Podcasts, interviews, lectures, narrated articles and essays, and more. This is the Mises Institute's master online media catalog.
There Is No Fed Magic Trick to Achieve a Soft Landing
There are no more rabbits for the Fed monetary magicians to pull out of their hats. In an economy addicted to artificially low interest rates, any more moves by the Fed will trigger an economic downturn.
Original Article: There Is No Fed Magic Trick to Achieve a Soft Landing
The Chinese Economy: Market Socialism with Chinese Characteristics
China rose from poverty after the Mao years only because its political leadership embraced private property and a market economy. Unfortunately, today the Communist leadership is moving back to socialism.
Original Article: The Chinese Economy: Market Socialism with Chinese Characteristics
The State as Modern-Day Superstition: Unraveling the Illusions of Authority
To progressive elites, the state (at least one run by progressives) is omniscient and all-powerful. To anyone with understanding, the state is an entity usually run by gangsters.
Original Article: The State as Modern-Day Superstition: Unraveling the Illusions of Authority
In this week's episode, Mark interprets the Fed's new economic projections for the economy, in which the Fed "doubles-down" on current economic growth and the economy's prospects moving forward. Essentially, the Fed is saying that they are taking us from the "touch-and-go" economy of the last three years to a touch-and-go landing, where the economy will take off and perform much better than anyone anticipates. Don't bet on it.
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Are Workers Being Paid Their Product? Watch Out for Misleading Charts
Dr. Jonathan Newman joins Bob to break down the data used in a popular productivity vs. pay graph. They show why you should be wary of charts coming from agenda-driven institutions and how you can spot manipulated data.
The charts mentioned during this episode are available at: Mises.org/HAP414ChartsGene Epstein on the Bob Murphy Show: Mises.org/HAP414a The Economic Policy Institute 2022 Paper: Mises.org/HAP414b The Economic Policy Institute 2015 Paper: Mises.org/HAP414c Gene Epstein's Mises University 'Dirty Data' Lecture: Mises.org/HAP414d FRED Blog Post on the Cha...
Is the US Banking System a House of Cards Waiting to Topple?
Decades of low interest rates have ruined saving in the US economy, and banks are going to pay dearly for it.
Original Article: Is the US Banking System a House of Cards Waiting to Topple?
Striking Autoworkers Will Only Harm Their Own Livelihoods
Autoworkers are angry at their working situation and are striking for higher wages and a shorter work week. Their anger is misdirected.
Original Article: Striking Autoworkers Will Only Harm Their Own Livelihoods
"Debanking": The Latest Assault on Freedom of Speech
In their war against free speech, progressive governments are now denying dissidents use of the banking system.
Original Article: ""Debanking": The Latest Assault on Freedom of Speech"
Most Economists Are Wrong about the Economy
Ryan McMaken and Tho Bishop are joined by economist Mark Thornton to take a look at why so many economists keep telling us the economy is in great shape.
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America's Big Three Entitlement Bankruptcies Are Inevitable
The vast American welfare system is imploding. Future tax revenues will not come close to meeting future obligations. Something must give.
Original Article: America's Big Three Entitlement Bankruptcies Are Inevitable
Is China Colonizing Jamaica?
Some Jamaicans complain that the Chinese are "colonizing" the country because of their economic success there. Actually, their success is due to entrepreneurship and plain hard work.
Original Article: "Is China Colonizing Jamaica?"
The Original Oracle of Omaha: Howard Homan Buffett
Before there was Warren Buffett, known as much for his progressive politics as his acumen with money, there was his father, Howard Homan Buffett, a libertarian of the Old Right.
Original Article: "The Original Oracle of Omaha: Howard Homan Buffett"
Are Markets Tyrannical? Where Christian Conservatives Are Mistaken
A number of Christian conservatives are claiming that markets are as coercive as government. Try boycotting the FBI or your local police the next time they do something outrageous.
Original Article: "Are Markets Tyrannical? Where Christian Conservatives Are Mistaken"
Gold Will Destroy the Keynesian Fallacies
Keynes denounced monetary gold as "a barbarous relic." In the end, it will be that "barbarous relic" that overthrows the regime of paper currency.
