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Old April 3rd, 2017, 10:46 AM   #1
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To Billionaire Doomsday Preppers: Your Wealth Won’t Save You

Congratulations, you won--you are the last and richest person on Earth. In the security of your sunless underground bunker, you will be the last to die in a dying Earth's paroxysm of fire and flood.

In Yes Magazine, Chuck Collins has this message for a growing number of billionaire doomsday preppers who are buying "bug out" survivalist escape homes in Kansas missile silos, mountain fortresses in the Rockies, and getaway farms in New Zealand:

To Billionaire Doomsday Preppers: Your Wealth Won’t Save You

To Billionaire Doomsday Preppers: Your Wealth Won?t Save You by Chuck Collins ? YES! Magazine


In a recent New Yorker article, “Doomsday Prep for the Super Rich,” Evan Osnos writes that “even financiers who supported Trump for president … have been unnerved at the ways his insurgent campaign seems to have hastened a collapse of respect for established institutions.”

Osnos recently visited survivalist condos being built in former missile silos in Kansas and interviewed Silicon Valley billionaires and centimillionaires who are hedging against future social breakdown by investing in “bug out” escape homes in remote corners of the world.

This idea of privatized survival is extremely limited. In the face of growing inequalities and ecological crisis, the wealthy will not be able to build a wall high enough or a silo deep enough.

Why? Two simple, interconnected reasons, one ecological and the other economic:

1. There is no Planet B.

2. Your wealth won’t save you.

As a planet, we are experiencing an ecological crisis that will transform our daily lives. Climate change and ocean acidification—along with breaches of other planetary boundaries—will alter our food and energy systems and transform our way of life.

Last year was the warmest in recorded history, according to both NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, with droughts, floods, wildfires, and crop failures as a preview of the new abnormal.

In response, some U.S. billionaires are reportedly buying mountain fortresses in the Rockies, while Davos, Switzerland, billionaires are buying getaway farms in New Zealand with airplane landing strips.


But these escapes are only temporary. If the Earth’s temperature continues to rise, these island paradises will be swamped from rising sea levels. The mountain fortresses will be choked with the smoke of burning forests. It is in no one’s interest to continue operating as if a few privileged people are going to escape on a spaceship or retreat to a mountaintop enclave.

The ecological catastrophe at our door will wipe out our most treasured asset—our natural ecosystems, the foundation of all private wealth. What is wealth without clean water and healthy oceans? What is wealth on a degraded Earth? As scientist Johan Rockström writes, “We’re still blind, despite all the science, to the fact that wealth in the world depends on the health of our planet.”

The fate of all humanity—billionaire hedge fund managers, middle-class families, and Bangladeshi farmers—is now wound together, linked to our ability to respond to a planetary challenge bigger than anything we’ve faced before.

Meanwhile on the economic front, it’s clear we are hurtling toward an economic and racial apartheid society. The share of income and wealth flowing to the top 1 percent is extraordinary. In 2015, the wealthiest 400 billionaires had as much wealth as the bottom 61 percent of the population. If the current trajectory continues, as a recent report I co-authored shows, the racial wealth divide will double by 2043.

The wealthy are harmed by economic and racial injustice, too. In my book, I review evidence that suggests that too much inequality undermines the quality of life for everyone, even the superrich. Extreme inequality fuels economic volatility and speculative bubbles, leading to wealth collapses. And public health research shows that unequal communities have bad public health outcomes, even for the affluent.

The privilege of withdrawing to some pristine enclave may offer a temporary buffer, but it will actually worsen life for the next generation, no matter how wealthy they are.

The only real solution—to ecological and economic crisis—is to reengage as a wealth holder in civic life: to be part of community, regional, and global efforts to address the climate crisis and extreme inequalities.


Our current system of extractive capitalism is preventing the transformation required of us. We need to rewire ourselves as a species and change the economic system that is destroying nature and producing escalating inequalities.

The question to those with wealth is: Will you throw your lot in with the rest of humankind and work for a system that gives us all the chance to survive and, possibly, flourish?

