When the Law Compels, It Restricts Liberty

When the Law Compels, It Restricts Liberty

Americans today face a crisis of liberty. Even in Texas, where free enterprise ostensibly prospers, real freedom is in danger. Over time, a perversion of law has allowed the balance of power to shift, emboldening the government to tell citizens how they can and cannot act. Worst of all, the use of laws with the praiseworthy intent to create a…

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Does Texas Need Campus Free Speech Legislation?  A Look at the Goldwater Institute Model Bill on Campus Free Speech

Does Texas Need Campus Free Speech Legislation? A Look at the Goldwater Institute Model Bill on Campus Free Speech

The Texas Senate State Affairs Committee Chair recently held hearings at Texas State University on whether Texas should enact legislation protecting free speech on state college campuses. The Senate Committee asked fourteen speakers to testify on registration requirements of student organizations and obstacles for students to invite speakers to appear on state campuses, such as arbitrary security expenses. In addition, the…

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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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