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.

Interview with Venezuelan Libertarian Think Tank Econintech

Ryan Lau and Indri Schaelicke | @RyanLau71R @ISchaelicke

Econintech is a libertarian think tank in Venezuela, one of the only of its kind. They were the first organization to promote Bitcoin as a means of helping combat hyperinflation and advocate for free markets and sound banking. I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Rafael Acevedo and Luis Cirocco, the founders of Econintech, alongside 71 Republic’s Vice President of Operations, Indri Schaelicke, at the Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama. We discussed the roles of Bitcoin and gun control in the Venezuelan crisis, what Americans can do to help, and whether or not there is any glimmer of hope for the socialist country. A transcript (lightly edited for clarity) and audio file of the interview are both below.

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John McAfee Captured by the Government?

Ryan Lau | @RyanLau71R

At around 2:15 PM EDT Tuesday, Rob Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Loggia-Ramirez, campaign manager for John McAfee, took over the presidential candidate’s Twitter. He released a number of tweets that suggest McAfee is now in custody of a government agency. He left the United States several months ago as a result of the IRS pursuing him on tax evasion charges. McAfee had previously spent several weeks in Cuba before fleeing the country by ship. On the ship prior to reaching Cuba, he launched a presidential campaign┬ábut insisted that Americans vote for themselves, rather than him. He has not disclosed his location since, asserting that he has been on the run.

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El Chapo Only Got Half the Sentence of Ross Ulbricht

Ryan Lau | @RyanLau71R

On Wednesday, July 17, the United States finally put away Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman, for good. The drug kingpin had an extensive criminal history, with convictions ranging from mass distribution of cocaine to conspiracy to murder 26 people and groups. Since a judge found him guilty in February, he has been in detention in Manhattan. At the hearing, he complained about the inhumane treatment that the feds gave him while awaiting his grim fate. He specifically noted that he was “denied access to air and sunlight and was “forced to drink unsanitary water”. But compared to the peaceful libertarian entrepreneur and Silk Road creator Ross Ulbricht, El Chapo got off easy.

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Storm Area 51 Now Has a Million Enlistees

Ryan Lau | @RyanLau71R

Just over a week ago, three Facebook users broke the internet with a peculiar event. In an effort to finally “see them aliens“, the users declared a (pretty clearly satirical) intention to storm Area 51 early in the morning on September 20th. Over a span of just a couple of days, the post skyrocketed in popularity, with hundreds of thousands of people “going” and “interested”. But late Sunday night, the event reached a new level: one million people now say they will attend.

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Air Force Threatens 722,000 People Over an Area 51 Meme

Ryan Lau | @RyanLau71R

Recently, two Facebook users posted a surprising event. With a mass of many types of internet memelords, they plan to storm the Area 51 compound on September 20th; the event will take place from 3:00 to 6:00 in the morning. Based on some supplementary posts, it’s pretty clear it was a meme designed to garner internet publicity. Boy, did it work. On Friday, the United States Air Force, via spokeswoman Laura McAndrews, reached out to those who have declared that they’re going, threatening violence against anyone who shows up at the compound.

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