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Audio recordings of Mises Wire articles, offering contemporary news and opinion through the lens of Austrian economics and libertarian political economy.

The Fed Is Planning Another Ultralong Period of Ultralow Rates

09/19/2020Audio/Video
The Fed plans to keep interest rates near zero, while monetizing debt, financing zombie companies, and pouring new dollars into the market. But that may not be enough.
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It's Far Too Late to Think Lockdowns Can Make Covid-19 Go Away

09/19/2020Audio/Video

Far from stopping the spread of covid-19, lockdowns, only push deaths into the future. Unless a vaccine is imminent or a 100 percent total lockdown is imposed, lockdown won't cause big reductions in total deaths.

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The Collapsing Universities—and What We Can Do about It

09/19/2020Audio/Video

It is sad that the contemporary American university has sunk so low from the heights of medieval Oxford, Cambridge, Paris, and Salamanca. Fortunately, private alternatives are still available.

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Alexander Hamilton: Centralist and Nationalist

09/18/2020Audio/Video

If you like high taxes, crony capitalism, central banking, and a central authority that can regulate everything you do, thank Alexander Hamilton.

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Comparing Latin America's Economic Models: Left vs. Right

09/18/2020Audio/Video

Twenty-first-century socialism, which has been so popular in Latin America for many years, has failed in a way that mirrors the failure of twentieth-century socialism in other parts of the world.

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How Government-Owned Streets Prevent Effective Law Enforcement

Tags The Police StatePrivate Property
09/17/2020Audio/Video
“Taking back the streets” ought to mean privatizing them and enabling property owners to defend their property. This would be the surest way to end the riots.
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What the Trade Balance Means for a Currency's Purchasing Power

09/16/2020Audio/Video

Since the trade balance has nothing to do as such with either the supply of money or the demand for money, we can conclude that trade balances do not determine the purchasing power of money of respective countries.

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Hayek's Plan for Private Money

Tags Free MarketsMoney and BanksValue and Exchange
09/16/2020Audio/Video
Hayek’s last proposal for monetary reform calls for privately issued, competing fiat currencies. It's debatable whether or not this is a good idea.
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From 9/11 to Covid-19: Nineteen Years of Permanent "Emergency"

09/16/2020Audio/Video

Whether we're commanded to trust the experts, abandon the rule of law, or venerate government for "keeping us safe," the 9/11 panic and our current crisis have many things in common.

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Mandatory Covid-19 Vaccination Is Unethical and Unscientific

Tags Health
09/16/2020Audio/Video
We are fortunate to have vaccines as options in many cases. But mandatory vaccination can never be justified. If a vaccine were clearly 100 percent efficacious and 100 percent safe, there would be no need for coercion; people would voluntarily line up to take it.
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