The 2020 election is just around the corner and each candidate wants to grow the government more. Beto O’Rourke wants to take your guns, Trump is continuing endless wars overseas, and even the supposed libertarian Bill Weld wants to re-enter the Paris Climate Accords. Is all hope for preserving our freedoms and liberties gone?
At this point, it’s an open secret that China is putting its Muslim citizens in persecutory camps. The Chinese government, through ideology related to the state’s communist party, is forcing East-Asian Turkish Muslims to abandon their religion. If they maintain their faith, they face the threat of the Chinese state throwing them into these camps. While China has admitted that these camps exist, they insist they’re in a place to combat “Islamic extremism”. Yet, Islamic extremism seems to be present only to the extent that Chinese-Turkish Muslims are problems to the communist regime.
Also in China, the Hong Kong protests are showing no signs of cooling down. Asia as a continent is experiencing one of the highest concentrations of political protest and violence in history.
Every year, I go to my parents’ old alma mater in central West Virginia. Outside McCuskey Hall, there’s a grove of enormous oak trees, casting shade on the grassy field. In the fall it is absolutely picturesque. Every year my dad tells me and my sister the same story. When he was in college in the late 80s, he would climb one of the oaks and string up a hammock in the branches. He spent most of his time in these trees with his friends, chatting and practicing dove-calls. But sometimes, he would haul his ham radio (amateur radio) into the branches and talk to kids across the campus or call my mother in the other dorm hall. All the while, he feared to break a major law by ordering a pizza.
Ross Ulbricht, also known as Dread Pirate Roberts went to prison for life so you could learn a lesson. Toe the line, stay free. Dare to take firm action against the government, and you’ll end up like him. The alleged operator of the Silk Road, an unregulated dark web retail site that predominantly sold personal amounts of marijuana, received a double life sentence plus 40 years for his actions.
This comes in spite of the fact that none of his crimes were violent, he has no convictions of actually selling illicit substances, and the trial violated his constitutional rights in several important and unfair ways. But on Friday, more direct proof of the unfairness came to light; the owner of Silk Road 2.0, Dread Pirate Roberts 2, received a 5-year sentence for far worse crimes.