The elite of the planet met in Davos, this week, for the World Economic Forum, as they have for over forty years. The theme of this year’s get together was, “Reshaping the World”, with global inequality one of the “hot” topics.
This same week, Oxfam International released a report, “Working for the Few” that showed, among other things, the world’s 85 richest individuals owned as much wealth as the bottom three and one-half billion people.
I find this fact so obscene, in light of the meeting that went on in Davos, I have a hard time wrapping my mind around it. Most of us, here in America, barely feel the inequality; we certainly don’t feel it in the life-numbing way the world’s poorest do. If we did, we’d be rioting in the streets as so many of them now are. It won’t stand, of course; there is so little ecological wealth left for them to plunder. About all I can say on the matter is, the world has had about all the “reshaping” by these elite, it can handle.
So, I leave you with an open letter to the 85 richest people on the planet, in response to remarks made by Kevin O’Leary, of Shark Tank fame, on Acronym TV: