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The Vulnerability Of The Elites

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In a post-financial crisis world, the lack of viable international leadership is potentially troubling. In 2013, the WEF believes, this breakdown of international coordination will go increasingly local: in such a world, governments will focus more on their domestic agendas, which will create new risks in and of itself. Most importantly, the growing vulnerability of elites makes effective public and private leadership that much more difficult to sustain. Leaders of all kinds are becoming more vulnerable to their constituents, generating more reactive and short-term governance. Whether one looks at the dismal approval ratings of the U.S. Congress or the impact that more open flows of information is having on the Chinese ruling elite, it is clear that people are becoming more and more uninspired by their governments. When it comes to unemployment, the widening disparity of wealth, or environmental degradation, highly complex or even intractable issues set politicians up for failure in the eyes of their constituents. Underperformance erodes elites’ legitimacy, making it that much harder for them to lead effectively. Against this backdrop, a host of key 2013 risks and opportunities takes shape.


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Fri, 02/01/2013 - 14:15 | 3206800 Totentänzerlied
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Yeah couldn't have been the fact that most of France lived like slaves and dogs while the aristocracy played dress-up and built mansions all day, and then proto-socialist agitators showed up...

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 08:32 | 3205621 blindfaith
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to get the hell ( like move to another State) out of South Carolina before the blacks and hispanics take revenge on the 'good-o'l -boy' Republician 'keep um poor and pregnant' ruling class finds itself at the end of a gun.  Long live the NRA, they do have a purpose and a damn good one.

Thu, 01/31/2013 - 23:10 | 3204970 YBNguy
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^ Heads will roll.

v They are like snakes, and will not die even when headless

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 00:47 | 3205197 DoChenRollingBearing
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I gave you green, but I wish I cold have voted for both.

+ a bunch, nice and concise, bravo!

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 14:18 | 3206815 Totentänzerlied
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Interesting choice of words. They are flesh and will die. But their system is one of ideas, one that can and does function properly in a "headless" configuration.

Thu, 01/31/2013 - 23:12 | 3204972 wee-weed up
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Exactly! The vulnerability of the elites is that they probably will NOT survive the revolution.

Thu, 01/31/2013 - 23:18 | 3204994 zorba THE GREEK
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We will hunt them down as we did the Nazis and bring them to justice no

matter how long it takes.

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 03:20 | 3205370 Clashfan
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Bahaha. The nazis? Hunted down? Ever read the Cisco Wheeler interview?

Who built NASA?

What is MKULTRA, and where did it come from?



Fri, 02/01/2013 - 09:01 | 3205695 Zwelgje
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Operation Paperclip

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 02:05 | 3205307 Lordflin
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What impedes the current leadership, both sides of the aisle, from leading effectively is that the vast majority are morally degenerate.

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 14:28 | 3206841 Totentänzerlied
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What ever are you talking about? They are effectively leading us FORWARD! every day.

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 03:15 | 3205367 Zerohedge fan
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Yes Sir,

I am ready!

Who's first?



Thu, 01/31/2013 - 23:22 | 3204943 francis_sawyer
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I had to laugh at this one...


Cyber attack  The hacker group Anonymous, for its part, has begun showing signs that it may seek to use its power in support of a foreign policy of its own. In November 2012, it threat-ened Egypt’s President Mohamed Morsi with cyber attack should he seek to expand his powers too far. A massive cyber attack is certainly possible in 2013


So the greatest threat we face is a truckload of fizzies in the pool at the swim meet...

Can't these geeks hack themselves up some bitcoins & get rich?

Edit: Oh look!... I take it all back... Some Encyclopedia Brown just figured out how to hack the complex cryptology of the RED ARROW button

Thu, 01/31/2013 - 23:23 | 3205008 Ineverslice
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Thank you sir, may I have another!

Thu, 01/31/2013 - 23:02 | 3204948 centerline
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Article is mostly crap.  I would go as far as to say it is propoganda... playing up (parading around) the scapegoats instead of focusing on the real elites.

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 01:12 | 3205236 scrappy
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Thu, 01/31/2013 - 23:08 | 3204968 TonyCoitus
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Hmmm, what does this mean? Let me check the manual......oh here it is........ahhh......BULLISH!

