Bigots, Homophobes, and HERO

Last week, Houston City Council passed the controversial Houston Equal Rights Ordinance (HERO). The ordinance makes it “unlawful for any place of public accommodation or any employee or agent thereof to discriminate against any person on the basis of any protected characteristic,” such as sexual orientation or gender identification.

As is usually the case, debate […]

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 […]

Cypress Tea Party Talk

On August 10, 2013 I spoke to the Cypress Texas Tea Party on individual rights.

Religous Liberty and Gay Rights

Many people view the debate over gay marriage as a conflict between religious liberty and the rights of gays. And this is true, if one rejects the principle of individual rights.

Rights pertain to freedom of action—the freedom to act without coercion. When coercion is banned from human affairs, the interactions between individuals are based […]

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, […]

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 […]

Individual Rights and Government Wrongs

Politicians and pundits regularly decry the increasingly divisive nature of American politics. From the Tea Parties to Occupy Wall Street, Americans are not happy with their government, and they are making their displeasure known. But what is causing this divide? And what is the solution?

“In his book, Individual Rights and Government Wrongs, Brian Phillips […]

Texas Patriots Talk

On September 4, 2012, I spoke to the Texas Patriots PAC on “Individual Rights and the Tea Party.”

The Businessman as Politician

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on January 9, 2009. Comments have not been migrated.

Bill White has been Mayor of Houston since 2004. His biography page on the City of Houston web site states:

He uses business practices every day at City Hall to improve service and get things done.

When he first […]