Quote (#255)

The Economist on Peter Thiel:

At his best, Mr Thiel was a mixture of libertarian and contrarian. As a student at Stanford University in the late 1980s and early 1990s he railed against the new academic orthodoxies of multiculturalism and diversity and political correctness, founding a conservative magazine, Stanford Review, and publishing an establishment-baiting book, “The Diversity Myth”. He even defended a fellow law student, Keith Rabois, who decided to test the limits of free speech on campus by standing outside a teacher’s residence and shouting “Faggot! Faggot! Hope you die of AIDS!” When he was a young tyro in Silicon Valley, his libertarian vision inspired many of his business decisions. He hoped that PayPal would help create a new world currency, free from government control and dilution, and that Facebook would help people form spontaneous communities outside traditional nation states.

There is a darker element in his thinking today. In an essay written in 2009 for the Cato Institute, a libertarian think-tank, he declared that he no longer believed that “freedom and democracy are compatible”, putting some of the blame for growing statism on the rise of welfare dependency and the enfranchisement of women. He added a grandiloquent coda: “The fate of our world may depend on the effort of a single person who builds or propagates the machinery of freedom that makes the world safe for capitalism”.

(That final Thiel quote is Sentences material.)

Libertarianism either goes dark, or it dies of cognitive dissonance. The number of people seeing that — while small — is rising on a parabolic curve.

June 4, 2016admin 8 Comments »


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  • Quote (#255) | Neoreactive Says:

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    Posted on June 4th, 2016 at 2:30 pm Reply | Quote
  • grey enlightenment Says:

    his views are more congruent to Neo Reaction than to the left. Most libertarians tend to be ‘partial libertarians’ – they support free markets but some sort of state to hold things together. Libertarians believe the private sector is better at allocating resources than the public, and this is largely true.


    Posted on June 4th, 2016 at 2:51 pm Reply | Quote
  • Fatalist Says:

    All hail King Peter!


    smg Reply:

    Not King, but possibly CEO of our neocameralist state. The board of directors would need to vote on that first, though. 🙂


    Posted on June 4th, 2016 at 3:42 pm Reply | Quote
  • Brett Stevens Says:

    he declared that he no longer believed that “freedom and democracy are compatible”, putting some of the blame for growing statism on the rise of welfare dependency and the enfranchisement of women.

    Freedom and democracy are both distractions.

    The question is effective leadership and realistic adaptation.

    Anything else is denialism.

    Although he’s completely nailed it with welfare dependency and female suffrage, but probably also needs to include under-30s voting and diversity on his list of failures. The State is the product of democracy, and democracy the product of equality, itself the result of a bottom-heavy society (in other words, one that has gotten wealthy enough to support fools, who quickly become parasites).


    Posted on June 4th, 2016 at 8:58 pm Reply | Quote
  • michael Says:

    @ foolishness is a luxury,and no doubt liberalism follows wealth does that make capitalism a fool mint


    Posted on June 4th, 2016 at 9:59 pm Reply | Quote
  • Outliers (#8) Says:

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    Posted on June 5th, 2016 at 5:02 am Reply | Quote
  • jack arcalon Says:

    That fat striptease guy at the Libertarian convention probably thinks black guys admire his brash boldness, and that’s just the way to break down the social shackles preventing everyone from unleashing their inner maverick.


    Posted on June 10th, 2016 at 9:11 am Reply | Quote

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