Brian Phillips

Brian Phillips is the founder of the Texas Institute for Property Rights. Brian has been defending property rights for nearly thirty years. He played a key role in defeating zoning in Houston, Texas, and in Hobbs, New Mexico. He is the author of three books: Individual Rights and Government Wrongs, The Innovator Versus the Collective, and Principles and Property Rights. Visit his website at texasipr.com.

A Case Study in Nuisance

Nuisance is highly contextual. An action that constitutes a nuisance in one context may not be a nuisance in another context.

Affordable Housing: The Costs of Democracy in California

On the one hand, housing advocates and public officials decry the state’s housing shortage. On the other hand, they continue to advocate for more controls and restrictions to be piled onto the shoulders of housing producers.

Texas’ War on Free Speech

Social media companies are not a threat to free speech. Governments that do not respect property rights are.

Alternatives to Public Libraries

America’s past, is replete with examples of voluntary, cooperative associations which provided for the many needs of the citizenry. One of the most striking examples is the evolution of libraries in pre-Civil War America. Even today, alternatives to tax-sup-ported libraries exist.

Logic: The Vaccine for an Infodemic

To determine the truth on any issue, whether we are in an infodemic or not, we must examine the facts. More importantly, we must arm ourselves with the proper method for examining those facts.

No Vaccine, No Service

A private vaccine requirement does not prevent unvaccinated individuals from dining out elsewhere. A government vaccine mandate prohibits unvaccinated individuals from dining out anywhere.

Regulations Impede Rationality

Regulations force individuals to act contrary to their own judgment. This applies to both irrational and rational decisions.

What About the Poor?

A common question, when discussing capitalism, is: What about the poor? In other words, won’t the poor be helpless and hopeless in a capitalist society? The premise underlying such questions is altruism. According to altruism, we have a moral duty to serve others....

The Fallacy of “Living Wage”

The fundamental issue is not wage rates, but productivity. If a worker desires a higher wage, he must produce more in a given period of time.

Lobbying and Political Power

Lobbyists are not a creation of the free market, but of a mixed economy–an economy with a mixture of freedoms and controls. When government has the power to arbitrarily dictate the actions of individuals, individuals will seek legislation that is favorable to them.

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