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The Problem with Open Borders

January 11, 2024

On this episode of Radio Rothbard, Ryan McMaken and Tho Bishop discuss immigration. While many libertarians have adopted an absolutist open borders position on immigration, there are a number of other factors that should be considered. Ryan and Tho look at the case of small states and the issues raised by government intervention.

"Why Open Borders Don’t Work for Small Countries" by Ryan McMaken: Mises.org/RR_168_A
"Mises on Nationalism, the Right of Self-Determination, and the Problem of Immigration" by Joseph T. Salerno: Mises.org/RR_168_B
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Texit, Gold, and Ideas for States in 2024

December 14, 2023

On this episode of Radio Rothbard, Ryan McMaken and Tho Bishop discuss ideas for states to consider going into 2024. With faith in the federal government dropping across the country, Ryan and Tho identify meaningful steps states can pursue to help decentralize political power.

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Should Libertarians Be Thankful for Milei’s Election?

November 23, 2023

On this episode of Radio Rothbard, Ryan McMaken and Tho Bishop discuss the aftermath of Javier Milei’s election in Argentina. The two discuss the value Milei’s victory has for libertarianism and Austrian economics, the challenges he immediately faces, and what steps are necessary for him to turn a winning campaign into an impactful presidency. 

"The United States Needs Its Own Javier Milei" by Connor O’Keeffe: Mises.org/RR_161_A
"An Anarchist’s Pragmatic Plan of Government for Argentina" by Manuel García Gojon: Mises.org/RR_161_B
"A Statement on Javier Milei from Spanish Libertarians" by Jesús Huerta de Soto & Philipp Bagus: Mises.org/RR_161_C
"Rothbard, Milei and the New Right in Argentina" by Fernando Chiocca: Mises.org/RR_161_D
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The Problem With “Classical Liberals”

September 29, 2023

On this episode of Radio Rothbard, Ryan McMaken and Tho Bishop take a look at "classical liberalism," a term that has come to mean a variety of different things in recent years. What is the history of classical liberalism? Is classical liberalism distinct from radical libertarianism? Is it ultimately a moderate form of leftism? Ryan and Tho address these questions and more during the Mises Institute’s Fall Fundraising Campaign.

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Local Secession Movements: From Staten Island to the South

September 7, 2023

On this episode of Radio Rothbard, Ryan McMaken and Tho Bishop look at county and city-level secession movements and what it means for political self-determination. In a recent article, Ryan McMaken highlighted renewed calls for Staten Island to secede from New York City, but other recent examples include attempts by taxpayers in areas of Georgia and Alabama to break away from the control of mismanagement of local governments. Tho and Ryan look at the value these initiatives have, and the arguments used to try to stop them.

Recommended Reading
"Let Staten Island Secede!" by Ryan McMaken: Mises.org/RR_150_A
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What the Left and Right Get Wrong On China

August 31, 2023

On this episode of Radio Rothbard, Ryan McMaken and Tho Bishop talk about the Chinese economy. While some of the left see China as a model for governing, those on the right often assume their rise relative to the US is inevitable. Ryan and Tho look at the recent challenges to the Chinese economy. 

Recommended Reading
"The Chinese Economy: Market Socialism with Chinese Characteristics" by Antonio Graceffo: Mises.org/RR_149_A
"China Enters the Doom Loop" by Peter St. Onge: Mises.org/RR_149_B
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Trump Indicted for Crimes Against Democracy

August 4, 2023

On this episode of Radio Rothbard, Ryan McMaken and Tho Bishop look at the latest indictment of Donald Trump. While many are exhausted with the theater of modern politics, DC’s escalating attacks reveal the state’s true anatomy. Any challenge to the state’s legitimacy — like questioning an election — must be crushed.

