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Mises Weekends features weekly interviews with leaders in Austrian economics and libertarianism.

Mises Weekends features weekly interviews with leaders in Austrian economics and libertarianism.
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Mises Weekends features weekly interviews with leaders in Austrian economics and libertarianism.








Allen Mendenhall on our Hyper-Political Supreme Court

The Supreme Court is hopelessly politicized, far too powerful, and relentlessly hostile to liberty. Our legal expert Allen Mendenhall joins Jeff Deist to discuss the liberal and illiberal aspects of nominee Brett Kavanaugh's record, the limits of originalism, and the intractable reasons why changing the makeup of the Court won't save us from a rapacious federal government.


Daniel Lacalle on Why Central Banks are Trapped

Daniel Lacalle joins Jeff Deist to discuss how and why central banks are trapped, stuck with ultra-low interest rates and expansionary policies that produce astonishingly little real growth. This is a hard-hitting and sober look at what rising interest rates will mean, why academics and bankers are so clueless about the monetary side of financial markets, and why Austrians need to offer real-world solutions instead of ideology.


Jacob Huebert on a Libertarian Victory at the Supreme Court

Public sector unions think it's okay to force employees who aren't union members to pay dues that fund leftwing lobbying. Libertarians support any voluntary associations, including unions, but oppose compelled speech and legislatively-mandated collective bargaining. Our guest Jacob Huebert is the attorney who won the enormously important Janus vs. AFSCME Supreme Court case, this week. He's also an Associated Scholar with the Mises Institute and author of an excellent primer titled...


Caitlin Long: Will Blockchain Free Us from Wall Street?

Caitlin Long recently joined us in San Francisco for an inside look at how blockchain technology might blow up the financial service and banking industries. This is a presentation you won't want to miss from someone at the cutting edge of both blockchain technology and the legal landscape surrounding it.


Ryan McMaken: Why Breaking Up is Hard to Do

Mises.org editor Ryan McMaken joins Jeff Deist for an entertaining look at the California ballot measure that would split the Golden State into three distinct parts. It's long overdue, says Ryan, and not as far-fetched as it sounds.


Daniel McAdams on Who's Funding War Propaganda

Daniel McAdams from the Ron Paul Institute gave a talk last weekend about groups funding war propaganda in mainstream and social media, and how they prevent anti-interventionist voices from being heard on those same platforms. Companies like YouTube, Google, Facebook, and Twitter are now judging—and banning—ideological content based on the guidance of really evil organizations like the Atlantic Council, Snopes.com, and the Southern Poverty Law Center. All of this poses serious questions...


Danielle DiMartino Booth on the Fed's Mission Impossible

Danielle Booth, a veteran of the Dallas Fed and author of Fed Up: An Insider's Take on Why the Federal Reserve is Bad for America, joins the show to consider whether—or if—the Fed can ever return to "normal" monetary policy. Raising interest rates might slow or even crash equity markets, while causing US debt service to spike. But leaving rates low keeps the US economy in zombie status, punishing savers and preventing bad debt and malinvestment from clearing. It's a no-win situation for...


Dr. Yuri Maltsev on Socialism's Resurgence

The Left makes excuses for Venezuela, college students wear Che Guevara shirts, and polls show growing support for socialism among millennials. Our friend Yuri Maltsev, a Soviet expat with no illusions about the real nature of state planning, joins the show to explain why (deluded and rich) western progressives, academics, elites, and media won't let go of their socialist project.


Jeff Deist on Libertarian Division

Jeff Deist joins the Tom Woods Show to discuss libertarianism, left and right, and ongoing divisions within the movement. If you could have libertarianism triumph, but it meant cultural outcomes of which you disapproved, would you still want it? A thought-provoking interview you won't want to miss.


Jeff Deist on Money, Trade, Tariffs, and Marx

Jeff Deist joins his friend John O'Donnell on Power Trading Radio to talk about everything from money to Marx to whether "unilateral" free trade is a good idea.


Hans Hoppe: Marxist and Austrian Class Analysis

This week's show features a vintage talk from Dr. Hans-Hermann Hoppe, delivered in 1988 at a Mises Institute conference in New York City. It might surprise you to understand that—from Dr. Hoppe's perspective—there are "some intellectual affinities between Austrianism and Marxism stemming from their common conviction that there does indeed exist something like exploitation and a ruling class."See Hoppe's The Economics and Ethics of Private Property, p. 124. But, of course, leave it to Hoppe...


