This article was originally published by J.D. Heyes at Natural News.
Editor’s Note: Obviously, those paying attention to the possibility of the SHTF already know this is happening, but the trend is accelerating as of this year’s Davos Summit, where various world leaders across politics, business and finance were seen openly discussing the what the growing inequality and possible civil unrest will mean for them personally.
While they all have played their part in bringing about the current and continuing imbalance that is tipping the world towards social chaos, none of them want their own families to be caught up in it. Hence, they are hastening to buy up what they believe to be remote and relatively safe locations, where they can put a hideaway, retreat or survival station until the world regains its senses. New Zealand tends to come up a lot, but there are other hidden areas, too, where a few million dollars can still be a landing strip, a farmhouse or a homestead worthy of an “elite.”
Maybe you don’t have the millions (and billions) these ultra wealthy tycoons do, but if you know what is good for you, you too should be making preparations to lay low and survive whatever it is that these insiders see coming down the pipeline.
Here’s just a few to chew on:
Lock and Load: Are You Prepared for Civil Unrest?
Economist: Financial Collapse Will Cause Civil Unrest to Erupt In America By 2016
What Will the Coming Civil Unrest Look Like?
Switzerland Prepares For Mass Civil Unrest In Europe
World’s elite buying remote hideouts to flee impending social unrest
Included in the purchases are landing strips, homes and land in remote areas of remote countries where they believe they will be safe from the masses.
The paper further reported:
With growing inequality and riots such as those in London in 2011 and in Ferguson and other parts of the USA last year, many financial leaders fear they could become targets for public fury.
The president of the Institute of New Economic Thinking, Robert Johnson, told attendees at the recent World Economic Forum in Davos (itself, ironically, representative of a class of uber-rich that exists apart from the 99.9 percent of the rest of the world) that a number of hedge fund managers and others with the means to do so were already busy planning their getaway.
“I know hedge fund managers all over the world who are buying airstrips and farms in places like New Zealand because they think they need a getaway,” he said.
He added that the global economic situation may soon become intolerable for many, including people in the richest nations, because inequality appears steadily on the rise.
“People need to know there are possibilities for their children — that they will have the same opportunity as anyone else,” Johnson said. “There is a wicked feedback loop. Politicians who get more money tend to use it to get more even money.”
His comments were supported by the executive director of the New Economics Foundation, Stewart Wallis. In an interview with CNBC Africa, Wallis said, “Getaway cars the airstrips in New Zealand and all that sort of thing, so basically a way to get off. If they can get off, onto another planet, some of them would.”
“I think the rich are worried and they should be worried. I mean inequality, why does it matter?” Wallis continued.
“Most people have heard the Oxfam statistics that now we’ve got 80, the 80 richest people in the world, having more wealth that the bottom three-point-five billion, and very soon we’ll get a situation where that one percent, one percent of the richest people have more wealth than everybody else, the 99.”
The move by rich Americans to shield themselves from unrest actually began in earnest a few years ago. In 2012, for instance, The Huffington Post reported that handfuls of buyers had spent millions on the purchase of condos fashioned out of renovated underground Cold War-era missile silos.
Other reports note that other wealthy Americans are purchasing luxury bunkers to ride out the waves of malcontents. As noted, ironically, on the website, TheRichest.com last year:
The billionaire bunker is becoming increasingly more commonplace. In an age of anxiety, where threats of terrorism, natural disaster, and Orwellian government surveillance dominate the media, where Russia, in lieu of recent political events in Crimea, issues a nonchalant warning like — “Russia is the only country in the world that is realistically capable of turning the United States into radioactive ash” -it’s logical that the super-rich would want to build luxurious strongholds against whatever doomsday scenario is on the horizon.
Still, other companies are offering more affordable bunker retreats, as we reported in 2012:
[A] shelter [sold by Al’s Army Navy Store,] which measures 32 feet by 10 feet, is designed out of corrugated metal, and comes complete with a flat-screen television set, kitchen, bunk beds, and electric-powered toilet. And although the structure lacks a shower, its creators say it could still come in quite handy should a local, regional, or even national emergency call for hunkering down and riding out the fray underground and out of sight.
That report, which details the bunker business model of Florida- and California-based companies, is available here.