Original Article: "Gold Will Destroy the Keynesian Fallacies"
Marxist States Never "Wither Away" as Marx Predicted
David Gordon continues his analysis of Graham Priest’s book, Capitalism: Its Nature and Its Replacement. While Priest might not understand either Marxism or capitalism, his book has useful insights.
Original Article: "Marxist States Never "Wither Away" as Marx Predicted"
Government Imposed "Competition" Harms Competition
President Biden says he is going to unleash regulators to bring more "competition" to the economy. This is an oxymoron.
Original Article: "Government Imposed "Competition" Harms Competition"
China’s Maneuvering and the New Balance of Power
Washington is paranoid of current Chinese actions. However, it is Washington that has been the aggressor in world affairs.
Original Article: "China’s Maneuvering and the New Balance of Power"
The USDA’s War on Small Farms
The Biden administration is unleashing the USDA on small farmers, attempting to regulate them out of business. This is done to protect not the public's health, but politically connected agriculture interests.
Original Article: "The USDA’s War on Small Farms"
Bidenomics: A Boom That Awaits an Inevitable Bust
While unemployment currently is low and the rate of inflation has fallen somewhat, Bidenomics is setting off a boom that is unsustainable. We know what happens next.
Original Article: "Bidenomics: A Boom That Awaits an Inevitable Bust"
Where's the Beef?
Americans are mad about the economy, and particularly about the Fed's inflation of prices and declining inflation-adjusted wages and incomes. Keynesian economist Paul Krugman, on the other hand, thinks that you are ignorant and that everything in the economy is great. Mark looks at Beef prices and consumption to provide some insight into why Americans are rightfully mad at the Federal Reserve, Democrats, and Republicans. Mark concludes that Americans have a legitimate beef!
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Why Plea Deals Are a Miscarriage of Justice
Lawyers for two of the Proud Boys convicted for their role in the January 6 assault on the Capitol are filing appeals claiming that they are being subject to a "trial tax," being punished for rejecting a plea deal offer. Bob uses the occasion to explain his long-standing objection to plea deals.Article on the 'Trail Tax' Imposed on the Proud Boys: Mises.org/HAP413a Ex-Proud Boys Leader Sentenced Despite Not Being in Washington on Jan. 6th: Mises.org/HAP413b Twitter Thread on Plea Deals and Justice: Mises.org/HAP413c
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The Great Phony Disinflation Enters Its Finale
Supposedly, the "big news" is the decline of inflation. However, the monetary and political forces driving the latest bout of inflation have not gone away.
Original Article: "The Great Phony Disinflation Enters Its Finale"
Dollar Hegemony Is Ending Due to Geopolitical Changes
Since the end of World War II, the US dollar has been the world's reserve currency. That status may well change because US monetary authorities insist on inflating the dollar into oblivion.
Original Article: "Dollar Hegemony Is Ending Due to Geopolitical Changes"
Beyond Crisis: The Ratchet Effect and the Erosion of Liberty
After governments create crises, they use those crises to seize new powers. After the crisis subsides, governments give up some, but not all, of their new authority, which we call the ratchet effect.
Original Article: "Beyond Crisis: The Ratchet Effect and the Erosion of Liberty"
9/11 and the Triumph of the Uniparty
On this episode of Radio Rothbard, Ryan McMaken and Tho Bishop look at the domestic costs of 9/11 and its continuing impact on Americans. The two discuss articles they wrote this week about how the events sowed the seeds of the current regime, how it reversed the trajectory of rising government skepticism in the 90s, and the need for accountability still to this day.Recommended Reading
"Three Reasons Why Military Recruitment Is in Crisis" by Ryan McMaken: Mises.org/RR_151_A
"America Since 9/11: 22 Years of Lies and Despotism" by Ryan McMaken: Mises.org/RR_151_B
Saving Marxism from the Labor Theory of Value: It Is Still Bad Theory
While Graham Priest seems to have "rescued" Marxism from the labor theory of value, he cannot rescue Marxism itself.
Original Article: "Saving Marxism from the Labor Theory of Value: It Is Still Bad Theory"
The Coming Collapse of the Global Ponzi Scheme
In the global Ponzi scheme, thin air and deceit substitute for sound money. As hedge-fund manager Mitch Feierstein wrote in Planet Ponzi, “You don’t solve a Ponzi scheme; you end it.”
