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Ryan McMaken: The Brexit Earthquake

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06/24/2016Ryan McMakenJeff Deist

Ryan McMaken, editor of, joins Jeff to figure out what the shocking Brexit vote really means. Are secession movements and political decentralization always good for liberty? Why do some libertarians disagree? Why does the Left love centralized state power, when in fact progressives could enact their entire agenda here and now—if only in certain states like California? Is a growing tide of anti-globalist sentiment necessarily bad for Hillary and good for Trump? And, will Brexit lead to much bigger implosions, such as an actual Eurozone nation leaving the EU and resurrecting its old currency?

For further reading see Murray Rothbard's journal article "Nations by Consent: Decomposing the Nation-State" and Ryan McMaken's book Commie Cowboys: The Bourgeoisie and the Nation-State in the Western Genre.

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Contact Ryan McMaken

Ryan McMaken (@ryanmcmaken) is executive 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.

Contact Jeff Deist

Jeff Deist is former president of the Mises Institute. He is a writer, public speaker, and advocate for property, markets, and civil society. Jeff was chief of staff to Congressman Ron Paul. Contact: email; Twitter.