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Ryan McMaken


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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 is the author of Breaking Away: The Case for Secession, Radical Decentralization, and Smaller Polities (forthcoming) and Commie Cowboys: The Bourgeoisie and the Nation-State in the Western Genre. He was a housing economist for the State of Colorado.  Ryan is a cohost of the Radio Rothbard podcast, has appeared on Fox News and Fox Business, and has been featured in a number of national print publications including Politico, The Hill, Bloomberg, and The Washington Post.

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Abolish Seditious Conspiracy Laws

U.S. History

Blog2 hours ago

The January 6 trials remind us violence against a person or property should be prosecuted as exactly that, and not as a special category of crime against the regime.

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Nationalism Against the Total State

Decentralization and SecessionMedia and CultureStrategyPolitical Theory

12/02/2022Mises Media
Ryan McMaken and Tho Bishop look at the topic of nationalism and the role it can play in political decentralization.
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On Secession and Small States

Decentralization and SecessionSecession

12/01/2022The Austrian
In the current world, secession—when successful—is an event that reduces the size and scope of states. It reduces the territory and the populations over which a single central institution exercises monopoly power.
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How the State Seized Control of Marriage

World History


State regulation of marriage—and the ensuing secularization of marriage that followed—is a historical development that was part of the larger trend toward the expansion of state power.

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Money Supply Growth in October Fell to a 39-Month Low. A Recession Is Now Almost Guaranteed.

U.S. Economy


Money supply growth slowed even more in October, and is now back to levels we last saw during the repo liquidity crunch of 2019, and in the days right before the 2007–09 recession. 

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