“I know hedge fund managers who are buying airstrips in places like New Zealand because they think they need a getaway,” said Robert Johnson at the Davos Economic Forum. Johnson believes that wealthy people are fearful of the civil unrest from growing inequality. Recent events in Ferguson, Missouri and the Occupy protests around the United States have left them cold with worry.
The packed session in Davos where Robert Johnson, a former hedge fund director for Soros, was attending focused on the usual topics like global warming and social media. But one other topic has begun to move quickly up the agenda of the annual secret meeting of the super-rich – income inequality. The mere discussion of the topic means that it will surely burst its way into the public consciousness. And they are obviously concerned about protests and civil unrest against them and their own personal security. Johnson said, that “societies can tolerate income inequality if the income floor is high enough.”
During a closing address at Davos in 2014 Jim Wallis, founder of Sojourners, has learned a lot from those behind the recent social unrest in Ferguson. He believes Ferguson was “a catalytic event” which brought a message from those who previously “didn’t’ matter.”
Others, like Helen Clark, former Prime Minister of New Zealand, believe that the protest movements will soon be forgotten. “The problem movements like these have is stickability,” because they cannot build a structure to sustain their voice.
But Clark doesn’t understand human nature nor Bible prophecy. When discontent reaches a boiling point revolutions can erupt almost overnight by a seemingly minor event. That is time to live in the country because the cities will be the main centers of the violence and civil disruptions. Clark said, “In the end this is all about redistributing income and power.”
The Davos panelists were “scathing about politicians,” describing them as holding up wet fingers to see what way the money is blowing.” Panelists could see that business needs to use technology to find ways to serve people that “don’t matter” instead of worshipping profit, otherwise the consequences could be quite severe on both politicians and businesses.
Keep in mind, that the pope and other socialist-minded world leaders have been advocating for some time that wealth must be redistributed to be more inclusive. However, instead, the income and wealth inequality has widened. And the super-rich are feeling rather insecure. They are heading for the hills, where God’s people should be to befriend them and help them. All their wealth makes them nervous when they see the signs of the times. Their accumulated wealth does not give them peace or security.
“The present is a time of overwhelming interest to all living. Rulers and statesmen, men who occupy positions of trust and authority, thinking men and women of all classes, have their attention fixed upon the events taking place about us. They are watching the strained, restless relations that exist among the nations. They observe the intensity that is taking possession of every earthly element, and they recognize that something great and decisive is about to take place–that the world is on the verge of a stupendous crisis.” Education, page 179
Sometimes, “…the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.” Luke 16:8