The Shawshank Redemption

Imagine being convicted for a double murder that you did not commit and then spending twenty years in prison. You would be forced to endure unimaginable horrors, not because you killed two people, but because, as the hero of the The Shawshank Redemption puts it, you were a bad husband and drove your wife into […]

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 […]

Opportunity and Freedom

Yesterday, I wrote about a Chronicle article that claims Houston denies opportunities to the children of low-income families by failing to build subsidized housing in wealthier neighborhoods. The article focuses on education, while completely ignoring the most fundamental aspect of opportunity: freedom.

Freedom means an absence of coercion. It means that an individual can pursue […]

When “Rights” are Wrong

Chronicle business reporter Chris Tomlinson calls Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and his allies bigots for their support of a “bathroom bill.” Tomlinson goes on to write:

Today, transgender people are fighting hard for their liberty, which is why bigots are proposing unnecessary laws to deny them the ability to live as they wish.

Through the […]

Demographics and Demagoguery

Houston’s demographics have been changing for decades. The conservative, white majority of the 1980s and before is giving way to an increasingly Progressive (Leftist) and minority population. Pundits worry that politicians are not keeping up with these changes.

As an example, Chronicle columnist Lisa Falkenberg discusses a recent conversation that she had with two Rice […]

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 […]

A Contradiction in The Heights

In my last post, I addressed the recent repeal of Prohibition in The Heights. That action exposed a contradiction in The Heights.

Voters in The Heights favored repealing Prohibition by an overwhelming margin of 63.9 percent to 36.1 percent. While it is impossible to know the motivation of those voters, their actions made it legal […]