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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. 

Let’s Secede from the American Monetary Union

Mises DailyJanuary 21, 2015
The recent de-peg of the Swiss franc from the euro illustrates the importance of currency competition, and the damage that state monopolies over money can do. We Americans should embrace currency competition here at home as well.

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The True Cost of the Homeownership Obsession

Audio/VideoJanuary 16, 2015
The homeownership rate is now back where it was forty years ago. So what did all that federally-subsidized homebuying over the past decade accomplish? There was a lot of malinvestment, and a lot of politically-favored interest groups that got richer, writes Ryan McMaken. This audio Mises Daily is...

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The True Cost of the Homeownership Obsession

Mises DailyJanuary 16, 2015
The homeownership rate is now back where it was forty years ago. So what did all that federally-subsidized homebuying over the past decade accomplish? There was a lot of malinvestment, and a lot of politically-favored interest groups that got richer.

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How Embargoes Destroy Freedom

Mises DailyJanuary 10, 2015
Supporters of embargoes like the Cuban embargo have never made a convincing case for why taxpayers, merchants, and consumers should be forced to forego their property rights and bear the costs of the embargo’s war on free trade...

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Terrorism and Police States in Exodus: Gods and Kings

Mises DailyDecember 30, 2014
Ridley Scott's new sword-and-sandal epic Exodus: Gods and Kings is jam-packed with political messages and imagery. Unfortunately, none of it ever gels into an interesting movie involving interesting characters...

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