Peter Thiel blames 'American exceptionalism' for Americans being overweight and addicted to drugs

Mail Online | 7/15/2019 | Katelyn Caralle, U.s. Political Reporter For;Danyal Hussain For Mailonline
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Billionaire Peter Thiel said Sunday that by subscribing to American exceptionalism, the country has excelled in several negative ways, like the overwhelming amount of people who are either overweight or addicted to drugs.

'We've had this doctrine of American exceptionalism, but instead we are now exceptional in bad ways,' Thiel said at the National Conservatism conference held in Washington D.C. over the weekend.

Exceptionalism - Idea - US - Nation - World

American exceptionalism is the idea that the U.S. is more remarkable and different from every other nation in the world.

'We are exceptionally overweight, we are exceptionally addicted to opioids, it is exceptionally expensive to build infrastructure here, we are exceptionally un-self-aware, and we are exceptionally un-self-critical,' he continued.

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Thiel, an ally of President Donald Trump and founder of PayPal, claims that American exceptionalism has turned into something negative and that Trump has brought the U.S. back to something even better.

'The Trump presidency is a move beyond American exceptionalism. We should go beyond exceptionalism and settle for greatness,' he concluded his prepared remarks before a Q&A session.

Speech - Thiel - Variety - Subjects - Tech

Throughout his speech, Thiel touched on a variety of different subjects, including questioning whether big tech is good for the country.

The billionaire called on the FBI and CIA to investigate whether Google has been infiltrated by China .

Tech - Investor - Facebook - Board - Member

The 51-year-old tech investor, a Facebook board member who supported Donald Trump in 2016, slammed Google for working with the Chinese military while refusing to renew a contract with the US Department of Defense.

He even suggested that Google's actions were 'seemingly treasonous'.

Thiel - Agencies - Google - Questions - Intelligence

Thiel also said that American agencies should ask Google three questions, to determine whether it had been infiltrated by Chinese intelligence services.

The questions are: 'Number one: How many foreign intelligence agencies have infiltrated your Manhattan Project for AI (artificial intelligence)?

Google - Management - Intelligence

'Number two: Does Google's senior management consider itself to have been thoroughly infiltrated by Chinese intelligence?...
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