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Ryan W. McMaken is the editor of Mises Daily and The Free Market. He has degrees in economics and political science from the University of Colorado, and is the author of Commie Cowboys: The Bourgeoisie and the Nation-State in the Western Genre. 

The American Revolution Was Not a Party

Mises DailyDecember 18, 2014
Some are now debating over whether or not the Ferguson riots are in the tradition of the Boston Tea Party. While the Tea Party itself may seem relatively innocent, the violence of the revolution itself was not nearly so innocent.

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Correcting Scrooge’s Economics

Mises DailyDecember 24, 2014
Ebenezer Scrooge is guilty of no crime, but he is a bad economist. This is demonstrated by Scrooge's ignorance about the subjective nature of value, and by his insistence that he is being robbed by his clerk who negotiates a day off...

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Government Save Us From "Overpriced" Chinese Food

Mises DailyDecember 12, 2014
If a customer consents to paying a certain price at the time of purchase, he cannot later claim that he was overcharged. The fact that he was charged the right amount is clear in the fact that he consented to the purchase in the first place.

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The Economics Behind the Fall of the Berlin Wall

Mises DailyNovember 7, 2014
Much of the media discussion around the 25th anniversary of the Berlin Wall's fall will focus on American military politics and the politicians of the time. But to truly understand why the Soviet system in Eastern Europe collapsed, we must look to Mises's pioneering work on economic...

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More Politics Means More Conflict

Mises DailyOctober 28, 2014
A recent study shows that one's political views are now the most widespread source of discrimination and conflict in American society. Politics is now more important than ever because the state is more powerful than ever...

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