Recommended Reading
"The United States vs. Donald J. Trump" by Tho Bishop: Mises.org/RR_145_A
"If Congress Were Genuinely Interested in Democracy, They Would Welcome an Election Commission" by Tho Bishop: Mises.org/RR_145_B
"Trump’s Potential Legacy: 50 Million+ Enemies of the State" by Tho Bishop: Mises.org/RR_145_C
"America’s Elites—Not Trump—Are Responsible for Undermining American Democracy" by Tho Bishop: Mises.org/RR_145_D

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Lies, Damned Lies, and Government Statistics

June 8, 2023

On this episode of Radio Rothbard, Ryan McMaken and Tho Bishop discuss the role statistics play in promoting the regime. Topics include some interesting differences in recently reported unemployment data, changes to inflation reporting over time, government withholding of various reports — including crime and money supply measures — as well as alternative measures Austrians use to better cut through state propaganda.

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"Yet Another Month of Questionable Federal Jobs Data as 310,000 Fewer People Report Having Jobs" by Ryan McMaken: Mises.org/RR_137_A
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A Rothbardian History of the United States

June 1, 2023

In this episode of Radio Rothbard, Ryan McMaken and Tho Bishop take a revisionist Rothbardian lens to American history. Was the American revolution a good thing? Was Andrew Jackson better than Thomas Jefferson? Does a historical narrative really matter? Tune in for this and more!

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The Regime’s Lies Over the Debt Ceiling

May 25, 2023

On this episode of Radio Rothbard, Ryan McMaken and Tho Bishop tackle the debt ceiling debate. As negotiations continue in Washington, the corporate financial press is hard at work warning about the potential for disaster. Ryan and Tho cut through the nonsense to look at the real state of America’s finances, potential ramifications in the short term, and US defaults of the past and the inevitable future. 

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"Three Lies They’re Telling You about the Debt Ceiling" by Ryan McMaken: Mises.org/RR_135_A
"Yes, the US Government Has Defaulted Before" by Ryan McMaken: Mises.org/RR_135_B
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Trump, Dominion, and the Weaponization of Defamation

May 11, 2023

On this episode of Radio Rothbard, Ryan McMaken and Tho Bishop talk about recent court cases involving defamation claims, justifying libertarian skepticism of the entire concept. As Ryan noted in a recent Wire article, the Dominion lawsuit in particular, is a particularly chilling case for free speech, with a taxpayer-funded company effectively silencing public critics. This, along with the recent Trump verdict, are an illustration of the continuing escalating weaponization of the court system for political ends.

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From Rothbard to Tucker: Regime Conservatives Purge Dissent

May 4, 2023

In this episode of Radio Rothbard, Ryan McMaken and Tho Bishop discuss the cancellation of Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show and the similar treatment of Murray Rothbard by Bill Buckley. What does Tucker’s cancelation mean for the growing anti-regime trends on the right, and why do "conservative" gatekeepers prefer the company of the left more than their audience? We look at this and more on this episode of Radio Rothbard.

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How Government Schools Use Bad History to Promote the State

April 20, 2023

On this episode of Radio Rothbard, Ryan McMaken and Tho Bishop look at common American history myths baked into government school curriculums. While Republican governors have begun to prioritize removing "critical race theory" and other forms of modern "leftwing indoctrination" from textbooks, there are a number of historical episodes left unchallenged that all lead to a deification of state power and a celebration of progressive politics.

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Recommended Reading
"The Meat Packing Myth" by Murray Rothbard: Mises.org/RR_130_A
"Krugman’s Hoover History" by Robert Murphy: Mises.org/RR_130_B
"Why the 1787 Constitution Did Not Bring Republican Government to America" Mises.org/RR_130_C
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The FBI’s New Target: Catholic Churches

April 14, 2023

On this episode of Radio Rothbard, Ryan McMaken and Tho Bishop discuss recent reveals about new lows for the FBI. Ryan discusses new reports about the targeting of traditional Catholic churches and the history of the American Stasi, while Tho highlights new evidence about the role of federal agents in escalating January 6.

