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North Korea is not the poorest country on earth, but it is undoubtedly the most miserable. Michael Malice (MichaelMalice.com) has been there, and joins Jeff Deist to discuss the bizarre economics...

After ending the Nicaraguan civil war, William Walker set up the provisional government for his new “Republic of Nicaragua.” The peace was short-lived as the surrounding Latin American...

With stock markets in turmoil earlier this week, the Mises Institute's resident expert on booms and busts joins Jeff Deist to make sense of it. Will new Fed Chair Jerome Powell do everything...

Despite the bitter defeat in the First Battle of Rivas, William Walker and his small army of American filibusters successfully take control of the Democratico capital of Nicaragua, ending the...

Daniel McAdams from the Ron Paul Institute joins Jeff Deist for an unbridled discussion of the true costs of war. We know the US spends more on "defense" than many big countries combined, but...

Looking for adventure and glory, William Walker leads a group of Americans into Nicaragua to join the country's civil war, with the hope of “Americanizing” Latin America. This episode...

Jeff Deist joins his friend "Mance Rayder" to discuss the political and economic state of the union, the endless fractures within libertarianism, a different way to look at immigration, and...

After Narciso López's first attempt at overthrowing Spanish rule in Cuba, he found more support from American southerners and returned for a second try. Although he would fail, the idea...

By every measure extreme poverty in Third World nations is decreasing rapidly. But what about the US and the West? Economist and mises.org editor Ryan McMaken joins Jeff Deist for a wide-ranging...

When Cuban slave owners started to worry that Spain was going to emancipate their slaves, Narciso López thought that the time was ripe to start a revolution to overthrow Spanish rule. American...

Michael Boldin from the Tenth Amendment Center (TenthAmendmentCenter.com) joins Jeff Deist to discuss the philosophical, electoral, and logistic realities standing in the way of creating a...

After the Pottawatomie Massacre, Kansas continued to bleed through the summer of 1856. But as the country reacted to the 1856 election and the Dred Scott decision, the territory turned in favor...

Speaking at our recent event in Orlando, Jeff Deist discusses how libertarians should confront the current political landscape. Given the stubborn tendency for governments to emerge and endure...

What is now considered the worst Supreme Court ruling of all time, Dred Scott v. Sandford was a decision that sought to end the controversy over slavery that had raged since the Compromise...

Our final show of the year features a talk given by Dr. Bob Murphy at a recent Mises Institute event in Orlando. His topic is the culture wars– and if you think America is divided now, just...

The passage of the Kansas-Nebraska act drove many northerners to form Anti-Nebraska coalitions that ultimately yielded the Republican Party. The election of 1856 did not yield a Republican...

David Gornoski is a Christian libertarian writer, frequently featured at 'The American Conservative' and 'Foundation for Economic Education'. David takes inspiration from the work of the late...

In response to the Sack of Lawrence and the Caning of Charles Sumner, radical John Brown took matters into his own hands by murdering five pro-slavery settlers. With this, Brown ushered in...

'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,...

After the fraudulent elections in the Kansas Territory, tensions erupted following the death of a Free State settler. The pro-slavery and anti-slavery settlers took up arms in the Wakarusa...

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...

In this episode, Chris Calton talks about the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which only compounded the growing tensions over the slavery question. Following the act ...

Professor Lucas Engelhardt, a popular lecturer at Mises University (https://mises.org/MU18), joins Jeff Deist to discuss the monetary policy landscape.

In this episode, Chris Calton discusses some of the most significant outcomes of the Fugitive Slave Act, such as the publication of 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' — the ...

Fifteen years ago Gabriel Calzada was a Fellow at the Mises Institute who aspired to bring the Spanish Scholastics' tradition of liberty ...

Chris Calton looks at one of the first episodes of armed resistance to the Fugitive Slave Acts. He explains how abolitionist William Parker, a free black man, ...

Your support of the Mises Institute has helped create an intellectual powerhouse for liberty. Thanks to you, the Institute can use cutting-edge technology in ...

Chris Calton, host of the Mises Institute's "Historical Controversies" podcast (https://Mises.org/HCPod), is back with a second season. If you enjoyed his ...

