Why Silicon Valley billionaires are prepping for the apocalypse in New Zealand

From theGuardian.com

How an extreme libertarian tract predicting the collapse of liberal democracies – written by Jacob Rees-Mogg’s father – inspired the likes of Peter Thiel to buy up property across the Pacific. 


If you’re interested in the end of the world, you’re interested in New Zealand. If you’re interested in how our current cultural anxieties – climate catastrophe, decline of transatlantic political orders, resurgent nuclear terror – manifest themselves in apocalyptic visions, you’re interested in the place occupied by this distant archipelago of apparent peace and stability against the roiling unease of the day.

If you’re interested in the end of the world, you would have been interested, soon after Donald Trump’s election as US president, to read a New York Times headline stating that Peter Thiel, the billionaire venture capitalist who co-founded PayPal and was an early investor in Facebook, considered New Zealand to be “the Future”. Because if you are in any serious way concerned about the future, you’re also concerned about Thiel, a canary in capitalism’s coal mine who also happens to have profited lavishly from his stake in the mining concern itself.



Photo: Lake Wanaka, NZ – Pixabay

4 thoughts on “Why Silicon Valley billionaires are prepping for the apocalypse in New Zealand”

  1. I am personally bemused by the interest in the South Island high country as a place to avoid any possible apocalypses.The high country has a very poor growing climate, dependence on the outside world would be very high. There is plenty of fresh water and open spaces but these are a small part of what is required be self sufficient.It certainly is not the land or area i would chose to bug out. Is it just idealism that brings them here or is there something else going on.?For many end-of-the-world scenarios, the best location may not be the most isolated.

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    1. Good point Bill. With even more recent purveyance of the South by the bevy of international bankers there’s certainly more to this than meets the eye.


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