Super-Rich Prepare for Their Doomsday by John Steele

So, it is not just crazies like me who are getting ready for doomsday – according to an article in the New Yorker.com, January 30, 2017, so are the super-rich:
http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/01/30/doomsday-prep-for-the-super-rich.

Thus, the co. founder of Reddit has had laser eye surgery not to look cool, but to improve his survival chances come one of a number of possible disasters, and the aftermath, “the temporary collapse of our government and structures.” What has he prepped? “I own a couple of motorcycles. I have a bunch of guns and ammo. Food. I figure that, with that, I can hole up in my house for some amount of time.”
Well, if a million refugees come a’ knockin,’ good luck with that one.

Others build their sustainable autonomous bases away from where they work, with IT geeks building refuges distant from the major cities, jammed pack with lots of yummy guns and ammo and the trimmings. And the geeks seem to have read the survivalism “redoubt” literature: “you’re going to need to form a local militia. You need so many things to actually ride out the apocalypse.” So true.

Another investment firm dude is quoted as saying: “I keep a helicopter gassed up all the time, and I have an underground bunker with an air-filtration system.” Not bad for a beginner. But he has obviously not thought about the pilot, his family and maintenance crew.

Other capitalist types now discuss backup plans and places to escape to when the plebs rise up with pitch forks, wanting their heads. Countries that might be safe havens are a hot topic over cold wine. They all have yuppie bugout bags, ready to go. Silicon Valley types are big on this, apparently, many believing that the breakdown of society is imminent.

 

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