Opinions like this are always considered in the domain of paranoia and conspiracy theories, but rich people are speaking openly about it too. Some mainstream media also wrote articles about rich people and their fears and buying homes in New Zealand.
I wrote several times that American billionaires that own military industry privatize the state already 30 years and one day they can bankrupt the state and they (their private companies) will overtake the role of the state (defense and all the rest). Those who own defense system, they control the regions, they have the force, they are the law. But beside bankruptcy, rich people also think that capitalism is not able to feed all people in this world, there are too many slaves and they want to lower the number of people, they can do it by wide-spreading diseases in Africa and other poor regions and when they bankrupt the state, their companies will decide how many people will survive in each region they control. Something similar to the movie Hunger Games, Hollywood is also connected with the CIA, but people think, oh, it is just a movie. At this moment, it is just a movie, but more and more movies are made to foresee the future: climate changes and disaster movies, hunger games and regions controlled by evil corporations, and so on. But still they didn’t make a movie about the wall against Mexico and European walls/borders that are created in the last period with the excuse to stop refugees. At this moment, it is made to stop refugees, but if they know the future, something they don’t speak to the public, these walls can be created because of bankruptcy and disorder that will become reality if the US bankrupt. The EU and US economies are strongly connected, if one bankrupt, another one will bankrupt too. But as I said, to bankrupt America, they must first dismantle Russia and China, separate it into many small regions, the same as they did in Libya, they can’t bankrupt America as long as there are big strong states. They don’t make wars any more in order to exploit oil and natural resources (and humans), they make wars to profit from the war and to create chaos, disorder that will be under their control and that will bring them profit on the long term basis.
In the first seven days after Donald Trump’s election, 13,401 Americans registered with New Zealand’s immigration authorities, the first official step toward seeking residency—more than seventeen times the usual rate. In the past six years, nearly a thousand foreigners have acquired residency there under programs that mandate certain types of investment of at least a million dollars. The managing director of Triple Star Management, a New Zealand construction firm, said that American clients also ask: ‘Where in New Zealand is not going to be long-term affected by rising sea levels?’
So, more and more US billionaires are buying homes in New Zealand in the last several years, I asked myself, why they do it? America is not good? America is so big, they have plenty of space, why they go to isolated places? If you want to escape just from climate changes, going to the EU Alps is enough and there are high peaks in the US too. They just need to build a holiday house in the mountains, to escape from the floods in the cities and from high temperatures. But they don’t escape just from climate changes, they escape from chaos and eventual nuclear war (against Russia). Before several weeks, there was the earthquake in NZ and I was thinking: oh shit, rich people chose the wrong place to escape. NZ is far away, even nuclear radiation would not come so far, but NZ can be hit by earthquakes and by climate changes: the rise of the level of the sea, big storms, high and low temperatures that kill production of food. The only other option is Island and small islands like Fiji, French Polynesia, Hawaii that are really far away from any nuclear radiation, but I don’t think that small islands in the middle of the ocean will survive climate changes. Therefore, they chose New Zealand, it is warm and has developed economy, they would not miss new technologies (fuel, helicopters, cars, electricity, etc), there are also high peaks 3000m. Here is the map of nuclear power in Australia, there are sites that are near to NZ too: https://australianmap.net/embed-large/
I think only north Canada, Greenland and Island are far away from any nuclear radiation and enough huge to survive climate changes, although they would be damaged too. The biggest problem for humans, in the case of climate changes, is the production of food, people can live even in primitive houses like before 200 years, but they can’t live without food, agriculture depends from steady temperatures, if you get storm at the wrong time, corn and many plants will be destroyed.
