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Escape plan for the tech 0.1%

Reading this article in New Yorker about how the tech super wealthy have back up plans to escape doomsday scenarios made me sad.

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Don’t get me wrong. The article was really well written. It was the content that shocked me:

  • Apparently more than 50% of all tech billionaires have escape plans (some with planes / helicopters, gold coins, houses at the ready)
  • New Zealand seems like a favored destination. In the first few days after the recent election, the rate of people applying for residency climbed to 7 times the normal rate. Wow.
  • Another (more local) favored destination seems to be underground missile bunkers. e.g. One in Kansas called the Survival Condo Project was selling condos for $3M a pop. All of them are sold out (in case you were wondering).

I would have normally dismissed such extreme planning to paranoia. However, after a week of the clown show that we have seen in the new administration, I feel completely unprepared.

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