Thu, 01/31/2013 - 23:11 | 3204971 besnook
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total crap. kissinger(I THINK) said the access to informationa and the ability to widely desseminate it quickly has lead to a better informed public hindering the ability of the ruling class to do what it wants without resistance.

revolutions are fought on an empty belly. it doesn't matter how a people are governed. they better be well fed before the leaders try anything stupid. of course, it also takes an ability to synthesize information and organize so i would expect europe to break out the heavyweighted sharpened edges before the usa learns how to load a single shot 22.

Thu, 01/31/2013 - 23:12 | 3204974 palmereldritch
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 It's a cook book!!

Thu, 01/31/2013 - 23:16 | 3204984 ReptilianSlaveMaster
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As you sit there lazeyley and careles in your nice fur coat, drining your expensive starbucks coffee in front of a fire decorated in gold plates, there are 10 million gay people in America being denied the freedom to get married. Are you just going to sit there and take it like a bitch or are you going to dedicate every muscle and thought you ever had to this noble cause

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 00:02 | 3205097 Bazza McKenzie
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They have precisely the same right as everyone else, to marry someone of the opposite gender.  No discrimination.

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 00:19 | 3205131 imbtween
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Are you just going to sit there and take the homosexual agenda like a bitch or are you going to dedicate every muscle and thought you ever had to this noble cause?

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 11:43 | 3206300 knowless
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dedicate every muscle and thought to the homosexual agenda

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 00:58 | 3205218 knukles
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If they wanna get married it's none of my business, nor the state's.

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 07:48 | 3205550 Acet
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+1 This!

For all the bad rep Libertarianism gets around here, true Libertarianism (not the bullshit that passes for it in some countries) has at its core a very simple principle:

- If it doesn't harm others, anybody should be able to do whatever they want.

So, men marrying men, women marrying women, men marrying women, cross-species marriage, polygamy, drug taking, suicide, assisted suicide, drinking soda from large cups, piercings, dangerous physical activities, eating too much food - all this and more is no business of anybody other than the persons involved and if all involved are consenting adults, it's no business of the state or anybody else to intervene, much less regulate it. 

The tit-for-tat is that if you get into trouble because of those activities, don't expect any help from others.


The one single biggest problem of many societies is how Moralism has taken over common practice (think Political Correctness) and even law. It's amazing how societies are supposedly made up of mature adults and yet the law has to protect said mature adults from feeling insulted or shocked.

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 07:57 | 3205562 Ghordius
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+1 both

I maintain that a libertarian is a classical liberal that has understood the "Fallacy of the Broken Window" very well but does not want to hear anything about the "Tragedy of the Commons" - or was just raised not to care about

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 14:35 | 3206846 Totentänzerlied
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"but does not want to hear anything about the "Tragedy of the Commons""

Uh, libertarians understand the tragedy of the commons better than anyone but anarchists ...

Sat, 02/02/2013 - 08:43 | 3208876 Ghordius
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I'm not saying "does not understand", I'm saying "does not want to hear anything about..", or, bettter, "...about common tested methods of coping with them"

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 08:22 | 3205598 ZeroAvatar
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By that logic, I suppose it's ok for everyone to murder, steal or lie about everything in life. Moralism is for the birds. Let everyone just do all the drugs their spongy brains can absorb, murder some homeowner for a coupla dollars for the next fix, go out and fuck some faggot and get AIDS, then come back to your daughter and give it to her.


Common sense is for the birds too, I guess.

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 08:54 | 3205667 Ghordius
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"If it doesn't harm others" - murder and theft do harm, lies... depends

restricting morals to your own behaviour is not the same as not having morals

the concept is called victimless crime

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 11:08 | 3206144 A Lunatic
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The legitimate powers of government extend to such acts only as are injurious to others. But it does me no injury for my neighbour to say there are twenty gods, or no god. It neither picks my pocket nor breaks my leg.

-Thomas Jefferson- 

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 13:15 | 3206597 knukles
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The man understands.....

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 14:34 | 3206847 Totentänzerlied
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He also held slaves.

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 11:42 | 3206290 knowless
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explaining the utility of a commonly held morality is difficult, especailly to most people who call themselves christians.

but yeah, the state should have no hand in marriage whatsoever, heterosexual or otherwise.

