Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Otto von Habsburg And Klaus Schwab's World Economic Forum

Klaus Schwab welcomes participants to the inaugural European Management Symposium (Renamed the World Economic Forum) in 1971. Otto von Habsburg (left) delivered the keynote speech at the opening session Source

“All the civil governments will have one and the same plan, which will be to abolish and do away with every religious principal to make way for materialism, atheism, spiritualism and vice of all kinds. Our Lady of La Salette 19 Sept. 1846 (Published by Mélanie 1879)

“A forerunner of the Antichrist, with his troops gathered from several nations, will fight against the true Christ, the only Saviour of the world. He will shed much blood and will want to annihilate the worship of God to make himself be looked upon as a God. Our Lady of La Salette 19 Sept. 1846 (Published by Mélanie 1879)

Q: Does the Archduke have any regrets about the [renunciation] declaration of 1961?

Otto von Habsburg: No. I have no regrets, because I thought it was the right thing which I did. I wasn’t happy about it, but frankly for me, always thinking what my ancestors would do, always thinking of the tremendous responsibility one has for one’s actions before God and before the compatriots, especially compatriots who have suffered very much, you have to make your choice.

Q: How is this declaration to be interpreted?

Otto von Habsburg: As a matter coming from a given political condition, where I didn’t see any other way to achieve what was my main task.

1971 – The First Year

Schwab left Escher Wyss in 1970 and began to focus on his idea to create a platform that would allow European business and political leaders to exchange concerns, ideas and knowledge. He was particularly keen to bring together European CEOs and US business experts to discuss the latest management approaches and techniques. The forum would also promote interaction between corporate management and stakeholders. He set up a three-person office in Geneva to carry out those plans.
In January 1971, on his own financial account and risk, and after efforts to raise funding, he organized the first European Management Symposium in the Swiss alpine ski resort of Davos. Using the surplus from the event, Schwab created the European Management Forum, a nonprofit foundation that was to become the institution through which he would execute his plans for a multistakeholder platform to promote dialogue on business and political issues. That same year, Schwab married Hilde Stoll, his first Forum collaborator. She has remained his partner, trusted adviser and “social conscience”. In 1998, the couple co-founded the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, which Hilde has led since its inception.

In 1972, Klaus Schwab was named a Professor at the University of Geneva, where he lectured on business policy until 2003. While he maintained his academic role throughout that three decade period, taking on two-thirds of a professor’s full teaching load, Schwab focused much of his energy on building and expanding what in 1987 was renamed the World Economic Forum.  Source
11 FEBRUARY 2013
The Papal Abdication 

And I, who looked again, beheld a banner,
Which, whirling round, ran on so rapidly,
That of all pause it seemed to me indignant;
And after it there came so long a train
Of people, that I ne'er would have believed
That ever Death so many had undone.
When some among them I had recognised,
I looked, and I beheld the shade of him
Who made through cowardice the great refusal.
Forthwith I comprehended, and was certain,
That this the sect was of the caitiff wretches
Hateful to God and to his enemies.
These miscreants, who never were alive,
Were naked, and were stung exceedingly
By gadflies and by hornets that were there.
These did their faces irrigate with blood,
Which, with their tears commingled, at their feet
By the disgusting worms was gathered up.
Inferno iii

Commentators on Canto III have come up with a list of possible candidates of the one who made the Great Refusal. All of the names (except for the last two) are found in the work by Maria Picchio Simonelli titled: Inferno III Lecture Dantis Americana - the last two have been added by the commentator - history:

Esau (Commentator: Boccaccio; Benvenuto; Francesco da Buti; Anonimo Fiorentino)

Brother Pietro de Morrone - Pope St. Celestine V (Commentator: Graziolo; Iacopo della Lana; Iacaopo Alighieri; Gudio de Pisa; Gelli; Landino)

Diocletian (Commentator: Pietro Alighieri)

Michele di Lando - Refused to be a perpetual gonfalonier of the Florentine Republic. (Commentator: Landino)

Giano della Bella (Commentator: Pompeo Venturi)

Giano’s brother who refused to lead the Florentine people after Giano fell” Maria Picchio Simonelli (Commentator: Pompeo Venturi)

Vieri de’ Cerchi - Head of the Whites (Commentator: Barlow)

Torrigiano de' Cerchi - Father of Vieri (Commentator: Don Stefano Monini; Pietrobono)

Romulus Augustulus - last Roman emperor in the West (Commentator: Bulgarini)

Pontius Pilate (Commentator: Barbarani; Pascoli; Rostagno)

Julian the Apostate (Commentator: Bergmann)

Archduke Otto von Habsburg  - Refused his birthright in 1961 for political expediency thus leaving the Throne of Augustus vacant. (Commentator: History)

Pope Benedict XVI - Abdication 28 Feb. 2013 (Commentator: History)

Pope Benedict XVI & Otto von Hapsburg
30 November 2009

When some among them I had recognised,
I looked, and I beheld the shade of him
Who made through cowardice the great refusal.

Originally Published 11 February 2013

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