In the Name of Competition

This past Sunday, the Chronicle editorial board revealed how confused and unprincipled it is. An editorial called for the federal government to use antitrust laws to block Amazon’s purchase of Whole Foods.

Amazon’s business model is to become a monopoly. Buying Whole Foods gives the online retailer its first major foothold in the brick-and-mortar grocery […]

California (and the Chronicle) Vs. Texas

Last week, the Chronicle announced that California is winning in its rivalry with Texas. Over the past year, the paper reports, the Golden State has outperformed the Lone Star State. Wages grew faster, the economy grew more, and unemployment was lower in California. Perhaps, the article opines, it wouldn’t be so bad for Texas to […]

The Wall vs. Principles

The Department of Homeland Security has started condemnation lawsuits against some Texas property owners. The government is using eminent domain to seize land needed to build the border wall. While repeatedly feeding us stories of the crimes committed by illegal immigrants, the federal government is now embarking on its own crime.

The alleged purpose of […]

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 […]

Concretes, Cheese, and Cronyism

A Chronicle editorial last week illustrates the dangers of focusing on concrete issues and ignoring the principles involved. The editorial, which defends earmarks, states that

earmarks have “helped glue Congress together by giving members a kind of currency to trade: You support my pork, and I’ll support yours.”

“Earmarks,” Chris Cilliza of The Washington Post […]

The Power of Principles

In 1995, I testified to Houston City Council in opposition to the historic preservation ordinance that was being considered at the time. One member of Council asked me if I opposed a particular provision in the ordinance. I stated that I did, because of the principle that underlied that provision. Once that principle was accepted, […]

Uber Versus Houston

In April, Uber threatened to pull out of the Houston market if the city didn’t relax its rules governing the ridesharing company’s drivers. At the time, Mayor Turner said:

To tell the city of Houston you either give us what we want or we are goneā€¦ is not the way you play business in the […]

About ObjectivelyHouston.com

ObjectivelyHouston.com is a collaborative effort by Houstonians who reject the ideas that dominate our culture today. Our purpose is to present an integrated, rational alternative to Houstonians.

Politically, we are neither progressive (the term that many on the political Left are now using) nor are we conservative. We are advocates of laissez faire capitalism, not […]