The Men Behind the Curtain: World Economic Forum
In part three, we are going to give the same deep-dive treatment to a group that has been significantly more active—at least outwardly—in recent decades: Klaus Schwab’s World Economic Forum
In parts one and two of our ongoing series on The Men Behind the Curtain, we covered the histories of America's most influential elitist think tanks: the Council on Foreign Relations and the Trilateral Commission.
The WEF meets annually in Davos, Switzerland, a scenic mountain resort in the eastern Alps. This annual meeting has made Davos almost synonymous with the WEF, earning regular participants the nickname ‘the Davos Group’ or ‘the Davos Crowd.’
Before I offer my findings and opinions, let's first go over what the forum claims to be.
The World Economic Forum (WEF) is an international non-governmental and lobbying organisation based in Cologny, canton of Geneva, Switzerland. It was founded on January 24, 1971, by German engineer and economist Klaus Schwab. The foundation, which is mostly funded by its 1,000 member companies – typically global enterprises with more than five billion US dollars in turnover – as well as public subsidies, views its own mission as "improving the state of the world by engaging business, political, academic, and other leaders of society to shape global, regional, and industry agendas"
So we’ve heard the sanitized explanation; now let’s hear from some of the group’s critics. According to natural health proponent, osteopathic physician, and geopolitical commentator Dr. Joseph Mercola:
WEF's ultimate goal is to do away with the democratic process and give all ownership and control to the deep state - and the technocratic elite who control it
WEF relies on fearmongering; when the population is controlled by fear, it welcomes authoritarian "protections" like increased surveillance and digital identity systems, introduced under the guise of safety, but which ultimately remove personal autonomy and freedom
WEF's goal isn't to just control life on Earth but to fundamentally change it by hacking into humans and removing free will
WEF, in partnership with investment firm BlackRock, has infiltrated the government and is colluding in corporatism, where an unelected corporate elite dictates top-down to the population (#)
I’ll leave it up to the reader to determine which outlook to take, whether it’s Wikipedia’s version, Mercola’s assessment or something in the middle. It matters little which tack one takes, because the end result will be the same. The WEF does not hide its agendas.
The meeting brings together some 3,000 paying members and hand-selected participants, among whom are investors, business leaders, political leaders, economists, celebrities, and journalists for up to five days to discuss global issues across 500 sessions. (#) With the group being a who’s who of the financial elite, it should come as no surprise that security in Davos is pretty tight.
The WEF’s purported origin story goes something like this:
First named the European Management Forum, it changed its name to the World Economic Forum in 1987 and sought to broaden its vision to include providing a platform for resolving international conflicts.
In February 1971, Schwab invited 450 executives from Western European firms to the first European Management Symposium held in the Davos Congress Centre under the patronage of the European Commission and European industrial associations, where Schwab sought to introduce European firms to American management practices. He then founded the WEF as a nonprofit organization based in Geneva and drew European business leaders to Davos for the annual meetings each January.”
This is, of course, the Wikipedia version of how the forum came to be, and in typical Wikipedia fashion, it completely leaves out the key details that led to WEF’s creation. This version would have you believe that the forum was a purely European creation, but according to various researchers, including investigative journalist Whitney Webb, details that tie the Forum to the United States Council on Foreign Relations and Rockefeller protégé Henry Kissinger were intentionally omitted.
Before we get into the dirty details, let’s learn more about the man at the helm, and take a look back at some of his family’s historic achievements.
Klaus Schwab’s Family History and the Founding of the World Economic Forum
Klaus Schwab, the owner, chairman, and creator of the WEF has been called the “most dangerous man in the world.” (#) Schwab is billed as a “German engineer and economist” who earned his doctorate in engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, a doctorate in economics from the University of Fribourg, and a Master of Public Administration degree from the John F Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Klaus is an instantly-recognizable fellow, with a permanent scowl and the voice of a cartoon supervillain (and a backstory to boot.) The 78-year-old WEF founder is not an extroverted charmer who ensnares his guests with oceans of charisma. He put it in an interview as follows: "I'm not a marketing man in my own right, but - if you like - an antisocial figure."
