How Not To Fix Fort Worth: A Response to Bud Kennedy of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

How Not To Fix Fort Worth: A Response to Bud Kennedy of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Bud Kennedy should be commended for thinking big and long-term with regards to Fort Worth’s future (“Here’s How to Fix Fort Worth“). Unfortunately, his ideas mostly range from the superficial to the counterproductive. It is hard to disagree with Kennedy’s “image” suggestions: embrace a “modern west” mindset, abandon Dallas-envy, emphasize Trinity Trails, etc. However, it is difficult to imagine that…

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Next Gen Q&A: Ilan Wurman

Next Gen Q&A: Ilan Wurman

I had the pleasure of listening to Ilan Wurman speak about his book “A Debt Against the Living: An Introduction to Originalism” recently in Houston, Texas. The book offers an engaging, easy-to-understand explanation of Constitutional interpretation, as well as a defense of the ideas of the American Founding. It’s also a compelling essay on why the Constitution is still relevant…

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Redesigning State College: Lessons from the Sharing Economy

Redesigning State College: Lessons from the Sharing Economy

The state of Texas is in the college business. Texas has chartered over three dozen colleges and universities. Those colleges have been granted land and are supported annually through the state budget, and the Permanent University Fund, a public endowment which supports colleges in the University of Texas System and Texas A&M University Systems. There is no realistic prospect that…

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AMAZON AND BEYOND: THOUGHTS ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INCENTIVES

AMAZON AND BEYOND: THOUGHTS ON ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT INCENTIVES

Last fall, Amazon announced its plans to relocate its headquarters from Seattle, Washington to a new location. Following the announcement, state and local governments have been courting Amazon to select #HQ2 as if they were competing to host the Olympics or a Super Bowl. However, the stakes are much, much higher.  By some estimates, the Amazon headquarters would deliver 50,000…

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WHY FREEDOM IS NON-PARTISAN

WHY FREEDOM IS NON-PARTISAN

Thanks to free enterprise we are witnessing an age of dizzying technological innovation,  and material abundance, a decline in global poverty. Despite abundance, millennials are being tempted by the siren song of socialism. According to a 2015 Reason-Rupe poll, some 58% of college aged Americans have a positive view of socialism. It is not sufficient to lecture the young on…

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A NEW VOICE IN TEXAS PUBLIC POLICY

A NEW VOICE IN TEXAS PUBLIC POLICY

Texas is at a crossroads. Demographic changes and migration from other parts of the United States and world are transforming the state, leading to both new challenges and new opportunities. Incredible economic growth is attracting new residents, new businesses, and new industries. In many ways, we may be on the verge of a new Texas Golden Age of unprecedented prosperity…

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10 RULES FOR JUDGING LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS

10 RULES FOR JUDGING LEGISLATIVE PROPOSALS

How do you make up your mind about specific issues and policies? Apart from following the opinions of like-minded people in your social circle or the recommendations of some writer or celebrity, who and what informs your decision-making process? Rather than taking an ad hoc approach to policy, we suggest that one develop an intellectual framework based on his or…

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THE FUTURE, SINGULARITY, AND THE FREE MARKET

THE FUTURE, SINGULARITY, AND THE FREE MARKET

Conservatives face a challenge today similar to that faced by William F. Buckley Jr. at the founding of National Review as he stood athwart History yelling “Stop”. Socialists of Buckley’s day spoke of dialectical History inevitably advancing toward a socialist order. Today, progressives warn of the imminent death of capitalism at the hands of disruptive technologies. Critics of capitalism tell…

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