New Zealand, Apocalypse & the Southern Hemisphere


Through personal conversations I know that many affluent people across the world are concerned about the breakdown of civilisation.

This week I thoroughly enjoyed this long form article in the Guardian about Peter Thiel’s investment in New Zealand as a plan b in case civilisation collapses.  Its worth reading in its entirety.

New Zeland & Prepping for the Apocalypse

In the immediate aftermath of Trump’s election, the theme of American plutocrats preparing for the apocalypse was impossible to avoid. The week after the inauguration, the New Yorker ran another piece about the super-rich who were making preparations for a grand civilisational crackup; speaking of New Zealand as a “favored refuge in the event of a cataclysm”, billionaire LinkedIn founder Reid Hoffman, a former colleague of Thiel’s at PayPal, claimed that “saying you’re ‘buying a house in New Zealand’ is kind of a wink, wink, say no more”.

My view is that over the next 10-50 years the centre of gravity of the planet might move towards the Southern Hemisphere, if not it might actually move to the Southern Hemisphere. This view is not completely dependent on the collapse of civilisation.  I am not writing off China but it feels like China’s moment of peak growth has passed. When I look at the potential for high growth nations I think of India (already outperforming China), Africa, Indonesia, South America and Australasia.

I also wonder, if crisis in Western Europe (which is tiny geographically) results in mass migration to Australia and New Zealand? These countries are massive and culturally could accept people form Europe.

I want to articulate my bigger picture view of the world soon in a book or long form article. Expect a lot more coverage about the southern hemisphere.


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