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Occupy Wall Street co-founder Micah White (shown) says he is going to the annual World Economic Forum, the ultimate jet set club, to get into “the hidden Davos” where “activists and elites” engage in “joint action on the global crises,” such as global warming and income inequality.
It’s a tough, thankless job, but somebody’s got to do it: socialize with the ultra-super-rich at the most ostentatious party of conspicuous consumptiuon on the planet. Poor Micah White was picked (or volunteered) to be the sacrificial lamb for the cause, even though he knows that many of his fellow revolutionaries will accuse him of selling out. In an interview with the BBC, White, the 38-year-old co-founder of the Occupy Wall Street movement, said his decision to attend the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Switzerland, is "probably reputational suicide." Yes, the optics of a professional Marxist activist hobnobbing with the caviar-and-Rolls Royce class can be problematical. So he has some ‘splaining’ to do to quell rebellion amongst the ranks of true believers.
Culture - Assumption - Nothing - Space - White
"Within the activist culture there's an assumption that nothing good can come from that space," White said, in an interview with the BBC. But White has come to the conclusion that “marches and ‘denouncing the elites’ are not going to help combat climate change.” The BBC reports:
Instead, he now believes in forging a link between "activists and elites".
Choice - Invitation - Activist - Understanding - Change
"It was not an easy choice to accept the invitation because it goes against contemporary activist understanding of how change should be achieved," he said.
But, he added: "The global challenges that we face right now require a new attitude amongst activists and a new attitude amongst elites - and maybe we can start to get there at places like Davos."
White - Rationale - WEF - Piece - Guardian
White explained his rationale for attending the WEF in a piece he wrote for The Guardian,...
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