Original Article: "The Coming Collapse of the Global Ponzi Scheme"
America Since 9/11: 22 Years of Lies and Despotism
In a more reasonable world, people like Cheney, Rice, Bolton, et al., would all be forgotten, shamed, and disgraced for overseeing multiple disastrous wars abroad and the creation of a police state at home. Unfortunately, we don't live in a more reasonable world.
Original Article: "America Since 9/11: 22 Years of Lies and Despotism"
No, Small Countries Are Not at an Economic Disadvantage
Being large doesn't make a country wealthy, nor does being small shrink a country's economy.
Original Article: "No, Small Countries Are Not at an Economic Disadvantage"
What Mises Really Thought about Fascism
When Mises wrote that the fascists had "saved European civilization," he could have been describing Francisco Franco of Spain, who kept Spain from becoming a communist dictatorship.
Original Article: "What Mises Really Thought about Fascism"
Is the Monopoly Board Game Like Real Markets?
Many people believe that the board game Monopoly, developed during the Great Depression, mimics a real-world capitalist economy. Monopoly is a game, not real life.
Original Article: "Is the Monopoly Board Game Like Real Markets?"
Regulation in the Free Market: It’s Not What Most People Believe
Can a government regulatory system be reformed? In a word, no. The free market is always the best regulator of quality and safety.
Original Article: "Regulation in the Free Market: It’s Not What Most People Believe"
AI Lacks the Entrepreneurial Intelligence to Plan an Economy
Despite what many elites believe, AI can do many things, but it cannot successfully plan an economy. It lacks the intelligence of an entrepreneur.
Original Article: "AI Lacks the Entrepreneurial Intelligence to Plan an Economy"
Thanks to Government, Maui's Lahaina Fire Became a Deadly Conflagration
While progressives blame climate change for the deadly Lahaina fire, government created the conditions for the blaze and then helped set it.
Original Article: "Thanks to Government, Maui's Lahaina Fire Became a Deadly Conflagration"
Inflation Is a Giant "Skim" on the American People
Contrary to the government's line that "inflation hurts everyone," inflation really is a wealth transfer from those without political power to the politically connected.
Original Article: "Inflation Is a Giant "Skim" on the American People"
The Producer Price Index
In this week's episode, Mark looks at PPI—the Producer Price Index—which provides evidence of the costs for suppliers in various industries, macroeconomic instability, and the potential for economic recovery. Here, very low prices provide the potential for recovery; and rising prices can indicate both recovery in the economy, as well as inflationary pressures moving forward. The Covid Bubble and restrictions caused a 50% increase in producer prices, and since the peak in 2022, PPI has only corrected about 10%.
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"Producer Price Index by Commodity: All Commodities" (PPIACO...
The Beltway Libertarians Are Too Smart for Oliver Anthony
Ryan McMaken joins Bob to discuss the surprisingly negative reaction (from a Reason writer and Tyler Cowen) to Oliver Anthony's hit song, "Rich Men North of Richmond." Ryan and Bob defend the lyrics, arguing that Anthony doesn't say anything objectionable from either a libertarian or economic perspective.Listen to Oliver Anthony's "Rich Men North of Richmond": Mises.org/HAP412a Christian Britschgi's article in Reason on Oliver Anthony: Mises.org/HAP412b Tyler Cowan's Bloomberg Editorial: Mises.org/HAP412c
Join us in Nashville on September 23rd for a no-holds-barred discussion against the regime. Use Cod...
Family Flourishing and State Denigration
As family life descends into crisis in the USA, many conservatives call for state intervention to "fix" things. It's state intervention that created the problems in the first place.
Original Article: "Family Flourishing and State Denigration"
Let Staten Island Secede!
If Staten Island is allowed to secede, our national technocrats fear that might open up countless similar demands for self-determination across the nation. For the elites, the current status quo works quite well and they want to keep it that way.
Original Article: "Let Staten Island Secede!"
Golf Merger Is Opposed by Congress. This Is Misguided
Members of Congress claim to be "concerned" over the proposed merger between LIV Golf and the PGA Tour. They should be supporting it or, even better, backing off completely.
Original Article: "Golf Merger Is Opposed by Congress. This Is Misguided"