The world’s richest billionaires have their sights set on building futuristics ‘utopias’.
Much like we saw with the likes of John D. Rockefeller and Walt Disney at the height of their corporate reigns, names like Bill Gates, Elon Musk and more look to follow in their footsteps by constructing monolithic cities and ‘workers paradises’ in the future.
In fact, some of them have already bought the land to achieve these goals,
Let’s take a look at what the modern elitists have planned, as well as a historical perspective on the rise and failures of other billionaire ‘utopias’ of the past.
Bill Gates is no stranger to this website or for making headlines for his diabolical schemes.
But what most people do not talk about, or are unaware of, are his visions to build a smart city.
The eugenicist billionaire bought land in southwest Arizona for the construction of a 10,000-hectare development consisting of residences, offices, commercial and retail spaces, and more.
The city will be called “Belmont“.
The plan provides for the construction of 80,000 houses with 1,500 acres reserved for industrial commercial spaces, 1,375 acres of open spaces and 190 hectares dedicated to a public school.
Yes, imagine a school in a city owned and run by Bill Gates..
You could learn all about how human populations need to be ‘managed’ through advanced pharmacological means in order to ‘avoid’ the Malthusian Trap.
However, he is not the only familiar face on the rich list wanting to build his own false utopia.
The billionaire Elon Musk, also not a stranger to this website for his transhumanist visions, plans to build his own city as well outside of Austin, Texas.
The city Musk wants to build will be called “Snailbrook“, in honour of the Boring Company mascot, a company he also founded.
His idea was that it was a “Texas Utopia” along the Colorado River, so its employees can live, work and play without having to leave the area.
Like other industrialists of the past, Musk envisions a location where all staff can live and work, never wanting to leave because of how ‘good’ and ‘perfect’ it is.
Or, at least if it is to come to fruition, that’s what they will tell you in the media.
The reality will probably resemble something more akin to a North Korean factory slave camp.
Marc Lore, former CEO of Walmart, announced construction plans a city in the desert to be called “Telos“.
The community will live 5 million people in a territory more than 52 thousand hectares of desert in the U.S. The estimated construction cost is higher than $400,000 million.
Images of the project created by the architecture firm, Bjarke Ingels Group, show a “sustainable metropolis” with “ecological architecture”, sustainable energy and drought-resistant water system.
Interestingly, the etymology of the world ‘Telos’ is as follows:
In Lore’s version of this ideology, the land in Telos would be owned by the city but “donated to a community endowment” that is managed by the citizens themselves. Therefore, in theory, the residents would be able to directly fund improvements in their own communities.
It sounds all nice in theory, but I won’t be visiting this ‘utopia in the desert’ any time soon.
The Crown Prince, Mohammed bin Salman of Saudi Arabia, has spent the last few years transforming the western end of the country and opening it up for mega international events.
His next project, “The Line“, will be a city with a particularity that has the shape of.. well, a line.
Currently under construction, when it’s done, it will be more than 170 kilometres long — and most strangely, only a few hundred kilometres wide.
Its developers claim that 9 million people will live of the completed ‘net-zero’ structure, and that its environmental impact is lower than that of the traditional town due to a ban on cars.
Is this a vision of our future under the Agenda 2030 plan?
In 2008, the PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel launched a mission to develop a floating city call “Seastead“, which works independent it seems small self-sufficient island.
The Seasteading Institute (TSI) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization formed to “facilitate the establishment of autonomous, mobile communities on seaborne platforms operating in international waters (a proposed practice called seasteading)”.
The billionaire investor said that the city may be “an escape from politics in all its forms.”
Experimental cities that exist outside of international laws, allowing citizens to make their own decisions on politics, economic practices, social structures and more.
The group took the first steps to plan the construction of removable inorganic island chains in front of French Polynesia and there was an initial agreement with the country, but the government said in 2018 that its contract became obsolete and “did not bind the nation in any way”.
They are currently searching for new host countries to test the infrastructure.
Rich Island Getaway
Of course, we all know that Jeffrey Epstein is perhaps the most notorious owner of a private island retreat for elitist parasites, followed by the likes of Richard Branson and more.
Although they are not cities or towns per say, they are worth noting on this list as well.
The current ‘top spot’ for the rich ‘celebrities’ and ‘A-listers’ to spend their time away is the island of Lanai in Hawaii, where Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison bought 98% on the island in 2012 for 300 million dollars.
On the island, he created a tourist complex with a wellness center, renovating existing hotels.
Since then, on the island about 3,000 people live, including the fortune of millionaires individuals like: Tom Cruise, Cindy Crawford and Will Smith. You can buy real estate here for a cool $8 million or so.
Of course, the rich are also investing in things like high-end ‘end of world’ bunkers and properties across multiple ‘safe’ locations, but you can’t help but raise your eyebrows whenever an island is involved.
