Klaus Schwab on why he loves fact checkers, how shocking he finds Great Reset conspiracy theories, and the time somebody hit him on the head with a rock
Your favourite supervillain gives an interview to the Neue Zürcher Zeitung
So, on the eve of the annual WEF meeting in Davos, the Neue Zürcher Zeitung published a quietly hilarious interview with Klaus Schwab. In it, the world’s most banal and uninspired supervillain talks about how the pandemic has made him more active online, how he likes writing stupid books because they help him organise his thoughts, why he disinvited all Russians from this year’s meeting, why he’s not worried about declining WEF memberships and dues, and how his hatred of armed conflicts began when somebody hit him on the head with a rock as a boy.
Here and there you get brief glances into the cavernous, hollow emptiness that is this man’s mind, as when he tries to dispense the far-sighted wisdom of an éminence grise and ends up babbling about idiot stakeholder-capitalist newspeak jargon like “trustshoring”:
The world will be more fragmented, probably more fragile. The world will be more in flux. It may become a bipolar, perhaps a multipolar world. Above all, we’ll be concerned with the question: Who can still be trusted? We’ll no longer be able to rely on everyone adhering to the same framework of values that we’ve set for ourselves. Instead of “reshoring” or “homeshoring”, we should increasingly talk about “trustshoring.” This means that when a company designs its supply chains, it not only wants to be more resilient, but it has to ask itself who it can trust. Not only in relation to its suppliers, but also in relation to the states behind them.
Or when he talks about the people who have most influenced him and mentions …Nelson Mandela: