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David Solway is a Canadian poet and distinguished essayist (Random Walks). His editorials appear regularly in PJ Media. His monograph, Global Warning: The Trials of an Unsettled Science (Freedom Press Canada) was launched at the National Archives in Ottawa in September, 2012. A CD of his original songs, Partial to Cain, appeared in 2019. His latest book of essays, Crossing the Jordan, is now available.

My wife and I have been considering buying a property on the Hawaiian island of Kauai to escape the chill, rainy Vancouver winters. One can imagine our distress when we learned that someone I regard as among the most contemptible people on the planet, Mark Zuckerberg, is building a 1,500-acre compound on this most beautiful island in the Hawaiian archipelago.

Citing various sources, Stephen Green at PJ Media reports that “a 5,000-square-foot underground lair featuring its own energy and food supplies is under construction.” According to, also cited by Green, Zuckerberg’s $270 million Koolau Ranch project “is designed to function as a self-sufficient space, ready to withstand global catastrophes…It is packed with security measures, encompassing keypad locks, soundproofing and concealed doors, while an extensive camera network ensures surveillance.”

The Guardian informs us that Zuckerberg’s lawyers “filed suit against hundreds of local Hawaiians who may own an interest in small pockets within his estates boundaries… [which is] surrounded by a 6ft stone wall blocking easy access to Pila’a Beach.” A local resident described this legal action as “the face of neocolonialism.” Zuckerberg eventually backed down, and the disputed parcels of land were sold at auction. How that changed anything is beyond me.

Apparently, “a smaller-scale ‘bunker’ is being built on nearby Maui by none other than Oprah Winfrey.” Mr. Portfolio himself, Bill Gates, who owns at least seven multi-million dollar homes, extensive farmland, hotel chains, and a private island in Belize, is rumored to have bunkers at all his properties.

Billionaire bunkers are in, it seems, to protect the world’s oligarchs from an impending apocalypse that they have conspired to bring about. “A number of companies around the world are meeting a growing demand for structures that protect from any risk, whether it’s a global pandemic, an asteroid, or World War III – while also delivering luxurious amenities,” says CEO Robert Vicino of Vivos, an underground shelter company.

The Vivos account continues: “Most include food supplies for a year or more, and many have hydroponic gardens to supplement the rations. The developers also work to create well-rounded communities with a range of skills necessary for long-term survival, from doctors to teachers. The company also offers Vivos Europa One, billed as a ‘modern day Noah’s Ark.’” Or “if you prefer to spend the end of days solo, or at least with hand-selected family and friends, you may prefer to consider The Oppidum in the Czech Republic, which is being billed as the largest billionaire bunker in the world.”

These underground people, whose vaunted charity is a lie, whose work on the surface of the earth is a snare and a delusion, remind me of H.G. Wells’ Morlocks in his timeless The Time Machine — with evident adjustments, of course. One recalls the story. Over the millennia, the human race had split into two thinly related species, the feeble and effeminate surface-dwelling Eloi and the semi-human, cannibalistic, subterranean Morlocks who prey on their helpless siblings. The Morlocks are clearly on their way to establishing their rule on the earth.

As the narrator says, “But gradually the truth dawned on me: that Man had not remained one species, but had differentiated into two distinct animals: that my graceful children of the Upper-world were not the sole descendants of our generation, but that this bleached, obscene, nocturnal Thing, which had flashed before me, was also heir to all the ages.” The creatures of the underground are on the ascent and will inherit the earth before they descend anew to bask in their fortified and palatial redoubt.

One thinks in this connection of the important work of Ellen Schreckter, a conservative professor of American history, on the political turmoil of the McCarthy era. In The Age of McCarthyism: A Brief History with Documents, she analyzes the communist peril of the time and the misunderstood courage of Sen. Joe McCarthy in combatting the threat. It was a losing battle. With the ideology of the Left metastasizing in the media, the corridors of power, and the universities, infiltrating every major institution in the country, the new enemy eventually rose to prominence, as she writes, like “the Morlocks [rising] from passive predator into cunning manipulator preying on a weak population.”

