All posts by 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.


Tread on my Flag, not my Rights!

Prohibiting the ability to stand on flags is a violation of most basic speech rights.


Breaking: John McCain Diagnosed with Brain Cancer

The Republican senator has been diagnosed with a brain tumor.


Turn Your State Yellow!

I will focus on how to quickly and effectively use the libertarian party as a means of achieving liberty.


Is Petersen’s Party Permutation Principled?

By Ryan Lau | MISSOURI This past Tuesday, 2016 Libertarian Presidential runner-up, Austin Petersen, announced a bid for Senate in his home state of Missouri. This move, which would otherwise be viewed exceptionally highly by all libertarians, has one key flaw. Petersen switched his political affiliations and is running as a Republican. However, I do ...


NExit: “We Have What it Takes to Secede”

Since the founding of our nation, many groups and confederations have sought to break free from the reins of the federal government


The True Cost of War

By Ryan Lau | MIDDLE EAST After the absolute strategic mishap that was the military’s decision to shoot down a Syrian plane in Syrian airspace, tensions are once again rising between the United States and Russia. This is not remotely surprising, given Vladimir Putin’s close ties with Bashar Al-Assad of Syria, but rather it is ...


The Best Defense? One that Doesn’t Kill or Steal.

The United States has brought an interventionist foreign policy to foreign conflicts for decades, and it's doing more harm than good.


Two Sides, One Cry: “Stop the Violence”

“An eye for an eye makes the world go blind.” This famous quote, originally uttered by revolutionary peaceful activist Mohandas Gandhi, has been utilized as a justification against violence time and time again.


Swift Action, not Swift’s Action: Failures of the Welfare State

Jonathan Swift, in his essay “A Modest Proposal," effectively utilizes an extended metaphor in order to convey his message that we must take action against widespread poverty.


Drug War Slaughters More, I Abhor

In June of 1971, former President Richard Nixon declared “drug abuse” to be public enemy number one