As we enter a time of political mayhem, it’s easy to feel that an environmental calamity is 0n its way.
Sure enough, the upper-class are preparing for doomsday by spending millions on equipment they feel is necessary for survival.
In an article recently published by the New Yorker, they profiled what many tech millionaires seem to be doing — preparing for the end of the world.
A common trend amongst the one-percent is securing citizenship and buying property in New Zealand due to its security and distance.
“The difference between New Zealand and the U.S., to a large extent, is that people who disagree with each other can still talk to each other about it here,” says Jack Matthews, an American chairman of MediaWorks.
“It’s a tiny little place, and there’s no anonymity. People have to actually have a degree of civility.”
These “doomsday preppers” are investing in other necessities, such as: Lasik eye surgery, underground bunkers, ammunition, and motorcycles, too.
Steve Huffman, the 33 year-old co- founder and CEO of Reddit has been nearsighted up until November of 2015. In the odds of facing an apocalypse, Huffman says,
“If the world ends-and not even if the world ends, but if we have trouble-getting contacts or glasses is going to be a huge pain in the ass. Without them, I’m f*cked.”
Larry Hall is the C.E.O. of the Survival Condo Project, which is a fifteen-story luxury apartment complex built in an underground Atlas missile silo north of Wichita, Kansas.
Understanding the negative effects of living underground, Hall turned this complex into a safe zone for the wealthy. From armed guards, to a “medical wing” with with hospital beds and dentist chairs, this place has it all.
“When society loses a healthy founding myth, it descends into chaos,” says Antonio García Martínez, a forty year old former Facebook product manager from San Francisco.
Martínez bought five wooded acres on an island in the Pacific Northwest in preparation of any events, where he brought in generators, solar panels, and an abundance of ammunition.
If this wasn’t enough for your doomsday fix, Osnos’ report will have you wondering if we’re living in a movie.
Check it out, in full, here.