Are The Elite The Most Paranoid Preppers Of All?

Travel-Luxury-Submarine-Underwater-Getaway-image-1By Michael Snyder

When it comes to “prepping,” many among the elite take things to an entirely different level.  As you will see below, the elite are willing to pay big money for cutting edge home security measures, luxury bomb shelters and superyacht getaway submarines. Some of the things that the elite are demanding for their own protection go beyond even what we would see in a James Bond film, and serving the prepping needs of the elite has become a multi-billion dollar business.

Meanwhile, the media outlets that the elite own continue to mock the rest of us for getting prepared.  All the time we see headlines like this one that appeared in a major American news source: “Preppers: Meet the paranoid Americans awaiting the apocalypse.”  Well, if we are paranoid for setting aside some extra food and supplies for the future, what does that make the people that you will read about in this article?


The elite live in a world that is completely different from the world that you and I live in.  In wealthy enclaves of major global cities such as London, elitists are willing to shell out massive amounts of money to ensure that everyone else is kept out.  The following comes from an article that was just published a few hours ago by the London Evening Standard entitled “The paranoid world of London’s super-rich: DNA-laced security mist and superyacht getaway submarines”…

Business is booming because billionaires are a paranoid bunch. Take one who recently moved to Mayfair. ‘He wanted everything, from protection from cyber hacking through to physical intrusion and kidnapping,’ says Bond Gunning. ‘We ended up installing fingerprint-activated locks for family members and programmable keys for staff that limit the time they are allowed into the property and the rooms they are able to enter and exit.

‘Inside and outside we installed 24-hour monitored CCTV cameras that are so hi-tech they can tell the difference between a dog, cat and a person. In the garden there are thermal-imaging cameras that can detect heat sources in the undergrowth. One thing intruders can’t hide is the heat of their bodies.

‘Should an intruder evade the cameras or ignore the warnings they automatically broadcast, the property itself is protected by bulletproof glass and alarm sensors in all rooms. There is a bullet, gas and bombproof panic or safe room, with its own food and water, medical supplies and communications, and an impregnable supply of fresh air. Just in case the family cannot make it there in time, key rooms are sealed by reinforced shutters.’

But for many elitists, those kinds of extreme security measures are simply not enough.  That is why sales of “luxury doomsday shelters” are absolutely soaring.  If “the end of the world” arrives unexpectedly, high net worth individuals want to know that there will be somewhere for them and their families to go.  The following is an excerpt from an article about one such facility located in Indiana

As we roll down US Highway 41 in Terre Haute, Indiana , my guide insists I give him my iPhone. Then he tosses me a satin blindfold. The terms of our trip were clear—I wasn’t to know where we were going or how we got there.That’s because we’re on our way to the undisclosed location of an underground bunker designed to survive the end of the world, whatever form that apocalypse takes.

When I remove my blindfold, I am standing in a grassy clearing looking at a boxy concrete structure that serves as the entrance to a Cold War–era government communications facility gutted and reborn as Vivos Indiana. This is the Ritz Carlton of doomsday shelters, a hideout where residents can wait out a nuclear winter or a zombie apocalypse in luxury and style while the rest of humanity melts and disintegrates. The living area has 12-and-a-half-foot ceilings, sumptuous black leather couches, wall art featuring cheerful Parisian street scenes, towering faux ferns, and plush carpets. Faith Hill croons from a large-screen TV set in front of three rows of comfy beige reclining chairs. The cupboards are stocked with 60 varieties of freeze-dried and canned foodstuffs; an evening meal might include spaghetti aglio e olio topped with skillet fried steak chunks, a fresh tomato-and-zucchini salad fresh from the hydroponic garden, and decadent turtle brownies. An eight-by-nine bedroom is designed for four people (there are larger units for six) and comes with double-queen bunks clothed in 600-thread-count ivory sheets and duvet covers worthy of a four-star hotel, a comparison highlighted on the Vivos website.

That sounds lovely.

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But normal people like us cannot afford something like that.  It will only be the elite that will be able to afford to hole up in underground bunkers while the world above descends into madness.

