He has often espoused anti-democratic views, suggesting that libertarian style freedom are incompatible with elements such as women's suffrage. Such contemporary yet conservative politics align him with the small neo-reactionary movement.
His view that college education is a bubble and provides little value beyond the admissions process (which identifies people as being bright), and his consequent encouragement of super-bright students to drop out of university, has been criticised by Vivek Wadha as contributing to "a race to the bottom of the global economic ladder".
Thiel has expressed much interest in radical life extension, such as the potential life-extending effects of parabiosis, the practice of transplanting blood from a youthful organism to an older one.
His political support has leant conservative–libertarian. He also was member of the Libertarian Party until Trump entered the presidential race. He then switched his membership to the Republican Party and donated in Republican primaries to Donald Trump for the 2016 election.
Following the 2016 Trump election victory, he acted as a technology advisor to the Trump Administration.
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