Ryan McMaken

Ryan McMaken is a senior editor at the Mises Institute and was the economist for the Colorado Division of Housing from 2009 to 2014.

Recent blog posts by this author

Lack of Police Accountability Shows the "Social Contract" Isn't Working

In the wake of the Florida school shooting earlier this month, Broward County police deputies are being accused of hiding outside the school while students were being murdered inside. Moreover, both the Sheriff's department and the FBI are...

The FBI's Attacks on MLK, Jr. Are Helpful Reminders for Today

Writing for the Wall Street Journal in 2005, federal judge and former U.S. deputy attorney general Laurence Silberman recalled how he was "shocked" to discover the extent the FBI abused its power to spy on Americans.  Speaking of the first...

Hey GOP, Want to Cut the Burden of Government? Cut Spending.

Washington, DC is currently in the middle of a the "tax reform" process, which as Jeff Deist, points out, is " a con, and a shell game." Tax reform proposals, Deist continues "always evade and obscure the real issue, which is the total...

Privatize the Public Monuments

When I was a student at the University of Colorado, I regularly walked by the Dalton Trumbo memorial fountain which, of course, was named after the communist Stalin-sympathizing novelist and screenwriter.  Once upon...

To Fix Healthcare, We Need to Repeal a Lot More than Obamacare

I've always been willing to accept a repeal of Obamacare that was less than perfect, and I've never subscribed to the idea that only a total and complete repeal of Obamacare should warrant my support.  Even a small tax cut is...

The US Is Not 'One Nation' — And It Never Was

Patrick Buchanan is an informative and interesting writer. On foreign policy, especially, he's long been one of the most reasonable voices among high-level American pundits.  When it comes to cultural matters, however, Buchanan has long held...

Court Declares Child Should Die Rather Than Receive Privately-Funded Health Care

In a government-controlled healthcare system, the state determines who can receive treatment and when. This has long been admitted. But, what is less often discussed is that once a patient finds himself within a state-run healthcare facility, the...

Studying the Climate Doesn't Make You an Expert on Economics and Politics

In response to the Trump administration's announcement that it was pulling out of the Paris Climate Accord, some of his critics declared that anyone who likes "science" would have supported the accord. Not surprisingly, Neil deGrasse Tyson rushed...

Why the Left Refuses to Talk About Venezuela

During the 2016 presidential election, Bernie Sanders refused to answer questions about Venezuela during an interview with Univision. He claimed to not want to talk about it because he's "focused on my campaign." Many suggested a more...

The Pope's Favorite Straw Man: 'Individualism'

Since his election in 2013, Pope Francis has repeatedly attacked what he now calls the "liberal-individualist" or "neoliberal" vision of the world. With last week's statement to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, Francis has...

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