January 16, 2018
Sentient piece of shit Peter Thiel is trying to buy Gawker, the press that he singlehandedly funded the destruction of.
But why does Peter Thiel want to buy Gawker so bad? He already made his stooge Hulk Hogan destroy the website in court for him. Presumably, Thiel wants to destroy the archive, or maybe take it offline, or, as Reuters speculated, “take down stories regarding his personal life that are still available on the website, and remove the scope for further litigation between him and Gawker”. (Seriously, Reuters is one of my favorite news sites, but how can they downplay his sinister tech-overlord character here?)
Washington Post (which, I should add, is owned by an equally vampiric sentient sack of shit, Jeff Bezos) posted an opinion piece, that grazes against the truth of the situation pretty well:
Gawker’s tech-focused website Valleywag trained a skeptical and often searing eye on Silicon Valley culture. It reported on what tech titans said they were about and what they actually did.
Thiel was a titan, so he was also a target. Thanks to the lawsuits he funded, Gawker had to stop bothering him. If he gets his way again, any trace of that troublesome writing may be erased.
You don’t have to think that hard to come up with a more current comparison.
“I think they should be described as terrorists, not as writers or reporters,” Thiel once said about the staff of Valleywag.
“The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People!” President Trump said last February.
This, more than anything, shows how powerful capital, especially technocrat capital, is. Trump has his sights on taking down the press, and we see him as a delirious fat ass who may or may not wear diapers. Meanwhile, Thiel was able to quietly, actually destroy a decent sized blog through the American legal system. Of course, Trump is going after bigger fish than Gawker, but he is a more powerful person.
The impact of this is the U.S. government has been made ineffectual by yielding power to the capitalists. Now a private capitalist can run the show more effectively than the body that claims to govern private capitalists.
I have also compiled some sources about Thiel’s friends and beliefs, that show that, no he isn’t just someone who really hates gawker (although he does). He’s a technocrat, both in terms of hording capital accumulated through tech, but also ideologically. Here are some quotes.
I must confess that over the last two decades, I have changed radically on the question of how to achieve these goals [freedom]. Most importantly, I no longer believe that freedom and democracy are compatible.
Thiel, like all libertarians who are void of any ideological depth, uses intentionally vague terms. By freedom, Thiel really means deregulation of the capitalist class. And he is right, “freedom”, as used by libertarians, is incompatible with democracy because its a dictatorship of the capitalists. Thiel understands this, and he picked his side.
From “On the Unhappy Consciousness of Neoreactionaries” by Yuk Hui, published in e-flux (really, it’s worth reading the whole thing though):
The task of neoreaction seems to be sufficiently summarized in the question raised by Thiel towards the end of his paper:
“The modern West has lost faith in itself. In the Enlightenment and post-Enlightenment period, this loss of faith liberated enormous commercial and creative forces. At the same time, this loss has rendered the West vulnerable. Is there a way to fortify the modern West without destroying it altogether, a way of not throwing the baby out with the bathwater?”
Venture capitalist Peter Thiel is a major backer of [neoreactionary Curtis] Yarvin’s start-ups and, as The Baffler reports, in 2012, Thiel gave a lecture at Stanford with distinct Dark Enlightenment themes. “A startup is basically structured as a monarchy,” he said at the time. “We don’t call it that, of course. That would seem weirdly outdated, and anything that’s not democracy makes people uncomfortable.”
In essence, Peter Thiel is a libertarian in the sense that he wants liberty for the capitalist class. This basically means a pseudo-feudal system where the capitalists have such a dictatorial control over the means of production, that any illusion of “class mobility” (the classic American capitalist’s favorite red herring) is abandoned.
To tie this all together, Thiel is not just anti-Gawker. He doesn’t just want to destroy Gawker, on principle, because of specifics about Gawker. He sees himself as a feudal lord, or maybe even higher than that, who is part of America’s future neocameralist, techno dystopian oligarchy.