Revealing speech from (former?) libertarian Thiel last night at the RNC.
"When I was a kid, the great debate was about how to defeat the Soviet Union, and we won," Thiel said.
"Now we are told that the great debate is about who gets to use which bathroom. This is a distraction from our real problems. Who cares?"
Thiel said his support for Trump was based on the belief that the candidate could address the country's economic decline. He cited the space program and other government technology achievements as examples of what has been lost.
Thiel drew parallels between himself and Trump each as a "builder."
If you want to understand Thiel and Trump you should focus on each of them self-describing as "builders". They (think they) can achieve socio-economic justice thru competent implementation/operation of material economic systems.
While we indeed need competent material systems people in positions of rule in order to receive robust levels of provision for ourselves, this alone won't achieve what I believe they think it can in the non-material areas of socio-economic justice.