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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 Commie Cowboys: The Bourgeoisie and the Nation-State in the Western Genre.

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Disney's Special District Is Not a "City-State" or "Private City"

U.S. Economy


One will occasionally hear from a libertarian activist that Disney World is some sort of model for totally private governance. This is a huge exaggeration of the reality.  

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You Support Ukraine's Independence? Then You Support Secession.

War and Foreign Policy


In 1991, Ukrainians held an election and voted for secession. Today we’re supposed to cheer that. But to suggest something similar for a region of the United States? Well, we’re told that’s just plain wrong.

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1991: When America Tried to Keep Ukraine in the USSR

U.S. History


In the final days of the Soviet Union, the Washington establishment was convinced nationalism was a greater threat than Soviet despotism. Thus, George Bush tried to prop up the USSR and prevent Ukrainian secession.

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Is Elon Musk a Threat to The Regime?

CapitalismMedia and CultureSocialismStrategy

04/27/2022Mises Media
Ryan McMaken and Tho Bishop look at the fallout from Elon Musk's purchase of Twitter.
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New Covid Study Shows Lockdown-Heavy States Had Some of the Worst Health Results

U.S. History

04/27/2022Mises Media
Among the states that performed the best during the pandemic were lockdown-light states like Utah and Florida. Among the states with the worst outcomes were lockdown-heavy California, New Mexico, New Jersey, and New York.
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