Journalist Jurgen Dunsch has stated: "Schwab is not a buddy type. He rarely laughs." (#)
If one were to dig into Schwab’s family history, one might notice some interesting facts regarding his father, Eugene Schwab, and a connection to Nazi Germany.
In the 1930s, in the years leading up to the German annexation of Poland, Eugene Schwab managed the Escher-Wyss factory and was the largest employer in Ravensburg. Adolf Hitler’s own Nazi party awarded the Escher-Wyss Ravensburg branch the title of "National Socialist Model Company" while Schwab was at the helm. (#)
Some believe this amounted to an attempt by the Nazis to woo the Swiss company into cooperating in the coming war. Ravensburg was a peculiar location during the war, and the presence of the Red Cross, and a rumored agreement with various companies, including Escher-Wyss saw the allied forces publicly agree to not target the town.
Ravensburg was not classified as a significant military target throughout the war, and for that reason, the town still maintains many of its original features. However, much darker things were afoot in Ravensburg once the war began. Eugen Schwab continued to manage the "National Socialist Model Company" for Escher-Wyss, and the Swiss company would aid the Nazi Wermacht in producing significant weapons of war as well as more basic armaments. (#)
The Escher-Wyss company was a leader in “large turbine technology for hydroelectric dams and power plants,” but they also manufactured parts for German fighter planes. They were also intimately involved in much more sinister projects happening behind the scenes that, if completed, could have changed the outcome of World War II: the Nazi Atom-Bomb Project.
Schwab's father’s troublesome exploits didn’t stop there; he was also allegedly involved in another infamous Nazi practice.
Back in the Escher-Wyss factory in Ravensburg, Eugen Schwab had been busy putting forced laborers to work at his model Nazi company. During the years of World War II, nearly 3,600 forced laborers worked in Ravensburg, including at Escher Wyss. According to the city archivist in Ravensburg, Andrea Schmuder, the Escher-Wyss machine factory in Ravensburg employed between 198 and 203 civil workers and POWs during the war.
Historian Karl Schweizer states that,
“Escher-Wyss maintained a small, special camp for forced laborers on the factory premises.”
As we mentioned earlier, Schwab founded the European Management Forum in 1971, which would change its name to the World Economic Forum more than a decade later, in 1987. What historians forget to mention is that while attending Harvard in the 1960s, Schwab became quick friends with then-professor and CFR member Henry Kissinger, a man who has guided him to this day, and was just as instrumental in the creation of the World Economic Forum as Schwab himself. (#)
Dissenting researchers have claimed that the World Economic Forum is not a European creation at all. In reality, it is instead an operation that emanates from the public policy grandees of the Kennedy, Johnson, and Nixonian eras of American politics, all of whom had ties to the Council on Foreign Relations and the associated “Round Table” Movement, with a supporting role played by the Central Intelligence Agency.
Apparently, Kissinger would recruit Schwab at the International seminar at Harvard, which had been funded by the CIA. Although this funding was exposed the year Klaus Schwab left Harvard, the connection has gone largely unnoticed.
The goal, it would seem, is to create an American Empire-led international version of the CFR and Trilateral Commission that is expanded to include all nations with an emphasis on the marriage between economic/social policy and technology. There are three men who could be seen as the true progenitors of the Davos group: Henry Kissinger, John K. Galbraith, and Herman Kahn.
The Three Wisemen
Henry Alfred Kissinger is a deep politician who is both a Nobel Prize winner and a war criminal. Kissinger rose to prominence under the tutelage of Fritz G. A. Kraemer and David Rockefeller. Kissinger's greatest hits include a phone call to Richard Nixon in April of 1969 where he advised the use of nuclear weapons in Vietnam, running the Chile coup d’etat in 1973 and a role in the assassination of Orlando Letelier, among countless others. (#)
Unfortunately, a comprehensive history of the meteoric rise of Henry Kissinger couldn’t be done proper justice here, but is perhaps a SubStack for another day. Suffice it to say, Kissinger has long been a major player in the international intelligence apparatus and the deep politics of not only America but the whole world. For our purposes, we’ll stick to the details that are relevant to the creation of the World Economic Forum.
