Davos 2024: A Leviathan in the Alps

Imagine, if you will, a gathering of nearly 3,000 elites in the frosty, Swiss Alps—politicians, bureaucrats, business moguls, and the like, sipping on hot cocoa and discussing how to steer the future of the world.

Yep, it’s that time again—the annual soiree of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland. It sounds like the setting of a Bond movie, only the plot is less about espionage and more about… well, here are some of the initiatives:

Rebuilding Trust and Cooperation The theme this year was about rebuilding trust. I guess maybe they’ve finally noticed that people have caught on to some of their shenanigans since they planned “The Great Reset” around covid, and view them as less than trustworthy.

The UN Secretary-General, the Premier of China, and other luminaries of freedom and individual rights waxed eloquent about discarding prejudice and bridging differences. Yet, as they discuss global cooperation barometers and humanitarian investing initiatives, it’s hard not to wonder if they’re trying to rebuild trust or measuring how much they can get away with.

Economic Growth and Trade Next up, the economic growth and trade narrative. Here, the discussions swung towards a “new growth model” balancing economic drivers with innovation, inclusion, sustainability, and resilience. While these buzzwords are music to the ears of central planners, the harmonious melody often drowns out the improvisational jazz of free markets and individual ingenuity.

The Future of Growth Initiative, TradeTech Global, and coalitions galore—a buffet of freedom limiting central planning dressed up as “for the greater good”.

Climate, Nature, and Energy While I’m not opposed to people working together to be better stewards of the natural world, the solutions offered seem to be more about expanding the reach of government into even more aspects of our daily lives than about taking better care of the earth.

The First Movers Coalition and the 1t.org platform tout big numbers and ambitious goals, yet the decentralized, localized solutions that truly respect nature and individual rights often get buried under the avalanche of these grand, DEI-heavy initiatives.

Advancements in Artificial Intelligence While Davos 2024 acknowledged the need to balance the benefits of AI with security, privacy, and inclusivity, the proposed solutions seem to lean heavily towards centralized governance.

As they discuss AI governance and alliances, I can’t help but wonder: in the quest to “democratize” access, are we inadvertently centralizing control?

I’ve seen The Terminator, and I prefer my militarized AI in movie form only, thanks.

People, Equity, and Human Development Empowering individuals, fostering entrepreneurship, and promoting personal responsibility—the keystones of genuine prosperity and human thriving—are overshadowed by grandiose plans and pledges with a goal of equality of outcome rather than equality of opportunity.

Those types of initiatives historically lead to anything but free, equal, or prosperous societies.

Against the backdrop of all these centralized solutions and global initiatives, the principles we champion—individual liberty, economic freedom, and limited government—are more important than ever.

In our book, The Tuttle Twins and the Leviathan Crisis, we introduce kids to what lies at the heart of gatherings like these—the ever-expanding reach of government and the consequences of centralized power.

As the elites at Davos sketch their vision of our future, we should remember that the true power resides not in the Alpine highlands, but in the hands of informed, empowered men and women like us.

When we hear about the lives the global elites want for us, we should respond with renewed resolve to champion our values and principles, question the narratives they would force on us, and promote a future where liberty, not Leviathan, shape the world we’re leaving to our kids.

If you haven’t read The Tuttle Twins and the Leviathan Crisis with your kids, now is the time—especially as you have discussions about the current events shaping world news and politics. Our books lend relatable credibility to the things you’re teaching your kids about the world and their place in it!

I’m encouraged that Davos this year focused on the need to “rebuild trust” in the powerful elites. It means they know they’re losing their grip on the narrative. It means they’re a little worried.

Good. They should be.

Because we’re going to win.

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