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The Week in Review: December 31, 2016



Happy New Year from the Mises Institute!

2016 was a year of tremendous growth for us and for the ideas of Austrian economics. continues to be one of the leading websites for economic analysis and libertarian commentary, with total readership up 34 percent from 2015 to 2016, while total sessions — each visit to the site which can include visits to multiple articles — increased by 32 percent. Content from the Mises Wire is increasingly shared by outside publications, including Business Insider and ZeroHedge, while Mises Institute guests can be seen on Fox Business, BBC, and other media outlets around the world.

The gains of Austrian economics, however, can’t simply be measured by the success of our online content. Institute-associated scholars continue to fill classrooms across the country with real economics, while Austrian works continue to be translated and distributed around the world.

As exciting as 2016 has been, 2017 is going to be bigger. Next year will be the 35th Anniversary of the Mises Institute, and to celebrate we have a full calendar of events around the country — including a massive celebration in New York City in October. We’ll also continue to expand our Mises Academy with new courses, including a new series of live lectures. And, as always, our Mises student programs will offer academic experiences you just can’t have anywhere else in the world.

If you haven’t yet made up your New Year’s resolution, consider becoming a Member of the Mises Institute. For just $5 a month, you can be a vital part of growing the ideas of Mises, Rothbard, Hazlitt, and Hayek — and receiving some great perks too.

For our last Mises Weekends of 2016, we are honoring a great scholar we lost this past year — Dr. Ralph Raico. Speaking at Mises University in 2009, Dr. Raico delivered a witty and razor-sharp exposition of what liberalism really means. We know you’ll find it worthwhile to spend an hour during this holiday weekend with the great mind of Ralph Raico.

Ralph Raico: Liberalism Defined

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And in case you missed any of them, here are the articles featured this week on the Mises Wire:

Of all the great articles we published this year, here are the Top Ten most read on

  1. Laura Hillier, RIP by Joseph T. Salerno
  2. FBI: US Homicide Rate at 51-Year Low by Ryan McMaken
  3. The Lack of EpiPen Competitors is the FDA’s Fault by Jonathan Newman
  4. Spain Is without a National Government — And Spaniards Are Digging It by Joseph T. Salerno
  5. Secede and Decentralize: An Open Letter to Clinton Supporters by Justin Murray
  6. Let’s Expand the Electoral College by Ryan McMaken
  7. Why Hillary Clinton Wasn’t Indicted by Ryan McMaken
  8. Venezuela’s Bizarre System of Exchange Rates by Emiliana Disilvestro and David Howden
  9. The Real Reason to Oppose the Dakota Access Pipeline by Ryan McMaken
  10. Is the Auto Loan Bubble Ready to Pop? by Tommy Behnke

Note: The views expressed on are not necessarily those of the Mises Institute.

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