Racism, Cartels, and Jim Crow

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on December 26, 2010. Comments have not been migrated.

It is often claimed that capitalism leads to all sorts of ills, such as racism and cartels (or monopolies). As with most attacks on capitalism, these claims attempt to blame capitalism for the consequences of government intervention into the […]

Television, Phones, and Freedom

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on November 18, 2010. Comments have not been migrated.

On Sunday the Chronicle ran an article that illustrates, at least in part, a practical benefit of freedom. The development of Internet television is creating concern among broadcasters and cable companies, who fear that they will lose viewers. Prior […]

Public Education and the Poor

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on November 9, 2010. Comments have not been migrated.

It is commonly argued that without public education the poor would have few, if any educational opportunities. Without public education, those born into poverty would have little opportunity to escape, and the poor would remain poor generation after generation. […]

Private Letter Carriers

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on October 28, 2010. Comments have not been migrated.

We are often told that government must provide certain vital services, such as education, roads, and mail delivery. If such services were left in the hands of private companies, service would be poor or nonexistent. But history provides a […]

The Real Tragedy of Bullying

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on October 11, 2010. Comments have not been migrated.

An OpEd in Sunday’s Chronicle tells us that we must protect kids from bullying. Citing a growing number of suicides by bullied teenagers, Kathleen Sebelius, Secretary of Health and Human Services, and Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education, write:

The […]

The Alternative to Government Regulations

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on October 6, 2010. Comments have not been migrated.

A truly free market is characterized by a separation of government and economics. Individuals are free to engage in the economic activities of their choice, so long as they do not use force or fraud in dealing with others. […]

“Necessary” Regulations

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on October 4, 2010. Comments have not been migrated.

From what I can tell, Glenn Beck considers himself a libertarian. On Friday, he was explaining libertarianism to a caller. At one point, Beck said that libertarians don’t believe in government regulation. He then “corrected” himself and said that […]

Metro Unveils New Transit Plan

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on September 27, 2010. Comments have not been migrated.

In the face of increased public scrutiny and declining tax revenues, over the weekend Metro unveiled a new transit plan that it claims will slash expenses by 83.4% and simultaneously create nearly 175,000 jobs. The new plan will scrap […]

It’s Time to Abolish Public Education

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on September 21, 2010. Comments have not been migrated.

Last week, Senate Education Chair Florence Shapiro, R-Plano, announced that the public school system in Texas is broke. The Chronicle’s story said:

According to committee members and experts, the system has vast inequities of more than $1,000 per student […]

Sacrifice Today, or Sacrifice Tomorrow

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on September 16, 2010. Comments have not been migrated.

Several weeks ago I wrote about an OpEd in the Chronicle that chastised HISD for the food it is serving at the district’s schools. The author of that article–Bettina Elias Siegel–has responded to my post on her own blog. […]