Unchallenged Premises

For decades, statists have confronted Houstonians with a seemingly endless series of policy proposals allegedly intended to make our city better. From outlawing billboards to zoning, from historic preservation to anti-discrimination, activists and politicians have claimed that without more government controls and regulations Houston will descend into depravity and economic ruin.

Underlying all of these […]

Autism, Altruism, and Discrimination

The Chronicle has been running an investigative series on special education in Texas. The articles claim that the Texas Education Agency (TEA) has issues a guideline that school districts cap the students in special education programs to 8.5 percent as a way to cut costs. The series argues that this guideline violates federal law, which […]

Altruism Versus Justice

In an editorial last week, the Chronicle demonstrates that altruism isn’t limited to the devoutly religious. It is a scourge that afflicts Houstonians of nearly all religious persuasions. The editorial briefly relates the story of Jesus’ birth, which it calls an “outlandish theological claim.” The editorial goes on to state that Jesus later

will remind […]

Diversity and Knowledge

In my past articles on diversity, I talked about how diversity advocates eschew personal choice in demanding business hiring and educational institution admissions be based on ethnic heritage and not competency as their criteria; how they attack values by seeking to eliminate evaluation; how they elevate the group above the individual; and how they demand […]

Responsibility in the Entitlement Age

Today’s editorial in the Chronicle bemoans potential cuts to (or even the dismantling of) Medicare and Medicaid. The paper writes that if the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Paul Ryan, has his way

America’s middle-class should be prepared to pay not only for their own health-care needs in old age, but also for the […]

Chocolat and the Virtue of Independence

Brian’s article on the movie Chocolat talked about the challenge of pursuing ones values in the face of a community antithetical to those values. The virtue required for this kind of courage is independence. Independence is never placing anything above the sovereignty of one’s own mind and is a prerequisite to pursuing rational values. Chocolat […]

Diversity and Conformity

As discussed in my previous articles, the claim that all cultures are inherently equal, the attack on rational values, and the raising of the group above the individual underlies the call for “diversity”.

But what is the goal of the diversity advocates? The alleged goal of “diversity” is to eliminate a policy of “exclusion.” “Racial […]

Diversity and Collectivism

Referring back to the definition of “cultural diversity” in my article on “Diversity and Multiculturalism:”

Cultural diversity or multiculturalism is the acceptance of the various ethnic cultures in schools, organizations, businesses, neighborhoods or cities. At the best, it involves treating impartially and fairly each ethnic group without promoting the particular beliefs or values of any […]

Hobson’s Choice

Nearly every day, we are besieged with claims that human actions are caused by forces outside of our control. Whether it is abuse as a child, one’s economic conditions, or genetics, we are repeatedly told that we aren’t responsible for our actions.

Hobson’s Choice dramatizes the fact that we possess the faculty of volition (free […]

Diversity and the Attack on Values

The definition of cultural diversity cited in my article on Diversity and Multiculturalism stated that one of the characteristics is “. . . treating impartially and fairly each ethnic group without promoting the particular beliefs and values of any group”.

Every culture is different but none is superior according to the “diversity” advocates. This means […]