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Ryan McMaken

Executive Editor

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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 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. He was a housing economist for the State of Colorado.

Ryan is a cohost of the Radio Rothbard podcast and the War, Economy, and State 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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Why Governments Love Political "Crimes" Like Treason and Sedition

LawLegal SystemThe Police StateU.S. HistoryWorld History

08/28/2023Mises Media
In a free society, political crimes like treason and "seditious libel" are few and far between. Under despotic regimes, on the other hand, political crimes multiply.
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How the Soviets Used Common Criminals to Destroy the Regime's Enemies

LawThe Police StateWorld History

08/28/2023Mises Media
In the Gulag, political prisoners were systematically terrorized by ordinary criminals with the encouragement of the authorities. It was hoped this would help the regime liquidate the state's ideological enemies.
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The State Protects Itself While Crime against Ordinary People Surges

LawLegal SystemThe Police StateU.S. History

08/25/2023Mises Media
The regime has increasingly been consumed with paranoia over threats to itself—propagandistically termed "threats to democracy"—while real crime against private citizens is clearly not a priority at all.
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How the Soviets Used Common Criminals to Destroy the Regime's Enemies

World History

Blog08/24/2023

In the Gulag, political prisoners were systematically terrorized by ordinary criminals with the encouragement of the authorities. It was hoped this would help the regime liquidate the state's ideological enemies. 

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Regime Paranoia and the Crackdown on Dissent

DemocracyPoliticsU.S. History

08/24/2023Mises Media
Ryan and Tho examine how the US regime is in the midst of its latest panic over public faith in the state's legitimacy.
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