Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The World According to Thiel

 

Peter Thiel, the cofounder of PayPal and Palantir; early investor in Facebook, LinkedIn, and SpaceX; and the founder of the Thiel Fellowship, which encourages young people to drop out of college to start their own businesses, is interviewed live on stage in front of the members of the Mont Pelerin Society. This wide-ranging conversation covers globalization, the continuing and ever-growing threat from China and what the United States can and can’t do it about, what the rise of Bernie Sanders means for the future of US capitalism, the “derangement” (Thiel’s phrase) of Silicon Valley in the last decade, the scourge of political correctness on campuses and in society at large, and why Thiel thinks we should rethink the doctrine of American exceptionalism.

Recorded on January 17, 2020.

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  1. RightAngles Member

    A great guy and great interview! I went to YouTube and gave it a Like (and I subscribed! I thought I was already a subscriber). I learned a new term “Thermidor,” which I’m embarrassed to say I’d never heard with regard to the French Revolution for some reason. But the most pressing question of all is this: Why does Peter Robinson never age? Does he have a painting in the attic? That is what people want to know.

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    • February 11, 2020, at 3:34 PM PST
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  2. colleenb Member
    colleenb Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Great interview. Of all the Silicon Valley types, he comes across as the most sane and thoughtful. Maybe because he is originally from another country so he can take a longer view on the US and history? I don’t know but again appreciate hearing him and Peter Robinson’s excellent questions.

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    • February 12, 2020, at 8:48 AM PST
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  3. MISTER BITCOIN Member

    colleenb (View Comment):

    Great interview. Of all the Silicon Valley types, he comes across as the most sane and thoughtful. Maybe because he is originally from another country so he can take a longer view on the US and history? I don’t know but again appreciate hearing him and Peter Robinson’s excellent questions.

     

    he was born in Germany which is younger than US, 1871 vs 1776.

    Peter would have been smart and successful in any country.

    I don’t think it has anything to do with him being born in Germany.

     

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    • February 12, 2020, at 4:54 PM PST
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