There have been a number of news stories which have been sort of coming together in my head in the last week or so. The first was about Elon Musk's car going into space using reusable rockets. The second was the story in The Times magazine which saw an undercover reporter working at an Amazon warehouse. Thirdly, I saw a report about the treatment of women in 'Silicon Valley'. And finally, apparently a great many billionaires - especially from Silicon Valley - have decided to prepare for the coming apocalypse by buying huge tracts of land in New Zealand.
Can you see the link? Abuse of wealth and power by the mega-wealthy? I had been musing about how I really have problem with private space exploration after I saw the SpaceX flight. I don't think we, the human race, have done anywhere near enough to further our exploration of space. I don't think governments spend properly on it either alone or with others. But to see a private company able to achieve so much in such a short amount of time and for lower outlay? Frankly it is frightening. It smacks of the trade beginnings of colonialism and look where that got us. It also made me think that only billionaires and their friends will have the power to escape if something terrible happens on Earth.
And then I read the story about the way many of these geeky entrepreneur billionaires behave towards women and I got more angry. The general gist of the article was that, prior to their financial achievements, these Silicon Valley men had had little or no success with women. Therefore sex parties, coercion and harassment are now the accepted norm if you want to be part of their scene - both social and business. Women are damned if they go to the parties as an attempt at networking - women have a tiny percentage of start-up capital there - but damned if they refuse. For example, a women seen at a party is then subjected to slanderous gossip and harassment from colleagues.
When you add this to the stories about billionaires buying citizenships and land in New Zealand, investing in 'seasteading' (artificial ocean islands), having private jets on standby in case of nuclear war, etc etc and a whole lot of even creepier stuff about how they regard themselves as a race apart because of their 'superior intelligence', it gets really worrying.
But to finally add that many of them - of whatever nationality - are running companies with appalling conditions like those in the Amazon distribution centres, you can see a picture of people who think they are above the current governance of our planet. Who believe they will be leading - or their descendants via supermodels will be leading - some kind of evacuation eventually. Whilst blinding the rest of us 'inferior' humans with fake news about what is actually happening.
I'm sounding all David Icke, I know, but these are stories which have been in the mainstream press. Not Facebook or Buzzfeed. Actual reporters for once. We need to start making the connections.