Peter Thiel Thinks ‘Star Trek’ Is ‘Communist’ While ‘Star Wars’ Is ‘Capitalist’

Peter Thiel Thinks ‘Star Trek’ Is ‘Communist’ While ‘Star Wars’ Is ‘Capitalist’
  1. Peter Thiel Thinks ‘Star Trek’ Is ‘Communist’ While ‘Star Wars’ Is ‘Capitalist’
    In a wide-ranging interview with the New York Times’ Maureen Dowd on Wednesday, billionaire tech giant Peter Thiel defended his support of President-Elect Donald Trump and offered some characteristically esoteric opinions on everything from Meryl Streep to “Star Wars.” To a question noting that “President Obama had eight years without any ethical shadiness,” Thiel replied, “But there’s a point where no corruption can be a bad thing. It can mean…

In a wide-ranging interview with the New York Times’ Maureen Dowd on Wednesday, billionaire tech giant Peter Thiel defended his support of President-Elect Donald Trump and offered some characteristically esoteric opinions on everything from Meryl Streep to “Star Wars.”

To a question noting that “President Obama had eight years without any ethical shadiness,” Thiel replied, “But there’s a point where no corruption can be a bad thing. It can mean that things are too boring.”

And in a rapid-fire sidebar, he also agreed with the president-elect that Meryl Streep is “probably very overrated, especially by all the people who are vociferously saying that she’s overrated.”

Also Read: Peter Thiel 'Has No Interest' in Supreme Court Job

And he stated a clear preference for “Star Wars” over “Star Trek” in a way that generated much comment on social media.

“I’m a capitalist. ‘Star Wars’ is the capitalist show. ‘Star Trek’ is the communist one,” he told Dowd.

“There is no money in ‘Star Trek’ because you just have the transporter machine that can make anything you need,” he added. “The whole plot of ‘Star’Wars” starts with Han Solo having this debt that he owes and so the plot in ‘Star Wars’ is driven by money.”

Also Read: Peter Thiel Won, Gawker Lost, the 1 Percent Scores, Democracy Loses

The rationale for Thiel’s preference for “Star Wars” sparked an immediate online response, particularly from those who concluded that Jabba the Hutt — the guy to whom Han owed that debt — would emerge in his thinking as one of the franchise’s heroes.

All 8 'Star Wars' Movies Ranked Worst to Best: From 'New Hope' to 'Rogue One' (Photos)

  • Rogue One

    How does "Rogue One" compare with the other seven "Star Wars" movies? Here are all of them, ranked from worst to best.



  • 8. "Episode I: The Phantom Menace"
    We waited 16 years for George Lucas to return to this universe, and what did we get? Trade routes and political intrigue, blood tests for the Force, and perhaps worst of all, Jar Jar Binks. "Menace" isn't terrible because it's a kids' movie; it's terrible because it's a terrible kids' movie.


  • Highlight:
    The light-saber battle between Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson) and Darth Maul (Ray Park) - they're the two most interesting characters the movie has to offer, so naturally both get killed off before the closing credits roll.

    Worst Part: Any utterance of the word "Yippee!" whether by Jar Jar or by pre-pubescent Anakin Skywalker (Jake Lloyd).


  • 7. "Episode II: Attack of the Clones"
    A slight improvement over its predecessor, in the same way that a stubbed toe hurts less than a migraine. This installment introduces a hockey-haired Hayden Christensen as a petulant Anakin, smitten with Senator Amidala (Natalie Portman), despite her noting, "To me, you'll always be that little boy on Tatooine" upon their reunion. Also, there are clones.


  • Highlight:
    The fight between Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Jango Fett (Temuera Morrison), which feels like a genuine clash of equals. Close second: Yoda's lightsaber battle with Count Dooku (Christopher Lee).
    Worst Part: Anakin woos his lady in a CG meadow that looks like the set of a toilet paper commercial. (No one can forget the immortal line, "I don't like sand.")

  • 6. "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story"
    Jyn Erso (Felicity Jones) and a rag-tag group of rebels set out to steal the plans for the Death Star to prove that Jyn's father Galen (Mads Mikkselsen) did indeed booby-trap that thermal port so that one day Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) can blow up the whole mama-jama. This first non-"Episode" movie in the series is less a film and more of a collection of Easter eggs for hardcore fans to find and enjoy.

  • Highlight: The climactic battle sequence, spotlighting the extraordinary combat skills of [SPOILER REDACTED], whose proficiency with The Force makes up for [SPOILER REDACTED].
    Worst Part: The fact that the film prioritizes plot details over character -- especially since the existence of "Episode IV" assures that we already know how this one ends.


