Palantir founder hates that women have the vote... but apparently quite likes Hillary Clinton
The Washington Examiner reports that Palantir, the intelligence contractor founded by Peter Thiel, donated “six figures” to the Clinton Foundation in 2014. The foundation is headed by Hillary Clinton and her husband, President Bill Clinton. [Disclosure: Thiel is an investor in Pando through Founders Fund.]
The Examiner also reports that Palantir spent half a million dollars on lobbyists in 2014.
Palantir has long had a partnership with the Clintons, including helping to fund the Clinton Global Initiative (headed by Bill Clinton) since 2013. What’s interesting, if only for irony value, is seeing Thiel’s company also pledging support for a group headed by Hillary Clinton, and daughter Chelsea.
After all, let’s remember this is the same Peter Thiel who once blamed women's suffrage for all of America’s woes. One can only imagine his horror at the idea of one become president.
As Thiel wrote in 2009, women getting the vote made things really tricky for libertarians:
Since 1920, the vast increase in welfare beneficiaries and the extension of the franchise to women — two constituencies that are notoriously tough for libertarians — have rendered the notion of “capitalist democracy” into an oxymoron…The comments caused — surprise! - an outcry, forcing Thiel to clarify that he doesn’t think taking the vote away from women will actually fix all of America’s problems:
It would be absurd to suggest that women’s votes will be taken away or that this would solve the political problems that vex us.Highly paid lobbyists, on the other hand…
[Illustration by Hallie Bateman for Pando]