Danish politician Ida Auken has written a provocative essay entitled Welcome to 2030. I own nothing, have no privacy, and life has never been better. She envisions a time when property is replaced by services, when technology provides for our every need, individual privacy gives way to the needs of the group, and government takes complete care of us.
She says that this is not a utopia that she is actually proposing but a thought experiment about where we might be heading. Still, that the essay is posted on the website of the World Economic Forum might give us pause.
The World Economic Forum is an organization of global politicians, tycoons, and celebrities that meet annually in Davos, Switzerland, to discuss the future and their plans for the rest of us. Conspiracy theorists of both the right and the left shudder at the spector of the global elites meeting to plot their world domination. But that the Davos participants are discussing this article might provoke some justified paranoia.
As Daisy Luther says, who cites the article in a critique of the proposed Universal Basic Income, all of this amounts to a restoration of feudalism–a system where the masters own everything and the peasants are kept under control in exchange for protection. [Read more…]