The “Community Good” and Property Rights

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on April 12, 2010. Comments have not been migrated.

We are often told that property rights must occasionally be sacrificed for the “common good”. One local blogger repeats this claim, noting that city officials must wage a constant balancing act between the two:

This central dilemma is the […]

Clowns on the Left, Jokers on the Right

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on December 16, 2009. Comments have not been migrated.

While Leftists in Washington are busy assaulting our property rights through “cap and trade”, health care “reform” and massive spending, “rightists” in another Washington–Washington University (WU) in St. Louis are busy assaulting intellectual property rights. Last week the Christian […]

The War on Property Rights Continues

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on October 20, 2009. Comments have not been migrated.

The headline for Monday’s lead article in the Chronicle blares: “Tough Land-Use Law Supported”. The headline implies that a specific law has been proposed and is generating support. But in fact, the headline refers to a poll conducted by […]

Principles, Propositions, and Property Rights

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on October 14, 2009. Comments have not been migrated.

When an individual abandons principles he approaches each issue in isolation from other issues. He has no way to integrate or connect seemingly separate issues, and deals with each on a case-by-case basis. The resulting conclusions are often contradictory, […]

A Private Beach is Threatened

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on July 23, 2009. Comments have not been migrated.

While the Texas Open Beaches Act (TOBA) made land along the shore “public property”, a small section of beach in Galveston has remained private property since the enactment of TOBA in 1959. According to the Chronicle:

The Legislature approved […]

An Open Letter to Jim McIngvale

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on July 15, 2009. Comments have not been migrated.

Dear Mr. McIngvale,

I recently read a story about the Greater Northside Management District (GNMD) suing you for back taxes. The Chronicle quotes you as saying, “To me, it’s taxation without representation. If they were doing something that was […]

Signs and Printing Presses

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on July 12, 2009. Comments have not been migrated.

In keeping with its unstated policy of supporting any idea or policy that increases government control, on Saturday the Chronicle editorial supported the city’s new restrictions on signs:

Houston brings out the nagging mother in us: She’d be such […]

A Sign of the Times?

This was originally posted on Live Oaks on June 26, 2009. Comments have not been migrated.

On Wednesday a federal judge declared Houston’s 1993 sign ordinance unconstitutional. The ruling concluded a trial in which Houston Balloons & Promotions sued the city. The company was awarded damages of $927,841 with an additional $187,000 for expenses and […]

Houston: The City I Love

This was originally posted as a series on Live Oaks in June 2009. Comments have not been migrated.

Introduction Politicians love to listen to citizen complaints. Complaints give the politician both a purpose and a justification. Solving the problem is the purpose, and the fact that the complaint was voiced to a government official provides […]

Texas Beaches and Property Rights

This was originally posted as a series on Live Oaks in June 2009. Comments have not been migrated.

This November, Texans will have an opportunity to express their support for property rights. An amendment to the Texas Constitution is on the ballot, and while the outcome is not likely to have any significant short-term impact, […]