3/24/23 Ryan McMaken on Nuclear Weapons and How the Fed Fuels Inequality

3/24/23 Ryan McMaken on Nuclear Weapons and How the Fed Fuels Inequality

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Scott is joined by Ryan McMaken of the Mises Institute to talk about nuclear weapons and the boom-bust cycle. They begin with a discussion of McMaken’s recent article pushing back against common arguments for the production of more nuclear weapons. McMaken argues that, even if you accept the premise that we need nuclear weapons for deterrence, it does not follow that we need thousands of them. They then move on to the economy. They first dig into what’s actually behind today’s inflation and looming recession. That leads to a broader discussion about why some of the most important goods and services, like housing and healthcare, are growing more expensive.

Discussed on the show:

  • “No, We Don’t Need More Nuclear Weapons” (Mises Wire)
  • “The Fed Backtracks on Future Rate Hikes as Bank Failures Loom Large” (Mises Wire)
  • Mises.org

Ryan McMaken is a senior editor at the Mises Institute. He has degrees in economics and political science from the University of Colorado, and was the economist for the Colorado Division of Housing from 2009 to 2014. He is the author of Breaking Away: The Case of Secession, Radical Decentralization, and Smaller Polities and Commie Cowboys: The Bourgeoisie and the Nation-State in the Western Genre.

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About Scott Horton

Scott Horton is director of the Libertarian Institute, editorial director of Antiwar.com, host of Antiwar Radio on Pacifica, 90.7 FM KPFK in Los Angeles, California and podcasts the Scott Horton Show from ScottHorton.org. He's the author of the 2021 book Enough Already: Time to End the War on Terrorism, the 2017 book, Fool's Errand:Time to End the War in Afghanistan, editor of the 2019 book The Great Ron Paul: The Scott Horton Show Interviews 2004–2019 and the 2022 book Hotter Than The Sun: Time to Abolish Nuclear Weapons. He’s conducted more than 5,800 interviews since 2003. Scott lives in Austin, Texas with his wife, Larisa Alexandrovna Horton.

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