Survival of the Richest
Escape Fantasies of the Tech Billionaires
Named One of the Most Anticipated Books of 2022 by Kirkus and Literary Hub
The tech elite have a plan to survive the apocalypse: they want to leave us all behind.
Five mysterious billionaires summoned theorist Douglas Rushkoff to a desert resort for a private talk. The topic? How to survive the “Event”: the societal catastrophe they know is coming. Rushkoff came to understand that these men were under the influence of The Mindset, a Silicon Valley–style certainty that they and their cohort can break the laws of physics, economics, and morality to escape a disaster of their own making―as long as they have enough money and the right technology.
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"[A] thorough and authoritative condemnation of tech worship."
"A shocking account of how the very wealthy prep for doomsday [and]…an eye-popping look at some outlandish visions for the future."
"Beyond eye-opening, this book is eye-popping. A master storyteller, Rushkoff brings to life perhaps the greatest challenge of our time. A must-read."
― Frances Moore Lappé, author or coauthor of twenty books, from Diet for a Small Planet to Daring Democracy
"A devastating portrait of the cultures and logics underlying big tech. Rushkoff is going to make you mad enough to fight back. A vital, lucid, and enraging read."
― Naomi Klein, author of This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate
"[Rushkoff’s] report is both fierce and amazed in the face of capitalism’s delusions; I for one am sharpening my pitchfork."
― Jonathan Lethem
"Rushkoff gives us a sober, scathing oddsmaking on the recursive wager of the ultra-rich."
― Cory Doctorow
"Douglas Rushkoff has always been a singular observer and thinker. Embedded near the epicenters of the digital revolution, he has never flinched from honestly delivering fresh, radical, humane critiques of the emerging world. There are plenty of books decrying the horrors of twenty-first-century monopoly capitalism, but none quite like Survival of the Richest."
― Kurt Anderson, author of Evil Geniuses
"Douglas Rushkoff’s keen eye as a seasoned media analyst, combined with his flair and wit as a writer and a performer, shine in this book."
― Marina Gorbis, executive director of Institute for the Future
"A hilarious and lacerating look at the elite sociopathy wrecking the world, and a call to arms for how the rest of us can fight it."
― Molly Crabapple, author of Drawing Blood and coauthor (with Marwan Hisham) of Brothers of the Gun
"With razor-sharp insight, Rushkoff unwraps the dazzling facade of the technological dream, revealing the alarming Mindset that underlies promises of planetary salvation."
― Jeremy Lent, author of The Patterning Instinct and The Web of Meaning