In the mid-fifties, Kissinger would be recommended to the Council on Foreign Relations by the dean of Harvard at the time, McGeorge Bundy, who is another renowned US deep-state actor. (#) At the CFR, Kissinger would start managing a study group on nuclear weapons. From 1956 to 1958, Kissinger was the Director of Special Studies for the Rockefeller Brothers Fund (David Rockefeller was vice president of the CFR during this period,) and directed multiple panels to produce reports on national defense that would gain international attention. In 1957, Kissinger would seal his place as a leading establishment figure on thermonuclear war after publishing ‘Nuclear Weapons and Foreign Policy,’ a book published for the Council on Foreign Relations by Harper & Brothers.
An event that took place in December of 1966 could be seen as a prototype for the sort of semi-public discussion panels that the World Economic Forum employs at their annual meetings today. The event was announced by then Assistant Secretary of State for European Affairs, John M Leddy, and was described as a 22-man panel of advisors to help “shape European policy.” The five most prominent members of this panel of advisors included: Henry A. Kissinger, representing Harvard; Robert Osgood of the Washington Center for Foreign Policy Research (funded by Ford, Rockefeller, and Carnegie money,) Melvin Conant of Rockefeller’s Standard Oil, Warner R Schilling of Columbia University, and Raymond Vernon, also of Harvard. (#)
Other attendees would include members of the CFR, the Ford Foundation, and representatives from other leading American universities. This panel has been described as having laid the foundation for the WEF.
A decade later, Kissinger would be included in a group of twenty-nine “American authorities on Germany” and would sign a statement claiming that recent state elections in West Germany did not indicate a rebirth of Nazism. (#) This statement was meant to indicate that Europe was undergoing a fresh start, that the horrors of the World Wars were but memories of a dead era and that a new era of trustworthy and sophisticated European elites had dawned. This would eventually culminate in what we refer to today as “the Davos man.”
What this new, more sophisticated Europe truly represented was American involvement in European policy creation. This budding enclave would need to become an organized institution, and it would also need a figurehead. It was around this time that Klaus Schwab first caught the eye of Henry A. Kissinger.
As we previously covered, Kissinger was the executive director of the International seminar in 1967, which Schwab often mentions when recollecting the time he spent at Harvard. This would also be the year it was reported that various Harvard programs had been receiving funding from the CIA. This included but was not limited to $135,000 in funding for Kissinger’s Seminar, funding which Kissinger claimed he was unaware had come from the agency.
In a nutshell, the evidence suggests that Klaus Schwab was recruited by Kissinger into his circle of “Round Table” imperialists via a CIA-funded program at Harvard University. This CIA-funded seminar would be a gateway for Schwab to the extremely well-connected American policy-makers who would help him construct the most powerful European public policy institute the world has ever known, the World Economic Forum.
Kissinger wasn’t Schwab’s only guiding confidant; he was also advised by John K. Galbraith (or Ken Galbraith) and Herman Kahn. Galbraith was a Canadian-American diplomat, economist, policymaker and general intellectual. He was a disciple of John Maynard Keynes, the renowned economist who is celebrated by mainstream historians for having revolutionized how economics is taught and practiced in the west. Those who dig deeper have shown Keynes to have been a Bolshevik, a Pedophile and a lackey of the international banking cartels.(#)
It was Keynes who said,
“By a continuous process of inflation, governments can confiscate, secretly and unobserved, an important part of the wealth of their citizens. By this method, they not only confiscate, but they confiscate arbitrarily; and while the process impoverishes many, it actually enriches some …The process engages all of the hidden forces of economic law on the side of destruction, and does it in a manner that not one man in a million can diagnose."
- John Maynard Keynes Economic Consequences of the Peace, 1920
Galbraith would become just as involved in the machinations of the elite as his mentor; he would go on to found co-found the organization, Americans for Democratic Action, alongside others including Eleanor Roosevelt, Arthur Schlesinger Jr. and Ronald Reagan. In 1948, Galbraith would return to Harvard as a lecturer in Agricultural Forestry and Land-Use Policy. Soon after, he would be installed as a Professor at Harvard, where he would meet Klaus Schwab.
