The billionaires of Silicon Valley and other rich Americans are reported to be buying extensive areas of land in New Zealand in preparation for a feared apocalyptic event such as a nuclear war or an outbreak of a global virus that would end our civilisation as we know it. With New Zealand being one of the world’s remotest locations, it is perceived as one of the safest and most politically stable, with plentiful unpopulated land and clean water, and thus an attractive spot for the ultra rich to escape to in an emergency situation.
There are a number of reasons wealthy Americans have become interested in becoming both citizens and property owners in New Zealand, including fear of an event that would radically change our civilisation as we know it and general political instability in the US and in the world over. Is this a signal that we are beginning to see such apocalyptic scenarios as real possibilities? Will knowing that some of the super rich and powerful are making such preparations for an apocalypse cause others to consider the state of the world more seriously? Or will it be taken merely as a symptom of the anxiety and panic the current state of world affairs evokes?