Soros at Davos: Accuses Trump of 'Setting Course to Nuclear War'
- Author: Rogelio Becker Jan 28, 2018,
Jan 28, 2018, 2:01
Soros separately at Davos had, saying he has set the U.S.
Karl Popper's introduction to his classic book The Open Society and Its Enemies mentions "reactionary movements which have tried, and still try, to overthrow civilization and to return to tribalism". He argued that the USA needs to forge a better alliance with China and accept North Korea as a nuclear power.
Facebook and companies from Twitter to Apple have been confronting a mounting backlash against technology and social media, as the public grapples with a constantly connected life in which they are exposed to fake or biased news and cyber-bullying.
Billionaire George Soros used his platform at Davos on Thursday to launch an attack on Facebook, Google and other tech giants which he called a "menace" to society for their monopolistic behaviour. "They deliberately engineer addiction to the services they provide".
Criticizing Facebook and Google as exploitative monopolies, the billionaire compared the companies to the gambling industry. He warns that something "harmful and maybe irreversible is happening to human attention" because "social media companies are inducing people to give up their autonomy".
Brands and third-party content providers are also sucked into these companies because they "cannot avoid using the platform", Soros said. The business magnate believes USA internet-service companies are already tempted to give into the demand of authoritarian states in order to gain access to their markets.
"To call the world's nuclear state dire is to understate the danger and its immediacy", Bronson said.
Soros said that the companies could create, 'a web of totalitarian control the likes of which not even Aldous Huxley or George Orwell could have imagined'.
"This requires the United States to cooperate with all the interested parties, China foremost among them". He praised European Union Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager for the EU's direction on monopoly policy as well as the strengthening on its privacy and data laws, declaring her the "nemesis" of the tech titans.
Soros, speaking at the World Economic Forum annual meeting in Davos, Switzerland, also warned that the U.S. is "set on a course of nuclear war" with North Korea by refusing to accept its nuclear power status.