Mises Wire

Why "Wild Swings" in Crypto Prices Are Not Really a Problem

U.S. History

Blog06/07/2021

Price "stability" has never been a feature of a free marketplace.  Stability is an obsession of central banks, and the day may come when central bankers intervene to "stabilize" crypto prices. That will be a bad thing. 

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Why Corporate Lobbyists and Special Interest Groups Won't Go Away

U.S. History

Blog06/06/2021

Today, the political system really is in many ways what H.L. Mencken suggested when he described elections as a sort of "advance auction of stolen goods." The only answer lies in reducing the number of stolen goods available.

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Why Are Progressives Obsessed with the Transgender Policies at the College of the Ozarks?

Bureaucracy and RegulationU.S. History

Blog05/31/2021

Anyone considering going to the very conservative College of the Ozarks knows what he's getting into. Yet the Biden administration has launched a war on this tiny college in the name of "equality" for transgendered students who have no reason to ever set foot there.

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Why Is the French Government Running Off Foreign Investors?

Protectionism and Free Trade

Blog05/26/2021

Most people understand that it's a good thing when others invest money and capital in your community. But when Canadian investors offered to pour money into France as part of a deal to buy a French company, the regime said no thanks. 

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Why Economic Models Can't Provide a Realistic Picture of Human Behavior

Philosophy and Methodology

Blog05/26/2021

Mises: "The experience with which the sciences of human action have to deal is always an experience of complex phenomena. No laboratory experiments can be performed with regard to human action."

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Why Cause-of-Death Stats Aren't as Reliable as the CDC Wants You to Think

U.S. History

Blog05/25/2021

Like any other piece of aggregate government data, cause-of-death data is used to justify new government interventions and policies. But there are good reasons to suspect there are many problems in compiling and auditing this data.

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What Igbo Culture Teaches Us about Capitalism

World History

Blog05/24/2021

The Igbo ethnic group in Africa is known for entrepreneurship, economic success, and a high degree of individualism. The group's cultural background can help us understand how culture and capitalism reinforce each other. 

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Why the Misuse of the Word "Efficiency" Is Such a Problem

Value and Exchange

Blog05/21/2021

"Efficiency" has largely been demoted from a useful term of analysis and insight to little more than another warning that the government is about to rip you off with another redistribution scheme. 

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