEF invitation declined
In 2008, the WEF offered Elon Musk to join its “Young Global Leaders”, a sort of membership program. It is not clear if Musk participated. “I was invited to the WEF, but I refused”he said on Twitter in December, in response to claims that he had a relationship with the WEF.
The Twitter CEO also responded to a video, featuring a speech by WEF founder Klaus Schwab, in which he warns that a global cyberattack could disrupt supply chains and make the Covid-19 crisis look like “a little disruption”.
The WEF founder warns that such an attack “would lead to a complete shutdown of electricity supply, transport, hospital services, our society as a whole”.
Accompanied by intimidating music and provocative images, the video caught Musk’s attention. “This film goes without saying” he commented.
Michael Schellenberger pointed out that Klaus Schwab is more than a figurehead. “Schwab has become, without question, one of the most influential men in the world”has tweeted the journalist.
Klaus Schwab has been criticized for his book “Covid‑19: The Great Reset,” which advocated that governments around the world use the pandemic as an opportunity to “reimagining capitalism”.
The WEF has also created controversy by promoting insects as a potential food source. One article February of the organization entitled Five reasons why eating insects could reduce climate change attempts to dispel widespread resistance to eating insects.
“Before you say ‘yuck’, listen to us”can we read in the article.