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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.

Exactly How Many Deaths Are Needed to Justify Giving Governments Control of Everything?

04/20/2020Audio/Video
What is the number of deaths due to disease which justifies the total abandonment of the rule of law and basic human freedoms? Sixty thousand? One hundred thousand? Three hundred thousand? Supporters of the current police state ought to pin down a number for us at which all rights are forfeit.
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The End of Civilization?

04/20/2020Audio/Video
Even if the COVOID-19 virus turns out to be more severe than the skeptics give us reason to think it is, we can get through it. We cannot survive the end of the division of labor. It would be the finish of civilization as we know it.
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Why Taiwan Hasn't Shut Down Its Economy

Taiwan's response to COVID-19 mostly means self-imposed quarantines and more transparency. It's basically the opposite of what Europe is doing.
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This Is Not a Recession—This Is a Government-Imposed Shutdown of the Private Sector

04/17/2020Audio/Video
We are about to enter a production slowdown—a collapse, really—not because some businesses miscalculated their investments, but because government intervened drastically and without warning to shut down all businesses.
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End the Shutdown

04/17/2020Audio/Video
The lasting and far-reaching harms caused by this authoritarian precedent far outweigh those caused by the COVID-19 virus. The American people must decide for themselves how and when to reopen society and return to their daily lives.
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Why This Bubble Economy Keeps Going and Going

04/13/2020Audio/Video
Current global bailouts may put off global busts for quite some time. But they will weaken output and employment gains. People's standard of living will stagnate or even fall, even in the short term. With this comes impoverishment and perhaps even social unrest.
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Free Trade Brings More Foreign Investment into the US. That's a Good Thing.

04/10/2020Audio/Video
Politicians and pundits have a blind spot when it comes to international economic transactions. They ignore a portion of trade! In particular, they ignore trade in claims on future income—that is, stocks and bonds.
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How the CDC Prevented Fast and Accurate Testing for COVID-19

04/09/2020Audio/Video
After weeks of bungling, faulty tests, and policy reversals the CDC bureaucrats managed to achieve some semblance of competence. But by then they were already far behind the curve.
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4 Reasons to Oppose a Universal Basic Income

06/20/2019Audio/Video
Beyond the usual arguments about incentives and taxes, UBI is a dangerous policy that supercharges the state and threatens to heighten tensions between different groups in society.
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Why the Swiss Voted for More Gun Control

06/20/2019Audio/Video
What is particularly scary is that the whole argument for the new law was not really about saving lives or reducing gun violence, but is about Brussels ordering Switzerland to modify gun laws to comply with EU gun control standards.
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