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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 […]


When LBJ Attacked a Fed Chairman

By Ryan McMaken Mises Institute July 31, 2018   When LBJ Attacked a Fed Chairman   In his column today, Ron Paul mentions that those who insist the Fed functions with “independence” tend to forget — or at least not mention — the numerous historical episodes in which the Fed did not exercise any such independence. […]

When LBJ Attacked a Fed Chairman

Trump's Big Defense Spending Plans Aren't Enough for this Beltway Think Tank

Trump’s Big Defense-Spending Plans Aren’t Enough for this Beltway Think Tank

By Ryan McMaken Mises Institute May 22, 2018   Trump’s Big Defense Spending Plans Aren’t Enough for this Beltway Think Tank   Earlier this month, SIPRI (Stockholm International Peace Research Institute) which monitors global military spending, released its latest report. To no one’s surprise, the US topped the list, with more spending than the next seven […]


“Real Socialism” Has Indeed Been Tried — And It’s Been a Disaster

By Ryan McMaken Mises Institute May 7, 2018   “Real Socialism” Has Indeed Been Tried — And It’s Been a Disaster   May 5th marks the 200th Anniversary of Karl Marx’s birth, and in spite of inspiring a wide variety of political movements that have caused countless human rights disasters, Marx continues to be an object […]

"Real Socialism" Has Indeed Been Tried — And It's Been a Disaster

American Houses Keep Getting Bigger — And so Does American Debt

American Houses Keep Getting Bigger — And so Does American Debt

By Ryan McMaken Mises Institute April 5, 2018   American Houses Keep Getting Bigger — And so Does American Debt   Measuring gains or losses in the standard of living is not a simple matter. We know that over the past century in the United States, working hours have declined, and real incomes have increased. By […]


Lack of Police Accountability Shows the “Social Contract” Isn’t Working

By Ryan McMaken Mises Institute March 1, 2018   Lack of Police Accountability Shows the “Social Contract” Isn’t Working   Listen to Ryan McMaken’s commentary on the Radio Rothbard podcast. In the wake of the Florida school shooting earlier this month, Broward County police deputies are being accused of hiding outside the school while students were being […]

Lack of Police Accountability Shows the "Social Contract" Isn't Working

Security Works at Disney — But Can't Work at a Public School?

Security Works at Disney — But Can’t Work at a Public School?

By Ryan McMaken Mises Institute February 23, 2018   Security Works at Disney — But Can’t Work at a Public School?   An odd thing has happened. Advocates for gun control have actually begun arguing against practical measures addressing school security. Rather than take strategies that can be implemented virtually immediately, and which address the dangers in […]


Why California Has the Nation’s Worst Poverty Rate

By Ryan McMaken Mises Institute January 18, 2018   Why California Has the Nation’s Worst Poverty Rate   Earlier this week, the LA Times reminded its readers that California has the highest poverty rate in the nation. Specifically, when using the Census Bureau’s most recent” Supplemental Poverty Measure” (SPM), California clocks in with a poverty rate of 20 percent, […]

Why California Has the Nation's Worst Poverty Rate

No, We Don't Need a Federal "Solution" to Infrastructure Problems

No, We Don’t Need a Federal “Solution” to Infrastructure Problems

By Ryan McMaken Mises Institute January 10, 2018   No, We Don’t Need a Federal “Solution” to Infrastructure Problems   On December 19, an Amtrak train in Washington State killed three people and injured 100 others when it derailed and crashed into traffic lanes on a nearby highway. The day before, Atlanta’s international airport suffered a […]


Was Scrooge the Victim in A Christmas Carol?

By Ryan McMaken Mises Institute December 23, 2017   In the past, a few brave iconoclasts have taken exception to the treatment Ebenezer Scrooge of A Christmas Carol has received from his critics. While a fictional character created by Charles Dickens, Scrooge has become, in the minds of many, a representative of the imagined miserly financiers who serve […]

Was Scrooge the Victim in A Christmas Carol?

The US Constitution Was Never Necessary for Military Defense

The US Constitution Was Never Necessary for Military Defense

By Ryan McMaken Mises Institute December 8, 2017   The US Constitution Was Never Necessary for Military Defense   Before the US Constitution of 1787 was ratified, its proponents have claimed a centralized and powerful American state was necessary for the purposes of military defense. But, as the Anti-Federalists of the time pointed out, the older constitution (known […]