08 February 2017

One measure of survivalism's spread is that some people are starting to speak out against it.  Max Levchin, a founder of PayPal and of Affirm, a lending startup, told me, "It's one of the few things about Silicon Valley that I actively dislike -- the sense that we are superior giants who move the needle and, even if it's our own failure, must be spared."  To Levchin, prepping for survival is a moral miscalculation; he prefers to "shut down party conversations" on the topic.  "I typically ask people, 'So you're worried about the pitchforks.  How much money have you donated to your local homeless shelter?' This connects the most, in my mind, to the realities of the income gap.  All the other forms of fear that people bring up are artificial."  In his view, this is the time to invest in solutions, not escape.
Evan Osnos, "Survival of the Richest"(the print article's title), New Yorker, Jan. 30, 2017.

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