In this episode, Chris Calton looks at the horrors of fugitive slave laws, the ways government incentivized the kidnapping of free blacks, and the rise of private ...

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 ...

Following the War with Mexico, the Gold Rush out west leads to the question of Californian statehood and the future of US expansion. In order to balance the ...

Virtually every aspect of human life becomes more decentralized every day. Technology makes the old hub-and-spoke model of organizations obsolete; highly ...

Chris Calton gives a revisionist look at the antebellum period leading up to the Civil War. This is the first episode in the second season of Historical ...

Sponsored by Walter and Sharon Woodul, this panel features Bob Murphy, Ed Stringham, Patrick Newman, Ziad Burkett, Antón Chamberlin, Ashton Faire, Nicole ...

Our guest Trey Goff drafted a remarkable "Voluntaryist Constitution" (https://mises.org/Goff-VC) designed to serve as the foundational legal document for a ...

Following the death and torture of a DEA agent, the War on Drugs is taken to even greater heights. In the final episode of the Historical Controversies "War on ...

Sponsored by John Bartel, this faulty panel features Peter Klein, Tom DiLorenzo, Jeff Herbener, Sandy Klein, Roberta Modugno, Jo Ann Cavallo, Yuri Maltsev, ...

Sponsored by J. Ryan and Elizabeth Alford, this panel features Walter Block, John Denson, David Gordon, Paul Gottfried, and Joe Salerno, and includes an ...

Switzerland is no libertarian paradise. It has bureaucrats and a wayward central bank. But it remains an astonishing modern example of the principles of ...

Sponsored by Carl and Lois Davis, this speech was presented at the Mises Institute's 35th Anniversary Celebration in New York City on October 7, 2017.

During the 1980s, the war on drugs became defined by cocaine and crack. In this episode, Chris Calton explains how the potent mix of politicans and fake news ...

Sponsored by Dr. Jim Walker, this speech was presented at the Mises Institute's 35th Anniversary Celebration in New York City on October 7, 2017.

Sponsored by Klaas and Anastasia Talsma, this speech was presented at the Mises Institute's 35th Anniversary Celebration in New York City on October 6, 2017 ...

This speech was presented at the Mises Institute's 35th Anniversary Celebration in New York City on October 7, 2017.

Dr. Joseph Salerno, speaking at our 35th Anniversary Gala in New York last weekend, makes the case for Murray Rothbard as the preeminent modern Austria ...

The keynote address presented at the Mises Institute's 35th Anniversary Celebration in New York City on October 7, 2017.

In spite of declining drug usage, the Reagan Administration placed renewed interest in the War of Drugs. Chris Calton explains how President Reagan ...

This speech was presented at the Mises Institute's 35th Anniversary Celebration in New York City on October 6, 2017.

The world needs Murray Rothbard, because he still matters. And it's up to all of us to secure his legacy. This is the opening speech given at the Mises Institute's ...

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 ...

In this episode, Chris Calton explores US drug policy between the Nixon and Reagan Administrations. Calton explains how one Christmas party in the 70s ...

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 ...

In Vietnam, many soldiers found narcotics to be a coping agent against the horrors of war. Narcotics also became an easy scapegoat for a government looking to ...

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen announced the bank would begin selling assets it has relentlessly bought since the Crash of '08. The financial press ...

In this episode, Chris Calton explains how the Nixon Administration kicked off the modern War on Drugs, featuring no-knock raids, fictional crime stats, and the ...

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 ...

Learn why Chris Calton maintains that "of all the drugs we've talked about on this podcast, the history of LSD may be the most difficult to believe." Historical ...

Our guest Scott Horton just released an important new book—'Fools Errand: Time to End the War in Afghanistan' (Mises.org/HortonBook). This is the definitive ...

While the phrase "War on Drugs" was coined by the Nixon Administration, it was FDR who earned the first headlines for his "Narcotic War." In this episode, Chris ...

The culture wars have infected every aspect of American life. It's not just Red vs. Blue anymore, or urban vs. rural, it's Antifa vs. the alt-Right—sometimes literally ...