Other elitists will be taking off in their superyachts and heading out into the open ocean when things really start falling to pieces.  And if their superyachts are threatened, some of them even have “getaway subs.”  Here is more from the Evening Standard

The ultimate vehicle of choice is no longer an armoured limousine or a private jet. They’re so Noughties. If you want bragging rights these days, you need your own submarine, which floats out of a sub-sea compartment in your superyacht. ‘It’s a toy, but if the worst happened, it could also be an escape route,’ says one prominent London tycoon with a weakness for Monaco-berthed superyachts — provided they have military-grade radar jammers and missile and torpedo defences.

So exactly why are so many among the elite so concerned about their own security these days?

Why are so many of them going to such extraordinary lengths to prepare for worst case scenarios?

Do they know something that the rest of us do not?

In a previous article, I included a quote from an article in the Mirror that was published earlier this year entitled “Panicked super rich buying boltholes with private airstrips to escape if poor rise up”

Robert Johnson, president of the Institute of New Economic Thinking, told people at the World Economic Forum in Davos that many hedge fund managers were already planning their escapes.

He said: “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.”

The next time that someone criticizes you for prepping, just point out what the elite are doing.

Clearly, many of them are deeply concerned that something may be coming.

So are you preparing?

If so, what are you preparing for?

Please feel free to join the discussion by posting a comment below…

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Michael Snyder is a writer, speaker and activist who writes and edits his own blogs The American Dream and Economic Collapse Blog. Follow him on Twitter here.


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12 Comments on "Are The Elite The Most Paranoid Preppers Of All?"

  1. OratorImplored | October 23, 2015 at 1:00 pm | Reply

    They know that the american public have gone mad, and are waking up to what they call deception in more and more violent ways. They know that the people believed in illusions, and now that those illusions cannot be sustained any longer, are seeking revenge.

    They know that money is enough to control a people so long as they wish to be controlled. They know that the public deceived itself, and now wants them to be responsible. Even though they were smart enough, or lucky enough to figure out the foolishness that was the economic system, they are still going to be blamed.

    Yes, they could have been more empathetic and sympathetic to the average person’s plight, Which would have made them the average person. They saw opportunity and seized it, and now realize that a crazed horde will attempt to blame them.

    They know it is a problem that can’t be fixed by government, nor money. They know that it is an error within people that needs to be fixed, and they are incapable of doing so… Otherwise they would have sold it and made more money. They know that it is time for a new kingdom, and this one must be destroyed.

    What they don’t know is that all of this will not help them, just as killing them will not help the average person. So in essence they were just the blind leading the blind.

  2. They are no different from us, only in the fact that they have all the money in the world to prep with. Once the stuff hits the fan and they leave, who is to say they can come back? The poor will burn them alive if/when they try to come back to the states. The holes in the ground bunkers have a limited supply and they will get cabin fever and yern for fresh outside air, once they come out…BOOM the Poor and or Zombies will have fresh brains to feast on.
    All i can do is prep by buying extra food, water, medicine and protection, and to prepare my family for anything that may come our way.

    • You should write sience-fiction novels.
      You are talented.

      • People are so worried about what the 1% is doing when it comes to prepping. Do they know more than us about what is going to happen in the future? Probably, they are well connected. However, why worry about them. Worry about yourself and your family. Prep the best way you can. learn new skills, buy more food, water, medicine and other supplies. Get networking with others in your area.
        But stop worrying about the elite, should they leave, who cares, they wont be missed. Others will take their place. But we dont have to let them return to the States or let them out of there underground boxes.

  3. Elite prepping and hiding is a temporary solution. They cannot hide forever.

  4. The thing is, some of these rich people will be guarded by private security, and if the system breaks down, like money is useless in this lifetime and beyond, think those guards will keep protecting a bunch of useless a$$holes for no reason other than that’s their job? While they can just take over the compound or whatever? Ha!

  5. They can’t inherit their own wealth after death, can they?
    Of course, they could make mandatory DNA profiling for
    the world. Then, pay secret DNA research to perform
    reincarnation studies. Once the system works they’ll be
    the first ‘Immortals’ able to keep slave-ruling the world.

  6. The name of the GC is Hardened Structures. They normally build hi tek prisons. Bet they keep excellent GPS records n blueprints. I’ve done electrical in safe rooms. the room is a blank on the BPs. LOL … OBVIOUS

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