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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

Decentralization, Absolutism, and the Papal States

2 days ago

The Pope Who Would Be King: The Exile of Pius IX and the Emergence of Modern Europeby David KertzerRandom House, 2018xxx + 474 pages
Historian David Kertzer made a name for himself with his 1997 book The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara. The book covers the until then rarely mentioned case of an Italian Jewish boy who was illicitly baptized by the housekeeper, and then kidnapped in 1858 by Papal State authorities on the grounds that Jews in the Papal States could not be permitted to raise a Christian child.
Because so few books or in-depth articles have been written on the topic in English, Kertzer now enjoys a position as perhaps the preeminent expert on the case. This is no small thing since a number of filmmakers—including Steven

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Vaccine Passports Are Just a Way for the Regime To Expand Its Power

3 days ago

Earlier this month, the conservative magazine known as The Spectator published an article with the absurd title “The Libertarian Case for Vaccine Passports.” The online version now bears the title “Vaccine Passports Are a Ticket to Freedom,” but the physical print version is perhaps more descriptive of what the author is trying to do.

The author, a former Conservative politician named Matthew Parris, apparently believes that the forever lockdowns are an inescapable feature of reality, and that the only way around them is for the regime to enact a vaccine passport scheme. For Parris, covid lockdowns are just a force of nature, like gravity. Now, if only we could find a way to get around these nature-imposed lockdowns!
By now the

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Decentralization, Absolutism, and the Papal States

4 days ago

[The Pope Who Would Be King: The Exile of Pius IX and the Emergence of Modern Europe by David Kertzer Random House, 2018 xxx + 474 pages] Historian David Kertzer made a name for himself with his 1997 book The Kidnapping of Edgardo Mortara. The book covers the until-then-rarely-mentioned case of an Italian Jewish boy …

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Not Even Gretchen Whitmer Wants More of the CDC’s Lockdowns

4 days ago

The political climate that fostered panic and lockdowns a year ago is now changing. Legislatures are turning against governors and the public is no longer hysterical with fear. Politicians aren’t sure what to do.  Original Article: “Not Even Gretchen Whitmer Wants More of the CDC’s Lockdowns​” This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher …

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How Trillions in Newly Printed Money Created a Labor Shortgage

6 days ago

If you’re tired of binge-watching Netflix, there are likely a few restaurants in your neighborhood who would love to hire you. A job might help relieve the boredom. On the other hand, why work when one can just be one of the more than 6 million former workers now collecting “pandemic unemployment insurance”? Those millions …

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The United States Has Declared Defeat in Two More Wars

16 days ago

President Biden announced last week that he planned to remove all combat troops from Afghanistan by September, which he says will mark the end of what is now a twenty-year war in the central Asian country. A week earlier, the US and Iraq reaffirmed a deal to withdraw “any remaining combat forces” from Iraq, and to …

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Not Even Gretchen Whitmer Wants More of the CDC’s Lockdowns

17 days ago

The US state with the fastest growing covid-19 caseload is a state that has experienced some of the harshest and longest lockdowns and covid restrictions: Michigan. As of April 20, the seven-day moving average for new covid cases in Michigan was 790 per million. This is higher than any other US state, and it is …

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The Plutocrats of Wall Street and Silicon Valley Are Scamming America

17 days ago

Free market advocates long ago figured out that the monied classes of bankers and Wall Street operatives were exploiting the “little people” to prop up the fortunes of what is now the billionaire class. The scam is alive and well today.  Original Article: “The Plutocrats of Wall Street and Silicon Valley Are Scamming America” This …

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State Legislatures Are Finally Limiting Governors’ Emergency Powers

18 days ago

The covid-19 lockdowns have unexpectedly brought into clear view the fact governors wield immense power over the daily lives of Americans. Some state legislatures have moved to limit this power. Better late than never.  Original Article: “State Legislatures Are Finally Limiting Governors’ Emergency Powers​” This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated …

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The Equality Act’s Attack on Religion Is Really about Private Property Rights

20 days ago

Like other “antidiscrimination” schemes, the Equality Act is just another way to to extend federal power over every private institution and aspect of private life.  Original Article: “The Equality Act’s Attack on Religion Is Really about Private Property Rights​” This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Michael Stack.  

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The Problem with “Just Do What the Cops Say and You Won’t Get Hurt”

22 days ago

New evidence has emerged in the case of 73-year old Karen Garner, an eighty-pound woman with dementia and sensory aphasia. Newly released video shows Garner was beaten to the point of having her arm broken and her shoulder dislocated while being arrested for an alleged attempted theft of $13.88. In June 2020, Garner, had apparently attempted to leave …

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The Plutocrats of Wall Street and Silicon Valley Are Scamming America

24 days ago

In recent years, it seems that the nation’s CEOs and billionaires are increasingly willing to drop the pretense that they are politically neutral entrepreneurs who simply want to go about their business. Last week, for example, more than 100 CEOs met to plot ways to punish the people of Georgia by “stopping investments in states” …

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State Legislatures Are Finally Limiting Governors’ Emergency Powers

