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.

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.

Unleash the Swarm in Housing Production

If we unleash the swarm, if we restore freedom to property owners, we will see an immense increase in housing production. Property owners could convert single-family homes into duplexes, build a cottage or “granny flat” in the back yard, or do any number of other things to increase the supply of housing.

The Two Sides of the Censorship Coin

Forcing companies to allow content is the flip side of prohibiting them from expressing certain ideas. These are the two side of the censorship coin.

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