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 […]

Tyranny for Me, Tyranny for Thee

Chronicle business writer Chris Tomlinson is opposed to freedom. In a recent column, he opined that those who don’t like a law need only “hire a friend in Austin”–a state legislator. Tomlinson then goes on to point out several examples of businesses lobbying state legislators to override local ordinances or rewrite state laws.

As one […]

Democracy and the Astrodome

State Sen. John Whitmire has announced plans to introduce legislation that will require a referendum on the proposed $105 million project to refurbish the Astrodome. “I’m trying to allow the public to have a vote, the taxpayers to have a vote, before we spend over $100 million on the Dome with no stated purpose,” Whitmire […]

The Left and Trump Aren’t That Different

Chronicle columnist Lisa Falkenberg has clearly bought into the hysteria surrounding Trump’s election. Reporting on Saturday’s anti-Trump protests in Houston, she writes:

There’s a line somewhere, a place at which Americans would be justified in rejecting the results of a democratic election.

Where is that line? Many Americans believe Trump has already crossed it, not […]

Liberty and Local Control

Not surprisingly, the Chronicle has come out in favor of Galveston’s proposed plastic bag ban. The editorial chastises state officials who oppose local bans, arguing that the “unique circumstances” in each city are often ignored by out-of-town politicians. This may be true, but there are no unique circumstances that justify violations of liberty.

However, according […]

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 […]

The Voluntary and the Coercive

If your neighbor broke into your house to steal money for his transportation needs, you would recognize his action as immoral and criminal. He took your property without your consent. The principle does not change if a government agent acts as your neighbor’s proxy.

If your neighbor needs assistance, he has two methods by which […]