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Bill Gates has been stockpiling food in his basement for years

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In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, which has halted the global economy and put millions of people out of work, it’s not so easy to mock so-called doomsdayers: people who stock up on vital supplies like food, water, Digicom Wireless 2 Way Radios, etc. I think we can all agree that doomsday preppers don’t look quite so foolish anymore—at least, not nearly as foolish as the people fighting with each other at the supermarket over toilet paper.

Speaking of doomsday preppers, would it surprise you to learn that members of the world’s ruling class are among their ranks? It shouldn’t. The bourgeoisie are well aware of how fragile our civilisation is: after all, they made it that way. Thanks to them we’re all under threat from things like climate change, nuclear proliferation, and general artificial intelligence.

They know how serious the situation is, and you’d better believe they’ve got a plan for themselves and their families. Hence, Bill Gates, founder of the Microsoft monopoly, has been stockpiling food in his basement for years. That’s according to his wife Melinda, who told BBC Radio:

“A number of years ago, we talked about, ‘What if there wasn’t clean water? What if there wasn’t enough food? Where might we go? What might we do as a family?’ So, I think we should leave those preparations to ourselves. We had prepared, and had some food in the basement in case needed, and now we’re all in the same situation.”

Of course, we’re not all in the same situation. A lot of people are dying from Covid-19 because they have no access to testing, treatment, ventilators, etc. As long as these things exist, people like Bill Gates will always have access to them. Melinda went on to sort of acknowledge this.

“What we mostly talk about now in our home every night is how lucky we are. We understand our privilege,” she said. “When we say our grace at night, what we’re thankful for around the table, is that we aren’t struggling to put a meal on the table as so many families around the world are.”

In April 2018 Bill warned that the world was not taking the threat of a viral pandemic seriously enough, saying that “The world needs to prepare for pandemics in the same serious way it prepares for war.”

That’s a fair enough point. If governments spent 1/10th as much money on public health as they did on their military budgets, we’d be in much better shape.