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.

Police Detain Unarmed Black Man Picking Up Trash From His Own Yard [Video]

Ryan Lau | @agorisms

Last Friday morning, March 1st, Boulder police took aggressive action towards an unarmed black man. His crime: picking up trash from his yard. A squad of armed officers surrounded the man as he cleaned his property, many of them pointing guns at him.

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The Truth About Mass Shootings in America

Ryan Lau | @agorisms

Without a doubt, mass shootings are a major issue in the United States today. Too often, a gunman opens fire and kills innocent people. As a result, many American citizens and officeholders alike are calling for drastic increases in gun control. They believe that doing so will help to reduce gun violence in America.

To defend this point, two figures are often touted; that there is nearly a mass shooting a day in America and that our country is a radical outlier in mass shootings and violence. Ultimately, though, neither of these points rings true. Both reside on a faulty foundation that involves manipulating the facts.

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Joe Biden Has an Alarming Record on the War on Drugs

Ryan Lau | @agorisms

On Wednesday, Joe Biden received a family blessing: they support the former vice president entering the ring of presidential candidates. This brings Biden one step closer to making a critical decision about running, recently stating he is now “very close” to choosing.

But what would Biden be like if he ran and eventually won? Compared to most candidates in the fray, his record on the war on drugs is frankly alarming. In fact, he was one of the original framers of the drug war, and it appears that little has changed. Continue reading “Joe Biden Has an Alarming Record on the War on Drugs”

CA Attorney General: Illegal to Possess List of Felon Cops

Ryan Lau | @agorisms

Thousands of criminals are on a database in Calfornia for their offenses in the past decade. From domestic abuse to shoplifting to murder, these people all have committed some of society’s worst wrongs. But in the Golden State, the highest-ranking police officer doesn’t think you have the right to look at the list. Interestingly, this very list comprises of the Attorney General’s own felon cops. Continue reading “CA Attorney General: Illegal to Possess List of Felon Cops”

Have Your Senators Taken Money from Lockheed Martin?

Ryan Lau | @agorisms

Last year’s election was rife was polarization. With bitter fights in states such as Texas, where incumbent Ted Cruz narrowly defeated challenger Beto O’Rourke, the country’s politicians seemed more divided than ever. Many Democrats ran on an anti-Trump line, whereas many Republicans did the opposite. But one thing about the election season was eerily unified: most of the Senate took money from Lockheed Martin and other military industrial complex companies. Continue reading “Have Your Senators Taken Money from Lockheed Martin?”