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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.








Jim Bovard on Our Slavish Devotion to Politics

Wall Street Journal and USA Today writer James Bovard joins Jeff Deist to diagnose what's wrong with our body politic today. From relentlessly tribal voting to rank hypocrisy and "whataboutism," Americans are angry bunch. And their credulous belief in the sanctity of authorities like the FBI is almost entirely determined by whether their party holds the presidency. Is there any political system that can survive the division created by politics in the first place? Jim Bovard brings his...

Duration: 00:18:29

Ryan McMaken: Who Prosecutes the Prosecutors?

So far, the federal investigation into Russian collusion during the 2016 election has been a farce. Lawless and corrupt federal prosecutors—and their pet police agency, the FBI—dominate the headlines. Yet, the Constitution never provided for a federal police force, and lists very few federal crimes. So, how and why did federal prosecutors and agents become so powerful? editor Ryan McMaken joins Jeff Deist to discuss. For further reading, see Bill Anderson's Mises Wire article,...

Duration: 00:18:37

Dr. Lucas Engelhardt on Why the Fed Should Scare Us

Professor Lucas Engelhardt, a popular lecturer at Mises University, joins Jeff Deist to discuss the monetary policy landscape. Janet Yellen makes jokes about $20 trillion in federal debt, but what about the trillions the Fed added to its own balance sheet since the Crash of '08? What will happen to the extraordinary amount of bank reserves parked in no-man's land, not being lent by banks? Can Mises's work help us understand what happens when the supply of money increases much faster than...

Duration: 00:21:52

Gabriel Calzada on Free-Market Education in Latin America

Fifteen years ago Gabriel Calzada was a Fellow at the Mises Institute who aspired to bring the Spanish Scholastics' tradition of liberty to Latin America. Today he is president of Universidad Francisco Marroquín, the truly remarkable private school in Guatemala. All students at UFM, regardless of major, take a core curriculum in libertarian thought. The board of directors and almost all professors are entrepreneurs rather than academics. And UFM's charter provides the freedom to experiment...

Duration: 00:18:01

Chris Calton: The March to America's Civil War

Chris Calton, host of the Mises Institute's Historical Controversies podcast, is back with a second season. If you enjoyed his revisionist view of America's drug war during the first season, you'll love his take on U.S. history during the latter 1800s. This episode, titled "The March to America's Civil War", is a fascinating account of the antebellum era. Tune in and find out why this podcast series is creating one of Stitcher's fastest growing audiences. Historical Controversies is...

Duration: 00:33:20

Dr. Liliana Stern on Growing Up in the USSR

Dr. Liliana Stern, associate professor of economics at Auburn University, joins Jeff Deist in studio to discuss the realities of life under communism. Growing up in Ukraine, Dr. Stern experienced privations that would be unthinkable to her undergraduate students. Even today, hot running water remains a rationed luxury in the region. But if recent polls are correct, many of her students don't understand at all the horrors of collectivism. And they sometimes scoff at her terrifying...

Duration: 00:24:08

Jeff Deist on Why Smaller is Better

Virtually every aspect of human life becomes more decentralized every day. Technology makes the old hub-and-spoke model of organizations obsolete; highly diffuse and ever-changing networks are the order of the day. So why is governance going in the other direction, becoming more and more centralized? Why do we accept the loss of local control and self-determination, yielding to national and even supra-national bureaucracies? Jeff Deist spoke last week at a meeting of America's Future...

Duration: 00:35:20

Trey Goff: A Constitution for a Free Society

Our guest Trey Goff drafted a remarkable "Voluntaryist Constitution" designed to serve as the foundational legal document for a private society. Trey attempts nothing less than to define the characteristics and rules underlying a common law society, in the form of a polycentric constitutional order as envisioned by Murray Rothbard and legal scholar Randy Barnett. His goal was to create a blueprint for libertarians organizing startup or breakaway societies, one that deals with private...

Duration: 00:26:05

Claudio Grass on Whether Switzerland can Save the World

Switzerland is no libertarian paradise. It has bureaucrats and a wayward central bank. But it remains an astonishing modern example of the principles of federalism and subsidiarity in action. In fact, it exemplifies Lew Rockwell's daydream: nobody much knows or cares who is president. Its federal administrative state demonstrates humility instead of hubris. And virtually all political decisions, from taxes to welfare to immigration, are decided locally. Claudio Grass joins Jeff Deist to...

Duration: 00:23:58

Joe Salerno on Rothbard as the Heir to Mises

Dr. Joseph Salerno, speaking at our 35th Anniversary Gala in New York last weekend, makes for case for Murray Rothbard as the preeminent modern Austrian economist—and the rightful heir to Ludwig von Mises. This great talk will change your perspective on Rothbard the economist, especially when Joe reveals what Hayek had to say about Murray's place in the Austrian school.

