PayPal founder Peter Thiel is a total radical, in the best sense of the word.
As a staunch Donald Trump supporter and gay man, Thiel has heralded the rise of Trump and right-wing populism and is now pushing forward in calling out the elites who’ve nearly wrecked the country.
In an historic speech, Thiel laid everything out on the line. Take a look:
Here are some of the best quotes from Thiel’s speech:
“‘The Advocate’ which once praised me as a ‘gay innovator’ even published an article saying that as of now, I am ‘not a gay man’ because I don’t agree with their politics. The lie behind the buzzword of ‘diversity’ could not be made more clear: If you don’t conform, then you don’t count as ‘diverse’ no matter what your personal background.”
“For a long time, our elites have been in the habit of denying difficultrealities. That’s how bubbles form. Whenever there is a hard problem, people want to believe in an easy solution. They’ll be tempted to deny reality and inflate a bubble. Something about the experience of the baby boomers, whose lives have been so much easier than their parents’ or their childrens’ has led them to buy into bubbles again and again. The trade bubble says everyone’s a winner. The war bubble says victory is just around the corner. But these over-optimistic stories, simply haven’t been true and voters are tired of being lied to.”
“It was both insane and somehow inevitable that DC insiders expected this election to be a re-run between the two political dynasties who led us through the two most gigantic financial bubbles of our time.”
“Voters are tired of hearing conservative politicians that ‘government never works.’ They know the government wasn’t always this broken. The Manhattan Project, the Interstate Highway System, the Apollo Program. Whatever you think of these ventures, you cannot doubt the competence of the government that got them done. But we have fallen very far from that standard. We cannot let free market ideology serve as an excuse for decline.”
“No matter what happens in this election, what Trump represents isn’t crazy and it’s not going away. He points toward a new Republican Party beyond the dogmas of Reaganism. He points even beyond the remaking of one party to a new American politics that overcomes denial, rejects bubble-thinking and reckons with reality. When the distracting spectacles of this election season are forgotten and the history of our time is written, the only important question will be whether or not that new politics came too late.”