As [Peter] Thiel’s wealth has grown, he’s gotten more strident. In a 2009 essay for the Cato Institute, he railed against taxes, government, women, poor people, and society’s acquiescence to the inevitability of death. (Thiel doesn’t accept death as inexorable.) He wrote that he’d reached some radical conclusions: “Most importantly, I no longer believe that freedom and democracy are compatible.” The 1920s was the last time one could feel “genuinely optimistic” about American democracy, he said; since then, “the vast increase in welfare beneficiaries and the extension of the franchise to women—two constituencies that are notoriously tough for libertarians—have rendered the notion of ‘capitalist democracy’ into an oxymoron.”
On Silicon Valley’s most notorious log cabin Republican.
Thiel is an absolutely vile human being and his company, Palantir, is James Bond supervillain levels of evil (which is what the article is mostly about).
Thiel also has the distinction of being a raging hypocrite; for a dude who makes his millions invading the privacy of others, he’s also extremely vicious to anyone who dares mention that he’s gay, i.e. Gawker, and likes to pontificate that private lives should be “kept private”… so long as you’re rich.
The dude is basically a walking talking signpost for the ideological bankruptcy and moral degeneracy of the modern “libertarian” right. And, like most of his fellow oxygen thieves, you kinda get the feeling that, somewhere, deep down, he knows it; he’s also one of the Valley’s most notorious doomsday preppers, with the “doomsday” he’s terrified of basically being “eventually karma will catch up and all the people I’ve hurt will come for me”.
Oh, and if all of that weren’t enough? He’s also a literal vampire.
Seriously. You couldn’t write a villain as one-note cliched as Peter Thiel.