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

Why Joe Biden Is Winning the Gun-Control Debate

There are two fundamental arguments most commonly made against gun control. The Anti-Crime Argument The first one is based on the idea that persons have a fundamental right to self-defense against ordinary criminals. That is, in a world where...

Baltimore's Homicide Rate Is Ten Times Larger Than the U.S. Rate

Donald Trump in recent days has repeatedly attacked the city of Baltimore for its very low quality of life, denouncing it as "rodent-infested" and noting it has a very, very high homicide rate. It's difficult to find reliable stats on Baltimore's...

Why Gun Ownership Rates Tell Us Little About Homicide Trends in America

Every time a homicide committed with a firearm makes the national news, it happens like clockwork: a variety of pundits in the corporate media quickly pen columns advocating for ever broader and stricter gun control laws. If only government agents...

Public Schools Aren't Taking Security Seriously

Public high schools still aren't taking school security seriously. Last month, hundreds of thousands of students in the Denver area stayed home from school when a woman in Florida suggested online that she was "obsessed" with the Columbine...

Bernie's Example to America: Pull Yourself up by Your Bootstraps!

On Monday, Bernie Sanders released ten years of tax returns, and it turns out he and his wife are millionaires. Thanks especially to revenues from book royalties, Sanders is now, as CNN put it, "in the category of the super-rich." Or, as some might...

Australia's Gun Laws and Homicide Show Correlation Isn't Causation

In the wake of the March 15 New Zealand shootings, advocates for new gun restrictions in New Zealand have pointed to Australia as "proof" that if national governments adopt gun restrictions like those of Australia's National Firearms Agreement...

What's the Problem with 'Reparations'?

As the issue of reparations for victims of slavery rages within the Democratic party, and on cable news stations, we encounter a common problem: virtually no one is addressing the specifics of how such a reparations effort would be...

New Houses Are Getting Smaller — But They're Still Much Larger Than What Your Grandparents Had

The average square footage in new single-family houses has been declining since 2015. House sizes tend to fall just during reccesionary periods. It happened from 2008 to 2009, from 2001 to 2002, and from 1990 to 1991. But even with strong job...

Americans Continue to Flee to These Low-Tax States

According to the most recent Census Bureau data on state-to-state migration flows, 523,000 people moved to California from other states. But at the same time, more than 661,000 Californians moved to other states. That is, on net, nearly...

If Global Warming Is Killing Us, Why Is Global Life Expectancy Increasing?

According to a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control ("Mortality in the United States, 2017"), "Life expectancy for the U.S. population declined to 78.6 years in 2017." If accurate, a decline in life expectancy is a cause for concern...

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