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Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Super Wealthy Bugout



I keep coming across articles like this one about the super wealthy establishing bugout retreats.

The wealthiest one tenth of one percent is getting richer and the rest of us are getting poorer. Urban unrest scares the heck out of them. Does it scare them into helping build a more equitable society? No, of course not. Their response is to grab their ill gotten wealth and disappear down some bolt hole.

Yeah, that works, if they can get to their bugout location in time, and the crisis is temporary, and it's not so bad that desperate people hunt them down like dogs. Of course, to feel really secure they will need some very hard men running security. Then all they have to worry about is being killed by their own guards. How long is some tough merc going to take orders from some puffy former hedge fund manager?

Maybe it's not so bad being poor.

I do suspect there are more of those bolt holes out there than people are aware of. I had a long talk with an electrician who was hired to travel to a different state to work on a retreat. It looked like a normal farm house, but was built from the ground up to be bullet proof. The normal looking grain silos were actually hardened steel observation posts.

Shouldn't real evil masterminds shoot the help and bury them in the basement? Naw . . . no need of that when you just hire a bunch of illegals, truck them out into the middle of nowhere and then truck them back.

Historically, the rich who fled with their wealth didn't generally fare all that well. There were a few notable exceptions during the Black Plague. Some who isolated themselves in their remote fortified villas did outlast the disease. Others did not do so well as they brought the plague in with them. Of course, plague burns itself out relatively quickly. They didn't have to stay behind their walls forever. Now that just got me thinking. What if you know a plague is coming? An isolated bugout retreat would make perfect sense. Modern medicine and isolation practices would increase the odds of success.

Most likely they are concerned about civil unrest following an economic collapse. The bulk of these guys are in the business of money, so it's what they know. I'm guessing they are hoping to avoid all those people they've been stealing from all these years.

-Sixbears




8 comments:

  1. One of the wonderful things about not having a lot of money is not having to worry about what you're going to spend it on, where you're going to hide it or other people stealing it...
    All one really needs is enough...

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    1. Enough - a wonderful idea, rarely pursued.

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  2. Why do you say ill gotten?

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    1. Because, as a rule, behind every really large fortune is at least one major crime.

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  3. They can run from the "unwashed masses," but they can't run from God.

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    1. We must all account for our lives in the end.

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  4. Judging someone by their bank account is as bad as judging someone because of their color!!

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    1. Good point Dizzy. Some earn it honestly. Recent events made me a bit cynical.

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