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 13:13 | 3206594 knukles
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"If it harms no others"

Mwaning you or them.  And if it's your business what they do, then it's theri business what you do.
How you like that?

They'll tell you what to do...
It's a 2 way street , bud.

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 08:47 | 3205656 IamtheREALmario
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Right! I am going to try my best to NOT fall prey to the Hegelian diaelectic that has enslaved us and go for door number 3.

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 04:58 | 3205441 Rogue Trooper
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WTF with all the down votes... RSM use the sarc tag for the slower ones!

Your Gay Ass Belongs to us!

LOL BitChez!

Thu, 01/31/2013 - 23:14 | 3204987 Billy Shears
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I like it! Very catchy..."Commited to improving the 'State' of the World." God help us!

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 05:06 | 3205444 Rogue Trooper
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I, for one, welcome the self-less contributions that our intellectual betters from the WEF make to build a perfect world for us.

With hope we can have positive changeTM


Thu, 01/31/2013 - 23:21 | 3205002 chump666
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The rudderless boat is about to hit an iceberg.  Foolish humans.

Thu, 01/31/2013 - 23:26 | 3205003 EmmittFitzhume
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The "elites" are not wasting a minute of a day in finding a way to get out of this.  They have a lot of money and a lot of power.  They will find a way to keep as much of their power as they can.  The more time they have, the more power they will find ways to keep.  As long as they have the sleit of hand, they will be able to buy more time.

Thu, 01/31/2013 - 23:31 | 3205026 GeorgeHayduke
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So, the so-called 'elites" have waged class war against the 90 or so percent for decades now, and the 90 or so percent are starting to slowly wake up and suddenly we have a potential problem? I guess all is well as long as the peons know their place and stay in it without question. Kind of the plantation owner mentality at work there.

If that's the case, AND peak oil is here (which it's looking like it is, along with several other possible peaks), things are going to get a whole lot more interesting as the "elites" and the awakening peons try to out maneuver each other over what's left of the planet. Gotta wonder if the usual "elite" tactics of having the peons take it out on each other instead of them will work this time. They likely will since proud ignorance runs deep in large swaths of the peon population.

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 14:43 | 3206868 Totentänzerlied
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Any elites worthy of the title have known the state and future of energy resources since they were still in diapers. The elites need not do any "maneuvering", what a joke, they already control the entire planet, and always have. That is what means to be an "elite" - to control the things that really matter.

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 22:50 | 3208357 RockyRacoon
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The 90% have borrowed, spent, and borrowed even more that has been passed up the debt ladder to the top 10%. We are about out of credit now, so our usefulness is near an end.  Beware.  We are expendable.

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 00:28 | 3205055 Mercury
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This is the challenge: as their legitimacy gets called into question, political actors struggle to react to instability, crises and opportunities in the most effective manner…several factors are facilitating pushback against existring policies and institutions and making both governments and some private actors across the globe look increasingly fragile.

You don't say.
That's terrible!
Could it possibly be because they're...fucking up?

Let me guess - if only more power and private wealth were given to unelected, unaccountable officials, bureaucrats and state authorities those "elites" would have the resources, time and focus to lead more effectively and solve the important problems we all face.

You know this ass-clown was stuffing his face with taxpayer funded canapés and salmon soufflé ten minutes after reading this drivel at Davos...sorry, Dubai - that model of republican governance and human liberty.

Thanks Poindexter but please un-commit yourself to improving the state of the world. Right away.

This is just the kind of thing that prompted William F. Buckley to write years ago that he’d “rather be governed by the first 2,000 names in the Boston telephone directory than by the 2,000 members of the Harvard faculty."

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 03:24 | 3205372 Clashfan
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Buckley the Skull and Bones satanist who defended the official version of the JFK hit?

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 09:29 | 3205526 Mercury
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 I call them like I see them.

Stick with the "experts" if you like.

Thu, 01/31/2013 - 23:46 | 3205059 Common_Cents22
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"re-election of obama is a bright spot"  ???   fuckwads.

Fri, 02/01/2013 - 08:10 | 3205580 Ungaro
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Absolutely! For China and Russia.

Thu, 01/31/2013 - 23:54 | 3205081 Terrorist
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You have to be a real arrogant shithead to even refer to yourself as elite. This is such tunnel vision statism. A tone of not believing in empowered people.

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