Why Silicon Valley Billionaires Are Prepping for the Apocalypse in New Zealand

[Peter] Thiel’s interest in New Zealand was certainly fuelled by his JRR Tolkien obsession: this was a man who had named at least five of his companies in reference to The Lord of the Rings, and fantasised as a teenager about playing chess against a robot that could discuss the books. It was a matter, too, of the country’s abundance of clean water and the convenience of overnight flights from California. But it was also inseparable from a particular strand of apocalyptic techno-capitalism. To read The Sovereign Individual was to see this ideology laid bare: these people, the self-appointed ‘cognitive elite,’ were content to see the unravelling of the world as long as they could carry on creating wealth in the end times.
— Mark O'Connell