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

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...

3 Lessons Learned from Wisconsin's War on Foreign Butter

In February, a number of Irish citizens were surprised to find out that selling Kerrygold butter — a line of butter produced in Ireland — is a criminal offense in Wisconsin. Irish Central reports:  Under a 1970 law all butter sold in the...

Which States Are the Biggest Moochers?

Since Donald Trump's election, some leftists have been trotting out analyses showing that many states that voted for Trump are also states where federal spending plays a disproportionately large role in the statewide economy. In other words, many of...

Federal Spending Grew Far Less Under Obama Than Under Bush

Now that 2016 is gone and President Obama is a thing of the past, we can take a look back at just how much government spending grew during his tenure. It seems that in his eight year tenure, Obama never managed to top the enormous increases...

Is Trump Fudging Murder Stats to Claim More Power?

Donald Trump appeared deeply confused this week as the president declared today that "the murder rate in our country is the highest it's been in 47 years." Perhaps Trump confused the word "highest" with "lowest" since he would be far...

2016's Homeownership Rate was the Lowest Since 1965

Yesterday, the Census Bureau released its measure of homeownership for 2016, and the annual average for 2016 was 63.4 percent. That's the lowest rate measured since 1965 when the homeownership rate was 63 percent.  2016 was also the twelfth...

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