Saturday, January 18, 2014

Crony Capitalism 2014: Davos Is Coming

It's only 4 days until the World Economic Forum begins in Davos, Switzerland.

Consider it a convention for government officials, government apologists and crony capitalists. Treasury Secretary Jack Lew will be there.

The average age of a Davos 2014 participant is 52 for men and 49 for women. The oldest attendee will be, at 90,  Shimon Peres, President of Israel.

Presidents and prime ministers from the G20 countries who will address the Meeting include: Tony Abbott, Prime Minister of Australia and 2014 Chair of the G20; Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan; David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom; Enrico Letta, Prime Minister of Italy; Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico; Park Geun-Hye, President of the Republic of Korea; and Dilma Rousseff, President of Brazil.

Other participants will include: Didier Burkhalter, President of the Swiss Confederation and Minister of Foreign Affairs; Rania Al Abdullah, Queen of Jordan; Kofi Annan, Chairman, Kofi Annan Foundation, Switzerland; Secretary-General, United Nations (1997-2006); Roberto Azevedo, Director-General, World Trade Organization (WTO), Geneva; Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General, United Nations, New York; Eric I. Cantor, Majority Leader and Congressman from Virginia (Republican), 7th District, USA; Mark J. Carney, Governor of the Bank of England; Mario Draghi, President, European Central Bank, Frankfurt; Laurent Fabius, Foreign Minister of France; Michael Froman, US Trade Representative; Angel Gurría, Secretary-General, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), Paris; Jim Yong Kim, President, The World Bank, Washington DC; Christine Lagarde, Managing Director, International Monetary Fund (IMF), Washington DC; Patrick Leahy, Senator and President Pro Tempore of the US Senate, USA; John McCain, Senator from Arizona (Republican), USA; Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of Israel; Shimon Peres, President of Israel; Penny Pritzker, US Secretary of Commerce, Olli Rehn, Vice-President, Economic and Monetary Affairs, European Commission, Brussels; Hassan Rouhani, President of the Islamic Republic of Iran; and U Thein Sein, President of Myanmar.

The Co-Chairs of the Annual Meeting 2014 are: Aliko Dangote, President and Chief Executive Officer, Dangote Group, Nigeria; Kris Gopalakrishnan, President, Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Vice-Chairman, Infosys, India; Jiang Jianqing, Chairman of the Board, Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, People’s Republic of China; Joseph Jimenez, Chief Executive Officer, Novartis, Switzerland; Christophe de Margerie, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Total, France; Marissa Mayer, Chief Executive Officer, Yahoo, USA; and Judith Rodin, President, Rockefeller Foundation, USA.

Speakers will include:

H.R.H. Prince Turki Al Faisal Al Saud
Prince of Saudi Royal Family; Chairman, King Faisal Center for Research and Islamic Studies, Saudi Arabia

Nikesh Arora
Senior Vice-President and Chief Business Officer, Google

Maria Bartiromo
Anchor, Fox Business Network

Lloyd C. Blankfein
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Goldman Sachs Group

Lead Singer, U2; Co-Founder, (RED); Co-Founder, ONE, Ireland

Khalid A. Al Falih
President and Chief Executive Officer, Saudi Aramco, Saudi Arabia

Laurence Fink
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, BlackRock

Thomas L. Friedman
Columnist, The New York Times

William H. Gates III
Co-Chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Al Gore
Vice-President of the United States (1993-2001); Chairman and Founder, Generation Investment Management

Arianna Huffington
President and Editor-in-Chief, The Huffington Post Media Group

Muhtar A. Kent
Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, The Coca-Cola Company

Duncan Niederauer
Chief Executive Officer, NYSE

Rick Perry
Governor of Texas

Nouriel Roubini
Professor of Economics and International Business, Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University

Sheryl Sandberg
Chief Operating Officer and Member of the Board, Facebook

Joseph E. Stiglitz
Professor, School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), Columbia University

Lawrence H. Summers
Charles W. Eliot University Professor, Harvard University

Fareed Zakaria
Anchor, Fareed Zakaria - GPS, CNN


  1. "The Hows And Whys Of Gold Manipulation"

    Paul Craig Roberts has been working hard to write articles which expose the truth about how the Government is systematically dismantling the U.S. Constitution and Rule of Law and replacing them with a system of political and financial repression. He invited me to write an article with him on how the Fed/Government manipulates the gold market for the purpose of defending QE and the dollar. Here's the link:
    The Hows and Whys of Gold Manipulation

  2. They had to put Rick Perry on a panel with four other guests to reduce the odds of his making a gaffe or having a brain cramp. What didn't make the WEF release is the ten Congressional members going to Davos:

    Or the ten members of Bain and Company and other PEU's signed up on the public list:

    Surf the complete list if you want:

  3. Bloomberg is sending a Super Bowl sized team to Davos: