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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 was the economist for the Colorado Division of Housing from 2009 to 2014. He is the author of Commie Cowboys: The Bourgeoisie and the Nation-State in the Western Genre. 

Death and Taxes in the Netflix Series Marco Polo

Mises DailyMarch 19, 2015
The new Netflix series Marco Polo might have descended into a forgettable story of palace intrigue, but it fortunately explores far more interesting themes of family, loyalty, and how the state demands everyone sell out his values a little more every day.

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Conscription and Other Draconian Taxes

Mises DailyMarch 13, 2015
Conscription has become an issue in Ukraine where young men are attempting to avoid compulsory military service. But Ukraine is not unique, and states across the globe and throughout history have imposed the 100-percent tax known as "the draft."...

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The Dark Side of the American Dream

Mises DailyMarch 6, 2015
J.C. Chandor, writer and director of 2011's Wall Street drama Margin Call tackles economics once again with his new film A Most Violent Year . This time, Chandor explores barriers to entrepreneurship in a world dominated by corrupt government, labor unions, and organized crime...

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The Net Neutrality Scam

Mises DailyFebruary 26, 2015
Politicians are telling us that we need the government to ensure "neutrality" in how broadband resources are allocated. However, not only is neutrality in allocation impossible, the effort to do so only hands more power over to the politicians while rendering consumers powerless...

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South Korea’s Keynesian Experiment Goes Global

Mises DailyFebruary 20, 2015
Korea's economy has taken off since the 1997 financial crisis, and so has Korea's cultural and economic prominence on the world stage. But is Korea repeating the mistakes of Japan and other centrally-planned boom economies?...

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