Author: Mason Mohon

Mason Mohon is the COO and Director of Content at 71 Republic, as well as Co-Founder. He enjoys researching and writing about topics ranging from economics, psychedelics, and cryptocurrency to libertarianism, postmodernism, and technology. You can contact him at [email protected]

Thanks PewDiePie: Gamers Rise Up on the Blockchain

Mason Mohon | @mohonofficial

Even amidst liberal propaganda and widespread government intervention, modern society is still reassuring me that the future will be great. It still holds the eternal promise of technological wonder. From hoverboards to self-tying shoes, technology has allowed us to create some of our most pataphysics fantasies. Yet, no artistic fantasy saw gamers taking over the blockchain even in the most absurd prophecies. But it is happening, thanks to DLive and PewDiePie.

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In America, We Don’t Worship God, We Worship Government

Mason Mohon | @mohonofficial

“God is dead and we have killed him” was the cry of Nietzsche as the western world absorbed the new rational ideas of the enlightenment. But this was a cry of despair. As civilization became increasingly rational, the attitude towards religion changed. People are more secular as a consequence of widespread rationalism. In addition, even those that remain religious have de-mystified their worship and practices.

But we as humans face the burden of existence. Having a transcendent framework is useful to grapple with this. The fact that life goes on and on until we die and the world keeps turning despite our actions is scary. When humans look up to something greater than themselves, it helps them cope. But as Nietzsche announced, God is dead. Society has left behind what it used to look up to. In turn, we have begun to worship a different god. This new false idol is the politician.

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Contra Zizek: Capitalism Doesn’t Need Slavery

Mason Mohon | @mohonofficial

When discussing Slavoj Zizek, “prolific” is an understatement. He has written over fifty books in English over his life, and many more are to come. His theories have ranged from philosophy and cultural theory to Lacanian psychoanalysis and economics. Even those that disagree with his fundamental theses could learn a lot from him. He does, though, fall into the trap of traditional anti-capitalism. “Profit man bad” NPC memes aside, let’s look at where Zizek goes wrong in claiming that slavery is necessary for capitalist organization.

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The Australian Buyback Has Nothing to Offer Us

Mason Mohon | @mohonofficial

In the wake of the Christchurch massacre, we once again see calls for change in the world of guns. We also once again hear a ruckus in favor of adopting the ‘Australian Model’ or Australian buyback system. It seems to be a tried and true example of mass gun reform that has concrete results, right?

Well, not exactly. The facts tend to be inaccurate around this method of gun reform. Whenever that happens, it poses a threat to constructive discussion. To find out what to do about the Australian model of gun reform, we should first see what it actually was, see what the results are, and lastly figure out if it would work in the United States.

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Social Media: How to Quit the Opium of the Masses

Mason Mohon | @mohonofficial

The moment I wake up. Seconds before I drift into sleep. I am on my phone, mindlessly scrolling through Instagram. Because that next post just might be it. What is it? I don’t know. Nobody does. But one day, one of us may find it. This is the endless hell of social media. A dopamine infused scroll-marathon has all (or most) of us in its tendrils. Thankfully, I am a reformed and recovered┬ásocial network addict. And I hope I can help you take care of this problem too.

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