The tech industry, like Thiel, is no underdog: it is the dominant
economic force not just in the United States but in the entire
world, both because of the wealth it creates, but especially
because of the wealth it destroys. And, to quote another comic
book figure, “With great power comes great responsibility”.
In this case, no matter how badly Thiel was personally hurt by
Gawker, or how morally wrong their actions were, he is the one
with far greater power, and the appropriate approach is not to
leverage said power in an act of vigilantism, but to exercise the
responsibility of defending the conditions that made his power
possible to emerge, conditions that I believe are to the long-term
benefit of everyone. That would be an approach worth applauding
and emulating, not just because it’s the right thing to do, but
because the freedom that made possible the tech industry that made
Thiel rich depends on it.