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

Defending the Free Market

We can’t predict what solutions and innovations that free individuals will discover. However, we do know that free individuals, and only free individuals, can and do find solutions and innovations.

Conservatives Abandon Property Rights

Conservatives should remember their past support for property rights. But more importantly, they need to discover what that principle truly means. Until they do so, conservatives will continue to abandon property rights.

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.

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