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Peter Thiel: he produced an essay called ‘The Straussian Moment’—it is an example of non-thought, of the rich man’s vanity. In this case, the rich man wants to be thought “a thinker” too—a real beard-tugger. But that is all image—Thiel has no interest in “the fate of the West”, as the essay claims, but he does have an interest in looking like a smart and concerned person, a serious person. Hence the essay abounds with references to thinkers—Strauss, Girard, Spengler, Schmitt—but we never hear what Thiel thinks. It’s like a 2:1 undergraduate essay that reproduces all the different positions on a topic, quotes extensively, and then reaches a synthesis. Never do we hear the writer’s actual view.

So pretentious is Thiel that he quotes Spengler in German, one should just know German—if one reads Thiel. But this is non-standard presentation in our age—his readership is not versed in Latin, Greek, and a smattering of “modern languages” (Italian, French, German); rather, they are semi-literate people slaved to the computer (like Thiel)—so the quote in German is just more showing off, just to establish himself as a “deep thinker” about “burning issues” (the fate of the West, like the pubic lice in my crotch, presents a “burning issue” for us).

What Thiel says in a sentence is: “The West seems to be divided between reality-adjusted behaviour, between Machiavellian pagan virtue, and the Christian desire to love all mankind—the two views are not compatible, to follow the Christian ethic leads to extinction.” He refuses to cut this Gordian knot—because he wants to be thought “a nice fellow”, a beard-tugger who uses academic catchphrases like “between Athens and Jerusalem” (between my crotch and your arsehole).

Here’s the simple answer: the West is Athens, the reason these two don’t match up is that Christianity is an excrescence on the West—remove Christianity and there’s no contradiction, no need for earnest beard-tugging (or, more Thiel’s style, dick yanking). Put simply: Christianity is 1st-century AD Marxism, the reason it seems we live in a “schizoid conundrum” in the West is that Christianity, like Marxism, doesn’t work—or only works for Semites, anyway. Problem solved.

But to say that would make Thiel a “bad person”—hence he concludes his essay with the frightfully nice view that the Christian prince should work for peace. What Thiel really thinks is revealed when he speaks about Strauss’s vision of a world run by a “king rat” (tails entwined) of intelligence services. This view, sneaky and subversive, naturally appeals to a homosexual like Thiel—after all, he called his company “Palantir” (“Um, is Peter Thiel a bad guy—’cause he seems to identify with the bad guys symbolically…?”).

As for Strauss, there’s nothing “esoteric” in the literal sense in Strauss—not like Guénon and Crowley & Co. Look, the Jews like to lie and invert things—so Marx “turned Hegel the right way up” and made his idealist philosophy materialist, i.e. he inverted it and called it “a correction”; and St. Paul told people Jesus came for everyone—when he only came for the Jews. Strauss called his thought “esoteric” because it allowed him to indulge in the favourite Jewish pastime of inversion—it comes from all the centuries spent torturing the Talmud through exegesis.

“So when Strauss says he reads texts ‘esoterically’ he just means he’s going to lie about what they actually mean?”. Yes—just like Marx “stood Hegel on his head”. Along the way, Strauss even subverts what the term “esoteric” means—reducing it from a spiritual position to a material means to carry out dry as dust exegesis.

So Thiel no more or less cares about “the West” than the man in the street—if he did, he would just draw the obvious conclusion, made by Nietzsche, that Christianity is some deviation imposed on the West.

It’s like if some Russian in 2095 was sitting there earnestly tugging his beard and saying, “Russia is poised between two poles, between Marx and the Tsar—somehow, Marxism never seems to work. But can we give up its beautiful vision of the good? We remain poised between Moscow and Jerusalem…our deep common history…”. It’s laughable because Marxism was so obviously a disaster for Russia, yet, over time, the disaster can be sentimentalised “the beautiful vision” (which killed and tortured millions of Russians, immobilised the country for decades). Christianity is just the same thing.

It’s only because its high point was 1100 that people can sentimentalise it as some “quaint heirloom” we need to hold on to—believe me, if there was a Christian mob rampaging through your temple you would see it less sentimentally; just as you don’t see the activities of the woke sentimentally, of Trotsky sentimentally (but, like St. Paul, he was a “good man” who loved the weak and oppressed and hated and hated…hated…the Europeans…).

Of course, Thiel puts on this performance so as not to upset the Jews. And his goal in making the West “self-confident”, per the essay’s intent, is to make it ferocious enough, circa 2007, to confront Islam—in other words, to fight to defend the Jews (an act of Christian charity, I suppose…). Bottom line: don’t listen to homosexuals, to bored rich men who do “pretend think” for applause, to people who tell you they’re going to lie to you (Strauss), to people who name their companies after an object of evil in The Lord of the Rings. The West is Athens—and we will not die to save Jerusalem (city of lies, city of the Devil).

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