Peter Thiel – the politics of misinformation

Peter Thiel, a German-American billionaire, co-founder of PayPal and first outside investor in Facebook, is combining his right-wing political activism with his tech talents. He is behind a new conservative ‘Dating app’, about to launch which sounds remarkably like an echo chamber for those who dislike the censorship of politically motivated misinformation.

  He has been backing Republican candidates who traffic in Trump conspiracy theories and see themselves as rebels determined to overthrow the Republican establishment and even the broader American political order. In 2009 he wrote in an essay, “I no longer believe that freedom and democracy are compatible.”

  A commentator cautioned: “When you have a funder who is actively elevating candidates who are denying the legitimacy of elections, that is a direct assault on the foundation of democracy.”

  Thiel was born in Germany on 11 October 1967, no birth time, and had an itinerant childhood, with his parents moving to the USA when he was one, and thence to South Africa and Namibia and back to the US. He excelled in maths, graduated law and then fell into Silicon Valley.

  He’s a Sun Libra opposition Saturn in forced-to-be-self-reliant Aries; with a Mars in Sagittarius in a ruthless, tough-minded and no-compromise square to Pluto Uranus and trine Jupiter in flamboyant Leo. He’s clearly a risk-taker. His Jupiter is also in a high-finance, not-always-realistic square to Neptune. His Moon is Capricorn or Aquarius.

  His control-freak, ferocious Mars square Pluto (Uranus) clashes with the USA’s free-thinking Mars in Gemini square Neptune, so he will be an uncomfortable presence, trying to strong-arm public opinion.

  His relationship to Trump isn’t oddly enough too cosy either with Trump’s Gemini Sun opposition Sagittarius Moon also colliding with Thiel’s Mars square Pluto Uranus. And it looks to be on a disappointing slide through this year with various upsets which continue into 2023.

  On Thiel’s personal chart he’s been undermined through January/early February this year; will be emotionally revved up March to June and again on and off till late 2023; with a few hitches glitches and catastrophes late April/early May this year. 2023/2024 sees tr Pluto conjunct his Saturn/Neptune midpoint so he’ll be devastated, depressed, perhaps with health issues.

  He looks marginally unsettled by the 2022 Mid Terms; and so-so over the 2024 elections with a few minor Jupiterian ups. But he looks as if he could be a force to be reckoned – in the awkward squad – through 2025/26.

   Maybe he’s a manifestation of the darker energies in the  USA Pluto Return. Power is good, as long as I have it; people-power is bad. The swan song (hopefully) of Pluto in Capricorn.

5 thoughts on “Peter Thiel – the politics of misinformation

  1. Thank you Marjorie!
    So many big $ folks are behaving as if they are royalty–cold hearted royalty.
    Hungry ghosts, large hurt children–their condition is sad, but their acting out endangers the rest of us.

  2. I am ashamed to say that Peter Thiel was given permanent residency in New Zealand by a special arrangement by the then National (right-wing) government some years back. It is a matter of conjecture but one does wonder how much of his money is distributed to anti democratic causes here.

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