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It’s 2007, and MySpace dominates the market. There are even some articles claiming that it’s a “natural monopoly.” You then ask yourself, “is it time to shake the dust off the ‘ole trustbusting laws?”

Fast forward a couple of years later, and Myspace is struggling to survive with the rise of Facebook being the undisputed king of social media. Myspace, worth around 12 billion dollars in its prime, is sold for a measly 35 million. The year is only 2011.

In fewer than 10 years, Myspace went from being compared to a monopoly to losing almost all of its value…


And the quack that is Josh Mandel.

To those that know me, I’m sure that they will agree that I’m a broken record when it comes to my view on the increasingly toxic culture of our politicians. Driven by hyper-partisanship, perverse media incentives, and an increasingly polarized populace, more and more of our elected officials are more concerned with yelling aggravating slogans on cable news than actually doing their job.

Take scandal-prone Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz, for example, who admitted as much in his new book Firebrand, stating, “if you aren’t making news, you aren’t governing.” I suppose Gaetz never…


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As a general rule of thumb, I like bi-partisanship. I think it is healthy for a democracy. Healthy for government. And most of all, beneficial for the American people. We live in incredibly polarizing times, so it’s essential to be reminded that people across the political aisle can come together to work towards a common goal.

Good things can happen when both parties work together. For example, the creation of NASA in 1958 resulted from Democrats and Republicans responding to the Soviet’s Sputnik 1. …


And that's a good thing…

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It’s rare for politicians in Washington to stay consistent on anything. From Republicans changing their view on tariffs to Joe Biden’s flip-flopping on the Hyde amendment. Politicians have an uncanny knack for reversing their positions off the political climate of the day.

That is why Senator Krysten Sinema should be applauded for her consistent defense of the filibuster despite her colleague’s newfound distaste of the decades-old Senate rule.

Writing for the Washington Post, Sinema laid out out a strong case for defending the filibuster. …


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For the past five years, the phrases “endless wars” and “forever wars” have been on the tongues of just about every politician, pundit, and journalist across the country. Donald Trump could hardly ever get through a speech without lambasting America’s involvement in the Middle East.

Never once when Trump talked about pulling troops out of places like Afghanistan and Iraq did he ever cite new national security information, strategic achievements, or new security standards. It was just “we’ve been there a long time; let’s pull out. Also, because I think that will be a politically popular position.”

And of course…

Ryan Lindner

I go to Texas A&M University and I like to write about life and politics.

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