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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.

About Parler

Parler is a small software company focused on digital media technology and based out of Henderson, NV. We invite you to visit us at parler.com and read more at home.parler.com and download the app here.

Contact

Robertson Williams, VP of Business Development, Parler, LLC: [email protected]


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Max Borders Talks Politics, Blockchain, and Decentralization

By Mason Mohon | @mohonofficial

Max Borders is the author of Social Singularity and the Executive Director of Social Evolution. 71 Republic’s Mason Mohon sat down with him to discuss how subversive innovation will solve the issues of today.

Through his organization, Borders hopes to free humanity using something called subversive innovation: a form of entrepreneurship that does not ask the State’s permission. He is also a firm advocate of futurism and a supporter of The Seasteading Institute.

See more of Mason’s videos here and here.


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Morality Should Not Determine Legality

By Ian Brzeski | United States

For many people, morality is relatively subjective. To some, sex before marriage is a sin, and to others, it is perfectly reasonable. Some people love taking drugs, and others are appalled by them. People of all kinds differ in their values on these issues and on many others such as access to guns, homosexuality, and prostitution. Whether or not committing a particular act falls under someone’s values, everyone should realize that committing victimless “crimes” should not be punished by the state.

What are Victimless Crimes?

In essence, a victimless crime is a “crime” under the law where there is no identifiable victim. It is performed when no other person or party is involved in the action taking place beside the perpetrator or consenting adults. Consuming drugs is a prime example of a victimless crime. The only party that person would potentially be harming in that act alone would be himself. He or she willingly chose to engage in this act; thus, there is no victim. The same goes for that person when they engage in obtaining the drugs through consensual means. These means include joining into a contract with his “dealer.” The two adults here both agree on terms in this exchange. The dealer provides the drugs, and the consumer provides a means of exchange for his desired goods, presumably money.

Freedom of Choice

Locking people up like caged animals for committing victimless, nonviolent crime is complete nonsense. It does not matter what a person’s morality says about drugs. One could think that they are awful and downright immoral, but that does not change the fact people can do as they please as long as no other person is harmed or brought into unwanted affairs. Those people, out of their own free will, chose to engage in that exchange and then go on with their lives as they please. Nobody was hurt, and everything was purely consensual. Fundamentally, it is not that much different than going out and buying groceries.

If you do not like drugs, don’t do them. Nobody forces you to take them, and if somebody does force you, then that is a crime in itself as it takes away your freedom to make those decisions for yourself. Just as people want the freedom to decide to say no to drugs, others should also have the freedom to take drugs without fear of being imprisoned by the state. It is inconceivable to think that drug abusers belong in a prison cell. Drug abusers need help, not prison time.

While incredible amounts of funding have gone towards decreasing drug use, the drug addiction rate is the same as it was about 40-50 years ago. Instead of spending over a trillion dollars in incarcerating these people, spending should be focused on helping these addicts. Portugal decided to do this about 17 years ago, decriminalizing all drug use and focused their spending on rehabilitation for drug users. At one point, about 1% of Portugal’s population were drug abusers, and now that number has been halved.

The same decriminalization practices should be used for prostitution, pornography, owning guns, and any other victimless crime. If you do not like any of these things, then don’t partake in them- it’s as simple as that. Not to mention that decriminalizing and accepting all of these would make them safer. No more back alley pimps who abuse and drug their prostitutes to make a quick buck. No more sketchy and untrusting drug dealers who may lace their products. No more massive cartels as the majority of their products would be legally imported in the country; thus, losing the majority of their funding. Everything listed here would run as a legitimate business which would then promote competition, naturally making these businesses safer. Interdiction on all of these things is no different from the prohibition of alcohol, and we all know how well that went.

Legalization in Amsterdam

I recently went to Amsterdam where marijuana, certain psychedelic drugs, and prostitution are all legal. The prostitution is all kept in one sector of the city, known as the Red Light District. The Red Light District was bustling with people and seemed as if it were just another business center. These businesses are basically “forced” to care for the health of their laborers as they would have an incentive to because it would be horrible for business if one of their workers had some disease such as an STD. One could find drugs anywhere, but nobody is forcing others to take them. If you want to smoke a blunt, then you can, and if you do not want to, then you do not have to.

The overall cleanliness of the city was surprising. One would think that by allowing drug use and prostitution, the city would be pretty dirty, but that is not true in the slightest. Homeless people and garbage on the streets were not to be found, at least from my experience. Amsterdam has experimented with decriminalizing some of these victimless crimes, and it seems to be going pretty well for them.

Victimless crimes are not real crimes. People should not be punished for doing things that do not harm others or their property, and we must put an end to decades of government control over people’s choice of how they treat their bodies.


