Peter Thiel is a Libertarian and has been for a long time. His opinions are not a surprise, but what is surprising is his comment on government efficacy, with a nod to Manhattan and Apollo project. With that he inoculates himself from the “crazy-libertarian” charge. His venture capital background gives him a rational thought process which he displays in his speech. He also touches on the fact that we have moved from a military-industrial complex to a government-industrial complex. Hence the disparities he alludes to, i.e. either you are a player, or you are being played.