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On June 30, China passed its National Security Law aimed primarily at Hong Kong, much to the dismay of Hong Kong’s protestors and the international community. It has also reopened a rift between the authoritarian and libertarian left, who are split on the law’s merits.

The objections from the libertarian left are pretty clear: the process through which the bill was passed without any semblance of democracy. It was crafted entirely in Beijing, without any input from the Hong Kong legislature or even Beijing’s mouthpiece in Carrie Lam. Nor did the Hong Kong people get any say in the law…

Michael Brooks: 1983–2000

What does my death matter, if through us, thousands of people are awakened and stirred to action? -Sophie Scholl

This week, the entire left-wing community was shocked by the news of Michael Brooks’s sudden passing at the age of 37. Brooks, a beloved figure in left politics, was the co-host of the Majority Report with Sam Seder. He also hosted his own podcast and regularly appeared on other leftist podcasts and shows. It’s hard to understate just how meaningful Brook’s presence was for the left. Michael was instrumental in inspiring and helping many small leftist writers, personalities, and projects get…

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Last week, Ilhan Omar once again was the target of the right-wing outrage machine, this time because of comments that she made during a news conference with Minneapolis leaders. You can view the full conference here: Critics honed in on a small portion of the conference, namely comments she made about dismantling systems of oppression:

As long as our economy and political system prioritize profit without considering who is profiting, who is being shut out, we will perpetuate this inequality. So we cannot stop at [the] criminal justice system. …

In 2005, Warner Brothers released V is for Vendetta, an adaption of a graphic novel series written by Alan Moore and eventually purchased by DC comics. The film focuses on the efforts of V, who works to circumvent the fascist government and inspire a popular uprising. The movie was quickly co-opted by anarchists, libertarian socialists, and free-market libertarians, with the Anonymous “organization” going so far as to use V’s mask (which was taken from an attempted bombing attempt in England during 1604) in some of its broadcasts. However, there is a different part of the film that I want to…

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“Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government…whenever things get so far wrong as to attract their notice, they may be relied on to set them to rights.”

So wrote Thomas Jefferson to Richard Price shortly before the beginning of the French Revolution. Jefferson realized that a free society cannot function unless its citizens have the skills and knowledge to protect themselves from a government that would seek to take them away. This, indeed, is the core purpose of journalism: to protect the people by educating them about important issues that deeply affect them. Authoritarian…

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I should preface this with a disclaimer: I do not endorse Donald Trump for President, and I have written why leftists should not vote for Donald Trump. At the same time, I think that there are some very good reasons not to vote for Joe Biden, reasons that are good enough to cause me to ignore both parties altogether and vote for the Green Party candidate. …

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Last Thursday, the United States Senate voted to pass the USA Freedom Act that reauthorizes portions of the Patriot Act regarding government surveillance that have recently lapsed. Once again, the United States government has the authority to peek into the private lives of its citizens. An amendment was passed that adds legal protections and oversight, which is certainly a step in the right direction, but it didn’t accomplish anything significant.

The USA Freedom Act passed the Senate by a margin of 80–16. It is worrisome enough that the Senate once again voted to pass the Patriot Act, a clear invasion…

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This Tuesday, Amy Acton, the Health Director in Ohio, generated some controversy when she praised a policy that would require citizens to carry papers saying that they are immune to COVID-19. The full quote is below:

“We would love, in some countries they’re looking at certificates to say you’re immune (to Covid-19) and therefore you’re able to go about your business. It would be a dream if we were able to get something like that.”

Predictably, this generated some controversy in conservative circles, and Sarah Marie Brenner, an avid Trump supporter and wife of a Republican state senator, went so…

One Reason Why Betrayed Bernie Supporters Should Avoid Voting Trump to Spite Biden

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In the wake of Bernie Sanders dropping out of the Democratic party, there have been a small but significant number of his supporters that have decided that they will vote for Donald Trump out of spite for the Democratic establishment. I do empathise with their frustrations, but there is still no reason that any progressive or leftist should vote for Trump.

The obvious reason for this is that many of Trump’s ideals and the ideals of the left opposed. Trump has cut taxes for the wealthy, attempted…

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