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Lies, Damned Lies, and Government Statistics

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:

"The "True" Money Supply: A Measure of the Supply of the Medium of Exchange in the U.S. Economy" by Joseph Salerno:

"Does GDP Present an Accurate Picture of the Economy? Not Likely" by Frank Shostak:

"World War I as Fulfillment: Power and the Intellectuals" by Murray Rothbard:

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