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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.








Daniel Lacalle on the Biggest Bubble of All

What's the biggest and most dangerous financial bubble? Sovereign debt issued by profligate governments. And unlike stocks or corporate debt, government bond bubbles harm millions of ordinary people when they burst. Economist Daniel Lacalle joins Jeff Deist to figure out the bizarro world of the bond bubble: negative interest rates, anemic rate spreads between government bonds and "high yield" bonds, and central banks as the unseemly buyers of last resort. They discuss the Fed's interest...


Dr. Peter Klein on Silicon Valley Socialism

Silicon Valley used to be a hotbed of libertarian thought, a place where innovation mattered more than government. Today, companies like Twitter and Facebook serve as de facto editors, banning users like Alex Jones for "wrong-think." Google dominates search, but may steer search results. And Amazon serves nefarious clients like the NSA with its cloud infrastructure. And all of them employ plenty of lobbyists to avoid the kind of government anti-trust suit Microsoft faced nearly 20 years...


Mises Weekends Live! Allen Mendenhall on our Terrible Supreme Court

Allen Mendenhall from Faulkner University Law School joins Jeff Deist to break down the hyper-politicized spectacle of the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings. How did the Supreme Court become so wildly powerful, even while rubber-stamping the excesses of the executive and legislative branches? How much longer can America survive having deeply contentious issues like abortion and gun control decided by a de facto super-legislature? Why is the Constitution a malleable "living document" but...


Jim Bovard on the Terrible Politicization of America

We take a break from economics this week to welcome our old friend Jim Bovard for an unflinching look at the disastrous politicization of everything in America. The nasty fight over Brett Kavanaugh's Supreme Court confirmation is only the latest example of a trend Rothbard identified decades ago, one that intensifies in the Trump era. Can we ever make politics matter less again? Can we ever stop filtering everything that happens through a noxious lens of race, sex, class, oppression, and...


Jeff Deist: Is American Civilization Self-Destructing?

This weekend’s show features Jeff’s recent appearance on the radio show Turning Hard Times into Good Times hosted by Jay Taylor. They discuss the big picture aspects of the US economy—namely, what's going on civilizationally with debt and central banking, and the seemingly endless civil wars in the middle east. They also deconstruct the poisoned political landscape in Washington DC, despite the lack of any meaningful policy differences between the two dominant ideologies of today:...


Jeff Deist on What You Can Do

The intellectual landscape today is far more favorable to markets and Austrian economics than 30, 50, or 100 years ago. Our job is to take the digital means at our disposal and make economics the stuff of everyday life, something relevant to ordinary people. So let’s drop the scrappy underdog posture, the quietism, the retreatism, and the remnant mentality, and fully restore proper economics to its rightful place in academia, business, and civilization itself.


Dr. Mary Ruwart: How Government Keeps Us Sick

Mary Ruwart is a PhD chemist who worked for 20 years in Big Pharma, and she's seen regulatory capture at the FDA up close. She joins Mises Weekends to discuss the sobering reality of our medical cartel, and what all of us must do in the fight for health freedom in the US. How does government thwart radical research that might eliminate cancer, HIV, and chronic diseases like diabetes? Who really funds the FDA? Why do doctors go along with it? Can we measure how many deaths the FDA causes each...


Professor Steve Hanke Explains Hyperinflation

Steve Hanke, professor of economics at Johns Hopkins and head of Cato's Troubled Currencies Projects, is an Austrian—but he's an Austrian who looks at markets first and foremost. He also thinks QE was the right thing for the Fed to do in 2008, Austrians are all wrong to focus on the Fed's balance sheet instead of the M4 "broad money" supply, and US debt is a more distant worry than the risk posed by Trump's tariffs. An expert on currencies and inflation, Professor Hanke joins the show to...


Saifedean Ammous on Bitcoin Hype

It turns out the best book on Bitcoin was written by someone who thinks the cryptocurrency is not a particularly good form of payment, not particularly anonymous, and not a good investment for most people. Saifedean Ammous, professor of economics at Lebanese American University, wrote The Bitcoin Standard to cut through the hype and examine crypto technology through a rigorous Austrian lens. The result is a phenomenal book: pro-gold, pro-Mises, and optimistic about the crypto revolution's...


Jeff Deist on PC and the State-Linguistic Complex

As the events of recent weeks demonstrate beyond doubt, political correctness is very real, deeply authoritarian, and wedded at the hip to progressive government. PC is not about respect or inclusivity, but rather a naked attempt to consciously manipulate language in service of progressive ends. Worst of all, PC creates an atmosphere in which we mostly censor ourselves. When libertarians like Daniel McAdams and Scott Horton find themselves de-platformed by twitter, it's time to see the...


Judge Andrew Napolitano: How the Courts Killed Natural Law

The Constitution represented a coup from the beginning, and it's a dead letter today. The Declaration of Independence, however, is a truly radical libertarian document still worthy of consideration. Judge Andrew Napolitiano, our Distinguished Scholar in Law and Jurisprudence, recently gave a rousing talk at Mises University on the Declaration's natural law tradition–and how federal courts relentlessly and successfully attacked the principles it represented. This is Judge Nap at his scorching...


Ronni Stöferle on Why Gold Still Matters

Even many libertarians dismiss gold and precious metals as irrelevant in the global monetary system. Ben Bernanke famously told Ron Paul that gold is a commodity, not money. So why do central banks still hold so much of it, Ron asked? Good question. Ronni Stöferle from Incrementum AG joins Jeff Deist to talk about everything related to gold: why it's still money, how it might react to rising interest rates, why the IMF still worries about it, and why so much of it seems to be flowing from...


Ryan McMaken and Jeff Deist on Radical Decentralization

Mises.org editor Ryan McMaken joins Jeff Deist live at Mises U to make the radical case for decentralization of political power. They tackle the Misesian view of self-determination, Professor Bryan Caplan's recent critique of decentralization as mechanism for liberty, how subsidiarity could improve the ugly culture wars in the US, and why smaller states—and smaller electorates—make more sense than political universalism.


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 new...