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.

Capitalists on the Moon

The essence of Jacobin Magazine’s argument is that it isn’t fair that some get to enjoy things most of us can’t afford. If everyone can’t enjoy luxuries, then nobody should be allowed to. This is an example of what Ayn Rand called “hatred of the good for being the good.”

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

It is rare that a book can objectively present the facts and then draw all of the wrong conclusions. Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City, which won a Pulitzer Prize in 2017, is one such book.

Tenants Have No Special Rights

The advocates of “tenants’ rights” imply that tenants have rights that are separate and distinct from landlords and other individuals.

Modern-day Luddites

Modern-day Luddites oppose a different type of progress—gentrification.

The Landlord Shrugged

Government officials love to loudly proclaim the great benefits that tenants will enjoy by restricting and controlling landlords. The folly of their schemes will become clear when they discover that the landlord shrugged.

The “Right to Return”

Like all forms of subsidies, the “right to return” takes from some—taxpayers—to provide benefits to others—low-income households.

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