- Published on Saturday, 24 January 2015 13:30
In this week of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, Critical Thinking discussed terminology to describe those that rule the world.
Hitherto, we've referred to them as the Ruling Clique (RC) - this is regarded by some as pejorative and risks painting the ruling elite into a corner. In Sun Tzu's Art of War, he says: "Build your opponent a golden bridge to retreat across."
For the time being, we'll refer to the ruling elite as the Structural Elite (SE) because while some of their ancestors may be the original architects of the political economy, which has since evolved for their increasing benefit, many inherited their position - they are products of the system and their world view has been crafted to convince them of their right to rule.
Thus scions of political, banking and industrial dynasties and European royalty are in some senses victims, as well as beneficiaries, of the political economy. They think the way they do because they've been brainwashed from birth with a sense of entitlement, superiority and responsibility - they perceive it as their duty to rule. Their numbers are augmented by members of the military industrial – media academic complex (MIMAC), political and economic predators and the super-rich, all of whom have successfully exploited the system to arrive "at the top table".
There is evidence to suggest many of the SE have psychopathic tendencies but irrespective, they have insufficient empathy with the billions of who suffer the consequences of their geopolitical machinations to stop. Their lack of empathy is a product of their world view.
Rationally, seeking to punish the SE is counter-productive - if transition to an alternative political economy requires retribution for their crimes, they will resist such a transformation using all the levers of power at their disposal. The challenge is to demonstrate how they benefit from relinquishing their power.
The SE have their own fears which relate to their loss of power and wealth. In a competitive world of scarcity such fears are wholly rational and justified. In a co-operative world of abundance, such fears will evaporate.
We need to choose, retribution or truth and reconciliation.