Mises Wire

Social Insecurity: It’s Not Wrong to be Concerned about Facts

Big GovernmentEconomic PolicyTaxes and SpendingU.S. Economy

Blog02/07/2024

Social Security is headed for reduced benefits, and no amount of political rhetoric or even tax increases will solve that problem. The numbers do not lie.

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Forget Being the World's Policeman; the Federal Government Can't Even Keep DC Safe

Bureaucracy and RegulationLawLegal SystemProgressivism

Blog02/07/2024

While US taxpayers pay billions for military missions around the world in the name of “keeping us safe,” the federal government fails to keep residents of the nation’s capital safe from violent crime.

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Money-Supply Growth Has Stabilized as Stealth Liquidity Keeps Bubbles on Life Support

Blog02/06/2024

Year over year, the drop in money supply remains at Great Depression levels. Over the past six months, though, the total money supply has flattened, suggesting the liquidity is far more plentiful than the inflation doves would have us believe.

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Understanding the Trump Phenomenon: It's Not What the Elites Think

Big GovernmentPoliticsU.S. EconomyU.S. History

Blog02/06/2024

Political and economic elites predicted a doomsday scenario when Trump was elected in 2016, but the reality of his presidency didn’t come close to matching the apocalyptic rhetoric that accompanied it.

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Affirmative Action, Jewish Quotas, and Academic Central Planning

Cronyism and CorporatismMedia and CulturePoliticsU.S. History

Blog02/06/2024

Before there were other kinds of college admissions quotas, there were Jewish quotas. Jane L. Johnson writes about the days when she was an Affirmative Action West Coast student for colleges in the East.

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Review: The Classical Liberal Case For Israel

World History

Walter Block and Alan Futerman assert that “to be anti-Zionist is to be against the entire concept of private property” and "is tantamount to denying the basic rights of private property in a broad sense."

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Studying Economic Data Is Not "Doing Economics"

Other Schools of ThoughtPhilosophy and MethodologySubjectivism

Blog02/05/2024

Economists are fond of claiming that employing data and statistical analysis is actually “doing economics.” No, they are “doing data” and nothing more. Real economics employs real theories that explain economic phenomena.

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Why Governments Can Never Be Run "Like a Business"

Big GovernmentDemocracyTaxes and SpendingInterventionism

Blog02/05/2024

No state regime is a business and it doesn't have a business model. Real businesses rely on free voluntary exchange with customers. States rely on violence and coercion. 

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