What Happened to America

My previous article identified the Enlightenment ideas, centered on reason, as the root of individual rights and therefore of America. But America has largely abandoned the principles on which it was founded. Instead of limited government dedicated to protecting the rights of each citizen, we have an intrusive government that uses coercion to impose their […]

What is it that “Made America Great?”

My previous article identified the fact that Donald Trump does not know what “made America great”. His rejection of individual rights implicit in his antagonism to free trade and open immigration, and his support and exploitation of eminent domain, reveals this.

Individual rights, i.e. the principle of every man’s right to “life, liberty and the […]

The Dowling Statue

The Houston/Harris County political shift of last year makes it somewhat more likely that measures of the liberal variety will affect county historical assets. One possibility would be the moving or otherwise forced retirement of a statue in Hermann Park commemorating a Confederate soldier, Dick Dowling, for whom Houston’s Dowling street was named (the renaming […]

“Make America Great Again”

Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again” campaign slogan was a great success. It resonated with a lot of voters and in my opinion was the main reason he won the election (along with a lot of votes that were simply against Hillary).

But in all the rhetoric associated with that slogan and his campaign, there […]

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A History Lesson: What We Can Learn From the 1990s Zoning Debate Typically, when we study history, we learn about the consequences of something that happened. Seldom is there a meaningful reason (or even […]

HERO and Jim Crow

In 2014, Houston City Council passed the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO), which prohibited discrimination on the basis of fifteen “protected characteristics,” such as military status, age, gender identity, and race. But less than one hundred years ago, a different set of ordinances forced Houstonians to discriminate.

Through the first half of the twentieth century, […]