26 days ago

Last week, Indiana governor Eric Holcomb vetoed a bill that would limit gubernatorial authority in declaring emergencies. The bill would allow the General Assembly to call itself into an emergency session, with the idea that the legislature could then vote to end, or otherwise limit, a governor’s emergency powers. Although both the legislature and the …

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Biden’s Colossal Budget Confirms Trump-Era Mega Spending Will Continue

29 days ago

The reality of federal spending under Donald Trump did much to put to rest the obviously wrong and long-disproved notion that Republicans are the political party of “fiscal responsibility.” With George W. Bush and Ronald Reagan, it was pretty much “full speed ahead” as far as federal spending was concerned. Under George W. Bush, some …

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The Equality Act’s Attack on Religion Is Really about Private Property Rights

April 8, 2021

With the introduction of the Equality Act of 2021—and its passage in the House—the Democratic Party and its allies continue the now well-established tradition of using “antidiscrimination” and “public accommodation” laws to continue the attack on the private sector and private institutions once somewhat insulated from regime control.  Historically these laws, acts, and court rulings—found initially in …

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Decentralization Is a Step toward Self-Determination

April 7, 2021

Ludwig von Mises understood that locally based governance “follows necessarily from the principle of the rights of man.” And it’s why Rothbard supported secession and local governance right down to the most local level possible.  Original Article: “Decentralization Is a Step toward Self-Determination” This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by …

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February Money-Supply Growth Hit Yet Another All-Time High.

March 31, 2021

In February, money supply growth hit yet another all-time high. February’s surge in money-supply growth makes February the eleventh month in a row of remarkably high growth, and came in the wake of unprecedented quantitative easing, central bank asset purchases, and various stimulus packages. During February 2021, year-over-year (YOY) growth in the money supply was at 39.1 percent. That’s up slightly from January’s rate …

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Europe’s Vaccine Programs Are About As Successful As their Lockdowns

March 30, 2021

For many months, the governments of European Union have made it clear they view the distribution and administration of a covid-19 vaccines as a public policy priority. Whatever one may think of the vaccines, the fact remains Europe’s regimes think they’re fantastic and want as many jabs in arms taking place as soon as possible. …

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Homicides Are Way Up in 2020, and Covid Lockdowns Are a Likely Cause

March 30, 2021

If we’re going to ask ourselves what might have caused such an unusually large rise in homicide, we ought to look for very unusual events. Covid lockdowns certainly fit the bill.  Original Article: “Homicides Are Way Up in 2020, and Covid Lockdowns Are a Likely Cause​​” This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher …

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Decentralization Is a Step Toward Self-Determination

March 29, 2021

For decades now, advocates for freedom and free markets have disagreed over whether or not political decentralization and local self-governance are important principles in themselves.
Most recently, this debate flared up here at mises.org over the issue of state-level preemptions of local government. Specifically, Connor Mortell objected to the State of Florida’s prohibition of local policymaking autonomy on the issue of covid lockdowns and mandates.
In response, a number of readers both in social media and in the comment section here at mises.org insisted that centralization of political power is fine so long as it’s the good guys who are doing the centralization.
We’ve certainly been here before. Indeed, this debate is

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Decentralization Is a Step toward Self-Determination

March 26, 2021

For decades now, advocates for freedom and free markets have disagreed over whether or not political decentralization and local self-governance are important principles in themselves. Most recently, this debate flared up here at mises.org over the issue of state-level preemptions of local government. Specifically, Connor Mortell objected to the State of Florida’s prohibition of local …

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Homicides Are Way Up in 2020, and Covid Lockdowns Are a Likely Cause

March 25, 2021

Twenty twenty was an unpleasant year for so many reasons. It was a year of riots, unemployment, and the trend in overall rising mortality continued unabated. Homicides also increased. In fact, in preliminary homicide data, it looks like homicides increased a lot in 2020. According to the FBI’s Preliminary Uniform Crime Report for the first …

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The Border Crisis Is the Latest Example of Government “Efficiency”

March 24, 2021

By nearly any standard, the US government’s administration of border control is a disaster. If the goal is to limit border crossings, things are a mess. If the goal is to facilitate more legal immigration, things are a mess. If the goal is simply to give every potential immigrant a timely hearing, that too is …

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The New New Deal Has Already Arrived. Thank the Covid Panic.

March 22, 2021

The new covid relief bill signals that whatever restraint on public spending existed before 2020 is now all but gone. And the bill represents the beginning of a new era: an era that can be likened to that of the New Deal.  Original Article: “The New New Deal Has Already Arrived. Thank the Covid Panic.” …

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They Said Things Would Be Much Worse in States without Lockdowns. They Were Wrong.

March 18, 2021

Like nearly all US states, Georgia imposed a stay-at-home order in March 2020 in response to demands from public health officials claiming a stay-at-home order would lessen total deaths from covid-19. But unlike most states, Georgia ended its stay-at-home order after only five weeks, and proceeded to lower other restrictions quickly. The legacy media responded …

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