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"The FBI’s Forgotten Criminal Record" by Jim Bovard: Mises.org/RR_129_A
"Abolish the FBI" by Ryan McMaken: Mises.org/RR_129_B
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What the Trump Indictment Tells Us about the Regime

April 6, 2023

Ryan and Tho talk about why Trump is the only former president to be prosecuted for crimes. The ruling class has agreed to not prosecute their own, but since they see Trump as an outsider, he is fair game. In truth, we’d be better off if more presidents and former presidents faced prosecution.

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Recommended Reading
"With the Trump Indictment, America Is a Step Closer to Being a Banana Republic" by Bill Anderson: Mises.org/RR_128_A
"Politics Is Turning Us into Idiots" by Lipton Matthews: Mises.org/RR_128_B
Anatomy of the State by Murray N. Rothbard: Mises.org/RR_128_C
"Yes, Virginia, There IS a Deep State—and It Is Worse than You Think" by Bill Anderson: Mises.org/RR_128_D
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De-Dollarization and the Fall of American Hegemony

March 31, 2023

On this episode of Radio Rothbard, Ryan McMaken and Tho Bishop discuss the global moves being made against the US dollar. The regime’s decade long weaponization of money and banking has both international rivals and historical allies looking for alternatives. Ryan and Tho discuss what that means for Americans, and what may come next.

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"World needs to end risky reliance on U.S. dollar: BoE’s Carney" (Reuters, 2019): Mises.org/RR_127_A
"Governments Can’t Blame Inflation on Energy and Putin Anymore" by Daniel Lacalle: Mises.org/RR_127_B
"Is the Fed Trying to Bail Out the World? Sure Looks Like It" by Kristoffer Hansen: Mises.org/RR_127_C
"Why Fractional Reserve Banking Is behind Bank Failures" by Jonathan

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Bankers and Bailouts Are Ripping Us Off

March 17, 2023

Ryan and Tho talk about how last week’s banking panic led to new ways for bankers and politicians to exploit regular people through inflation, regulations, and corrupt loans.

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Can Congress Cancel Biden’s Endless Wars?

March 9, 2023

Ryan McMaken and Tho Bishop look at how the regime’s narrative on foreign policy is failing, and how some in Congress are finally standing up to the warfare state. Yet, the regime wants more US wars in Syria, Ukraine, and now even Mexico. And you will pay for it all. Will the voters demand a more sane foreign policy in 2024?

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"The Costs of War in Syria" by Ryan McMaken (2013): Mises.org/RR_124_A
"A Permanent Wartime Economy" by Jeff Deist: Mises.org/RR_124_B
The War, Economy, and State Podcast with Ryan McMaken and Zachary Yost: Mises.org/WES
"Mission Accomplished: Seymour Hersh, Nordstream, and What’s Left on the Cutting Room Floor" by Tom Luongo (LewRockwell.com): Mises.org/RR_124_C
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Is Capitalism to Blame for the Ohio Train Disaster?

February 19, 2023

On this episode of Radio Rothbard, Ryan McMaken and Tho Bishop address whether the Ohio train disaster is an example of “capitalism gone amuck”. They discuss Murray Rothbard’s views on pollution, the secondary consequences of the regulatory state, and the decaying qualities of modern financialization.

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“Are Libertarians Too Anti-Pollution?” by Ryan McMaken: Mises.org/RR_121_A
“Financialization: Why the Financial Sector Now Rules the Global Economy” by Ryan McMaken: Mises.org/RR_121_B
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The Radio Rothbard (Mostly Negative) Predictions for 2023

December 29, 2022

On this episode of Radio Rothbard, Ryan McMaken and Tho Bishop look ahead to 2023 with a handful of predictions for the new year. They even manage to find one reason for optimism!

