American Monster — Peter Thiel
13th in a series on the network of US criminals accelerating global fascism
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“There are very few people in history who have wrought the damage that Peter Thiel has done. Genghis Khan had his barbarian hordes, Hitler had his Blitzkrieg and death camps, and Peter Thiel has the internet.”—High Fidelity, Silicon Valley technologist and co-host of RADICALIZED Truth Survives podcast, to Bette Dangerous
“Thiel’s politics aren’t libertarian at all; they’re closer to authoritarianism. It’s super-nationalistic, it’s a longing for a sort of more powerful chief executive, or, you know, a dictator, in other words.”—Max Chakfin, author, The Contrarian: Peter Thiel and the Silicon Valley’s Pursuit of Power in Politico
Fluffers larping as journalists wax obsequious on Peter Thiel — reaching into the infinite universe of adjectives and euphemisms to flatter this international techbro of mystery. Among the dewy puffery applied to the German-born billionaire:
“Silicon Valley’s most interesting venture capitalist and all-around great character!”
“Few people in Silicon Valley can match Thiel’s combination of business prowess and philosophical breadth.”
“…America’s leading public intellectual…”
“…fantastically white teeth…”
Or, consider these softballs…
“What do you find the hardest part of being CEO?”
“What’s it like to be a billionaire?”
“What’s a trait you possess that you really value?”
The fawning fealty to Thiel is emblematic of the Fourth Estate’s massive failure in 2016 to warn of the rise of technofascism and the destruction it wrought. Silicon Valley tycoon Thiel is among the most obvious key figures in accelerating authoritarianism, but there are many others.
Among Thiel’s achievements to date:
RUMBLE — Thiel funded Rumble, a pro-Putin, pro-Trump propaganda platform laden with conspiracy theories, anti-Semiticism, misogyny, and racism
MAGA3X — Thiel is linked to MAGA3X, the white supremacist network of digital terrorist cells that engaged in 2016 election interference and trafficked stolen goods from the GRU. Some of its members are implicated in international hacking scandals, and one member sentenced to prison
POLITICIANS — He finances extremist candidates into office — among his successes, Trump, Josh Hawley, and JD Vance
MONEY — At the same time he was damning fiat currency with performance art about the glory of Bitcoin, he was dumping it
MEDIA — He financed the destruction of the media outlet, Gawker, by spending ten million dollars on lawfare to sue it into bankruptcy after then-editor Nick Denton outed him, using Hulk Hogan as a single-digit millionaire proxy
DATA — Thiel co-founded the ubiquitous surveillance company, Palantir, which aided the Robert Mercer-funded Cambridge Analytica to steal data from the Thiel- and Russian-funded Facebook, where Thiel also sat on the Board of Directors. That data was weaponized to target Americans with voter suppression, extremist recruitment, and domestic terrorist radicalization. Palantir had a good friend in Mike Flynn
So when I see Thiel, who has a history of engaging in dark operations to subvert democracy, I don’t see his fantastic white teeth — I see fangs.
I see a sweaty lost boy funding the demolition of democracy with the speed of someone who fears tea and defenestration — indeed, whose reported boyfriend did die by defenestration — allegedly self-inflicted.