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.

The Dark Overlord 9/11 Papers: Layer Three Decrypted

Ryan Lau | @agorisms

Shortly before the New Year, a hacker group that calls itself The Dark Overlord made major waves online. On December 31st, they claimed to have possession of a large collection of files that would explain a hidden truth about the terror attacks of 9/11. Dubbing the megaleak of files the “9/11 Papers”, The Dark Overlord divided the releases into five major waves.

In early January, the hacker group released the first batch on Steemit for Bitcoin payments. After the platform removed them, they maintained their presence on Busy.org. Just a few days later, after they reached the next donation tier, they publicized wave two. Now, after a long pause, it appears that The Dark Overlord has released layer three, which they promise to be the most damaging one so far.

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Income Inequality Is Increasing and the Poor Are Benefiting

Ryan Lau | @agorisms

In 2017, the top 1% of Americans earned a record amount of money. That year, the average income of someone in the 99th percentile was a whopping $492,311. As a result, income inequality has come into the fray as a major point of discussion in recent years. Specifically, Bernie Sanders has focused on it heavily, arguing that the divide is too great. Many others disagree. One fact, however, complicates the income inequality debate: as the rich are getting richer, so are the poor.

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Breaking: Andrew Yang Reaches Threshold for First Debate

Ryan Lau and Ellie McFarland | @agorisms @el_farawayland

At 9:00 EST Monday night, Andrew Yang crossed a critical threshold. For the last few months, he has made waves in the American political landscape. Most notably, he has advocated for a Universal Basic Income (paying every American adult a check of $1,000 a month). Many notable figures across the political spectrum, including free-market economist Milton Friedman, have voiced support for this idea. Today, it shows. Yang just crossed the mark of 65,000 individual campaign donors and will make the first Democratic presidential debate.

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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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