Many of the world’s richest seem to earnestly believe that some kind of apocalyptic “event” is coming and have prepared accordingly.
You might have read about this before — such as in the New Yorker’s deep dive back in January 2017 — but billionaire doomsday preppers are back in the news again thanks to a new viral article penned by professor and media theorist Douglas Rushkoff.
In it Rushkoff gives some insight on the grave manner in which some of the business elite are going about preparing for a doomsday, – which he learned first-hand after receiving an invitation to speak with some one-percenters.
Slowly but surely however – they edged into their real topics of concern.
Which region will be less impacted by the coming climate crisis: New Zealand or Alaska?
Is Google really building Ray Kurzweil a home for his brain and will his consciousness live through the transition or will it die and be reborn as a whole new one?
Finally the CEO of a brokerage house explained that he had nearly completed building his own underground bunker system and asked ‘How do I maintain authority over my security force after the event?’
That was their euphemism for the environmental collapse – social unrest – nuclear explosion – unstoppable virus or Mr. Robot hack that takes everything down.
This single question occupied us for the rest of the hour.
They knew armed guards would be required to protect their compounds from the angry mobs.
But how would they pay the guards once money was worthless?
What would stop the guards from choosing their own leader?
The billionaires considered using special combination locks on the food supply that only they knew.
Or making guards wear disciplinary collars of some kind in return for their survival.
Or maybe building robots to serve as guards and workers?—?if that technology could be developed in time.