Musings —01.29.2012 01:00 AM—
Those words are not mine. They’re a quote, from a fellow named Klaus Schwab.
For the many who are unlikely to have heard of Klaus Schwab before, rest assured — he’s no socialist rabble-rouser.
He’s a billionaire, in fact, and the founder of something called the World Economic Forum, in Davos, Switzerland.
Prime Minister Stephen Harper was at Schwab’s Davos gathering last week, as were dozens of other world leaders and billionaires.
While Harper didn’t perform the last rites on capitalism, plenty of others weren’t so shy.
The capitalist “model” needs to be radically revised, said another billionaire, David Rubenstein, and if we don’t, “we’ve lost the game.” German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in the keynote Davos address, agreed: “We need to debate new methods,” she said.
As I told Krista Erickson on her Sun News Canada Live show, Davos 2012 was different from previous years. Among other things, it was interesting.