An idea that is repeated often in the book is that politicians are incapable of understanding the complexity of the times we live in. Democracy is too slow and unwieldy to serve the needs of extremely complex societies like ours. So it follows that ultra-intelligent people whom nobody voted for and who aren’t part of any political process should be in charge of running things globally.
This doesn’t mean that local or national governments should be disbanded. Not at all! They should be strengthened but in a singular way. These governments should have a lot of power to impose the dictates of this unelected uber-smart group of people whose interests are global and who aren’t attached to any particular territory.
Schwab obviously thinks he’s one of the uber-intelligent beings who should decide everything on a global scale. This is quite funny given that his book isn’t very smart. It’s the work of a lazy, uncurious, dogmatic mind and is riddled with errors that could be avoided if the author had bothered to use Google to verify his claims.
From the mysteriously expired quechuas to the childishly false analogies between the Bubonic plague and COVID (“these were the consequences of the Bubonic plague 400 years ago. So it must follow that the consequences of COVID will be identical!”), the quality of the argument is that of a smug freshman. The quality of the writing is worse.
This is one of the saddest things about this whole phenomenon. The only argument all of the Bill Gateses, Zuckerbergs and Schwabs ever advance is that they should be in charge because they are so much smarter than everybody else. But in reality, they aren’t even that smart. That is, they are brilliant in their narrow area of expertise, which is what made them rich. But their understanding of history, society, politics, etc is poor, and their hubris is preventing them from learning more.