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In February of 2017, something happened that changed the course of my life. I got deported from South Africa. I had just finished backpacking around Africa for about a month and I needed to return to Cape Town to catch my return flight to Washington D.C. I had a worn down 9-year old passport that saw over 40 countries and would no longer scan. When I arrived at customs in South Africa, they denied me entry due to the condition of my passport, even though I had successfully entered the country several weeks prior. They sent me on the first…


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Black gold — The name given to the most valuable commodity of our time. Seems a bit ironic, considering that as of a week ago, oil producers will now literally pay consumers to take their oil. This price plunge has of course resulted from diminished global demand due to the worldwide lockdowns, but the effects will linger long after “normalcy” has been restored.

Some nations will gain geopolitical power. Others will crumble. Economies will shift. New alliances will be formed. …


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Did the virus come from a wet market? Did it come from a lab? Did China orchestrate it as some kind of a conspiracy to spread their power? If you have arrived at this article searching for answers to these questions, then I would not recommend continuing. With the potential exception of a small group of people, nobody really has definitive answers. Not yet.

Unfortunately many armchair “experts” on China have emerged to weigh in on what they think happened, and whether China has acted nefariously. I lived in China for 3.5 years during two different periods of time. My…


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I know what you are thinking. Why is anyone still talking about Bitcoin? Aren’t cryptocurrencies just some internet “funny money”? Didn’t the crypto bubble burst in 2018?

I will be the first person to give caution to those with interest in investing in cryptocurrency. After meeting someone who turned his $10k into well over $100k and said that this experience had “changed his life”, I decided to take the plunge. In December 2017, I invested $4,000 into the market during the peak of the crypto hype. Over the course of three weeks, my $4,000 had become $18,000. As a rookie…


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It was 1964. The Gulf of Tonkin Incident had just escalated the war in Vietnam. Trouble brewed in the south over the Civil Rights Movement, leading to the monumental Civil Rights Act of 1964. President Johnson’s challenger out of Arizona built a major grassroots movement on several revolutionary ideas. This challenger, by the name of Barry Goldwater, strived to revive true conservatism in the US at a time not far removed from Roosevelt’s big-government New Deal policies. He advocated for labor union reform, states’ rights, free-enterprise, and a strong national defense. His candidacy caught the eye of a popular actor…


It was 2008, but I remember it like it was yesterday. I was in a packed stadium full of college kids with hype-men marching through the aisles starting chants like one would see at an NFL game or Wrestlemania — except this wasn’t a sports game at all. The chants consisted of “End the Fed!” and “President Paul!” amongst others, as this was none other than a Ron Paul rally. This quirky septuagenarian doctor from Texas was able to invigorate hordes of people across the country in their late-teens or early-20’s, by promoting ideas seemingly outside of the mainstream, such…


It was June 30th, 2016. I was hosting my final trivia night before leaving Shenzhen, China after having lived there for three years. Over the course of that three years, people who were once strangers became family, and what was once a far away strange land had become a place that I had the pleasure of calling home. I left thinking that I had a solid understanding of the zeitgeist in China, and that my experience there had given me authority to discuss a wide variety of issues concerning the Middle Kingdom. Boy was I wrong.

I returned to China…


As I sit inside writing, yet another day in the quarantine life, I find myself wondering how we got to this point. Has this ever happened before? Is this whole thing China’s fault? Is our response President Trump’s fault? What are things like in other countries (I also just have a severe case of wanderlust)? Like many others I assume, I’ve been checking statistics on a daily basis to track the progression of the outbreak, looking for hope that we are “flattening the curve”. While there are some countries such as Brazil, Russia, and Indonesia that have miraculously low numbers…


There is a belief that Hollywood tends to predict the future. For those who fear the possibilities of the future because of something they have seen in a movie, I don’t blame them. Films like Terminator, Planet of the Apes, 12 Monkeys, The Hunger Games, X-Men: Days of Future Past (well, one timeline at least), and many more are enough for anyone to lose faith in the future of humanity. Fortunately for humanity, the future outlooks from Hollywood are not all bad as there is one long-running series that paints a really beautiful picture of what the future could be…

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