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 […]

Made in Texas

According to The Texas Tribune, “Under federal law, wine can have an appellation of origin from a state if a minimum 75 percent of its grapes are grown in that state. The other 25 percent can come from anywhere.” The Texas Legislature is considering a bill that will require Texas winemakers to use 100 percent […]

Divorce and the “Public Interest”

Rep. Matt Krause, R-Fort Worth, has introduced a bill that will end no-fault divorces in Texas. The conservative legislator believes that it’s too easy to get a divorce.

I don’t know if we don’t take our vows as seriously as we used to, but I think getting rid of the no-fault divorce piece of this […]

The Coalition Against Freedom

For decades, Houston has seen a steady parade of politicians and activists advocating rights-violating policies. From the sign and smoking ordinances of the 1980s to the preservation ordinance of the 1990s, from the subsequent amendments to these ordinances in the 2000s and 2010s to the Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO) of 2014, Houston has seen […]

Government Planning and Collectivism

When the city started the planning process, its website described the goal of the plan:

The Plan will consolidate and coordinate a vision and strategies to address neighborhood enhancement and development over the coming years….

Once complete, the General Plan will provide for a collective Vision Statement that represents the community’s view of its future. […]

The Neighborhood as the Standard of Value

Preservationists aren’t content to preserve single buildings. As one activist told Houston City Council in 2005, “What makes them [historic buildings] unique and what makes them significant is their collection as a whole for the fabric of the entire neighborhood.” Preservationists would have us believe that a single modern building will destroy the historic character […]

Quality of Life

We hear lots of talk from politicians and various organizations about improving the quality of life in Houston. But the quality of life advocates never define what they mean by the term. They assume that we all know, and agree to, its meaning.

More than 2.2 million people live in Houston. Some prefer the ballet […]