In the late 1960s, Kissinger and Galbraith were considered two of the foremost lecturers, authors and educators in America. Both men were increasingly focused on the creation of foreign policies for both America and the emerging new Europe. It was around this time that Kissinger would introduce Schwab to Galbraith, and Galbraith would eventually help Schwab make the World Economic Forum a reality.
Herman Kahn, the third man responsible for helping Schwab create the WEF, was an atheist Jew from New Jersey. Kahn was associated with the Hudson Institute and the RAND Corporation. He wrote various reports on the practicality of nuclear deterrence, which would eventually become military policy. Princeton would publish Kahn’s seminal work ‘On Thermonuclear War.’ This work would have a long-lasting impact on global politics and would drive American establishment politicians to create a foreign policy specifically designed to counter the potential worst-case thermonuclear scenario. Upon the release of this work, the Israeli-American sociologist Amitai Etzioni would be quoted as saying,
“Kahn does for nuclear arms what free-love advocates did for sex: he speaks candidly of acts about which others whisper behind closed doors."
Khan has been affectionately described as “the real-life Dr. Strangelove," and when asked about the comparison, Khan told Newsweek, “Kubrick is a friend of mine. He told me Dr. Strangelove wasn’t supposed to be me.” But over the decades’ students and researchers of Kubrick’s work would point out the similarities between Stanley Kubrick’s classic character and the real-life Herman Kahn.
In an essay written for the Council on Foreign Relations in July 1966, entitled, Our Alternatives in Europe, Kahn states:
“Existing U.S. policy has generally been directed to the political and economic as well as the military integration or unification of Western Europe as a means to European security. Some have seen unification as a step toward the political unity of the West as a whole, or even of the world. Thus, the achievement of some more qualified form of integration or federation of Europe, and of Europe with America, has also been held to be an intrinsically desirable goal, especially as national rivalries in Europe have been seen as a fundamentally disruptive force in modern history; hence their suppression, or accommodation in a larger political framework, is indispensable to the future stability of the world.”
This statement has been seen as hinting at a Unified American and European superstate.
In addition, Khan would encourage the marriage of long-term planning with the state of technology and its growth. This was first exemplified in his work ‘The Year 2000: A Framework for Speculation on the Next Thirty-Three Years.’ In this book, Khan attempts to predict where we would be technologically by the end of the century.
There was another document released soon after Kahn’s The Year 2000, which had been written simultaneously. That document entitled, Ancillary Pilot Study for the Educational Policy Research Program: Final Report, was basically a layout for how to achieve the future society Kahn’s work in The Year 2000 had envisaged.
Under a section titled ‘Special Educational Needs of Decision-Makers,’ the paper states:
“The desirability of explicitly educated decision-makers so that they are better able, in effect, to plan the destiny of the nation, or to carry out the plans formulated through a more democratic process, should be very seriously considered. One facet of this procedure would be the creation of a shared set of concepts, shared language, shared analogies, shared references …”
He goes on to state in the same section that,
“Universal re-teaching in the spirit of the humanistic tradition of Europe—at least for its comprehensive leadership group—might be useful in many ways.”
In so many words, what Kahn is advocating for in these works is the systematic subversion of democracy in favor of a small group of similarly trained—or groomed—individuals deciding what our shared values as a society should be. Anyone who has taken the time to observe the World Economic Forum can tell you, this is exactly what they are doing today.
When asked about what he does at the Hudson Institute, another prominent elite think tank in the same vein as the Trilateral Commission or the Council on Foreign Relations, Kahn said,
“We take God’s view. The President’s view. Big. Aerial. Global. Galactic. Ethereal. Spatial. Overall. Megalomania is the standard occupational hazard.”
By 1970, Kahn would be traveling to Europe with Galbraith in support of Klaus Schwab’s recruitment drive for the first European Management Symposium. In 1971, Kahn would be sitting center stage to watch John Kenneth Galbraith’s keynote speech at the historic first session of the policy-making organization that would eventually become the World Economic Forum.
