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Peter Thiel’s Political/Philosophical Influences: ” . . . Carl Schmitt . . . a Nazi and the Third Reich’s Preeminent Legal Theorist. . . ”

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Carl Schmitt, on the right.

COMMENT: We have cov­ered Peter Thiel in numer­ous pro­grams, begin­ning with our warn­ing about him in FTR #718.

Some of the points we have made about him include:

  1. His fam­i­ly back­ground in the Frank­furt (Ger­many) chem­i­cal busi­ness. Prob­a­bly I.G. Farben/Bormann, in that con­text.
  2. His pri­ma­ry role in Palan­tir, appar­ent­ly the mak­er of the PRISM soft­ware at the epi­cen­ter of L’Af­faire Snow­den.
  3. His role as the pri­ma­ry financier of Ron Paul’s super PAC. (Paul is an unabashed white suprema­cist, joined at the hip with David Duke and the neo-Con­fed­er­ate move­ment. He was the Pres­i­den­tial can­di­date of choice for Eddie “The Friend­ly Spook” Snow­den and Julian Assange.)

With Thiel among the can­di­dates to head Trump’s Pres­i­den­t’s Intel­li­gence Advi­so­ry Board, we note that his apoc­a­lyp­tic, anti-Enlight­en­ment ide­ol­o­gy draws on, among oth­er influ­ences, Carl Schmitt. Arguably the prime mover behind the Ger­man Con­ser­v­a­tive Rev­o­lu­tion, Schmitt was also: “. . . . a Nazi and the Third Reich’s pre­em­i­nent legal the­o­rist. For Thiel, Schmitt is an inspir­ing throw­back to a pre-Enlight­en­ment age, who exalts strug­gle and insists that the dis­cov­ery of ene­mies is the foun­da­tion of pol­i­tics. . .”

“Peter Thiel’s Apoc­a­lypse” by Scott Lucas; San Fran­cis­co Mag­a­zine; 11/29 2017.

Peter Thiel

. . . . If press reports are cor­rect, Pres­i­dent Trump is con­sid­er­ing appoint­ing Thiel to be chair of the President’s Intel­li­gence Advi­so­ry Board—a posi­tion pre­vi­ous­ly held by such estab­lish­ment sages as Brent Scow­croft and Chuck Hagel. This would make the 50-year-old entre­pre­neur one of the top exec­u­tive branch advis­ers on America’s intel­li­gence agen­cies. And it would be one of the most pecu­liar high-lev­el appoint­ments in Amer­i­can polit­i­cal his­to­ry. . . .

. . . . For Thiel, Osama bin Laden is a kind of return of the reli­gious repressed, an evil erup­tion from an archa­ic world we thought had van­ished. “Today mere self-preser­va­tion forces all of us to look at the world anew, to think strange new thoughts, and there­by to awak­en from that very long and prof­itable peri­od of intel­lec­tu­al slum­ber and amne­sia that is so mis­lead­ing­ly called the Enlight­en­ment,” he writes.

To explore these “strange new thoughts,” Thiel turns to Ger­man legal schol­ar Carl Schmitt—a bril­liant thinker who was also a Nazi and the Third Reich’s pre­em­i­nent legal the­o­rist. For Thiel, Schmitt is an inspir­ing throw­back to a pre-Enlight­en­ment age, who exalts strug­gle and insists that the dis­cov­ery of ene­mies is the foun­da­tion of pol­i­tics. . . . .

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