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

2019 Was a Bad Year for 'Only Cops Should Have Guns'

On December 29, an armed gunman entered the West Freeway Church of Christ in Texas and shot two members of the congregation. Within six seconds, a third member of the congregation drew a weapon and shot the gunman dead. The events were captured...

Artwork Made From Old Bananas Shows Value Is Subjective

Last week, Miami art gallery Art Basel sold, for $120,000, a piece of art composed of a banana duct taped to a wall. At least one other identical piece sold for a similar amount. A third piece was priced at $150,000. The banana used in the display...

When Communists Abolished the Weekend

Anti-capitalists on both left and right tell us that "capitalism" is destroying the weekend. The conservatives insist we need laws to punish people who try to sell things on Sunday. Leftists insist "unbridled capitalism" is...

The Deep State: The Headless Fourth Branch of Government

School children learn that there are three branches of government: the legislative, executive, and judicial. In actual practice, however, there are four branches of government. The fourth is what for decades now has been called a "...

California: The Blue Ribbon Poverty State

The U.S. Census Bureau released new poverty data this month, and California once again has the nation's highest poverty rate, according to the "Supplemental Poverty Measure." According to the SPM, California's poverty rate in 2018 was 18.1...

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...

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