Why Historical Revisionism Matters

The King of Prussia, Frederick II (“the Great”), confessed that he had seized the province of Silesia from the Empress Maria Theresa in 1740 because, as a newcomer to the throne, he had to make a name for himself. This caused a war with Austria that developed into a worldwide […]

Who Owns Your Data?

By: Peter G. Klein Nicolas Petit’s forthcoming book, Big Tech and the Digital Economy (Oxford, 2020) offers an interesting new take on antirust and regulation in the digital economy. Here’s one wise reviewer: Introducing the concept of “moligopoly” Petit shows how firms with big market shares — even so-called “entrenched monopolists” […]

Hoppe’s Democracy with Stephan Kinsella

Lawyer and libertarian theorist Stephan Kinsella joins the show to discuss the middle chapters of Hoppe’s Democracy, The God That Failed—in particular dealing with “desocialization” of collective property, immigration, and free trade. These are the most controversial and widely-discussed parts of the book, and Kinsella provides a fascinating analysis of […]

Yes, the Nazis Were Socialists

I’d like to continue the discussion of Scott Sehon’s article “No, the Nazis Were Not Socialists” that I began last week. At the end of my article, I berated Sehon. He says that the word “socialist” in the name of the Nazi Party (National Socialist German Workers’ Party) doesn’t show […]

Jeff Deist: Trump-Biden Debate Preview, Chris Pratt Attacked by “Mean Girls”

Jeff Deist joins David Gornoski on A Neighbor’s Choice for a preview of the Trump, Biden debate. On the aborted 60 Minutes Trump interview, Deist says: “Talk to us directly….We don’t need the sham intermediary of CNN or any of these people. That, for me, is what the digital age is […]

Rand Paul Is Right about the Nazis and Socialism

Mises in 1944: “The German and the Russian systems of socialism have in common the fact that the government has full control of the means of production.” This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Millian Quinteros. Original Article: “Rand Paul Is Right about the Nazis […]

Why Racism Can’t Explain Europe’s Drive for Conquest and Colonial Power

There has been a resurgence in investigating the imperial past of Europe. By consuming blistering critiques of European imperialism, one is likely to surmise that conquests are solely driven by hatred and racism. Some commentators imply that the purpose of territorial expansions was to satiate the racist desires of Europeans. Although […]

The Privilege of Politics

Actor Chris Pratt finds himself a target of left Hollywood and various social media enforcers for his apparent lack of support for Joe Biden, a sin in his industry. Pratt has endorsed neither Biden nor Trump, which seems eminently sensible for a boy-next-door type who plays superheroes and adventurers in big […]

Central Banks and the Problem with Playing God

It seems the reach and influence of central banks has never been higher, yet they are increasingly flying blind in an environment where central bank tools are growing ever more imprecise and dangerous. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Millian Quinteros. Original Article: “Central […]

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

It’s been clear for decades that national news organizations such as CNN and the New York Times tend to be biased in favor of social democracy (i.e., “progressivism”) and what we would generally call a “left-wing” ideology. Journalists, for instance, identify as Democrats in far higher numbers than any other partisan group. And […]

Google está haciendo más difícil encontrar el contenido del Instituto Mises

By: Tho Bishop El 5 de octubre, el artículo de Ryan McMaken «Los oficiales de policía amenazan con renunciar si el público sigue exigiendo responsabilidades» logró alcanzar el primer puesto en Reddit. Pronto fue retirado de la popular plataforma de medios sociales bajo circunstancias muy sospechosas. Para los que no […]

Was Hoppe Wrong About Democracy?

Hans-Hermann Hoppe has shown in his writings on democracy that democracy leads to economic impoverishment and political disaster under certain conditions.  But what are those conditions, and are they dominant in electoral institutions in the United States today? And what role does ideology play in limiting the abuse of the […]

Comedy vs. the State

Dave Smith is a New York–based stand-up comedian, radio personality, and political commentator. Dave can be seen regularly on The Greg Gutfeld Show and Red Eye on Fox News, as well as Kennedy on Fox Business Network. In 2013 Dave was featured as one of the “New Faces” at the […]

The Trillion-Dollar F-35 Fighter Program Does Not Make Americans Safer

Overspending on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program does not make America any safer. The president’s military spending increase is based on the false premise that more spending equals more security. More spending may even make America less safe by spending us into bankruptcy. The F-35 program is expected to […]

Google Is Making it Harder to Find Mises Institute Content

By: Tho Bishop On October 5, Ryan McMaken’s article “Police Officers Threaten to Quit If the Public Keeps Demanding Accountability” managed to hit the top spot on Reddit. It was soon removed from the popular social media platform under very suspicious circumstances. For those not familiar with Reddit, the platform […]

No, the Stock Market Isn’t a “Leading Indicator” of Economic Prosperity

In an unhampered economy, stock prices would reflect the availability of savings for investment and capital. But in an inflationary economy, rising stock prices suggest something very different. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Michael Stack. Original Article: “No, the Stock Market Isn’t a […]

Furloughed Jobs Disguise the Eurozone Employment Crisis

The United States jobs recovery slowed down slightly in September, but the employment recovery is still faster than in most comparable economies. The jobs report showed a healthy 661,000 gain in nonfarm payrolls last month. Much of the difference with consensus came from shifts in government payrolls, which fell 216,000 […]

David K. Hurst: Managing People-as-Ends and Not People-as-Means

In many situations, the complexities in managing a diverse and layered team of people are to view individuals as ends and not means. Management and organizational frameworks often treat people as means. The business ends are external: so-called shareholder value, or stakeholder value, which is fashionable today, or simply revenue […]

Printing Money at a “Constant” or “Stable” Rate Won’t Prevent Boom-Bust Cycles

Money printing—even at a constant rate—is going to generate the same result as any other money printing. The reason lies in the fact that money creation transfers wealth from productive to unproductive enterprises. This Audio Mises Wire is generously sponsored by Christopher Condon. Narrated by Millian Quinteros. Original Article: “Printing […]

Google Mobility Data Suggests Sweden “Socially Distanced” Less than Other Countries

By: Ryan McMaken As is often pointed out by pro-lockdown publications like The New York Times, Sweden has experienced Covid-19 deaths at a rate above some of it’s neighbors that imposed relatively strict lockdowns, such as Denmark. What is rarely mentioned, however, is that Sweden’s deaths per million are also […]