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Davos Has Learned to Fake Populism

The world’s most powerful economic elites are using anti-globalist rhetoric to help turbocharge globalization—and enrich themselves.

You don’t have to believe Klaus Schwab is a deep thinker to believe he is an important one. The founder of the World Economic Forum—the annual meeting of business leaders and politicians in Davos, Switzerland, that’s been convening this week—has always naturally articulated the views of the world’s economic elites.

So when Schwab publicly throws globalism under the bus, sounding like a leftist university professor while he’s at it, it’s worth paying attention. In the run-up to the 2019 World Economic Forum, Schwab wrote an article in which he declared that “Globalism is an ideology that prioritizes the neoliberal global order over national interests.”

Schwab, like the broader Davos set, is trying to

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