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Davos Man, His World Economic Forum, and His Servants

Davos Man” is a term coined by former Harvard University Director of the Center for International Affairs Professor Dr. Samuel Huntington (1927-2008) to define an emerging group of economic elites who are members of a social caste which has “little need for national loyalty, view national boundaries as obstacles that are thankfully vanishing, and see national governments as residues from the past whose only useful function is to facilitate the elite’s global operations.”  The title of his prescient 2004 article published in The National Interest is telling: “Dead Souls: The Denationalization of the American Elite”.

In a 2005 article published in The Guardian titled “Davos man's death wish”, Timothy Garton Ash described Davos Man and the World Economic Forum:

Davos Man is mainly white, middle-aged and European or Anglo-Saxon. Of course, some of the participants at this year's five-day meeting of the World Economic Forum in the Swiss mountain resort were Indian, Chinese, African or/and women. But they continue to be a minority. The dominant culture of Davos remains that of white western man”

Davos man has a troublesome pre-history of combining brilliance and stupidity, of being blinded by national and ideological prejudice to his own long-term interest and destroying with one hand what he has built with the other.”