Peter Thiel, Leader of the Rebel Alliance

 

With his many varied interests in technology, politics, and culture, Peter Thiel has often been described as a Renaissance man. So perhaps it was only fitting that we traveled to Florence, Italy—where the Renaissance originated and thrived for hundreds of years—to speak with him. In this wide-ranging interview, we cover several topics, including his support for candidates across the country who are running as outsiders, why technology has not fulfilled many of its early promises, and why California is still America’s incubator for ideas and growth.

Recorded in Florence, Italy, on October 19, 2022

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  1. The Reticulator Member
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    That sounds interesting. I’ll try to find time to watch. 

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  2. Henry Castaigne Member
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    I quite like what he has to say. Him comparing Saudi Arabia to California is apt.

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  3. Debra Saunders Contributor
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    “We were promised flying cars and all we got is 140 characters.”

    -Peter

     

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  4. The Reticulator Member
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    Debra Saunders (View Comment):

    “We were promised flying cars and all we got is 140 characters.”

    -Peter

     

    There were two Peters at the table.

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  5. Al Sparks Thatcher
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    It was a good interview.  Also convenient if you happen to like the idea of traveling to Florence, Italy.

    What resonated with me was the discussion on the fear of the apocalyptic over freedom.  They were mostly focused on Ukraine and the fear of nuclear weapons; that many in the U.S. don’t overtly state it, but they would rather Ukraine just give up than risk nuclear war.

    But those apocalyptic fears extend further, the recent Covid crisis, the global warming hysteria (even reasonable people who buy into human caused climate change admit that the fear has gone too far).

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  6. Debra Saunders Contributor
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    The Reticulator (View Comment):

    Debra Saunders (View Comment):

    “We were promised flying cars and all we got is 140 characters.”

    -Peter

     

    There were two Peters at the table.

    Peter Robinson. 

     

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  7. Paul Stinchfield Member
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    Debra Saunders (View Comment):

    “We were promised flying cars and all we got is 140 characters.”

    -Peter

    Flying cars were more of a pulp science fiction idea than a plausible idea: Too many engineering constraints and too many social issues.

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  8. Caryn Thatcher
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    Living in Southeast Alaska for several decades, I knew plenty of people with flying cars.  Mostly models like Cessna or Piper.  Our State troopers used a Grumman Goose for many years.

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