Author: Matthew Geiger

I'm a libertarian, fighting for freedom and liberty in an authoritarian world.

Illinois Is One Step Closer to Legalizing Marijuana

Matthew Geiger | @mattg444

The state of Illinois made a significant leap on Tuesday towards legalizing Marijuana for recreational use. The bill, titled “The Cannabis Tax and Regulation Act“, passed the Illinois State Senate by a 38-17 vote.

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Happy Birthday: How One Song United a Nation at The State of the Union Address

By Matthew Geiger | @mattg444

The talking heads of the mainstream media will tell you that we live in a nation divided. On their broadcasts, journalists will exclaim that the republic is crumbling. If you watch the news, you’d know that the world is burning, and its epicenter is the Trump Administration. Maybe that’s true, but at the State of the Union address on Tuesday night, it was not.

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71 Republic Launches Technology Integration with Parler®

By 71 Republic | Press Release

We recently integrated our website with Parler. Parler is the technology behind the new commenting system for our articles.  We chose to use Parler instead of many other commenting systems because they are a neutral organization that believes every website and user has the right to moderate and post autonomously. They also stand behind freedom of speech and believe that the open network of users should define relevant topics without interference from a subjective social media algorithm. We believe this can foster debates, arguments, and new ideas for our readers.

When you share comments on a 71 Republic website article, they also exist on the Parler News mobile app. Using the app, readers can communicate directly with each other. Furthermore, Parler gives the option to send push notifications to your device.

Free speech is the foremost right to protect because it is the pathway to freedom of thought.  We believe in partnering with a platform that supports this idea. The purpose of free speech is to allow social discussion and for the best ideas to come out on top. Specifically, we both emphasize “uncovered covered media,” as 71 Republic CEO Matthew Geiger put it in Brian Nichols’ August 16th podcast.

A monopoly of ideology currently moderates many websites, social networks, and media publishers. We, on the other hand, reject these echo chambers. They mislead society into believing these ideas are popular. But often times, the words merely comprise the collective ideologies of a certain few.

Supporting free speech social networks, open commenting systems and transparent software platforms is important in order to protect free discourse. Power over propaganda should not be in the hands of a few. We look forward to a successful partnership between 71 Republic and Parler.

About 71 Republic

71 Republic is one of the fastest-growing independent political news organizations in the country. Launched in June of 2017, the company is a haven for independent journalism, featuring voices that span the political spectrum.

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Democrat Joe Manchin Holds Senate Seat

By Matthew Geiger | West Virginia

71 Republic has called Democrat Joe Manchin as the winner of the West Virginia Senate race at 9:10 pm. Manchin leads the race by roughly 7%. Manchin acquired the seat in 2010 and won reelection easily in 2012. He has since been one of the more moderate Democrats in the Senate, voting in agreement with President Trump roughly 60% of the time.

Although West Virginia is a staunchly conservative state, it only recently became Republican, with the election of Shelly Capito in 2015 being the first GOP Senator from WV since the 50’s. Manchin’s challenger, Republican Patrick Morrisey, won a brutal three-way primary to become the Republican nominee back in may. Libertarian Rusty Hollen is also a candidate in this race.

The central issue of the campaign is the coal industry, which is vital to the West Virginian economy. Manchin was a significant vote for Justice Kavanaugh confirmation, helping to send him to the Supreme Court. Between 2005 and 2010, Manchin was the Governor of West Virginia and he is well liked throughout the state for his independent streak.

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LIVE: Libertarian Midterm Results

The following live blog is dedicated solely to the coverage of Libertarian Candidates in the 2018 Midterm Election. Enjoy!