Duration: 00:20:28

Daniel Lacalle: A Spanish Libertarian on Catalonia

Daniel Lacalle, a Spanish economist and libertarian who runs Mises Hispano, joins Jeff Deist for an in-depth discussion of the facts behind the Catalan independence vote. Daniel makes the case against secession, based on economics, history, constitutionalism, anti-socialism, and his strong view that independence would result in less freedom for Catalans. Jeff disagrees, arguing for self-determination as a fundamental libertarian political principle that contemplates freedom to choose even...

Duration: 00:36:46

Dr. Greg Thornbury: Can College Be Saved?

Professor Thornbury is president of a very different kind of school, The King's College in Manhattan. He joins Jeff Deist to discuss everything wrong—and everything that could be right—with universities today. Dr. Thornbury's prescriptions are radical: make education a la carte, offering a mix of degrees, certificates, and micro-certificates. Tailor programs to teach specific skills, and shorten the time undergraduates spend in school dramatically. Insist that all graduates have rigorous...

Duration: 00:19:33

Mark Thornton: Can the Fed Unwind?

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen announced the bank would begin selling assets it has relentlessly bought since the Crash of '08. The financial press, including the Wall Street Journal, dutifully praised Yellen for her steady hand. But our guest Dr. Mark Thornton has a different take on what it all means for stock markets, investors, and the US economy. Can quantitative easing—a roundabout form of monetizing debt—actually work? Can monetary policy make us rich? Or, are Fed officials just...

Duration: 00:14:14

Jacob Lindsey: NFL Hopeful from Harvard on Why He Loves Austrian Economics

Jake Lindsey is a brilliant young Harvard grad who majored in economics. His favorite thinkers? Ludwig von Mises and Murray Rothbard. But unlike most young fans of the Mises Institute, Jake was a dominant linebacker for the Harvard Crimson who attracted the attention of scouts from the Buffalo Bills. He's fresh off a pre-season tryout and looking to start a career in the NFL. Jake joins Jeff for a candid interview about his two passions, football and Austrian economics.

Duration: 00:15:00

Scott Horton on the Endless War in Afghanistan

Our guest Scott Horton just released an important new book—Fools Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan. This is the definitive treatment of the war itself, the history and factions involved, and the disturbing policy mindset that keeps this deeply unpopular conflict churning. Don't miss this interview with one of the leading antiwar libertarians of our time.

Duration: 00:36:51

Daniel McAdams: Trump and the War Party

Daniel McAdams from the Ron Paul Institute for Peace and Prosperity joins Jeff to discuss Trumpian foreign policy in light of the president's recent speech on Afghanistan. The costs of our wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Syria—human and economic—keep piling up. How do such deeply unpopular wars go on so long? Why do sensible notions of peace and non-intervention fail to gain a foothold in Congress or the White House? How does the War Party in DC plays both sides? And, how do they silence...

Duration: 00:20:49

Chris Calton: Historical Controversies

For this week's Mises Weekends, we're excited to share the first episode of a new Mises Institute podcast, Historical Controversies. Hosted by Chris Calton, a Mises Fellow, Historical Controversies is a series that applies a Rothbardian revisionist look at important sagas in American history. The first season covers the War on Drugs, highlighting the role of the US government in fanning the flames of America's drug epidemic. As Murray Rothbard said, "History necessarily means narrative,...

Duration: 00:36:23

Tom Woods: What I Learned from Murray Rothbard

This week's episode features Tom Woods' opening lecture at Mises University 2017. Tom shares his experiences meeting Murray Rothbard, how Murray shaped Tom's intellectual development, plus some valuable lessons for us all.

Duration: 00:46:32

Venezuela on the Brink

Our guests are Luis Cirocco and Dr. Rafael Acevedo, two Venezuelans who attended Mises University, last week. Their report from that troubled country is chilling and depressing: food shortages, a lack of medical care and prescription drugs, soldiers and police running black markets, and an entrenched elite made rich after decades of crony socialism under Hugo Chavez and Nicolas Maduro. Oil prices remain very low, and the country's economy is so bad that civil war looms. But our guests...

Duration: 00:36:43

Mises Weekends LIVE! with Lew Rockwell

Recorded live at Mises University 2017 at the Mises Institute in Auburn, Alabama. Jeff Deist interviews Mises Institute founder and Chairman, Lew Rockwell. Recorded on 29 July 2017.

Duration: 00:49:01

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