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Ryan McMaken

Ryan W. McMaken is the editor of Mises Daily and The Austrian. He has degrees in economics and political science from the University of Colorado, and was the economist for the Colorado Division of Housing from 2009 to 2014.

Articles by Ryan McMaken

When It Comes to National Defense, Bigger Isn’t Always Better

1 day ago

In the debate over whether or not China will soon rise to challenge the United States as the world’s hegemon, it is often assumed that states with large aggregate economies are necessarily more militarily powerful ones. This stems from decades-old methods that remain popular among scholars and pundits who write on international relations and foreign …

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There Is No Such Thing as Treason

6 days ago

“Treason” is quickly becoming a favorite word among Washington politicos and their media allies. One need not look hard to find countless examples. For example, a late-night talk show host called the January 6 Capitol riot the “treason finale” of the Trump era. A Washington Post columnist concludes “the founders” would have “denounced it as …

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The Capitol Riot Wasn’t a Coup. It Wasn’t Even Close.

6 days ago

Coups are nearly always acts committed by elites against the sitting executive power using the tools of the elites. It’s clear the elites want Trump gone, and Wednesday’s riot was no coup.  Original Article: “The Capitol Riot Wasn’t a Coup. It Wasn’t Even Close.​” This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated …

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Medical Errors and the Cult of Expertise in the Age of Covid

10 days ago

Many healthcare professionals have happily embraced the same attitude as cops: “We’re experts, don’t you dare question us.” But the 100,000 yearly medical-error deaths suggest this expertise ought to be questioned more often.  Original Article: “Medical Errors and the Cult of Expertise in the Age of Covid” This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by …

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Why Trump Voters Don’t Trust the People Who Count the Votes

11 days ago

If the FBI and the Pentagon have already demonstrated their officials are willing to break and bend rules to obstruct Trump, why believe the administrative class when they insist elections are free and fair and all above board? Original Article: “Why Trump Voters Don’t Trust the People Who Count the Votes​” This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored …

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The Capitol Riot Wasn’t a Coup. It Wasn’t Even Close.

11 days ago

On Wednesday, a mob apparently composed of Trump supporters forced its way past US Capitol security guards and briefly moved unrestrained through much of the Capitol building. They displayed virtually no organization and no clear goals. The only deaths were on the side of the mob, with one woman—apparently unarmed—shot dead by panicky and trigger-happy Capitol …

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Why Trump Voters Don’t Trust the People Who Count the Votes

13 days ago

Perhaps not since the nineteenth century have so many American voters so fervently doubted the outcome of a national election. A Slate headline from December 13 reads: “82 Percent of Trump Voters Say Biden’s Win Isn’t Legitimate.” If even half true, this poll means tens of millions of Americans believe the incoming ruling party in Washington got its political …

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Medical Errors and the Cult of Expertise in the Age of Covid

14 days ago

Ever since the covid panic began in February of this year, medical personnel such as doctors and nurses have been treated to a level of hero worship generally reserved for the government’s soldiers and cops. We were told they were heroically slaving away to treat covid victims. And although many of these nurses were apparently spending …

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Pelosi’s “Mandate”: What “Consent of the Governed” Really Means

22 days ago

What does “the consent of the governed” mean? In 2020, 53 percent of US residents either voted for someone other than Trump or Biden, or didn’t vote at all. It also means about 75 percent of the population did not vote for Biden.  Original Article: “Pelosi’s “Mandate”: What “Consent of the Governed” Really Means​”. This …

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The US Money Supply Was up 37 Percent in November

December 16, 2020

In November, money supply growth rate was essentially unchanged from October and remains near September’s all-time high. The stabilization we find in money-supply growth in recent months comes after eight months of record-breaking growth in the US which came in the wake of unprecedented quantitative easing, central bank asset purchases, and various stimulus packages. Historically, the growth rate has …

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It Should Shock Us That There’s Any Consumer Price Inflation at All

December 16, 2020

Thanks to lockdowns, high unemployment, and general uncertainty and fear over covid-19, the personal saving rate in the United States in October was 13.6 percent, the highest since the mid-1970s. This is down from April’s rate of 33.7 percent, which was the highest saving rate recorded since the Second World War. Moreover, among those who …

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Why Beltway Conservatives Hate the Trump Populists

December 11, 2020

In 2016, establishment conservatives went “all in” on defeating Trump. But they lost, and as a result lost control of the conservative movement and the GOP. Original Article: “Why Beltway Conservatives Hate the Trump Populists​​”. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Millian Quinteros.  

