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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

Populism Worked for the Pro-Freedom Party in the Past. Can It Work Again?

16 hours ago

Although he was a scholar with degrees in mathematics and economics, Murray Rothbard was very much a fan of the American layman. Indeed, he was a populist both in temperament and in his political views. In a 1992 column outlining his populist strategy, Rothbard noted the importance of reaching out to the general public and especially …

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3 Reasons the Left Keeps Winning

16 hours ago

The Left recognizes the importance of education in forming Americans’ ideology. The Left takes a long-term view. The Left accepts partial victories. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Michael Stack. Original Article: “3 Reasons the Left Keeps Winning”.

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Why the Economy Isn’t Controlled by One Big Corporation

2 days ago

Why don’t corporations just get bigger and bigger until they take over the whole economy? Unlike states, firms aren’t necessarily better off as they get bigger. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Michael Stack. Original Article: “Why the Economy Isn’t Controlled by One Big Corporation”.

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Why the Economy Isn’t Controlled by One Big Corporation

3 days ago

More than a century of failure, mass murder, and ruined economies has not been sufficient to dissuade socialists form the idea that socialism—by which I mean Soviet-style socialism, not social democracy—can bring astounding prosperity once the planners work out the kinks. Sure, the Soviet Union failed, North Korea is a basket case, and socialist countries …

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Social Media Companies Aren’t the Good Guys. They’re Also Not Monopolists.

4 days ago

Social media has lied about user privacy and has misled the public about the platforms’ status as open forums. But none of this makes these companies monopolies. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Michael Stack. Original Article: “Social Media Companies Aren’t the Good Guys. They’re Also Not Monopolists.”.

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How Decades of Media and Faculty Bias Have Pushed America to the Left

4 days ago

Silicon Valley and the media are moving even further left. This is what is to be expected when a single ideological group controls educational institutions and major media outlets over a period of several decades. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Michael Stack. Original Article: “How Decades of Media …

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Even WHO Officials Now Admit Lockdowns Are Extreme Policies with Disastrous Results

13 days ago

Last week, Dr. David Nabarro from the World Health Organization admitted that lockdowns have been devastating for much of the world, noting that “Lockdowns just have one consequence that you must never, ever belittle, and that is making poor people an awful lot poorer.” Nabarro went on to list various examples of the economic damage done by lockdowns: Look what’s happened to smallholder farmers all …

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The New Media Has Become like the Old Media—And That Means the Usual Bias

15 days ago

A sizable majority of American adults say—when polled—that social media organizations “censor” political viewpoints: A Pew Research Center survey conducted in June finds that roughly three-quarters of U.S. adults say it is very (37%) or somewhat (36%) likely that social media sites intentionally censor political viewpoints that they find objectionable. Just 25% believe this is not …

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Despite Big Budgets, Police Are Catching Very Few Real Criminals

16 days ago

At best, police data shows four in ten murders in America are never resolved and no suspect is convicted. Lesser crimes have even fewer resolutions. And if we look more closely, things look even worse. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Michael Stack. Original Article: “Despite Big Budgets, Police …

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The Media Are Now Openly Pushing Secession as the Election Nears

18 days ago

It’s becoming increasingly clear to even mainstream media outlets that things are unlikely to return to “normal” after the 2020 election.
No matter who wins, it is likely the losing side will regard the winning side as having obtained its win using dirty tricks, foreign meddling, or through relentless propaganda offered up by a heavily biased and one-sided news media.
And if about half the country regards the winning president as illegitimate, where does one go from there?
The survey data isn’t exactly calming on this issue. As reported by Politico last week, the percentage of Americans who believe it is justified to use violence to “advance political goals” has quadrupled since 2017, for both Republicans and Democrats.
After

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The Supreme Court Is Overrated

23 days ago

Americans have been trained to regard the US Supreme Court as a principled, non-political institution whose rulings must be obeyed. This assessment of the court is very wrong. And be sure to follow Radio Rothbard at Mises.org/RadioRothbard.

