Author: Ryan Lau

Ryan is a first-year sophomore at the University of Vermont, double majoring in philosophy and psychology. He is 71 Republic's Editor in Chief and a member of the Board of Directors. The works of Konkin, Goldman, Rothbard and Tolstoy have influenced his anarchist beliefs and led him to seek a way to bring those ideas into reality.

VIDEO: Kids Swarm Cop to Stop Him From Strangling Girl

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A carnival in Norristown, PA turned ugly last week when a brawl involving more than 50 children broke out. Shortly after, police arrived at the scene. But rather than de-escalating the situation, they joined in the fight.

Videos from several kids’ phones have surfaced since the incident. They show one of the officers placing a girl in a stranglehold as she appears to struggle for both air and escape. Despite this, the girl’s mother insists that she was not one of the kids involved in the fight. Continue reading “VIDEO: Kids Swarm Cop to Stop Him From Strangling Girl”

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A Minimum Wage Increase Is a Pay Cut for Millions

Ryan Lau | @RyanLau71R

In the past couple of years, a number of politicians have pushed hard for a minimum wage increase. Notable supporters include Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders. Just this week, Connecticut agreed to incrementally up its minimum to $15 an hour in the next four years. Advocates of the idea claim that it will improve the quality of life for many, especially the working poor. However, they miss the fact (or don’t care) that their plan would functionally cut wages for millions of working-class Americans.

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Andrew Yang Wants to Ruin Crypto for You

Ryan Lau | @RyanLau71R

Though very much a peripheral candidate, Andrew Yang has garnered a great deal of attention of late. He recently qualified for the first presidential debate and is famous for his Universal Basic Income proposal. Though his website hosts an impressive swath of policies, many simply know him as the UBI guy. His concerns about automation in the near future come really close to setting him apart from the pack. But his solution? Absolutely gutting the crypto industry, setting back what the world needs most in an increasingly global society. That’s right: he’s after your Bitcoin.

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Bodily Autonomy Threats Run Far Deeper Than We Realize

Ryan Lau | @RyanLau71R

Recently, several states have furthered bills that restrict abortions. Most notably, the Alabama law has garnered significant attention; 25 white male Republicans who voted for the bill have seen severe backlash from millions of Americans who believe men should not legislate women’s bodies, that women should have bodily autonomy. For what it’s worth, Alabama Governor Kay Ivey, who signed the bill into law, is a woman. But that shouldn’t be worth very much.

Without a doubt, this law is a disappointing step backward in the quest for bodily autonomy. However, I fear that many who make the argument for bodily autonomy do not truly believe in the ideal. Violations of it permeate our society to its very core, but in most cases, they receive little to no attention.

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Trump Denies New York Times Report on Iran Troops

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After gradually stepping up pressures against Iran, many believe that President Trump is looking for war. The New York Times recently released a report that confirmed many of these suspicions; it claimed that the Pentagon sent a plan to high-ranking government officials which would, if they approve it, send 120,000 troops to the Middle East if Iran continued progressing their nuclear program. Trump, however, denied that any officials were considering this plan shortly before noon Tuesday.

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