Tyrants of the Mind and the New Collectivism

By: Richard M. Ebeling The current counter-revolution against liberty is being fought on a number of fronts in American society. One is on the college and university campuses across the country, where the ideology of “political correctness” is strangling the principle and practice of freedom of speech and the ideal […]

The Plan to “Privatize” the Afghanistan War Doesn’t Privatize Anything

By: Ryan McMaken Any time we hear the term “privatize” coming from the usual suspects in Washington, DC we should immediately be suspicious. When this word is used, there’s usually precious little actual privatization going on. Thus, we should regard the Trump administration’s proposed plan to “privatize” the war in […]

The Anti-Federalists Were Right

By: Ilana Mercer On the eve of the federal convention, and following its adjournment in September of 1787, the Anti-Federalists made the case that the Constitution makers in Philadelphia had exceeded the mandate they were given to amend the Articles of Confederation, and nothing more. The Federal Constitution augured ill […]

Jeff Sessions Endorses Theft

By: Ron Paul Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently ordered the Justice Department to increase the use of civil asset forfeiture, thus once again endorsing an unconstitutional, authoritarian, and increasingly unpopular policy. Civil asset forfeiture, which should be called civil asset theft, is the practice of seizing property believed to be […]

Week in Review: August 5, 2017

By: Mises Institute Should people worry about the “threat” posed by robots and automation? No. As Jonathan Newman illustrated this week, technological innovations don’t only allow for increased production of the goods we desire — but directly to the creation of new industries and services that we can’t imagine today. […]

This Time, It’s a Bubble in Rentals

By: Doug French Sin City’s projected 5,000 new apartment units for this year makes no noise nationally in the latest real estate craze. “In 2017, the ongoing apartment building-boom in the US will set a new record: 346,000 new rental apartments in buildings with 50+ units are expected to hit […]

Why Police Prefer Drug Raids Over Investigating Violent Crimes

By: Ryan McMaken Last year, I reported on a case in which the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office in Kansas had raided the home of a law-abiding, middle-class family in Kansas. The officers, arrayed in SWAT gear, terrorized the family and searched the house for hours, failing to find anything criminal.  […]

Mike Huckabee on the 17th Amendment: Evil Plot or Great Idea?

By: Ryan McMaken Following the US Senate’s failure to pass a bill repealing Obamacare, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee decided that the Senate would do a better job if the 17th Amendment were repealed. Huckabee took to twitter and said: Time to repeal 17th Amendment. Founders had it right-Senators chosen by state legislatures. […]

Mike Huckabee’s Call for Repeal on the 17th Amendment: Evil Plot or Great Idea?

By: Ryan McMaken Following the US Senate’s failure to pass a bill repealing Obamacare, former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee decided that the Senate would do a better job if the 17th Amendment were repealed. Huckabee took to twitter and said: Time to repeal 17th Amendment. Founders had it right-Senators chosen by state legislatures. […]

Why Police Prefer Raiding Lemonade Stands over Investigating Real Crimes

By: Ryan McMaken Last year, I reported on a case in which the Johnson County Sheriff’s Office in Kansas had raided the home of a law-abiding, middle-class family in Kansas. The officers, arrayed in SWAT gear, terrorized the family and searched the house for hours, failing to find anything criminal.  […]

Violence: How It’s Different From Market Exchange

By: Murray N. Rothbard [Man, Economy, and State, with Power and Market]   The analysis in chapter 1 was based on the logical implications of the assumption of action, and its results hold true for all human action. The application of these principles was confined, however, to “Crusoe economics,” where […]

The Fed Gave Wall Street a Bomb, and the Taxpayers are Paying Ransom

By: Tho Bishop When Janet Yellen testified before the House Financial Services Committee last month, she faced grilling on a topic that hasn’t received enough mainstream attention: the interest being paid on excess reserves at the Fed. While the topic has come up occasionally since the program began in 2008, it is worth […]

The First Economics Lesson

By: Henry Hazlitt Economics is haunted by more fallacies than any other study known to man. This is no accident. The inherent difficulties of the subject would be great enough in any case, but they are multiplied a thousandfold by a factor that is insignificant in, say, physics, mathematics, or […]

Why It’s Not Hypocrisy for Libertarians To Benefit from Government Programs

By: Ryan McMaken I’m not a big fan of right-wing infotainment personality Tomi Lahren. I think she’s a hack. On the other hand, she ought to be defended from accusations of hypocrisy in the wake of Lahren’s public confession that she’s still on her parents’ healthcare plan.  It seems that […]

The Whiskey Rebellion: A Model for Our Time?

By: Murray N. Rothbard In recent years, Americans have been subjected to a concerted assault upon their national symbols, holidays, and anniversaries. Washington’s Birthday has been forgotten, and Christopher Columbus has been denigrated as an evil Euro-White male, while new and obscure anniversary celebrations have been foisted upon us. New […]

Mises Weekends LIVE! with Lew Rockwell

By: Llewellyn H. Rockwell Jr., Jeff Deist Recorded live at Mises University 2017 at the Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama. Jeff Deist interviews Mises Institute founder and Chairman, Lew Rockwell. Recorded on 29 July 2017. Powered by WPeMatico

For a New Libertarian

By: Jeff Deist [This talk was delivered at the 2017 Mises University.] Greetings to everyone at the Corax 2017 conference, and greetings also to the audience here at our annual Mises University. As you can see both events are happening simultaneously, so I couldn’t be with you in person this evening. […]

Government Workers Don’t Magically Become Altruists

By: David Gordon [Unequivocal Justice. By Christopher Freiman. Routledge, 2017. Ix + 157 pages.] Christopher Freiman has in this brilliant book uncovered a flaw at the heart of much contemporary political philosophy, especially the sort of ideal theory influenced by John Rawls. Freiman wishes “to examine the version of ideal […]

Working for the Government Does Not Magically Transform Selfish People into Altruists

By: David Gordon [Unequivocal Justice. By Christopher Freiman. Routledge, 2017. Ix + 157 pages.] Christopher Freiman has in this brilliant book uncovered a flaw at the heart of much contemporary political philosophy, especially the sort of ideal theory influenced by John Rawls. Freiman wishes “to examine the version of ideal […]

The Hidden Costs of “National Security”

By: William D. Hartung You wouldn’t know it, based on the endless cries for more money coming from the military, politicians, and the president, but these are the best of times for the Pentagon. Spending on the Department of Defense alone is already well in excess of half a trillion dollars a year […]