Is Atlas Shrugging In Davos?

The World Economic Forum is underway in Davos. The global capital markets are off to one of their worst years ever, the threat of terrorism hangs over us, like the Sword of Damocles, GDP growth, except in a few countries, is not keeping pace with population growth. As 2500 rich, powerful, and famous (mostly) men meet in the Swiss resort, one cannot help but wonder if Ayn Rand’s Atlas is Shrugging? The movers and shakers have ensconced themselves during this, particularly turbulent time. Their instructions are not to address our current woes but to look for new ideas. One of the themes is the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Really, the Fourth Industrial Revolution? Isn’t this tantamount to a strike as Rand’s novel depicted? The Fourth Industrial Revolution offers a periodization of…


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