Work to do: Texas ranks 3rd in Economic Freedom of North America index

Work to do: Texas ranks 3rd in Economic Freedom of North America index

In Texas, we celebrate our freedom and pride ourselves on being a business-friendly state. We don’t brag about finishing second, let alone third. According to Economic Freedom of North America report, released by the Canada’s Fraser Institute, Texas ranks just third for economic freedom. This year, Florida beat New Hampshire and Texas as having the highest level of economic freedom…

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Pro-Free Market vs. Pro-Business in Texas

Pro-Free Market vs. Pro-Business in Texas

Why in order to become the freest market in the country, Texas should rethink corporate incentive policies. Texas has long been touted as being one of the most business-friendly states in the nation. In many ways this could be argued as true. While companies are not completely free from state taxation in our state, the lack of a state personal…

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The Right To Earn a Living In Texas

The Right To Earn a Living In Texas

What does it mean to have the right to earn a living?  In the simplest of terms, the right to earn a living means that people should be free to acquire income in ways that make them happy, allowing them to use their own gifts and talents, absent unreasonable interference from outside actors.  While this would appear to an uncontroversial,…

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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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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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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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