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There Is No Conflict Between Classical Liberalism and Religion

December 9, 2020

Since at least as early as the 1960s, pundits and intellectuals of the conservative movement have employed a caricature of “classical liberals” as amoral hedonists who make an idol of freedom. Modern observers might be forgiven for thinking that this critique has only been leveled against the people we now call libertarians—some of whom are …

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Why Beltway Conservatives Hate the Trump Populists

December 8, 2020

The 2020 election has put on display a growing rift within the conservative movement and the Republican Party. As theWashington Examiner notes this week, “The dividing lines have only deepened since media organizations called the election for his challenger Joe Biden.” This rift is between populist Trump supporters and the old conservative establishment, which tends …

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Why GOP Loyalists and Candidates Keep Moving Left

December 4, 2020

Unless the Left’s opponents focus on changing voters’ ideological drift to the left, candidates who want to actually win elections will have to keep moving left also. Original Article: “Why GOP Loyalists and Candidates Keep Moving Left”. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Michael Stack.

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Why Governments Hate Decentralization and “Local Control”

December 2, 2020

In recent decades, many have claimed that advances in communications and transportation would eliminate the different political, economic, and cultural characteristics peculiar to residents of different regions within the United States. It is true the cultural difference between a rural mechanic and an urban barista is smaller today than was the case in 1900. Yet recent national elections suggest that geography is …

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Why Commies Hate Your Thanksgiving Dinner

December 1, 2020

In 1923 Lenin released a propaganda pamphlet titled Down with the Private Kitchen. It explained how private dinners with one’s family are reactionary, bourgeois, and generally something requiring total destruction. Original Article: “Why Commies Hate Your Thanksgiving Dinner”. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Michael Stack.

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In October, Money Supply Growth Remained Near All-Time Highs

November 30, 2020

In October, money supply growth fell slightly from September’s all-time high, although growth still remains at levels that would have been considered outlandish just eight months ago. October’s easing in money-supply growth comes after eight months of record-breaking growth in the US which came in the wake of unprecedented quantitative easing, central bank asset purchases, and various stimulus packages. Historically, …

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Why Commies Hate Your Thanksgiving Dinner

November 26, 2020

The Thanksgiving holiday in the United States has a checkered past. Its more recent origins lie largely in government attempts at pushing propagandistic narratives. For example, Abraham Lincoln demanded Americans be thankful for “the advancing armies and navies of the Union” during the Civil War. George Washington instructed Americans to give thanks for the new constitution …

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Was the Election Free and Fair? The American Foreign Policy Establishment Doesn’t Care.

November 25, 2020

There’s at least one good reason to support Donald Trump’s ongoing lawsuits challenging the election results in several states: the US foreign policy establishment doesn’t want you to. As Newsweek reported last week, “A group of more than 100 national security experts” from Republican administrations have condemned the president’s challenges to some states’ vote-counting process. …

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Pandemics Are Over When the Public Decides They’re Over

November 24, 2020

Government bureaucrats have their own standards for declaring when a pandemic has “officially” ended. But the de facto ending comes when the public stops paying attention. Original Article: “Pandemics Are Over When the Public Decides They’re Over”. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Michael Stack.

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Pandemics Are Over When the Public Decides They’re Over

November 21, 2020

In Colorado, reported cases and hospitalizations of covid-19 patients are at higher levels than ever before. And yet politicians are worried that if they issue new stay-at-home orders, the public won’t obey them. For instance the Denver Post last week reported Colorado Democrats admitted the public isn’t listening very closely anymore: [State senator Steve] Fenberg and many …

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Covid Deaths Mount in France and the Czech Republic as Lockdowns Fail

November 20, 2020

Lockdowns are back on in Europe and are making a quick comeback in the US as well. Spain, the UK, Belgium, and France are back in full lockdown mode, although a multitude of restrictions on movement within each country remained in place even when full lockdowns were ended over the summer.  In France, for instance, one …

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Both Theory and Praxis: Rothbard’s Plan for Laissez-Faire Activism

November 18, 2020

It should be self-evident that a just and moral political regime can only exist in the long term if a sufficiently large number of people actually believe in it. Original Article: “Both Theory and Praxis: Rothbard’s Plan for Laissez-Faire Activism”. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Millian Quinteros.  

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Why Is the Fed So Afraid of Judy Shelton?

November 17, 2020

In spite of fierce opposition from numerous US Senators—and countless screeds against her issued by pundits and establishment economists—Judy Shelton still has a chance of being confirmed to the Fed’s Board of Governors this week. The Associated Press reported yesterday what in spite of three GOP Senators coming out against Shelton, she may still win confirmation …

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Both Theory and Praxis: Rothbard’s Plan for Laissez-Faire Activism

November 13, 2020

The United States has not had a large, organized laissez-faire political movement since the 1890s, when the Democratic Party explicitly embraced an agenda of low taxes, restrained foreign policy, political decentralization, and opposition to a central bank. Certainly, since that time, laissez-faire factions have been part of various political coalitions and parties. The Old Right, for example, …

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Why GOP Loyalists and Candidates Keep Moving Left

November 11, 2020

There is good reason to believe that the 2020 election was a repudiation of far-left social and economic policy in the United States. This interpretation at the very least has been taken to heart by many Democrats who lost seats in the US House and who now fear—with good reason—greater losses during the midterm 2022 …

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