…Thiel is one of the titans of the Digital Age, famous as the founder of PayPal and the first outside investor in Facebook. Less known are his fight against multiculturalism in higher education (he was at Stanford during the infamous days of “Hey, hey, ho, ho, Western civ has got to go!”), love of Great Books, and faith in God.
In fact, the first point he made in his speech is, “The core problem in our society is political correctness.” Not income inequality, racism or sexism, political polarization, or other frequent choice, but the value-narrowing thought control of identity politics, bien-pensant attitudes, and the other ingredients of PC.
For Thiel, it isn’t the politics that make political correctness so corrosive, but the coerciveness. Thiel’s whole approach to entrepreneurship starts with the premise that, as he put it, “Great things happen only once.”
Political correctness demands the same ideas and words, policing minds so that they repeat the common moral wisdom, but wondrous inventions are non-repeatable…
h/t Chicago Boyz