A Picture is Worth Zero Words

We are told that a picture is worth a thousand words. A picture, we are supposed to believe, can convey truth far more effectively than an essay. A picture, the argument goes, captures true reality while words can be twisted and their meaning obscured.

In truth, a picture is worth zero words. Or, as philosopher […]

In Defense of Price Gouging

When hurricane Harvey struck the Texas coast, state officials trotted out their usual warnings about price gouging. Under the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act, price gouging can result in civil penalties of up to $20,000 per violation and up to $250,000 per violation for victims over 65 years old.

When an item is in short […]

Free the Innovators

Chronicle columnist Chris Tomlinson correctly chastises those who predict that we are running out of resources.

Smart business people make their fortunes solving problems for a reasonable price. The key is innovation.

What Tomlinson doesn’t say is that innovators must be free in order to solve problems. An innovator is someone who questions the conventional […]

Localism and Hypocrisy

The Texas legislature has attracted considerable scorn for its effort to reign in local governments intent on violating property rights. According to one critic, “It does this by kicking respect for democracy to the sidelines and squashing municipal initiatives like a bug.”

Democracy means unlimited majority rule–the majority may do what it pleases simply because […]

Justice for Students

I welcome the recently reported justice department decision to further look into cases of race based admissions standards that are alleged to discriminate against whites and Asians in favor of blacks, Latinos or native Americans. I welcome it if the focus is on justice.

Every individual student has huge potential to advance himself or herself […]

Manipulating Consumers

During its regular session, the Texas Legislature revived a program that offers a tax rebate of $2,500 for the purchase of an electric car. This is on top of the $7,500 tax credit offered by the federal government. While I am certainly in favor of lowering taxes, these programs are intended to manipulate consumers.

Much […]

A Clash of Cultures

Much is being made of the Texas legislature’s attempts to reign in local governments. From “bathroom ordinances” to ride-sharing regulations, from plastic bag bans to tree regulations, local governments are increasingly infringing on property rights. The state government is properly putting an end to many of these regulations.

But the state’s local governments aren’t happy […]

The Hard Realities of Socialized Medicine

In my previous article, I explained the reasons behind the high cost of medical care in this country. With the Democrat’s Obamacare, and now the Republicans proposed American Health Care Act, America is falling into the same trap that has befallen every other western industrialized country – socialized medicine. Donald Trump and the political “right”, […]

Mayors Versus Freedom

On Monday, Gov. Gregg Abbott warned that local governments were threatening property rights. As examples, he cited tree regulations, permitting, and property taxes. The following day, eighteen mayors, including Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner submitted a letter to the governor asking for a meeting.

In part, the letter states:

Harmful proposals such as revenue and spending […]

Defining Freedom

In an editorial last Friday, the Chronicle states that “Maybe Ted Cruz needs a new dictionary. His definition of ‘freedom’ seem a bit off.” The editorial is responding to the Senator’s plan to allow insurance companies to sell health insurance with minimal coverage, which Cruz calls a consumer freedom plan.

Interestingly, the editorial fails to […]