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How #GoldRush2018 Could Save the Supreme Court

By John Keller | USA

Following the retirement of SCOTUS Justice Anthony Kennedy, the Republicans and the Democrats are locked in a battle of wills over who will be the nominee to fill Kennedy’s seat. The current partisan makeup of the Senate is 51-49, with the Republicans having the narrow majority. Mitch McConnell and head Republicans went “nuclear” in 2017, changing the votes required for nomination of a Justice from 60 to a simple majority, in order to get Neil Gorsuch on the Supreme Court. These new rules allows for hyper partisan justices who are favored by the majority party in the Senate to be nominated.

The Republican Party may be waiting to nominate a Justice until the midterm elections this November in order to use the nomination process as a political weapon to get people out and vote Republican. The Republicans used a similar tactic in 2016, blocking President Obama’s nomination, Merrick Garland, for 293 days until President Trump could nominate Neil Gorsuch.

Voting Libertarian could save the Supreme Court from extreme partisanship. Should just two Libertarians be elected to the Senate, a 49-49-2 composition of parties would be created in the Senate, preventing any nomination that would be decided based on ideological differences and party politics. It would also allow for a return to nominating a Justice who would base their rulings on the constitution, rather than partisanship, just as Justice Anthony Kennedy had done. Justice Kennedy was a swing voter on the court, meaning he didn’t use his ideology as a basis for his rulings, but rather the Constitution.

This upcoming election could be critical in determining if the United States will have a partisan court or a non-partisan court that chooses to prioritize the Constitution rather than political opinion in its rulings. Two options can save the court: voting for Libertarians, such as Matt Waters (L-VA), or by “denuclearizing” the Senate and justices are confirmed. “Denuclearization” would mean a return to requiring sixty votes to confirm a Supreme Court Justice – a change that won’t come voting Republican or Democrat. Only the introduction of a third party to the Senate can prevent a partisan Supreme Court and begin the process of “denuclearizing” the Supreme Court Justice nomination process.


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Teenage Earthquake in ‘Orleans: The LP’s Geiger Counter Reads “One”

By Ryan Lau | @agorisms

Down in The Big Easy, Libertarians gather for the biennial Libertarian National Convention. The various New Orleans venues are featuring numerous key speakers, from Former Governor William Weld to anarchist activist Adam Kokesh. There are parties in the streets, and voters in their seats. The 2020 election may be two years away, but that doesn’t stop the campaigning.

The Future of the Libertarian Party

However, there are a couple of more pertinent elections at this year’s convention. Over the past couple of nights, Libertarians voted on their party chair and vice chair. The winners of these races will have key roles in defining the party’s direction for the next 2 years.

In an unsurprising victory, LP Chair Nicholas Sarwark won a third consecutive term, the first time this has occurred in party history. The incumbent graciously thanked his party for choosing him for the role.

After conceding defeat, runner-up Joshua Smith announced a bid for an at-large seat on the Libertarian National Committee.

The Vice Chairman election, on the other hand, has been less straightforward. Incumbent Arvin Vohra has faced backlash in recent months for controversial comments about rape and the age of consent. With these stains, among others, Vohra was unlikely to perform well. In fact, The Libertarian Vindicator‘s polls showed the incumbent to have between five and ten percent of the vote.

In the end, favored outsider Alex Merced won the first round of voting. He eventually went on to also win the position. However, the most interesting candidate perhaps was the one with the least votes in round one.

Enter Matthew Geiger, Libertarian Youth

At a mere 16 years old, Matthew Geiger is no ordinary teen. The Maryland resident already owns his own business, that of course being 71 Republic LLC. He also has deep roots in the national Libertarian Party.

Connections with Austin Petersen, Rep. Caleb Dyer and many other notable libertarians have enabled him to do a number of jobs for the party, including managing the national party’s Instagram account. Thus, it should be no great surprise that New Mexico delegate Spencer Kellogg nominated the adolescent for another key party position.

Geiger, in the first round of voting, received only 11 votes out of 732 total. Eight voters selected “None of the above”, and 260, or 35.5 percent, chose Merced. Only 66 people, just over nine percent, voted for Vohra.

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Official first round LP Vice Chair votes.

Finishing lowest of the declared candidates (excluding “none of the above”), Geiger did not advance to subsequent rounds of voting. Despite this, his inclusion is still significant.

Matthew Geiger announced no campaign. He did not try to win the position, and persuaded no voters. He simply accepted Kellogg’s nomination over the phone. Still, he received the support of one and a half percent of all delegates present.

In a brief nomination speech, Kellogg praised Geiger for being “one of the most forward-thinking” young minds in the party.

Senior Contributor Spencer Kellogg nominating Matthew Geiger

Of course, such a stunt shows the increasing involvement of libertarian youth in the party’s affairs.

With a real campaign, which may occur in the future, Geiger will already have some name recognition within the party. Without a doubt, this will lead to greater success for the young entrepreneur if he decides to seek this position or another.


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