(NationalSentinel) Left-wing, uber-rich “preppers” are concerned enough about a coming civil war in America they are snatching up property halfway around the world in tiny New Zealand-and the locals don’t care for that much.
As reported by writer Evan Osnos, the super rich are preparing for the crack-up of civilization, as a wave of populism sweeps the globe and returns power from the elite to the people.
Steve Huffman, the thirty-three-year-old co-founder and C.E.O. of Reddit, which has been valued at $600 million, is typical.
“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 told the New Yorker. He says he’s less worried about a major pandemic or a dirty bomb that the aftermath, “the temporary collapse of our government and structures.”
As the recently-completed presidential election cycle revealed, America-thanks largely to the angry Left-was exposed as being bitterly divided in terms of politics, and wide chasms apart, culturally.
The New Yorker added:
Last spring, as the Presidential campaign exposed increasingly toxic divisions in America, 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. “When society loses a healthy founding myth, it descends into chaos,” he told me. The author of “Chaos Monkeys,” an acerbic Silicon Valley memoir, 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.” Once he started telling peers in the Bay Area about his “little island project,” they came “out of the woodwork” to describe their own preparations, he said. “I think people who are particularly attuned to the levers by which society actually works understand that we are skating on really thin cultural ice right now.”
There are also private Facebook groups, where the wealthy exchange tips on safe places, gas masks, firearms and all other aspects of prepping.
“There’s a bunch of us in the Valley. We meet up and have these financial-hacking dinners and talk about backup plans people are doing. It runs the gamut from a lot of people stocking up on Bitcoin and cryptocurrency, to figuring out how to get second passports if they need it, to having vacation homes in other countries that could be escape havens,” Tim Chang, 44, a managing director at Mayfield Fund, a venture-capital firm, told The New Yorker.
“I’ll be candid: I’m stockpiling now on real estate to generate passive income but also to have havens to go to,” he said. He and his wife, who is also in technology, have a set of bags always packed for themselves and their four-year-old daughter. “I kind of have this terror scenario: ‘Oh, my God, if there is a civil war or a giant earthquake that cleaves off part of California, we want to be ready.’ ”