Amity Shlaes on Silent Cal

Sandwiched between progressive avatars Teddy Roosevelt, Woodrow Wilson, and FDR, Calvin Coolidge gets little acclaim. But Coolidge historian and biographer Amity Shlaes makes the case for libertarians to view "Silent Cal" favorably, as someone who deeply and instinctively distrusted grandiose government. With the Great War over, Coolidge called for "normalcy" — meaning peace — staying out of the League of Nations, and a humble America First foreign policy. The Fed was in its infancy, but...


Per Bylund on AI and the Structure of Production

Our guest is Dr. Per Bylund of Oklahoma State University, who joins Jeff Deist to dispel some of the myths surrounding artificial intelligence and mass data collection. AI is just the next evolution of smart software, Bylund argues, and should be celebrated like all technology as higher order capital goods that increase productivity and wealth. He also argues that Hayek's knowledge problem won't be overcome by computing power anytime soon, because no amount of data can fully explain...


Daniel McAdams on What You Need to Know About Syria

A week ago Trump tweeted about leaving Syria. Now the US and other western nations stand at the brink of a new war in Syria, one that threatens much greater conflict with Russia. Daniel McAdams from the Ron Paul Institute joins Jeff Deist to discuss whether John Bolton is now running US foreign policy, what Bibi Netanyahu told Trump on the phone, and whether cooler heads in the administration are thinking about second and third order effects. Have we learned anything at all from Libya and...


Kevin Dowd: Against Monetary Stimulus

At last month's Austrian Economics Research Conference, we were honored to be joined by Kevin Dowd, an Emeritus Professor of Economics at Nottingham University. Dowd presented a blistering critique of modern central bankers and their mania for monetary stimulus. In this excerpt from his talk, he explains how policies like negative interest rates not only reflect bad economic thinking, but also pose a danger to the civil liberties. What will the Fed and European Central Bank do next, if...


Michael Watson: What is Outside of Economics?

Our guest Michael Watson joins Jeff Deist after delivering a provocative paper last week at our research conference comparing Mises and Thomas Aquinas. They discuss Misesian praxeology, Catholicism, charity, altruism, and personal relationships in an attempt to decide what acts lie within and without the scope of economics. Are humans really super-rational Homo Economicus beings, per John Stuart Mills? No, according to Mises, who posits that we operate under conditions of bounded...


Michael Boldin makes the Case Against Jeff Sessions

Attorney General Jeff Sessions was at it again last week, insisting that the supremacy of federal law is "settled"—which is his way of saying nullification and secession are illegal. But Sessions is hardly alone in his thinking, which would be right at home on the pages of Salon or National Review. Michael Boldin of the Tenth Amendment Center joins Jeff Deist to discuss how we can fight back against the cult of federal supremacy, and why decentralization is a far more pragmatic and humane...


Dan Mitchell: Is There an Endgame for US Debt?

Economist Dan Mitchell joins Jeff Deist to discuss what might be the biggest threat of all to American prosperity: the shocking and unconscionable US government debt. What does $20 trillion in Treasury IOUs really mean for the private economy? Will the US government ever default and force bond holders to take a well-deserved haircut—or will the Fed continue to bail out Congress with low interest rates? Can this go on indefinitely, especially since other governments often have even worse...


Ryan McMaken on Privatized Approaches to Gun Violence

The gun control debate is nothing more than a smokescreen: another divisive and emotional issue in a country obsessed with politicizing every human ill, all premised on the wildly irrational idea that we can get rid of 300 million firearms. But there is a market for safe schools and safe public spaces, a market security entrepreneurs could fill if government got out of the way. Mises.org editor Ryan McMaken joins Jeff to discuss private solutions to gun violence, the kind of solutions only...


Michael Malice on North Korea's "Economy"

North Korea is not the poorest country on earth, but it is undoubtedly the most miserable. Michael Malice has been there, and joins Jeff Deist to discuss the bizarre economics of life in a country with virtually no outside trade. China and Russia provide critical imports, especially oil and grain, without which the DPRK would truly grind to a halt. But this is foreign aid disguised as trade for worthless North Korean "currency." Beyond that a depressing form of autarky reigns, whereby the...