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

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...

The Government Shutdown Exposes Another Reason to Abolish the TSA

The Transportation Security Administration, a federal agency, is facing a no-show problem with employees, as paychecks are put on hold during the partial government shutdown. This is reportedly leading to longer lines and security problems at...

Government Shutdown Shows Why We Need to Decentralize National Parks

The federal government is in the midst of a partial "shutdown." Don't worry, there's still plenty of money flowing to a great many government departments. And even those workers who experience deferred salaries during the shutdown will almost...

You Can't Leave the U.S. Unless the IRS Lets You Now

When it comes to human migration, nearly everything we hear nowadays in relation to the United States and Europe is related to immigration into North America and Europe. Historically, however, governments have often been as concerned with...

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