Mises Wire

Review: Chaining Down Leviathan: The American Dream of Self-Government, 1776–1865

Blog08/31/2021

Bassani's book reveals that the drive for decentralized government was far from being a reactionary, postratification political strategy. It was the very cornerstone of the American political system.

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Review: Stalin’s War: A New History of World War II

Book Reviews

Blog08/26/2021

Stalin’s War is a magnificent book and everyone interested in the causes and consequences of World War II—and what reasonable person could not be?—should read it.

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Revitalizing a Town Takes a Lot More Than Fixing Up a Few Buildings for a TV Show

Media and CultureCalculation and Knowledge

Blog08/07/2021

Creating a functioning and sustainable local economy is much more time consuming and complicated than sprucing up a few buildings to look good on a TV show.

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Recession and Recovery: W.H. Hutt’s View

Booms and Busts

Blog07/29/2021

What happens during a depression? Should we expect it to end, or can an economy remain stuck at the bottom?

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Review: Sohrab Ahmari's New Attack on Laissez-Faire Liberalism

World History

Blog07/13/2021

The Unbroken Thread is an interesting yet ultimately disappointing attack on liberalism. It is mostly a collection of many opinions, with very little in the way of facts or analysis. 

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Ratification: The Struggle For Massachusetts

U.S. History

Blog07/10/2021

Realizing that most voters in Massachusetts were against the new constitution, the Federalists concocted a variety of dirty tricks to ensure a Federalist victory. 

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Record Numbers of Coloradans Are Crossing the Wyoming Border to Buy Illegal Fireworks

World History

Blog07/01/2021

It's possible to buy fireworks in Wyoming that are illegal in Colorado. So Wyoming merchants have placed a number of huge fireworks shops about two minutes from the border. It's quite convenient for Coloradans planning to ignore local laws. 

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Review: Niall Ferguson's Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe

Blog06/30/2021

Niall Ferguson’s new book Doom: The Politics of Catastrophe is timely. But Ferguson may just be telling the reader what he wants to hear. 

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