The Forum Carries the Torch
As the next half century droned on, due attention was finally being called to the infamous Council on Foreign Relations and the budding Trilateral Commission, so much so that by the time the era of Barrack Obama had come around, independent outlets were rushing to list all the members of his cabinet who belonged to these groups. (#) (#) Unfortunately, technology was becoming increasingly effective at diverting the attention of the masses, and in many cases, these revelations fell on deaf ears.
By the end of Obama’s last term, the WEF had become so brazen that they were essentially letting the proverbial cat out of the bag. The elites were now completely unafraid to say the quiet parts out loud, albeit in disarming language.
We are only beginning to see the big picture come into focus. To better understand, let’s consider where the elitist mindset was in the early seventies.
The Club of Rome’s founder, Aurelio Peccei published his controversial book ‘The Limits to Growth,’ a book that took a very Malthusian approach to overpopulation. The book would be the genesis for the sort of language we commonly hear coming out of Davos, particularly in regard to “sustainability” and “population control.” Peccei would be invited by Schwab to make the keynote speech at the 1973 World Economic Forum. This risqué public relations strategy paid dividends for Schwab and his organization. From that point on, the forum would grow in size, scale and power.
In the years that followed, Schwab would become much more than just a technocrat and more closely resembles a herald for the inevitable push toward transhumanism. He has been very vocal about his intention to fuse his physical and biological identities with future technology.
But what are the fruits of all this technocratic, long-term planning? We’ve seen the advent of the Environmental Social Governance Score—or ESG—which has been a disaster for just about everyone except for China. We’ve also seen a huge push toward “net-zero” carbon emissions, something that is crippling economies worldwide. And then there’s the big push for Transhumanism, which is the pet project of Schwab advisor, and all-around ghoulish bummer, Yuval Noah Hirari.
Here is a taste of one of Harari’s greatest hits:
As Schwab endures the autumn of his life, he appears to be desperate to push forward a radical futurist agenda with the obvious potential for global disaster. Some believe that the World Economic Forum is reaching its maximum level of expansion before its inevitable collapse. Eventually, those people who love their own national identities will stand up against the immediate threat to their specific cultures and fight back against globalist rule.
Unfortunately for Schwab and friends, you cannot make everyone a globalist, no matter how much brainwashing is applied. There is a natural contradiction between national freedom and globalist rule, which make the two completely incompatible. This is why the Davos crowd views patriotic Americans with contempt, especially 2nd amendment enthusiasts.
Try as they may, the key agendas that the forum is pushing forward is being increasingly seen as undesirable. For example, the WEF put a lot of stake in Mark Zuckerberg’s Metaverse, a venture that has so far fallen flat on its face. BlackRock CEO Laurence Fink’s ESG gambit seems to be ruffling feathers across the globe as well—except in China, of course, where Fink has chosen to turn a blind eye. As for the latest push—Central Bank Digital Currencies or CBDCs—2023 will likely be the year we see the WEF and the banking cartels go all in. (#) (#)
So, what have we learned about the men behind the curtain?
They certainly love their secrecy, we’ve learned that these clandestine think tanks arguably have more of a role in shaping our society than our own elected officials and that the CIA grooms the players through our own Ivy League schools.
Admittedly, we’ve barely scratched the surface when it comes to the machinations of the ruling elite. We haven’t even touched on what Schwab calls “the Great Reset” or the “Golden Narrative.” Others have done this in great detail, and I hope you seek them out, but hopefully, now you have a better understanding of how the World Economic Forum came to be and the truth behind the veneer of progressivism and “sustainability.”
The only sustainability they are concerned with is the sustainability of their control over society. The more we learn, and the more we speak, the looser their grip becomes.
The World Economic Forum will be convening in Davos later this month, and I hope you pay close attention to everything that is said there. Knowing thy enemy is critical in this fight, and we are at a disadvantage. With the state of technology and data collection, it is safe to say that, in most cases, they know us more intimately than we know ourselves.
We need to know our enemy.
It is not our neighbors. It is not even the puppets in Congress; it is the intellectual international elite, and they happen to be in the weakest position we’ve ever seen them in before.