The Protection Racket of Occupational Licensing

The following article was published on Capitalism Magazine.com.

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Across the nation, millions of entrepreneurial Americans seek to create jobs, pursue their passion, or simply make a few extra dollars by starting their own business. But often, they are forced to abandon their dreams, not because they lack talent or capital, […]

Your Life is Your Responsibility

The following article was published on Capitalism Magazine.com.

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If you were alone on a desert island you would not be able to escape the fact that you must work to sustain your life. Alone on the island you could spend your days in any activity of your choosing—hunting, fishing, building […]

The Practicality of Private Waterways

The following article was published in the Spring 2010 issue of The Objective Standard.

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For centuries, few have questioned the idea that waterways—streams, rivers, lakes, and oceans—are or should be “public property.” The doctrine of “public trust,” with roots in both Roman and English common law, holds that these resources […]

Houston, We Have a (Zoning) Problem

The following article was published in the Spring 2009 issue of The Objective Standard.

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Houston, Texas, my hometown, is one of only two American cities with a population greater than one hundred thousand that has not imposed zoning laws on its citizens. (The other city is Pasadena, Texas, a suburb […]

City Can’t Eliminate Gangs by Behaving Like One

The following article was published in the Houston Chronicle on July 21, 1994.

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Consider the following scenario: You arrive home to find that your house has been burglarized. The police investigate the scene and proceed to write you a citation for inadequate burglary deterrence.

You are told that […]

Progressivism Comes to Houston

This article was published in the February 1990 issue of The Freeman.

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During the Progressive Era of the early 20th century the nation’s first zoning ordinances began to appear. Public control of private property was a popular cause at the time, and land-use restrictions were frequently used to achieve this […]

Private Cities

This article was published in the March 1989 issue of The Freeman.

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In recent years, the benefits of the free market have been demonstrated as governments around the world have turned to the private sector to provide services more efficiently. However, critics of the free market argue that these benefits […]