There is no doubt that the global geopolitical climate has changed significantly since 2016, thanks largely to the election of Donald Trump as the President of the U.S. One of the key manifestations of this is Trump’s uniquely protectionist approach, which has led to an ongoing trade war with China and other nations across the globe. Last year, the U.S. imposed three rounds of tariffs on more than $250 billion worth of Chinese goods, whilst the Asian nation’s government responded in kind by imposing similar tariffs ranging from 5% to 25% on $110 worth of American products.
We’ve also seen a high-profile row surrounding the rollout of 5G technology that has originated in China, and this shows no sign of ending anytime soon. But how will the U.S. ban on these Chinese tech companies affect the development and rollout of this technology?
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Social change has always been a factor when it comes to the progression of media. Take Disney films from the early 20th century, for example, which reflected the dated racial outlooks of the time. Since then, they have removed many of these depictions from their cartoons entirely. The acceptance that these depictions of people of color were unacceptable is a clear positive change to mainstream media.
However, as time has progressed, people have become more and more expressive of what should be socially acceptable. Sometimes, the line becomes blurred, and people may get outraged over seemingly unimportant matters, having a damaging effect and imposing on the media. Artists often release their respective forms of media as a type of escapism. Although artists are also guilty of this, art should be separate from politics.
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For several months, there was a rumor that Major League Baseball (MLB) had planned to make its first moves into the esports market with the launch of an MLB-branded esports league. The move was to follow a similar path to fellow major sports league set by the NBA, which has operated its esports league, NBA 2K League, for two years already.
The speculation was only half right, though. MLB did indeed announce the launch of its first esports league in early July 2019, but it threw a major curveball when it declared that this league would be based, not in the United States, but China. At first glance, this may seem like a bit of an odd move as China does not have a significant baseball fan base, but one could argue that it gives MLB the best of both worlds.
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Socialism is not what comes to mind when most people think of war. War, however, is foundational to the survival of socialism and big government. War Socialism has become the status quo in the United States. The public faces high taxes. The government has enslaved our future generations by drowning us in debt. Government regulates business to death, leaving only its chosen favorites as survivors. Such a system would lead to civil unrest, so the vampire of big government creates its own industry to suck even more blood out of the people. This industry, of course, is militarism.
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Michael Heise | United States
Today marks a historic day in the Libertarian Party and the Liberty movement! While some people counted out the Libertarian Party Mises Caucus after the 2018 national convention, we have been working diligently to grow our influence and our body of work. Spurred on by an endorsement by Ron Paul, and a slew of popular libertarian podcasters joining the LP, the LPMC now boasts over 40 organizers across the country.
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