Last month a story surfaced in the press about the activities of Peter Thiel.
Some of you may be asking who is Peter Thiel and what has he done?
First things first, Thiel, 52, co-founded PayPal and was the first investor of Facebook. His political prowess and business acumen earned Thiel a special honor by this newspaper.
“The bottom line for SFGN in selecting Peter Thiel as its ‘Person of the Year’ is not only his willingness to set a unique course for himself politically, but to acknowledge and appreciate what he has done philanthropically,” wrote Publisher Norm Kent in December of 2016.
According to Wikipedia, Thiel’s philanthropy involves artificial intelligence, life extension, seasteading and protecting journalists.
His unique course politically is supporting Republicans.
“I am proud to be gay. I am proud to be a Republican, but most of all I am proud to be an American,” Thiel said during his 2016 RNC convention speech.
Since that fateful day in Cleveland, Ohio, Thiel hasn’t offered many public remarks. There have been reports that Thiel is dissatisfied and frustrated with the Trump administration’s handling of COVID-19.
His six-minute RNC speech primarily targeted a perceived decline in American technology. Thiel said nuclear bases were still using floppy disks and new fighter jets couldn’t fly in the rain and government software systems rarely “work at all.”
“That is a staggering decline for a country that completed the Manhattan project,” Thiel said.
Four years later, Palantir Technologies — a company Thiel created — has been eating up government contracts. The company has increased revenues since contracting with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, reported Business Insider.
A data analysis company, Palantir recruits employees by offering a diverse lifestyle. Palantir has affinity groups such as PalanGenderQueer and Palan Queer for employees identifying as LGBT seek to foster community interest.
SFGN reached out to Palantir Tech, via email, for a comment, but there has been no response. This week the company began trading publicly on the New York Stock Exchange and instantly drew the attention of New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
“Palantir needs to be investigated,” tweeted AOC.