This is also not the first time the ruling class have sought to rule their own ‘utopias’ like we see on this list.
THEY ARE NOT THE FIRST
Billionaires wanting to built their own ‘utopian’ megalith cities or ‘worker’s paradise’ for employees of their world-dominating companies, is nothing new.
And, when looking to the past, previous examples can teach us just where these visions might end up.
For example, Elon Musk’s ‘Snailbrook’ is similar to the first American company towns, which sprang up in the 19th century as industries such as mining, textiles and steelworks sought to house large numbers of workers in remote or sparsely populated areas.
They were often closer to prison camps than ‘ideal’ cities or towns.
John D Rockefeller
Colorado coal-mining towns owned by mining magnate John D Rockefeller were policed by armed guards, who eventually ended up preventing anyone entering or leaving.
An inspector visiting one in 1910 wrote of the miners’ dwellings:
“Smack of the direst poverty … not all of the houses are equipped with water, and practically none have sewerage … the people reflect their surroundings; slatternly dressed women and unkempt children throng the dirty streets and alleys of the camp.”
When the miners went on strike over their conditions in 1913, the conflict turned violent, culminating in the Ludlow Massacre of April 1914. The National Guard attacked the strikers’ tent city on the company’s behalf, killing at least 19 people, including a dozen children.
Perhaps Elon’s employees should consider this story before moving to a ‘worker’s paradise’.
And, even in more peaceable settlements, paternalistic captains of industry sought to control every aspect of their worker-citizens’ lives.
In Lowell, Massachusetts, established in the 1820s by the cotton magnate Francis Cabot Lowell, the workforce was overwhelmingly young, single and female (women were cheaper than men).
Lowell had rigid ideas about how his employees should conduct themselves.
They slept in dormitories, rose to a bell at 4.30am and worked 12-hour days.
They were forbidden from swearing, talking during work or drinking alcohol, while attendance at church was compulsory. The “Lowell girls” did at least receive some education, via evening classes (if they could stay awake), which meant many were able to leave after a few years to enter a less gruelling profession.
The idea of the company town as a utopian model took root in Britain in the late 19th century, where reforming industrialists sought an alternative to the urban squalor endured by most of their factory workers. The result was “model villages”, closer to the garden city philosophy.
The idea was to keep workers ‘happy, healthy and productive’, in true Brave New World fashion.
This backfires, with criticisms to come in the subsequent years over the treatment of workers.
Now think back to how Bill Gates used to memorise the number plates of his employees..
Could this be the same thing we witness in a Gates-run ‘smart city’?
If there is one utopian whom these billionaires bring to mind, though, it is Walt Disney.
Like Gates and Musk, Disney was a committed futurist with an occultist belief in technology’s ‘liberating potential’, and as such, he sought to put his ideas into action by secretly buying up large tracts of land in central Florida — the area that is now Disney World.
Disney’s vision for the Florida site was to build Epcot – “the experimental prototype community of tomorrow”, a city of constant change and a test-lab for new technologies.
Corporations would provide advance models of appliances such as televisions and microwave ovens to every home, and citizens would only be allowed to live there for a maximum of three years.
This is so no one would acquire voting rights.
Architecturally, Epcot was to be laid out like a garden city, with “concentric rings of homes and green belts” around “a compact city centre that was to be air-conditioned, pedestrian and car-free”.
Cars were banished to the periphery, while public transport was to be provided by electric “people movers”, like those at Disney’s theme parks, and a high-speed monorail.
Disney would die before these plans would come to fruition.
However, Musk’s “hyperloop” concept of transportation via underground tunnels (for which Boring was created) could almost be seen as a successor to this system.
And maybe, unlike these tycoons of the past, the likes of Musk and Gates might actually fulfil their visions.
Unlike these experiments of the past, the modern-day visions might actually get off the ground, with some already even operational or near-completion (as we have explored).
This is because, instead of a rapid and strange transformation, it has been done inch-by-inch for years.
For you see, corporate ‘utopias’ have taken a different form in the 21st century.
Rather than building model towns, the tech titans of Silicon Valley have ploughed their energies into their ‘campuses’, hiring world-class architects (Norman Foster in the case of Apple, Bjarke Ingels and Thomas Heatherwick for Google, Frank Gehry for Facebook) to build sealed-off enclaves.
In them, they offer free facilities: restaurants and cafes, beauty spas, jogging tracks, health centres, games arcades — all the amenities of real cities, but without the ‘distracting civilians’.
This is the most dystopian model of it all.
Rather than “work with us and we’ll give you nice housing”, the message seems to have become “why go home when you could live at work?”
So, it only seems natural that these tycoons would take their already-established cultures and build entire cities and towns out of them, where only the ‘Inner Party’ slaves can work (forever).
And where we will not be permitted to enter.
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