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If Global Warming Is Killing Us, Why Is Global Life Expectancy Increasing?

By Ryan McMaken Mises Institute February 6, 2019   If Global Warming Is Killing Us, Why Is Global Life Expectancy Increasing?   According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control (“Mortality in the United States, 2017“), “Life expectancy for the U.S. population declined to 78.6 years in 2017.” If accurate, a decline in […]

If Global Warming Is Killing Us, Why Is Global Life Expectancy Increasing?

Private Religious Schools Have Long Been Targeted by Governments

Private Religious Schools Have Long Been Targeted by Governments

By Ryan McMaken Mises Institute December 20, 2018   Private Religious Schools Have Long Been Targeted by Governments   New York City is gearing up to tighten state controls on the curriculum at private schools for Orthodox Jews known as yeshivas. Some activists against these so-called “ultra-Orthodox” schools claim that they spend too much time on religious and […]


The Creepy Line: A New Documentary on the Immense Power of Tech Giants

By Ryan McMaken Mises Institute December 6, 2018   The Creepy Line: A New Documentary on the Immense Power of Tech Giants   The Creepy Line, a new documentary by director M.A. Taylor, is now streaming at Amazon Prime. It provides an interesting and revealing look at how Google and Facebook influence their users’ view of […]

The Creepy Line: A New Documentary on the Immense Power of Tech Giants

How Capitalists Created a "War on Waste"

How Capitalists Created a “War on Waste”

By Chris Calton Mises Institute November 8, 2018   How Capitalists Created a “War on Waste”   Perhaps the most commonly referenced historical image invoked by people who wish to demonstrate the need for government interventions to protect the environment from private industry is that of the Chicago River in the nineteenth century. By the end […]


No Matter How You Vote, The New Congress Won’t Represent You

By Ryan McMaken Mises Institute November 5, 2018   No Matter How You Vote, The New Congress Won’t Represent You   One of the most foundational assumptions behind modern democracy is that the elected officials somehow represent the interests of those who elected them. Advocates for the political status quo flog this position repeatedly, claiming that […]

No Matter How You Vote, The New Congress Won't Represent You

More than Half of America Gets More in Welfare than it Pays in Taxes

More than Half of America Gets More in Welfare than it Pays in Taxes

By Ryan McMaken Mises Institute October 24, 2018   More than Half of America Gets More in Welfare than it Pays in Taxes   More than half of Americans receive more money in various types of government transfer payments (Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, Social Security) than they pay in federal taxes.1 According to a report released this year […]


It’s OK To Buy Your Pet a Halloween Costume (and Other Luxuries)

By Ryan McMaken Mises Institute October 18, 2018   It’s OK To Buy Your Pet a Halloween Costume (and Other Luxuries)   One of the more persistent myths about capitalism is that wealth and resources are “wasted” when spent on luxuries. But now this waste has reached a new level. Thanks to our abundant wealth in […]

It's OK To Buy Your Pet a Halloween Costume (and Other Luxuries)

The Purge Is Growing: More Anti-Establishment Web Sites Purged from Social Media

The Purge Is Growing: More Anti-Establishment Web Sites Purged from Social Media

By Ryan McMaken Mises Institute October 12, 2018   The Purge Is Growing: More Anti-Establishment Web Sites Purged from Social Media   ZeroHedge reports: Just in time for midterms, Facebook has removed 559 pages and 251 accounts they claim have been spreading misinformation and spam. Several of the pages however – some with millions of followers, were […]


Median Household Wealth in America Is Going Nowhere

By Ryan McMaken Mises Institute September 21, 2018   Median Household Wealth in America Is Going Nowhere   Today’s headline at The Wall Street Journal looks wonderful: “U.S. Household Net Worth Neared $107 Trillion in Second Quarter.” The journal is reporting on a new report from the Federal Reserve. Unfortunately, the fact that the aggregate national net worth is up doesn’t […]

Median Household Wealth in America Is Going Nowhere

Cop Amber Guyger Is One Reason We Need Private Gun Ownership

Cop Amber Guyger Is One Reason We Need Private Gun Ownership

By Ryan McMaken Mises Institute September 13, 2018   Cop Amber Guyger Is One Reason We Need Private Gun Ownership   When advocates of gun confiscation complain about “guns” and say “no one needs a gun for x” all they are really saying — whether they understand it or not — is “I want only cops and soldiers […]


Why We Can’t Ignore the “Militia” Clause of the Second Amendment

By Ryan McMaken Mises Institute August 23, 2018   Why We Can’t Ignore the “Militia” Clause of the Second Amendment   While many defenders of private gun ownership recognize that the Second Amendment was written to provide some sort of counterbalance against the coercive power of the state, this argument is often left far too vague […]

Why We Can't Ignore the "Militia" Clause of the Second Amendment

Governments Have Destroyed Housing Affordability in Many Places — But Some Refuges Remain

Governments Have Destroyed Housing Affordability in Many Places — But Some Refuges Remain

By Ryan McMaken Mises Institute August 14, 2018   Governments Have Destroyed Housing Affordability in Many Places — But Some Refuges Remain     From crime rates to life expectancy to income levels, statistics at the national level are next to useless when it comes to measuring the daily lives of ordinary people in the United States. This is because the […]