A decade ago, safe rooms would only have been of interest to A-list celebrities who wanted to protect against stalkers, but they are now becoming popular with elites who wish to guard against potential civil unrest which could cause crime rates to skyrocket in the aftermath of an economic collapse.
According to a New York Times report, the typically 8-feet-by-12-feet bulletproof rooms are an increasingly sought after means of the elite feeling “protected,” just as moats and armies protected them in centuries past.
“The world is a very scary place right now, especially for people of means; they feel cornered and threatened,” said Tom Gaffney, the president of Gaffco Ballistics, a company which installs safe rooms in New York City.
According to Gaffney, his business has more than doubled for high end systems that cost five or six figures over the past decade, with the company installing half a dozen a year, up from just one or two.
This suggests that wealthy individuals, including foreigners who are more familiar with such stringent security measures, are having safe rooms installed to protect their personal possessions, as well as their own physical safety, against potential domestic disorder that could arise out of growing wealthy inequality or a sudden economic collapse.
The NYT article also mentions how a buyer from a former Soviet republic purchased a safe room in order to protect against “chemical and nuclear attacks.”
The notion that the elite are making preparations for mass civil disorder is no conspiracy theory.
Fearing global unrest and the possibility of another major conflict, many members of the elite have been buying remote property and land in places like New Zealand, according to reports that emerged out of January’s Davos Economic Forum.
Economist Robert Johnson said the rich were making such purchases “because they think they need a getaway” from Ferguson-style riots that will erupt as a result of widening wealth inequality, which it at its worse in virtually all developed countries since the 1980s.
According to realtors involved in the sale of remote property, the elite are concerned about “what is happening around them” and are looking for stable areas of the world to both live and store their wealth due to their “paranoia” over the situation.
The risk of domestic disorder is also heightened by the fact that distrust in government and leadership in the United States and other western countries continues to remain near historic lows. Corruption, social alienation, and lack of community, all of which were contributory factors to the 2011 London riots, are all creating a powder keg situation that could blow at any moment.
The drop in real wages allied with massive worldwide inflation created by Keynesian central bank money printing will only exacerbate the wealth gap. The U.S. government’s inability to fund social programs could also lead to the seizure of private pension funds.
As real wages drop it will also become increasingly harder to pacify younger generations via consumer culture. With religion, family and social mobility all declining in influence, lifestyles built around the acquisition of products will become harder to maintain as the economic environment worsens – prompting further disenfranchisement amongst young people.
These factors, when combined with further police brutality and a growing sense of injustice, almost guarantee to cause more civil unrest over the next two years, fulfilling economist Martin Armstrong’s prediction that “a serious political uprising will erupt by 2016” in the United States.