Our Story

71 Republic is one of the fastest-growing independent political news organizations in the country. Launched in June of 2017, the company is a haven for independent journalism, featuring voices that span the political spectrum. Our work has been shared by Jordan Peterson, Glenn Beck, John McAfee, Austin Petersen, Silvio Schembri, and Lew Rockwell, amongst others.

The company was founded by CEO Matthew Geiger and COO Mason Mohon. Today, 71 Republic publishes content from dozens of writers across the world.

71 Republic covers a diverse range of content, including political debates, breaking news, candidate interviews, cryptocurrency, economics, third-party news, and more. Our work seeks to disrupt the corporate media, allowing for independent reporting and honest, factual opinions to become mainstream once again.

Our staff is comprised almost entirely of the next generation, with most of our writers under the age of 21. The youth of the company provides a unique insight and intuition into today’s most pressing issues not displayed in mainstream media.

Our Team

Chief Executive Officer – Matthew Geiger

Matthew Geiger is a High School student from Maryland. He has taken numerous roles in the liberty movement, including many leadership roles in the Libertarian Youth Caucus, one of the nation’s leading libertarian youth organizations. Additionally, Matthew runs a political consulting firm, GeigerGreen, LLC.

Matthew was also one of the 100 individuals selected to the American Legion Boys Nation program in the summer of 2018, being chosen out of a pool of roughly 22,000 boys. The program consists of 100 boys (two from every state) simulating federal politics. Matthew has also appeared on the We Are Libertarians Network twice (here and here) as well as The Rebellion Podcast (here) representing 71 Republic.

Contact Matthew at [email protected]

Chief Operations Officer – Mason Mohon

Mason Mohon is the Chief Operations Officer and Director of Content at 71 Republic. A native-born Texan, he is on his High School varsity debate team and has competed at the state and local level.

Mason’s work has been shared by Jordan Peterson and many other individuals within the liberty movement. His work covers cryptocurrency, entrepreneurship, and libertarianism. Influenced by Ron Paul, Jordan Peterson, and Murray Rothbard, he constantly works to better both himself and the world around him.

Contact Mason at [email protected]

Chief Financial Officer – Andrew Zirkle

Andrew Zirkle is the CFO and a reporter for 71 Republic. He has lived in North Carolina, Colorado, and he currently resides in Maryland. He is a member of the Maryland Libertarian Party.

He founded the student education group, American Government Simulation. Andrew is a elections enthusiast and is also very interested in the workings of the economy. He takes inspiration from Milton Friedman and Murray Rothbard.

Contact Andrew at [email protected]

Editor-in-Chief – Ryan Lau

Ryan is an upcoming first-year sophomore at the University of Vermont and currently lives in Connecticut. He is 71 Republic’s Editor in Chief and a member of the Board of Directors. The works of Leo Tolstoy, Samuel L Konkin, and Ludwig von Mises have influenced his strong libertarian beliefs and led him to seek a platform to bring those ideas into reality.

Ryan is an avid downhill skier and distance runner, and is currently training for his third marathon. He is also a talented pianist, saxophonist, and clarinetist. Looking forward, Ryan hopes to pursue a career in writing both fiction and non-fiction.

Contact Ryan at [email protected]

Chief Technology Officer – Harley Austin

Harley Austin is a high school student from Virginia. He is a strong supporter of liberty and is also a reporter for 71 Republic. His beliefs are heavily influenced by the works of Murray Rothbard and Ayn Rand.

Contact Harley at [email protected]

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