The strange and conflicting world views of Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel

This is going to sound like a very strange story, because it is. It is a story about some of the weirdest ideas you might have ever heard, and what happens when they’re backed by enormous amounts of investment capital. It involves the CIA, people who want to live forever and a humanity-hating artificial intelligence from the future. It all centers around a man who is on a mission to dismantle democracy itself, replacing it with a technocratic system friendlier to capitalism. The man tying all these very strange ideas together is Trump delegate, Facebook board member, billionaire PayPal cofounder and would-be Gawker slayer, Peter Thiel. Thiel has been much in the news of late. In a surprise for Silicon Valley where progressive attitudes are en vogue, Thiel publicly embraced…


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