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Why Putin Probably Hasn’t Doomed the Dollar

March 10, 2022

In this episode of Radio Rothbard, Ryan McMaken and Tho Bishop look at the economic consequences of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. What has been the damage from America’s weaponization of the dollar? Is Russia likely to return to the gold standard? What may be the fallout in Europe?

Recommended Reading
“Can Government Successfully Counter Recessions Through Expansionary Policies? Don’t Count on It” by Frank Shostak: Mises.org/RR_72_A
“Sanctions against Russia Are the Lockdowns of 2022” by Tho Bishop: Mises.org/RR_72_B
“The Steep Cost of Sanctions for Europe and Russia” by Daniel Lacalle: Mises.org/RR_72_C
“The Economy May Be Finally Peaking, and the Fed Won’t Help Matters” by Brendan Brown: Mises.org/RR_72_D
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Is Tucker Carlson Right About Replacement Theory?

April 16, 2021

Tucker Carlson seems to believe that if it weren’t for immigrants, America would be dominated by religiously devout, tradition-minded, liberty-loving Americans in every corner of the nation. Perhaps he’s not familiar with the effects of American universities and public schools?

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Weekly SNB Sight Deposits and Speculative Positions: SNB selling euros and dollars
2021-04-12

Update April 12 2021: SNB selling euros and dollars. Sight Deposits have fallen: The change is -0.5 bn. compared to last week, this means the SNB is selling euros and dollars.

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2021: Predictions for the New Year

January 1, 2021

There’s no reason to assume 2021 will bring a reversal of 2020’s trends. Many of the fights that began in 2020 are likely to intensify in the new year. 

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American Police Forces Were Created to Fight Rioters. But Police Probably Made Things Worse.
2020-07-29

Whenever the vicious portion of population shall be permitted to gather in bands of hundreds and thousands, and burn churches, ravage and rob provision-stores, throw printing presses into rivers, shoot editors, and hang and burn obnoxious persons at pleasure, and with impunity,” Abraham Lincoln told a crowd in Springfield, Illinois, in 1838, “the feelings of

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Why the Electoral College Matters

December 12, 2020

We begin to understand the electoral college when we admit the United States is really supposed to be a collection of member states, and not a single unified nation. Abolishing the EC is likely to worsen national conflict and disunity.

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The 2020 Debate: A Breakdown
2020-10-04

Ryan McMaken and Tho Bishop talk about Tuesday’s debate, why "the issues" don’t matter, and why the debate probably won’t change the minds of many voters.

If the US Adopts Eurozone Policies, the Jobs Recovery Will Suffer
2020-10-08

The best social policy is one that supports job creation and rising wages. Entitlements do not

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Was Rothbard a Populist?

October 29, 2020

Why did Murray Rothbard embrace populism and why did he think it could work to limit the power of the state? In short, Rothbard believed that a small elite had seized the power of the state to fleece and oppress the majority. Rothbard was in part basing his ideas on the historical narrative of the Democratic populists of the nineteenth century who formed the party of sound money, low taxes, and decentralized power. This laissez-faire party also managed to win a lot of elections.

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The Disastrous Legacy of Woodrow Wilson
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Was Hoppe Wrong About Democracy?

October 22, 2020

Hans-Hermann Hoppe has shown in his writings on democracy that democracy leads to economic impoverishment and political disaster under certain conditions.
But what are those conditions, and are they dominant in electoral institutions in the United States today? And what role does ideology play in limiting the abuse of the ballot box by voters?

Additional Resources
“Stop Saying We’re a Republic, Not a Democracy“ by Ryan McMaken: Mises.org/RR_38_1
Patrick Newman’s 2020 Supporters Summit talk, “The Jacksonians’ Bank War: Liberty versus Power”: Mises.org/RR_38_2
“Nasty Politics and ‘Low-Information Voters’ Are Nothing New“ by Ryan McMaken: Mises.org/RR_38_3
What Must Be Done by Hans-Herman Hoppe: Mises.org/RR_38_4
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