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The Media Is Now Openly Pushing Secession as the Election Nears

23 days ago

It’s becoming increasingly clear to even mainstream media outlets that things are unlikely to return to “normal” after the 2020 election. No matter who wins, it is likely the losing side will regard the winning side as having obtained its win using dirty tricks, foreign meddling, or through relentless propaganda offered up by a heavily …

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Rising Homicides This Year May Be Yet Another Side Effect of Covid Lockdowns

23 days ago

Homicides were flat through 2019. Then spring 2020 arrived, and with it a wave of homicides in many American cities. Could the social and economic effects of lockdowns be the cause? This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Millian Quinteros. Original Article: “Rising Homicides This Year May Be Yet Another …

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Police Officers Threaten to Quit If the Public Keeps Demanding Accountability

24 days ago

Police reforms are making it easier to monitor police activities, and even to hold officers personally liable when found guilty of abusing their power. But some officers don’t like that at all. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Michael Stack. Original Article: “Police Officers Threaten to Quit If the …

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What Is Conservatism?

24 days ago

Although many Americans often conflate the two ideologies, conservatism and (classical) liberalism are historically quite distinct. Indeed, conservatism has long been explicitly hostile to both capitalism and classical liberalism. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Millian Quinteros. Original Article: “What Is Conservatism?”.

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Despite Big Budgets, Police Are Catching Very Few Real Criminals

28 days ago

In Tuesday’s debate, former vice president Joe Biden declared he was opposed to the “defund the police” movement. In a general election, this is not a terribly bold statement on Biden’s part. According to numerous polls, the public has little enthusiasm for sizable cuts to police agencies. Most people, it seems, recognize that some sort …

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Rising Homicides This Year May Be Yet Another Side Effect of Covid Lockdowns

29 days ago

During Tuesday’s presidential debate, former vice president Biden attempted to paint Donald Trump as the bad-on-crime candidate when he claimed that crime had gone down during the Obama administration but increased during Trump’s term. Whether or not this is a plausible claim depends on how one looks at the data. And given that law enforcement and criminal …

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The 2020 Debate: A Breakdown

September 30, 2020

Ryan McMaken and Tho Bishop talk about Tuesday’s debate, why “the issues” don’t matter, and why the debate probably won’t change the minds of many voters. And be sure to follow Radio Rothbard at mises.org/RadioRothbard.

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If the Election Produces No Clear Winner, the Military Is Definitely Not the Answer

September 24, 2020

The disputed election of 1876 could have led to another civil war. Fortunately, civilian institutions intervened to create a compromise, and the military was kept out of it. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Michael Stack. Original Article: “If the Election Produces No Clear Winner, the Military Is Definitely …

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What Is Conservatism?

September 24, 2020

[Author’s note: This is a condensed and simplified adaptation of an essay on conservatism I wrote for the Encyclopedia of Political Thought, edited by Gregory Claeys, and published by CQ Press (2013).] Conservatism is a group of political and social ideologies that promote traditional social and political institutions, gradualism in political action, and opposition to radical …

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Military Generals Are Just Another Group of Self-Interested Technocrats

September 21, 2020

The United States has always had a love affair with certain generals. George Washington, of course, was immensely popular, and thirteen US presidents were generals before they were president. But prior to the Second World War, generals as a group were not revered or treated with any particular veneration or respect. In fact, in the …

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The Fed Is Planning Another Ultralong Period of Ultralow Rates

September 19, 2020

The Fed plans to keep interest rates near zero, while monetizing debt, financing zombie companies, and pouring new dollars into the market. But that may not be enough. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Michael Stack. Original Article: “The Fed Is Planning Another Ultralong Period of Ultralow Rates”.

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It’s Far Too Late to Think Lockdowns Can Make Covid-19 Go Away

September 19, 2020

Far from stopping the spread of covid-19, lockdowns, only push deaths into the future. Unless a vaccine is imminent or a 100 percent total lockdown is imposed, lockdown won’t cause big reductions in total deaths. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Millian Quinteros. Original Article: “It’s Far Too Late …

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