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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

Why “Natural Immunity” Is a Political Problem for the Regime

2 days ago

When asked, “‘I’ve recovered from covid, is it absolutely essential that I get vaccinated?’ many public health officials have put aside the data and responded with a synchronized ‘yes.'” Original Article: “Why “Natural Immunity” Is a Political Problem for the Regime” This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Michael Stack.

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Too Much Inflation? Just Raise the Inflation Target!

3 days ago

In late August, Fed chairman Jerome Powell suggested that the Federal Reserve would begin tapering before the end of the year, an admission that price inflation was rising above the 2 percent target. Nonetheless, the Fed took no immediate action in the following month. This week, Powell again suggested a taper would begin soon, stating it would …

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You’ll Be Shocked to Learn There’s Corruption at the Fed

5 days ago

Some fed officials simply shrugged off what was an obvious conflict of interest when they traded stocks and real estate holdings while making policy. The rules don’t apply to central bankers. Original Article: “You’ll Be Shocked the Learn There’s Corruption at the Fed” This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by …

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Why “Natural Immunity” Is a Political Problem for the Regime

5 days ago

Since 2020, public health technocrats and their allies among elected officials have clung to the position that absolutely every person who can possibly get a covid vaccine should get one. Both the Mayo Clinic website and the  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website, for example, insist that “research has not yet shown” that people who have …

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Debunking Biden’s Claim We Must “Protect the Vaccinated from the Unvaccinated”

5 days ago

The official line on vaccines is that they are extremely effective at protecting against serious illness. And yet these same people are also claiming that the unvaccinated are a major threat to the vaccinated.
More specifically, President Biden claimed on September 10 that vaccine mandates were to “protect the vaccinated workers from unvaccinated workers.”
In other words, it is claimed that vaccines are remarkably effective, and that the vaccinated must also be protected from the unvaccinated. How can both claims be true at the same time? They can’t. The idea that vaccinated people are being frequently harmed by the unvaccinated is a complete fabrication, based on the promandate crowd’s own mainstream data.
As Robert Fellner points out, according to

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Debunking Biden’s Claim We Must “Protect the Vaccinated from the Unvaccinated”

9 days ago

The official line on vaccines is that they are extremely effective at protecting against serious illness. And yet these same people are also claiming that the unvaccinated are a major threat to the vaccinated. More specifically, President Biden claimed on September 10 that vaccine mandates were to “protect the vaccinated workers from unvaccinated workers.” In other …

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Biden’s Vaccine Mandates: It’s about Power

9 days ago

Biden’s vaccine mandates are yet another dangerous frontier in using a perceived or real crisis to justify an immense expansion in state power and control over the population.  Original Article: “Biden’s Vaccine Mandates: It’s about Power​” This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Michael Stack.

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You’ll Be Shocked the Learn There’s Corruption at the Fed

10 days ago

Fed chairman Jerome Powell has decided the Fed ought to “review” its ethics policies after it was revealed that high-ranking personnel at the Fed were actively trading stocks even as the Fed was busy pulling the levers on monetary policy. CNBC reported today: Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell directed staff to review the central bank’s ethics rules …

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The Fed’s Plan Is Failing: Stagflation Looms as Job Growth Stalls

10 days ago

The Fed’s apparent plan to somehow get to full employment and then deal with inflation sounds nice, but reality could easily derail the plan. Meanwhile, job growth is low and prices are rising. Original Article: “The Fed’s Plan Is Failing: Stagflation Looms as Job Growth Stalls” This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher …

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The Fed Is Bailing Out the Wealthy as Everyone Else Pays the Price

11 days ago

The Federal Reserve says that inequality is a problem. At the same, the Fed also pretends to have nothing to do with it.  Last September, for instance, Jerome Powell bemoaned the “relative stagnation of income” for people with lower incomes in the United States, but then claimed the Fed “doesn’t have the tools” to address …

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Biden’s Vaccine Mandates: It’s about Power

15 days ago

The Biden administration on Thursday announced sweeping new mandates. The new mandates require that all employers with more than one hundred workers require workers to be vaccinated or to test for the virus weekly. The mandates also require covid vaccinations for the 17 million workers at health facilities that receive federal Medicare or Medicaid. Moreover, vaccines …

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9/11 Was a Day of Unforgivable Government Failure

15 days ago

Perhaps more than anything else, the rationale given for the necessity of the state—and the necessity of supporting the regime at any given time—is that it “keeps us safe.” This permeates thinking about government institutions at all levels, from “thin blue line” sloganeering at the local level, all the way up to jingoism surrounding the Pentagon. Presumably, …

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China’s Military Strength Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

19 days ago

China is a rapidly aging, inefficient, conflict-ridden, and relatively poor country that simply is not on the road to seriously challenging the US’s hegemony. Original Article: “China’s Military Strength Has Been Greatly Exaggerated” This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Michael Stack.

