The secretive tech billionaire who recently admitted to funding a lawsuit meant to crush the media company Gawker is known for having some radical opinions.
But in an essay published in 2009, he surprised many when he wrote that giving women the right to vote — by constitutional amendment in 1920 — was a blow to democracy.
That he also seemed to blame social security and other New Deal-era benefits for the decline of democracy — a fairly common conservative and libertarian view — got less attention.
Thiel told The New York Times he is seeking justice for a piece Gawker wrote in 2007 titled Peter Thiel is totally gay, people and for other Gawker articles over the years.
It was known to a wide circle who felt that it was not fit for discussion beyond that circle, Owen Thomas told the Times.
Thiel is also a delegate for Donald Trump, the Republican presidential candidate who has proposed building a wall to keep Mexican people out of the United States as well as a total ban on Muslims coming to the U.S..