  • 5. "Episode VI: Return of the Jedi" 
    Han Solo (Harrison Ford) is unfrozen from carbonite, Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) is briefly enslaved by Jabba the Hutt (and forced to wear the infamous metal bikini), and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) resists the temptations of the Dark Side and brings his dad, Darth Vader, around to defeat the sinister Emperor Palpatine. If only so much time weren't spent with those cutesy Ewoks, whose annoying presence presages the juvenile tone of the prequels.


  • Highlight: The speeder chase through the forests of Endor, one of the most breathtakingly exciting sequences in the entire saga.
    Worst Part: The Empire seems a little less threatening when they have such a hard time standing up to a bunch of teddy bears with ropes and pulleys.

  • 4. "Episode III: Revenge of the Sith"
    Anakin completes his journey toward becoming Darth Vader as the Empire succeeds in its hostile takeover of the Republic. Christensen remains as pouty as ever, but there are moments in "Sith" that support the notion that if Lucas had made just this one prequel rather than three, we wouldn't think so poorly of his return to this galaxy far, far away.


  • Highlight: Anakin faces off with Obi-Wan for a final confrontation that leaves the younger man beaten and dismembered. Also, the "unmasking" of Chancellor Palpatine as "The Phantom Menace" by a phalanx of Jedi (including Samuel L. Jackson's Mace Windu) who are made short work of by the evil Sith Lord.
    Worst Part: A reconstructed Anakin bellows, "Nooooooooo!!!!!" when he awakens in his Darth Vader armor, in a ham-fisted homage to/ripoff of Boris Karloff in James Whale's "Frankenstein."

  • 3. "Episode VII: The Force Awakens"
    The first of the post-Lucas adventures sees director and co-writer J.J. Abrams connecting some familiar faces from the previous films to a new set of fascinating characters, both good and evil. The film bears more than a few structural resem…

