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"Nowhere Man" meets "Davos Man"

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Diana Moon, whose blog Letter from Gotham I LOVE (!) emailed this version of John Lennon's "Nowhere Man." Well, if you've read my last post that is certainly an appropriate way to mark the generational link betwen Woodstock and Davos... Well, something like that.



Davos Man

He's a real Davos Man,
Sitting in his Davos Land,
Making all his Davos plans
for nobody.

Doesn't have a point of view,
Knows not where he's going to,
Isn't he a bit like you and me?
Davos Man, please listen,
You don't know what you're missing,
Davos Man, the world is at your command.

He's as blind as he can be,
Just sees what he wants to see,
Davos Man can you see me at all?
Davos Man, don't worry,
Take your time, don't hurry,
Leave it all till somebody else
lends you a hand.
Doesn't have a point of view,
Knows not where he's going to,
Isn't he a bit like you and me?

Davos Man, please listen,
You don't know what you're missing,
Davos Man, the world is at your command…

Davos Shmavos: Globalization, Interrupted?

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Little minds and lushy lips (plus Bill Gates) for a small world

Davos: I should have found a seat next to the door. Really have to go to the potty
Woodstock: It's so groovy -- man




Now... Where would you want to be?


For members of the 1960's generation it was the 1969 rock concert at Woodstock. If you were there, you were part of the countercultural "mini-nation" in which minds were open, drugs were all but legal and love was "free". Indeed, Woodstock became part of the cultural lexicon of the 1960's. As Watergate is the codeword for the national crisis of confidence of that age, Woodstock has become an instant adjective denoting youthful hedonism and 60's excess. "What we had here was a once-in-a-lifetime occurrence," according to Woodstock "historian" Bert Feldman. "Dickens said it first: 'It was the best of times. It was the worst of times'. It's an amalgam that will never be reproduced again."
And then came Da…