The “new enemy” we confront today is a composite phenomenon. It reeks of communism, fascism, and “stakeholder capitalism” — in other words, it has morphed into what we might call a “Party-colored” totalitarian movement fueled by the denizens of a down-gradient moral ecosystem.

Argentine president Javier Milei uses cloacal imagery in his denunciation of such people. Roger Simon calls them “the self-anointed elites of no discernible distinction whatsoever”—the Gateses, the Schwabs, the Soroses, the Bezoses, the Finks, and, of course, the Zuckerbergs — living in the lap of plutocratic luxury and controlling the levers of social, political and economic power. Not all have commissioned underground presidios, but they are all part of the underground, a community of upscale Morlocks.

As noted, one of these mandarins now commands a significant stretch of Kauai’s northern coastline around Pila’a Beach. Fortunately, Janice and I are concentrating on the southern part of the island around Poipu Beach, banking on the intervening distance to dilute the contagion. We are not interested in Oppidums (fortified administrative center), which is where the moral riffraff hangs out. We are not interested in the proximity of superficially clever people with uneventful minds, omnivorous appetites, and manorial compulsions.

The island is a haven for movie companies and boasts a growing tourist industry, developments which are understandable considering what Kauai has to offer. This does not affect us. We are private but not isolate. We enjoy our own company and take a genuine interest in local customs and learning the language of those we live among. But the underground people are the bane of our existence.


By David Solway:
The Bonfire of the So-Called Vanities
No Quality in Socialist Equality
Curse of One-Sentence Paragraph
Recyling Plastic Myths
Among Broken Columns of the Twilight Kingdom
What Is Evil
The Necessity of Walls

Is Western Civ on the Way Out?
On Gravity
The Demonization of Carbon
Honouring the Higgs
Whatever Happened to Reading?
Hyphenated Sex
Skeptical Take on Queen's Gambit
Systemic Envy
Nonsensical Covid Rules
We Have Entered a Looking Glass World
The Socialist States of America
Feminism: A Self-Canceling Project
House Hunters: A Window on a Derelict Culture
The Tattoo: Sign of the Times
Where Have All the Alphas Gone?
They Burn Witches, Don't They?
Aboriginal Claims of Sovereignty
Toxic Feminism

The Scourge of Multiculturalism
Power of the Phrase: Hidden Persuaders
Is Islamic Reform Possible?
Living on the Diagonal
The Birds and the Bees
Free Speech Vs. Hate Speech
The Shaping of Our Destiny
The Scandal of Human Rights
Reconsidering the Feminine Franchise
A Melancholy Calculation
Canada: A Tragically Hip Nation
The Ideal of Perfection in Faith and Politics
The Mystery of Melody
The Necessity of Trump
Dining out with Terrorists
What About Our Sons
Identity Games
The Hour Is Later Than We Think
Caveat Internettor
Why I Like Country Music
We Have Met the Enemy
The Obama Bomb
Don't Apologize Dude
Winners and Losers
Why I Write
Praying by the Rules
Age of Contradiction
Snob Factor Among Conservatives
Islam's Infidels
David Suzuki Down
Infirmative Action
The Education Mess We're In
The Intelligence Potential Factor
Gnostics of Our Time
Decline of Literate Thought
Galloping Agraphia
Socialist Transfer of Wealth
Deconstructing the State
Delectable Lie (Multiculturalism)
The Weakness of the West
When a Civilization Goes Mad
Deconstructing Chomsky
The Multiculti Tango
Utopiah: Good Place or No Place
Palin for President?
The Madness of Reactive Politics
Liberty or Tyranny
Shunning Our Friends
A Culture of Losers
Political Correctness and the Sunset of American Power
Talking Back to Talkbackers
Letting Iran Go Nuclear
Robespierre & Co.
The Reign of Mediacracy
Into the Heart of the United Nations
The Big Lie
As You Like It
Confronting Islam
Unveiling the Terrorist Mind














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