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They Who Stand Most Alone

James O’Neill, director of the Thiel Foundation,presents two powerful maxims to the audience: “follow the money” and”follow the violence.” His words are a clear call to action for anyone who has the courage to answer it. By following the money and discovering those who benefit from a particular law or action, O’Neill explains, an activist can usually find the person responsible for human rights violations.Following the violence can be trickier because even democracies can be guilty,he warns. Consequently, those who take on the fight for human rights must have the “fearlessness of a martyr” and “the creativity of an inventor or explorer.”

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