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Peter Thiel, Paypal’s founding CEO and the first outside investor in Facebook, is set to make multiple billions in the upcoming Facebook IPO. By some accounts, he may be the most successful technology investor of all-time. But, Thiel is deeply pessimistic about the future of Western civilization. In an October 2011 essay entitled “The End of the Future,” Thiel argues that America has failed to make significant economic progress in the past four decades due to a lack of revolutionary scientific breakthroughs. This slowdown, he says, “threatens not just our financial markets, but the entire modern political order, which is predicated on easy and relentless growth.”
What can be done to restart innovation? How should government be involved in the economy? Is education the answer? Thiel makes several suggestions:
Weigh in: Do you agree with Thiel that slowing scientific innovation is our most pressing issue? Are Thiel’s solutions going to lead to progress and the reclamation of “the future?”
Peter Thiel: America Is On The Wrong Track
By Harvard Political Review
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