To Billionaire Doomsday Preppers: Your Wealth Won?t Save You by Chuck Collins ? YES! Magazine


Good! Now will the superrich get the message? Their enormous power means the fate of the planet is in the hands of a bunch of narcissistic men mostly with sociopathic characteristics.....so, it might be a longshot!
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But with all those dollars, they will be the last to go, or close to it.
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I would be willing to bet (quite a lot) that there are DTT posters preparing for "end of days".
We are seeing ADS on TV about the books, home disaster kits, generators, food, water, blankets....blah blah.
Some of the websites touting this preparation are hilarious. One recommends water for.....ready?.....sitting down...? THREE DAYS. YEP. Just 3 days. Then the very important bug repellent. The world has either been nuked or destroyed via climate/melt down and we should defnitely worry about mosquitos. Don't forget your cash. OR your whistle, signal mirror, flare and glow stick.
A Swiss Army knife would be wise. These sorts of things just crack me up. Of course many of these Apocalypse People are Christians who claim NOT to fear death....but seem to prefer the boy scout motto: Be prepared.
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I would be willing to bet (quite a lot) that there are DTT posters preparing for "end of days".
We are seeing ADS on TV about the books, home disaster kits, generators, food, water, blankets....blah blah.
Some of the websites touting this preparation are hilarious. One recommends water for.....ready?.....sitting down...? THREE DAYS. YEP. Just 3 days. Then the very important bug repellent. The world has either been nuked or destroyed via climate/melt down and we should defnitely worry about mosquitos. Don't forget your cash. OR your whistle, signal mirror, flare and glow stick.
A Swiss Army knife would be wise. These sorts of things just crack me up. Of course many of these Apocalypse People are Christians who claim NOT to fear death....but seem to prefer the boy scout motto: Be prepared.
And how many could feed themselves without a Whole Foods and a Chinese take-out near?

I really had to laugh when I was searching for a new forum to participate in on my trek to find DTT. I accidentally stumbled upon one whose name I forget but I started reading a bunch of threads all talking about BOBs.

It took me a while to discover that stands for Bug Out Bag. What your friendly neighborhood survivalist sells you to be able to survive the apocalypse. What a joke. Like you could put enough to survive in a bag.

It might give you a day and a half over others, maybe.
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I have been a prepper for many years now. This is a lifestyle and not something you can just go out and purchase. Takes effort and work.

I am doing nothing more than what my grandparents did. The trick is to stay gray. If you want a good library go over to the big political forum, I have posted many articles and links to get one started.

Rich or poor you can never fail by investing in yourself, your home and your tools and this knowledge goes far beyond Republican or Democrat.
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I have been a prepper for many years now. This is a lifestyle and not something you can just go out and purchase. Takes effort and work.

I am doing nothing more than what my grandparents did. The trick is to stay gray. If you want a good library go over to the big political forum, I have posted many articles and links to get one started.

Rich or poor you can never fail by investing in yourself, your home and your tools and this knowledge goes far beyond Republican or Democrat.
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I find it ironic to be made fun of if you do things like have several gallons of water on hand, emergency food on hand and even cash and gold or silver. Its easy to tell the ones who depend on the government to save them. Personally I would rather be in position to help myself, my family and maybe even select others while waiting on outside resources. This applies not to doomsday but to something as simple as a tornado, or a major ice storm or since my residence is in the new madrid fault zone a major earth quake. But, alas I guess that makes me a silly prepper in the eyes of those who worship government
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If the world goes into a nuclear WWIII and Russia is on the loosing end they will nuke all of the ports This will insure that it will be impossible for the "winners" to sustain life. The plan is automated and does not even require living Russians to implement it.
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I have been a prepper for many years now. This is a lifestyle and not something you can just go out and purchase. Takes effort and work.

I am doing nothing more than what my grandparents did. The trick is to stay gray. If you want a good library go over to the big political forum, I have posted many articles and links to get one started.

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I find it ironic to be made fun of if you do things like have several gallons of water on hand, emergency food on hand and even cash and gold or silver. Its easy to tell the ones who depend on the government to save them. Personally I would rather be in position to help myself, my family and maybe even select others while waiting on outside resources. This applies not to doomsday but to something as simple as a tornado, or a major ice storm or since my residence is in the new madrid fault zone a major earth quake. But, alas I guess that makes me a silly prepper in the eyes of those who worship government

These are the same people who have failed to prepare for the actual life that they are facing today. Remove the Armageddon theme and replace it w/ old age and they still crumble in their own weakness w/o the state to literally change their diapers.
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