Klaus Schwab doesn’t like libertarians versus “We Are The People”

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You will have heard about all of it. Germany, Farmers’ protests and the World Economic Forum. Yes, they are protesting, but is that really all there is to it. What is going on?  

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Klaus Schwab said it out loud. Libertarianism is interfering with what the world should look like. Right. Why would he say such a thing? Well, because those of us who wish for a world where governments serve the people, are speaking up. That’s putting it mildly, but bear with me. There is more to the protests than meets the eye.

This post will first look at how many people were protesting, what triggered them to do so, participants, and try touch on what possibly the mood could be. A few selected pain points beyond the budget trigger will be considered, too. The sources provided are in German.

So, should Klaus Schwab be worried? I think so. We are not there yet, but I do think so. Let’s see.

“How many people have participated in the protests?” 

If you have tried to find out, especially across main stream media, it’s not an easy task. The German capital’s Berliner Zeitung, a local newspaper, had to resort to a slightly adventurous way of counting because they, as all of us, were puzzled. The police states 8500 participants where joining, whereas organizers say it was approximately 30000. “The count is highly political”, they newspaper states. So what now? Well, There is a slightly politically incorrect way, in German, to get to a proper estimate, based on drone footage. “Four above average weight people per square metre”. If you apply that standard, 30000 participants make sense.

“So, what triggered the protests?”

If you look at the protests itself, it looks like the farmers, and a few other sectors did not like the government’s household budget for 2024. The original budget foresaw cutting current privileges. One of the contentious topics was the removal of motor vehicle tax exemptions for farmers and the forestry sector, which the government now has reversed. The second one was all about the diesel usage, which is subsidized. The latter will be reduced gradually. In addition to that, for truckers, upping he haulage based CO2 fee was introduced in December. This report from Welt news says that Ozdemir, the minister of Agriculture, is being blamed for being a turncoat, leaving them behind. Welt news does from time to time report and deviate from main stream media, providing surprisingly “open” reporting.

“What’s the mood?”

The main stream media has been reporting on far-right extremist activism, whereas Welt was trying to capture the mood of participants. Specifically, a journalist from the Neue Züricher Zeitung, a local news paper, states that the sentiment amongst protesters, consisting of other industries and citizens, is the following. The government is not appreciating Germany’s worth and does not work to its advantages, all to the contrary. The government places other countries’ interests above its own. In addition to all of it, the working class is being treated with disdain. 

“Pain points”

Not only did farmers protest, they were joined by several sectors and citizens across the republic. It is not possible to lay out all of the pain points here, but starting with the recession and energy politics makes sense. Germany is the only country in the European Union dealing with a recession. Production, retail, construction sees a decline. The service sector looking better with the exception of gastronomy. Obviously, the rising energy prices are not helping. Separate sources mention less Federal spending and a decline in exports.

You may have heard of shutting down the nuclear power plants in 2021 and 2023. Obviously, the current energy approach causes more worry about upping consumer costs even more than we already know, because of the above.

Obviously, there are more issues to point to, but all of the above is already worrisome enough.

“So what now? Is Klaus Schwab right to be worried?”

With respect to Germany, you may wonder – what needs to happen? Should Klaus Schwab be worried?  

Well, the mood is low, as you can see. The next federal election is set for 2025 if the government remains intact as is. One could hope that the current coalition splits up, which would mean re-election earlier than that. Former German Chancellor lives to tell the tale about the vote of no confidence that cost him his position. That one would also lead to new elections, too, before 2025.

The next question to ask is, what is the real opposition to the current government? One may have hoped the FDP, the Liberal Party, one of the parties in the coalition, would be. Which brings us to the next critical topic. The Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), is the Alternative Party for Germany. Eurosceptic at best, depending whom you look at, some members suspected to be tied to neo nazis. Let’s just say there is an ongoing effort going on to remove them. They seem to be the only ones actively engaging in countering Klaus Schwab and the World Economic Forum’s agenda.

The decisions made point more and more to being directed by the World Economic Forum. The overhaul would, as it seems, require AfD to take the lead. While personally, I would never stand for a party that identifies with Neo Nazis, racism, etc., actions towards removing Agenda 2030 would be ok, the question is how would they position themselves.

First of all, what can be done about the energy prices. One thought could be to switch nuclear power stations back as a consideration. An expert in the US states that such an endeavour should be feasible, but it has not been done. It is currently being considered in Michigan. Maybe, if they manage, it should be something to look into. One factor to look into is the enriched uranium supply, which based on the same source, seems to be coming from Russia. Looking a return to nuclear power stations will, and should, immediately lead to questions around safety and discarding material, too. To sum it up, Olaf Scholz, current chancellor, is certainly considering nuclear power as a mute point, saying that shutting down nuclear power also means its degradation.

The consumer is facing rising costs because of all of the above. Another point for WEF.

However, consumers are standing up. Another post will cover how consumers are counter correcting woke agendas and ESG standing for Environmental, Social, Governance. Sweden, where the details are not in place yet to report on, seem to be reversing Agenda2030 items on government level. What happened in Germany what cannot be reduced to traffic jams and a few farmers. Citizens showed up, groupings you wouldn’t have guessed did, children. It was an effort across the nation.

And here you go, with an observation. As a teenager, I watched East Germany rise from afar. Germany split in half, relatives who were not allowed to speak to each other because of a wall. “Wir sind das Volk” was the clarion call of a generation. You know what happened next. The nation is still divided, somewhat, but never forget what that simple phrase means.

“We are the People” has been repeated, literally and figuratively over the last few days. That’s a sentiment that hit home. That’s what shows why Klaus Schwab and consorts are worried. They should. The will of the people is showing.

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