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The Capitol Riots and the Coming "Counterrevolution"

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01/15/2021Ryan McMakenTho Bishop

Democrats and anti-Trump GOP leaders are calling the Capitol riot a "coup" and "treason." This is in part because if Washington politicians can portray the riot as a grave threat, they can use the riot as an excuse to greatly expand federal power.

Additional Reading

"There Is No Such Thing as Treason" by Ryan McMaken:

"The Capitol Riot Wasn’t a Coup. It Wasn't Even Close." by Ryan McMaken:

"The Truth about January 6, and Where We Should Go from Here" by Lew Rockwell:

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Ryan McMaken (@ryanmcmaken) is a senior editor at the Mises Institute. Send him your article submissions for the Mises Wire and Power and Market, but read article guidelines first. Ryan has a bachelor's degree in economics and a master's degree in public policy and international relations from the University of Colorado. He was a housing economist for the State of Colorado. He is the author of Breaking Away: The Case of Secession, Radical Decentralization, and Smaller Polities and Commie Cowboys: The Bourgeoisie and the Nation-State in the Western Genre.

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Tho is an assistant editor for the Mises Wire, and can assist with questions from the press. Prior to working for the Mises Institute, he served as Deputy Communications Director for the House Financial Services Committee. His articles have been featured in The Federalist, the Daily Caller, and Business Insider.

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