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Why Are American Taxpayers Paying for Europe's Defense?

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Tags War and Foreign Policy

04/01/2022Ryan McMakenTho Bishop

On this episode of Radio Rothbard, Ryan McMaken and Tho Bishop look at Ryan's article, "NATO: Our International Welfare Queens" (, breaking down how American taxpayers are subsidizing European militaries. The two also look at the increasingly aggressive positions taken by smaller NATO members, and the consequences this could have as the Russia-Ukraine conflict continues.

Recommended Reading

"NATO: Our International Welfare Queens" by Ryan McMaken: 

"European Environmentalists Have Made Energy Independence Impossible" by Daniel Lacalle:

"It All Comes Back to NATO" by Ron Paul:

"Is NATO a Dead Man Walking?" by José Niño:

"We Must Now Learn the Lesson of 1914, Not the Lesson of 1938." by Ryan McMaken:

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Contact Ryan McMaken

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.

Contact Tho Bishop

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.