Last weekend, the Sri Lanka president and prime minister resigned in wake of protesters storming their residences, and the president has since fled the country.
As an editorial from National Review on Tuesday that highlighted the “Collapse of Sri Lanka Is a Failure of Leftism,” pointed out, what happened “are the real-world consequences of government central planning.”
“Sri Lanka, under the leadership of President Gotabaya Rajapaksa, decided in April 2021 to become the world’s first all-organic country,” the editors wrote. “The government banned the use of chemical fertilizers and banned their importation. The move was pitched as creating a self-reliant economy on the island nation and hailed as a great experiment in green policy-making.”
With such an embarrassing failure that Sri Lanka turned out to be, it looks like the World Economic Forum (WEF) is trying to cover its tracks. Tucker Carlson, who discussed the turmoil on his Monday night episode of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” shared that the WEF appears to have deleted an article dated August 29, 2018 from Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe, “This is how I will make my country rich by 2025.”
The link is broken, but archives show the link was working as recently as Monday morning.
There is only the briefest of mentions about the policies that drove the Sri Lankan people to revolt, with added emphasis:
We have also played a constructive role in promoting international and regional initiatives in many areas, ranging from the environment and climate change to maritime security and migration. It is our commitment to use the strategic potential of the country, including its vibrant maritime connectivity, for enhancing friendly cooperation with all partners while reaping the economic benefits for all our peoples.
Stunningly, on Monday, amidst the turmoil in Sri Lanka, WEF published a piece on how “Transitioning to green energy is key to both tackling climate change and creating sustainable economies. Here’s why.” Recommended reading includes a piece from June 20 about “Why the global energy transition must be just and equitable.”
The World Bank has a page up on “Vision 2025: Sri Lanka’s Path to Prosperity,” from October 17, 2017. There is no mention of buzz words such as “environment” or “climate change” or “green.”
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