Mises Wire

When Slave Owners Chose Federal Power over Local Sovereignty


Although they professed to support "states' rights," many proslavery activists wanted a stronger federal government that could force slavery on the western territories and deny local sovereignty to territorial residents. 

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Wilhelm von Humboldt’s Demarcation of the Limits of State Activity

Big GovernmentDemocracySocialism


Before there was Thomas Jefferson, there was Wilhelm von Humboldt, who saw the importance of guarding against the encroachment of state power.

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Why Regimes Want to Rule Over Big States with More Land and More People

Decentralization and Secession


All else being equal, a physically large country provides regimes with more opportunities to wage more war, collect more taxes, and control more people.

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Why the Official Data Shows There's No Recession

Central BanksInterventionismMoney and Banking


As government weight in the economy rises faster, technical recessions may not appear in the official data, but citizens suffer it, nevertheless. 

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Will Jamaica Embrace True Economic Reform or Just More Socialism?

Bureaucracy and RegulationDemocracyEconomic FreedomProgressivismSocialism


Jamaica is on the road to becoming a republic, but will that lead to economic freedom or to the statism that has held back that country since independence from Great Britain?

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We Need a Peace President

War and Foreign Policy


Congress is silent – or compliant – as we lurch forward toward disaster for no discernable US strategic goal. Biden – or whoever is actually running the show – is forging straight ahead.

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Why Do We Act against Our Self-Interest?

DemocracyPoliticsRationalismPhilosophy and MethodologyPolitical Theory


Rational choice theory claims that people in the political realm act in their own self-interest. However, in today's political climate, many people act against their own interests to avoid being attacked by others.

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Wall Street to the Fed: Inflation Is Over. Give Us More Easy Money!

Money and Banks


The problem here not that the central bank is "setting" the "wrong" interest rate. The problem is the Fed has long been relentlessly forcing down interest rates to satisfy various politically determined "needs."

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