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Fears of Stagflation Loom as Job Growth Stalls

22 days ago

Job growth numbers on Friday failed to impress. Economists had predicted job growth in the area of 720,000, but according to the Department of Labor’s estimates, jobs growth for August was only a third of that: 235,000. Commentators on CNBC called it “terrible news” and the word “stagflation” has started to appear more and more …

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China’s Military Strength Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

25 days ago

Unrivaled: Why America Will Remain the World’s Sole Superpowerby Michael BeckleyCornell University Press, 2018xi + 231 pages At this point, most everyone is now familiar with a certain narrative about China. Namely, the narrative about how China will soon be the most economically powerful country in the world, and how its military power will soon …

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Why So Many Americans Reject Legal Due Process in the Age of Covid

August 27, 2021

The policy response to the covid panic of 2020 in the United States was one of the most widespread direct attacks on fundamental human rights in decades. Overnight—and without any deliberation, debate, or checks and balances—millions of Americans were denied their basic rights to seek employment, to freely assemble, and to engage in religious practices. Business and churches …

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These Huge Deficits Wouldn’t Be Possible without the Fed’s Inflation

August 26, 2021

With the Federal Reserve’s annual Jackson Hole symposium there’s been much talk about when the central bank might allow interest rates to rise, presumably through the process of “tapering.” Tapering would mean easing monthly bond purchases, which would “effectively increase interest rates.“ Much of the discussion over the Fed’s policies on interest rates tends to focus …

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The Covid Stimulus Isn’t Like Other Stimulus. It’s Much Bigger.

August 25, 2021

When it comes to policy debates, it’s now pretty clear that if you’d like to sound very quaint and old fashioned, be sure to express some concerns over the size of the federal budget and deficit spending. Such concerns are now taken about as seriously by the average politician in Washington as is the constitutionality …

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The Technocracy’s New New Deal

August 21, 2021

Was Covid merely the excuse to justify new police powers under the guise of public health—powers politicians will use to impose draconian controls in the future? Recorded in Colorado Springs on August 21, 2021. Special thanks to William Brennan for sponsoring this event.

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The Pentagon and the Generals Wanted This Disastrous War

August 20, 2021

It’s not just the civilian politicians. For twenty years, the military itself pressed for more war, endlessly claiming that victory was right around the corner. Original Article: “The Pentagon and the Generals Wanted This Disastrous War” This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Michael Stack.

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Welfare Payments and Foreign Policy Fears Are the Only Things Holding America Together

August 19, 2021

Fear of China and Iran, combined with the more practical desire for continued “free” money from the federal government, will continue to fuel opposition to any serious movement toward secession. Original Article: “Welfare Payments and Foreign Policy Fears Are the Only Things Holding America Together” This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. …

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The Pentagon and the Generals Wanted This Disastrous War

August 17, 2021

In early July, Ron Paul penned a column titled “It’s Saigon In Afghanistan,” invoking the imagery of the fall of Saigon in 1975, when US military helicopters scrambled to evacuate personnel from the roof of the US embassy. But Paul suggested that maybe the situation in Afghanistan was “perhaps not as dramatic” as the situation …

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Yet Again, the Media’s Covid Narrative Doesn’t Add Up

August 12, 2021

If one were to go only on what one reads or sees in the media, one would think it’s the spring of 2020 all over again. The headlines are filled with stories of overcrowded hospitals, overwhelmed medical personnel, and predictions of people dying in parking lots waiting for medical care. The news articles generally quote …

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We’re in the Middle of a Long War with the State

July 30, 2021

The term “the state” is a term that gets thrown around a lot with various meanings. Even excluding the confusing American terminology in which the United States is composed of “states,” we’re still left with many other meanings. For example, in the international relations literature, most independent countries are generally referred to as states. Historically, …

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Fannie and Freddie Are Just Government Agencies. They’re Likely to Stay That Way.

July 14, 2021

Fannie and Freddie were long quasi-government corporations that typified the corrupt union between the feds and corporate America. But now it looks like both companies are just full-on government corporations.  Original Article: “Fannie and Freddie Are Just Government Agencies. They’re Likely to Stay That Way.​” This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. …

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The Fed Plans to Raise Interest Rates—Years from Now

July 13, 2021

The Fed isn’t here to take away the punch bowl anymore. The Fed is the punch bowl.  Original Article: “The Fed Plans to Raise Interest Rates— Years from Now” This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Michael Stack.

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Experts Said Ending Lockdowns Would Be Worse for the Economy than the Lockdowns Themselves. They Were Wrong.

July 10, 2021

The experts claimed that if any state ended its stay-at-home orders “prematurely,” its economy would become even more devastated than if it remained locked down. The experts were wrong.  Original Article: “Experts Said Ending Lockdowns Would Be Worse for the Economy than the Lockdowns Themselves. They Were Wrong.​” This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored …

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