The Libertarian Party Still Supports Anarchy

I was recently asked if the Libertarian Party (LP) had improved from its past support of anarchy. At the time, I replied that I had not followed the LP for years, so I couldn’t say.

I have read the most recent LP platform, and I can say with certainty: the LP still supports anarchy. Two […]

Hypocrisy and Discrimination

This past week, Arizona lawmakers passed a bill that would allow business owners to refuse service to gays if the owner does so on religious grounds. Critics of the bill argue that it will allow businesses to legally discriminate against gays and will open the door to legalizing other forms of discrimination.

As is so […]

Alcohol and “Food Deserts”

A City of Houston ordinance bans the sale of alcohol within 300 feet of churches and most private schools, or within 1,000 feet of public schools. Apparently, city leaders believe that the sale of alcohol is a threat to the well-being of children and church goers. However, it would seem that that threat does not […]

Free the Energy Producers

In its never ending quest to expand government power, the Chronicle calls for Texas legislators to re-regulate the state’s electricity providers. Electrical deregulation, the paper tells us, has not been economically beneficial to consumers:

Light bills in areas such as Austin and San Antonio, where service continues to be regulated, are lower. In deregulated areas […]

The More Things Change…

In 1993, during the final months of the last attempt to bring zoning to Houston, I gave a talk to the Houston Property Rights Association titled “Winning the Battle but Losing the War.” In the talk, I warned that without a moral defense of property rights, we might defeat the upcoming referendum, but zoning advocates […]

Regulations Impede Rationality

A liberal friend was recently lamenting personnel decisions being made at her workplace. I pointed out that, in a free market, irrational decisions are ultimately punished in the marketplace. But, she replied, most people aren’t rational, and therefore we need regulations to protect individuals from the irrational.

While I would agree that her premise—most people […]

The Importance of Being Earnest

The purpose of art is to depict man as he could be and should be—as man the hero. It would seem odd then, that a movie with two liars as the main characters could be good art. While The Importance of Being Earnest is not great art, it is certainly good art.

Based on the […]

Democracy is the Problem

With the government shutdown entering its second week, the blame game is reaching new heights. In the Washington Post, Ezra Klein lists thirteen reasons why Washington is failing. The biggest reason, according to Klein, is that

Systems like our own have a broad tendency toward instability and partisan conflict because a democratically elected executive can […]

Elections Have Consequences

In his comments on the eve of the government shutdown, Obama stated that “one faction of one party in one house of Congress in one branch of government doesn’t get to shut down the entire government just to refight the results of an election.” Ironically, the President himself is fighting the results of an election.

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A Writing Lesson

I wrote my first book in about fifteen months. I have been working on my second book for nearly two years, and the process has been both frustrating and illuminating.

The frustrating part has been the slow progress. While I have done a tremendous amount of research, I also did a lot of research for […]