But here are stories of rich people, what they say… if you want to read the whole articles, here are the links:
Steve Huffman, the thirty-three-year-old co-founder and C.E.O. of Reddit, which is valued at six hundred million dollars, made a laser eye surgery, he hopes that it will improve his odds of surviving a disaster, whether natural or man-made. He is focused on the aftermath, “the temporary collapse of our government and structures,” as he puts it. “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.” He saw a disaster movie: “Everybody’s trying to get out, and they’re stuck in traffic. That scene happened to be filmed near my high school. I need to own a motorcycle because everybody else is screwed.” Huffman also thinks that it is stupid to wait for help instead to prepare yourself. He thinks that the Federal Emergency Management Agency, stands for “Foolishly Expecting Meaningful Aid.” Over the years, Huffman has become increasingly concerned about basic American political stability and the risk of large-scale unrest. He said, “Some sort of institutional collapse, then you just lose shipping—that sort of stuff.” He calls it W.R.O.L. “without rule of law.” He has witnessed how social media can magnify public fear. Long before the financial crisis became front-page news, early signs appeared in user comments on Reddit.
Yishan Wong, an early Facebook employee, was the C.E.O. of Reddit from 2012 to 2014. He, too, had eye surgery for survival purposes, eliminating his dependence, as he put it, “on a nonsustainable external aid for perfect vision.”
Antonio García Martínez, a forty-year-old former Facebook product manager living in San Francisco, bought five wooded acres on an island in the Pacific Northwest and brought in generators, solar panels, and thousands of rounds of ammunition. García Martínez wanted a refuge that would be far from cities but not entirely isolated. “All these dudes think that one guy alone could somehow withstand the roving mob,” he said. “No, you’re going to need to form a local militia. You just need so many things to actually ride out the apocalypse.”
In private Facebook groups, wealthy survivalists swap tips on gas masks, bunkers, and locations safe from the effects of climate change. One member, the head of an investment firm, said, “I keep a helicopter gassed up all the time, and I have an underground bunker with an air-filtration system.” “A lot of my friends do the guns and the motorcycles and the gold coins. That’s not too rare anymore.”
Tim Chang, a forty-four-year-old managing director at Mayfield Fund, a venture-capital firm, said, “he and his wife, who is in technology, keep a set of bags packed for themselves and their four-year-old daughter, if there is a civil war or a giant earthquake that cleaves off part of California, we want to be ready”.
Marvin Liao, a former Yahoo executive who is now a partner at 500 Startups, a venture-capital firm, took classes in archery, he wants to be rady to protect his wife, daughter and water, food and other recources from other people.
In recent years, survivalism has been edging deeper into mainstream culture. In 2012, National Geographic Channel launched “Doomsday Preppers,” a reality show featuring a series of Americans bracing for what they called S.H.T.F. (when the “shit hits the fan”). The première drew more than four million viewers, and, by the end of the first season, it was the most popular show in the channel’s history. A survey commissioned by National Geographic found that forty per cent of Americans believed that stocking up on supplies or building a bomb shelter was a wiser investment than a 401(k), a retirement savings plan.
Reid Hoffman, the co-founder of LinkedIn and a prominent investor, recalls telling a friend that he was thinking of visiting New Zealand. “Oh, are you going to get apocalypse insurance?” the friend asked. New Zealand, he discovered, is a favored refuge in the event of a cataclysm. Hoffman said, “Saying you’re ‘buying a house in New Zealand’ is kind of a wink, wink, say no more. But he thinks it is not so irrational to prepare yourself. “Our food supply is dependent on G.P.S., logistics, and weather forecasting,” he said, “and those systems are generally dependent on the Internet, and the Internet is dependent on D.N.S.”—the system that manages domain names and there was a large-scale hack on October 21st, which disrupted the Internet in North America and Western Europe.
Max Levchin, a founder of PayPal and of Affirm, thinks contrary, he criticizes such way of thinking in the sense that people think only about themselves, how to save their ass, and don’t spend their money to find solutions. “It’s one of the few things about Silicon Valley that I actively dislike—the sense that we are superior giants who move the needle and, even if it’s our own failure, must be spared.” “I typically ask people, ‘So you’re worried about the pitchforks. How much money have you donated to your local homeless shelter?’ This connects the most, in my mind, to the realities of the income gap. All the other forms of fear that people bring up are artificial.” In his view, this is the time to invest in solutions, not escape.
