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Ryan McMaken

Editor, Mises Wire and The Austrian

Tags Bureaucracy and RegulationEducationThe EnvironmentStrategyTaxes and SpendingPolitical Theory

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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 The Austrian, but read article guidelines first. Ryan has degrees in economics and political science from the University of Colorado and was the economist for the Colorado Division of Housing from 2009 to 2014. He is the author of Commie Cowboys: The Bourgeoisie and the Nation-State in the Western Genre.

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How Shutdowns Will Keep Killing the Economy, Even When They're Over

Bureaucracy and Regulation


Part of what made the Great Depression last so long was increased uncertainty about what regulation or tax the government might impose next. Today's looming threat of ongoing "shutdowns" creates a very similar situation.

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Thanks to Lockdowns, State and Local Tax Revenues Are Plummeting

State and local government budgets are in danger of collapsing. This will impel politicians to find ways to end the lockdowns. Politicians may not care whether you have a job. But they care deeply about their government budgets and jobs for their friends.
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Money Supply Growth Surges to 92-Month High

Money Supply

During March 2020, year-over-year (YOY) growth in the money supply was at 11.37 percent. We're now seeing a trend similar to what we saw during late 2008 and early 2009.
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As of April 4, Weekly Total Deaths Have Yet to Show a Nationwide Surge

In fact, the average for total deaths for this year (averaging the first fourteen weeks of the year for each year) shows a decline in 2020 so far.
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The Experts Have No Idea How Many COVID-19 Cases There Are


Collecting government data on the total number of COVID-19 cases has always been a mess. The number is likely far higher than the "official" numbers, and this means government proclamations about fatality rates are little more than bad guesses.
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