Audio Articles

Audio Articles

Narrated versions of selected Mises.org articles and essays, including Audio Mises Wire and Audio Mises Daily.

The True Cost of Taxation Is Much Higher Than Your Tax Bill

03/06/2021Mises Media

If we look beyond the mere tax revenue totals, we begin to understand that the cost of taxation to society is far higher than the tax revenue raised and that the costs to society of taxation grow faster than the size of government.

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Rothbard's Underappreciated Contributions to Public Goods Analysis

Tags Taxes and SpendingSubjectivismValue and Exchange

The assertion that “tax-financed public goods can make us all better off” is just that: an assertion. As Rothbard showed, there is no reason to just assume consumers would pay for these amenities were they not forced to through taxation. 

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The PRO Act Is Not Just a Union Handout—It's an Assault on the Freedom of Association Itself

03/05/2021Mises Media

The bill’s supporters may talk about how it will give workers the ability to choose to organize at work, but much like the mafia, this bill will ensure that the choice to unionize is one that workers can’t refuse.

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Why the Capitol Riot Terrified the Elite

03/05/2021Mises Media

The media-government alliance has clamped down against the populist right harder than ever before. Yet, one can sense a hint of panic within establishment ranks that the threads of their dominance may finally be unraveling.

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Why Rothbard Endures

Tags BiographiesHistory of the Austrian School of Economics
03/04/2021Mises Media

Instead of succumbing to the zeitgeist, Rothbard moved it.

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Even without "Qualified Immunity," It Won't Be Easy to Prove When Police Are Abusive

03/04/2021Mises Media

When police ineptly scanned a car's license plate and wrongly decided the car was stolen, they proceeded to force a group of children to the ground at gunpoint. Will this qualify as a rights violation if "qualified immunity" is absent? The courts will decide. 

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Bitcoin, Gold, and the Rush to National Digital Currencies

Tags Bitcoin
03/04/2021Mises Media

A money which can be held in only one form, whether digital coin (as in the case of bitcoin), or banknote, or sight deposit, or metallic coin, for example, is crippled. Yet, exclusive digital form has become a huge selling point for the promotors of bitcoin.

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The Dangers Lurking behind a Digital Euro

Tags Money and Banking
03/03/2021Mises Media

As soon as cash has been pushed back or stripped away entirely, monetary policymakers can implement an uninhibited negative interest rate policy to devalue debt. Customers can no longer get out of the “bank balance sheet”; the final escape door is then locked.

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The Great Reset, Part V: Woke Ideology

Tags PhilosophyPlanningPolitical Theory
03/03/2021Mises Media

How would a reset of the mass mind come to pass that would allow for the many elements of the Great Reset to be put into place—without mass rebellion, that is? This is the function of ideology.

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American Households Made Economic Gains before Covid, but This Progress Can Be Lost

03/02/2021Mises Media

Before 2020, there were growing signs of increasing economic prosperity for a wide variety of income groups in America. Whether or not this prosperity survives covid lockdowns and ever higher levels of government regulations remains to be seen.

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