  1. Newswire: Universal cancels premiere, press events for A Dog’s Purpose - TV&Movies
    01.20 / 03:38
    Universal Pictures has canceled this weekend’s premiere for A Dog’s Purpose, after controversy erupted around leaked footage from the film’s shooting, in which a clearly frightened German Shepherd was repeatedly forced into quickly moving water against its will. According to Variety, Universal reassured readers that the dog, Hercules, was unharmed, but said it was “in the best interest of A Dog’s Purpose to cancel this weekend’s premiere and press junket.”Universal and Ambl…
  2. Red Band Trailer : Logan - TV&Movies
    01.20 / 03:35
    A very cool, and very NSFW trailer for Hugh Jackman’s last go-round as Wolverine has hit. Swearing, a meta joke involving “X-Men” comics, and some very brutal scuffles? Bring on March! In the near future, a weary Logan cares for an ailing Professor X in a hide out on the Mexican border. But Logan’s attempts […] The post Red Band Trailer : Logan appeared first on…
  3. Universal, Amblin Cancel ‘A Dog’s Purpose’ Premiere Following PETA Boycott - TV&Movies
    01.20 / 03:34
    Universal Pictures and Amblin Entertainment have canceled the upcoming premiere of “A Dog’s Purpose” in the wake of disturbing video released by TMZ that showed a trainer apparently pushing a struggling dog named Hercules into a pool. The announcement came Thursday night, just one day after PETA called for a boycott of the family film that is set to hit theaters on Jan. 27. “Because Amblin’s review into the edited video released yesterday is still ongoing, di…
  4. 2Dark story trailer released, watch it here - TV&Movies
    01.20 / 03:28
    Developer Gloomywood have released a new story trailer for their upcoming gritty dark adventure, 2Dark.  Created by Frederick Raynal, creator of Alone in the Dark, 2Dark will be released on Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC via Steam.  Watch the story trailer below… The story trailer of 2Dark takes players to the once picturesque city of Gloomywood where a spate [̷…
  5. Men with repressed memories of sex abuse sue Presbyterian church - TV&Movies
    Two men filed two separate lawsuits Thursday alleging they were sexually abused by a Presbyterian pastor in the 1980s at a church on the West…
  6. Project Runway Junior Lights Up :: This week's challenge has the kids working with LED lights to create a look that fea - TV&Movies
    01.20 / 03:14
    [Watch/Skip Index] This week's challenge has the kids working with LED lights to create a look that features LED lights. It's a challenge for challenge's sake.Explore the Project Runway: Junior…
  7. Nashville Favors Equal Rights! :: And to demonstrate, it gives its gay couple as dumb a fight as that of any of its stra - TV&Movies
    01.20 / 03:13
    [Particles] And to demonstrate, it gives its gay couple as dumb a fight as that of any of its straight ones.Explore the Nashville…
  8. The Big Bang Theory Review: Do Leonard and Penny Need “Recalibration”? - TV&Movies
    01.20 / 03:07
    I’m never sure how to react to The Big Bang Theory. On the one hand, they’re telling some real human stories about real relationships that hit close to home. On the other hand, they tell dumb, slightly funny stories about Howard and Raj trying to evade the creakiness of the floor in Halley’s room. I would say that they’re getting mixed results, but yet, I can’t look away. This week on The Big Bang Theory: Howard and Raj work to “fix” the creaky fl…
  9. Trailer : Power Rangers - TV&Movies
    01.20 / 02:59
    The trailer for the revamped film adaptation of TV classic “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” has been released. Titled simply “Power Rangers”, the new version looks to have been produced on five times the budget of the original show – and comes complete with A-listers like Bryan Cranston and Elizabeth Banks. It looks fun! ”Power Rangers” […] The post Trailer : Power Rangers appeared first on…
  10. Fairytale thriller American Fable gets a first trailer - TV&Movies
    01.20 / 02:52
    The first trailer has arrived online for the upcoming fairytale thriller American Fable, which marks the directorial debut of Anna Hamilton and stars Peyton Kennedy, Richard Schiff, Kip Pardue, Marci Miller, Gavin MacIntosh, and Zuleikha Robinson. AMERICAN FABLE is a fairytale thriller set in the 1980s rural Midwest about a courageous girl living in a dark …
  11. Lyons: Putin praise could mean disaster for NATO, U.S. - TV&Movies
    Weakening NATO, the alliance that has brought stability and prosperity to the west since 1945, is the No. 1 priority of Putin’s foreign p…
  12. Third ‘Saga of Tanya the Evil’ Anime Episode Previewed - Anime
    01.20 / 02:38
    The anime adaptation for the Yojo Senki, aka Saga of Tanya the Evil, is moving right along with its broadcast and now Kadokawa is getting a bit more promotion out there for it. Ahead of the third episode on January 20th, 2017, they’ve got a new thirty-second promo out for it that’s continuing to paint [&#…
  13. Robin Thicke Set to Pay Tribute to Late Father, Alan, at NHL 100 Gala - TV&Movies
    01.20 / 02:20
    Robin Thicke is going to deliver what is destined to be an emotional tribute to his late father, Alan Thicke, at the NHL 100 Gala on Jan. 27, The Wrap has learned. The “Blurred Lines” singer will honor the “Growing Pains” star who died suddenly on Dec. 13 while watching his youngest son, Carter, play hockey in Burbank, California. To honor his hockey-loving Canadian-born dad, Robin will present a special “In Memoriam” that pays tribute to the late mem…
  14. Miguel Ferrer (1955-2017) - TV&Movies
    01.20 / 02:20
    Veteran actor loses his battle with cancer The post Miguel Ferrer (1955-2017) appeared first on…
  15. Melbourne’s Lord Mayor Wants To “Ban” Homelessness… By Calling In The Cops - TV&Movies
    01.20 / 02:18
    So much for the world's most liveable city. The post Melbourne’s Lord Mayor Wants To “Ban” Homelessness… By Calling In The Cops appeared first on…
  16. Watch The Teaser Trailer For ‘Colossal,’ A Giant Monster Movie Starring Anne Hathaway - TV&Movies
    01.20 / 02:15
    I am always down for a giant monster movie. Even when it's an incredibly strange giant monster movie. We first heard about Colossal starring Anne Hathaway back in 2015, when it was described as Godzilla and Transformers meets one of Charlie Kaufman and Spike Jonze's collaborations, Adaptation and Being John Malkovich. Now the first teaser trailer for Colossal has been released, and it looks to live up to those comparisons. In it a monster is wreaking havoc on Seoul, South Korea, but as…
  17. Brown: Rare and refreshing—Democrat, Republican working together - TV&Movies
    The idea is that everybody gives something, and everybody gives up something, a true compromise. But it’s also a lot of moving p…
  18. TV Tokyo Promotes 12th ‘Pokemon: Sun & Moon’ Anime Episode - Anime
    01.20 / 02:01
    TV Tokyo is moving right along with the broadcast of the Pokemon: Sun & Moon anime series, coming as the game debuts in Japan and is about to hit here stateside. As the series progresses, the network has now put together the first promotional video for the next episode on January 26th, 2017. This’ll be […
  19. ‘Bates Motel’ Season 5 Premiere: Combines Norman Past A ‘Psycho’ Remake And New Cast Members - TV
    01.20 / 01:58
    'Bates Motel' season 5 premiere brings a remake related to Hitchcock film 'Psycho' nbut with a special twist. The show new cast members involves Rihanna (the pop singer). The official trailer is already…
  20. 'Fairy Tail' News and Updates: Chapter 519 Prediction, Erza To Beat Irene, Or Not - TV
    01.20 / 01:57
    Fairy Tail Chapter 519 will determine the winner between Erza and Irene. Will Irene be defeated by Erza or she has something up her…