Note — Sep 11, 2022

The Super-Rich ‘Preppers’ Planning to Save Themselves From the Apocalypse

I mentioned ‘kleptobunkers’ in my summary of the first piece, here they are. In this excerpt from Douglas Rushkoff’s next book, Survival of the Richest, he takes us along at a meeting with some rich white guys trying to plan out their endgame, including how they might convince their security detail to stick with them when the rest of us come a knockin’. I’m pre-enjoying the schadenfreude I’ll feel when their plans crumble. I just hope I’m around to see it.

These people once showered the world with madly optimistic business plans for how technology might benefit human society. Now they’ve reduced technological progress to a video game that one of them wins by finding the escape hatch. Will it be Jeff Bezos migrating to space, Thiel to his New Zealand compound, or Mark Zuckerberg to his virtual metaverse? […]

The Mindset also includes a faith-based Silicon Valley certainty that they can develop a technology that will somehow break the laws of physics, economics and morality to offer them something even better than a way of saving the world: a means of escape from the apocalypse of their own making. […]

They were working out what I’ve come to call the insulation equation: could they earn enough money to insulate themselves from the reality they were creating by earning money in this way? Was there any valid justification for striving to be so successful that they could simply leave the rest of us behind –apocalypse or not?