Mises Institute

Ten Great Economic Myths

Our country is beset by a large number of economic myths that distort public thinking on important problems and lead us to accept unsound and dangerous government policies. Here are ten of the most dangerous of these myths and an analysis of what is wrong with them.

We Need Hope

"When faced with bad news week after week, it’s easy to despair of humanity’s future. But we can’t let the evils of politics convince us that change for the better is impossible. We have to hope."

Break Up The USA?

Some of our assumptions are so deeply embedded that we cannot perceive them ourselves...

Democracy: The God That's Failing

The future of liberty is decentralized, and will be led by smaller breakaway nations and regions where real self-determination and real consensus is not an illusion. Jefferson and Hoppe were right about democracy, but it took Trump and Brexit to show the world how quickly elites abandon it when they don’t prevail.

What Will Trump Do About The Central-Bank Cartel?

Mr. Trump doesn’t seem to be an “internationalist,” seeking to build a new world order by political and military means. If that is so, he will sooner or later have to come to grips with the Fed’s policies - most notably with its liquidity swap agreements.

Why Food Stamps Don't Promote Healthy Eating

From a small pilot program created by John F. Kennedy’s first executive order in 1961, the food stamp program (now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP) has grown to be the largest federal food assistance program. However, there have always been major questions about whether the hunger and nutrition goals of the program justify its design.

Stockman To Trump: It's The Economy, Stupid

"Trump was elected because flyover America is hurting economically. The voters of Wisconsin and Pennsylvania are imperiled not because of some refugees, they're imperiled because their jobs have all been disappearing for decades. The problem is far more the Federal Reserve, Janet Yellen, the bubbles they're creating on Wall Street..."

A Billion Dollars Of Federally Funded Paranoia

When it comes to mindless excess in the war on terror, it is difficult to compete with the 70+ fusion centers bankrolled by the Department of Homeland Security. Though the fusion centers are a dud on the anti-terrorist front, perhaps they are a big success in making Americans wary of speaking out against government abuses.

After Obama, A New Dawn Or More Of The Same?

Donald Trump will face his moment, like it or not. Barack Obama faced it and decided to kick the can down the road and opt for yet more “stimulus.” How Trump deals with it will determine whether or not the US economy recovers from bad policies, or goes the way of Japan and Europe.

Why Those Student Loans Aren't Getting Paid Off

Student loan money is so easy to come by that the students aren't even bothering to see if their degree program has the potential of providing relative ease in repaying loans. Student loans should be priced according to major.