Andrew Yang and the Yang Gang

A few weeks ago on April 15, I went with a couple friends to see Andrew Yang on the steps of the Lincoln memorial. We got there about twenty minutes late, which it turns out was about the right time to show up as we barely missed a thing. There were maybe 150 people crowded around a small stage with two American flags on either side. The organizers had brought a small group of people onto the stage to make the photos look like the speaker was part of the crowd or something.

The orange tint at the bottom is my best friends hair: we were in the back right in front of the photography stuff.

Overall the event was a lot of fun! Several speakers came up and explained why they were in the “Yang Gang.” They tended to start off strong and funny and slowly decline as the speech went on, but for people who weren’t experienced public speakers it was pretty great.…

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Bill Kristol on The Future of Conservatism and the Republican Party

A few weeks ago, I went to the Butler Board Room (above the AU basketball court) to see Bill Kristol, a neoconservative analyst and editor-at-large. There were about 60 people present, many of which were undercover progressives like me. Bill Kristol is a prominent conservative pundit and also a “Never Trumper”. Kristol’s typical policy leanings are smaller government with conservative values.

By the time the event started it had filled up a bit more.

When I heard Kristol was going to discuss the future of conservatism my ears perked up. It was a chance to hear a different point of view than my own. I was expecting a thoughtful view on strategy and tactics from an experienced veteran.

Unfortunately, I didn’t really get any of that. Instead Mr. Kristol presented mundane ‘facts’ with questionable veracity. It was noteworthy that he seemed very afraid to get anything wrong, instead choosing to add a ‘maybe’ or a ‘perhaps’ to nearly every phrase.…

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Extinction Rebellion

I walked into the basement of a church with a lot of expectations that would leave me unsettled the whole night. For background, Extinction Rebellion is a brand new group which originated in the UK but is quickly spreading to the rest of the world. Based on their attention to detail through their branding on everything from art design to font choice I was expecting to see a young generation of activists attracted by a group that was upfront with the odds we were up against and had a plan for what to do about it.

Most of the assets Extinction Rebellion commonly uses other than their logo are somewhere on here.

This made me all the more surprised when I saw the makeup of the musty room. The chairs were filled primarily by older white men. While there were a few people in their 20s the average age was probably more like 45.…

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