But how much he is really considering for the society and how much he thinks he can make money from people’s fear, considering they are rich and scared, they can be convinced to give money for “solutions”, for example for homeless shelters that keep homeless forever homeless (it is just a business).
Robert H. Dugger worked as a lobbyist for the financial industry before he became a partner at the global hedge fund Tudor Investment Corporation, he retired to focus on “philanthropy” and his investments. He recognized his chance to make money from fears. He believes he can convince people they should not escape than spend their money for solutions. He has seen two very different responses. “People know the only real answer is, Fix the problem,” he said. “It’s a reason most of them give a lot of money to good causes.” At the same time, though, they invest in the mechanics of escape. He recalled a dinner in New York City after 9/11 and the bursting of the dot-com bubble: “A group of centi-millionaires and a couple of billionaires were working through end-of-America scenarios and talking about what they’d do. Most said they’ll fire up their planes and take their families to Western ranches or homes in other countries.” One of the guests was skeptical, Dugger said. “He leaned forward and asked, ‘Are you taking your pilot’s family, too? And what about the maintenance guys? If revolutionaries are kicking in doors, how many of the people in your life will you have to take with you?’ The questioning continued. In the end, most agreed they couldn’t run.”
Robert A. Johnson is managing director at the hedge fund Soros Fund Management. In 2009, after the onset of the financial crisis, he was named head of a think tank, the Institute for New Economic Thinking. He said his neighbors are hedge-fund managers, more and more were saying, ‘You’ve got to have a private plane. You have to assure that the pilot’s family will be taken care of, too. They have to be on the plane.’ Johnson was sounding the alarm: the tensions produced by acute income inequality were becoming so pronounced that some of the world’s wealthiest people were taking steps to protect themselves. At the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Johnson told the audience, “I know hedge-fund managers all over the world who are buying airstrips and farms in places like New Zealand because they think they need a getaway.”
The National Bureau of Economic Research published a new analysis, half of American adults have been “completely shut off from economic growth since the 1970s.” Approximately a hundred and seventeen million people earn, on average, the same income that they did in 1980, while the typical income for the top one per cent has nearly tripled. Johnson said, “If we had a more equal distribution of income, and much more money and energy going into public school systems, parks and recreation, the arts, and health care, it could take an awful lot of sting out of society. We’ve largely dismantled those things.” As public institutions deteriorate, élite anxiety has emerged as a gauge of our national predicament. “Why do people who are envied for being so powerful appear to be so afraid?” Johnson asked. “What does that really tell us about our system?” He added, “It’s a very odd thing. You’re basically seeing that the people who’ve been the best at reading the tea leaves—the ones with the most resources, because that’s how they made their money—are now the ones most preparing to pull the rip cord and jump out of the plane.”
Larry Hall, the C.E.O. of the Survival Condo Project, a fifteen-story luxury apartment complex built in an underground Atlas missile silo, spent 20 million dollars to renew a site conceived for the Soviet nuclear threat. The interior can support a total of seventy-five people. It has enough food and fuel for five years off the grid; by raising tilapia in fish tanks, and hydroponic vegetables under grow lamps, with renewable power, it could function indefinitely, Hall said. He created twelve private apartments: full-floor units were advertised at three million dollars; a half-floor was half the price. He has sold every unit, except one for himself, he said. It is interesting that Hall, went on to specialize in networks and data centers for Northrop Grumman, Harris Corporation, and other defense contractors. The same defense contractors that plan to bankrupt the US and overtake the role of the state. Hall surmised that “there is a deliberate move by the people in Congress to dumb America down. Why would Congress do that? They don’t want people to be smart to see what’s going on in politics,” he said. In any case, Hall is building a second underground complex, with a three times bigger living space. Hall said that he was working on private bunkers for clients in Idaho and Texas, and that two technology companies had asked him to design “a secure facility for their data center and a safe haven for their key personnel, if something were to happen.”
Tyler Allen, a real-estate developer in Lake Mary, Florida, paid three million dollars for one of Hall’s condos. Allen said he worries that America faces a future of “social conflict” and government efforts to deceive the public. He suspects that the Ebola virus was allowed to enter the country in order to weaken the population.