Mises Wire

Progressivism's Failures: From Minimum Wages to the Welfare State



The empirical evidence shows that neither minimum wages or welfare reduce poverty. In fact, minimum wages tend to increase the cost of living while poverty rates have gone nowhere since the Great Society was introduced.

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Public Schools Refuse to Open. Give the Taxpayers Their Money Back



If grocery stores were run like public schools, they'd still be in the midst of an extended covid lockdown. Fortunately, though, we have a (mostly) privatized system, with vouchers for low-income shoppers.  A similar system for schools would be a far saner choice than what we have now. 

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Playing Games with Stocks

Corporate WelfareCronyism and CorporatismFinancial Markets


The GameStop saga—can we call it an insurrection?—wants easy heroes and villains. Both are available.

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Pennsylvanians May Amend Constitution to Stop Endless Lockdowns

Bureaucracy and RegulationDecentralization and SecessionLegal System


Not only will these amendments reduce the abuse of emergency declarations, but they will also help to decentralize power within Pennsylvania. While covid has allowed the executive branch to run wild, Pennsylvania is actually structured in a way that makes the decentralization of power easier.

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Populism May Be on the Rise Again in Europe

Global Economy


Populist parties have yet to score definitive victories in either the US or in Europe. But these groups aren't going away, either. 

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Public Health Measures like Mask Mandates Lead to Unintended and Unpredictable Outcomes

Bureaucracy and RegulationHealth


What works in a clinical setting may have totally different outcomes when applied as a matter of "public health." Indeed, one-size-fits-all public health measures can often lead to unintended and unwanted results. 

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Politics and Ideas

U.S. HistoryWorld History


In the United States, the two-party system of the old days is seemingly still preserved. But this is only a camouflage of the real situation. In fact, the political life of the United States is determined by the struggle and aspirations of pressure groups.

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Pennsylvania's Lockdown Rules Were Arbitrary, Inconsistent, and Political

Bureaucracy and RegulationCronyism and CorporatismPolitical Theory


Surprise! An audit of Pennsylvania's covid lockdowns reveals the process lacked any legal consistency or transparency. Yet Pennsylvania's health bureaucrats have used these arbitrary rules to crush the state's entrepreneurs. 

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