Topic: Property Rights

An Insider Untangles the Causes of the Financial Crisis in American Cities

– October 1, 2023

“Balancing budgets without reassessing what municipal governments should or should not do, and the long-term benefits and costs of their activities is insufficient.” ~Jason Sorens & Robertas Bakula


Why is Baby Formula Kept Under Lock and Key?

– September 30, 2023

“Patent restrictions, a deliberate oligopoly, protectionist tariffs, and the highest inflation in four decades have resulted in an extremely expensive product at the end of a frangible production process and supply chain.” ~Peter C. Earle


Taxation as Social Justice

– September 24, 2023

“The goal is not to raise revenue so we can support the poor; instead, the US is pursuing the simpler goal of eliminating private concentrations of wealth.” ~Michael Munger


Dark Matter and the Swimming Pool App

– September 22, 2023

“DHHS wants to regulate pool rentals without going through the process of formal rulemaking. So the agency releases a guidance document telling impressionable county officials and homeowners that, as far as they’re concerned, they’re treating Swimply rentals as if they have a rule in place.” ~Jon Sanders


Using People the Right Way 

– September 7, 2023

“You offer me means to advance my ultimate ends, not my ultimate ends themselves. I offer you resources in exchange, but those are also means to your ultimate ends, not your ultimate ends themselves.” ~ Gary Galles


State Development Incentives: Taxes, Investment, and Tullock Auctions

– September 5, 2023

“State ‘incentive’ packages do more than pay companies the difference in costs. Politicians have every reason to pay up to, and beyond, the entire economic benefit to the state, because their calculus counts costs as benefits.” ~ Michael Munger


Contra Abundance

– September 3, 2023

“Not all differences are due to injustice. We can improve our own situation, both individually and collectively, by acting prudently, wisely, and productively.” ~ Per Bylund


Hayek Helps Us Understand Why People Are Losing Their Minds

– September 2, 2023

“Today, the extended order is breaking down. As order breaks down, so do our powers of reason. Many are willing to be taught to have disgust for those outside their tribe.” ~ Barry Brownstein


Locked Down: What Do We Really Need Collective Action For?

– August 30, 2023

“Locke’s view, reflected in our Founding documents, is that preserving our freedoms requires one type of collective action: the preservation of our rights. No more. Actions beyond that benefit some at the expense of others.” ~ Gary M. Galles


A Review of M. Nolan Gray’s “Arbitrary Lines: How Zoning Broke the American City and How to Fix it” 

– August 27, 2023

“While most cities in the United States continue to constrain themselves with zoning as we have come to know it, Gray points out that there are some notable exceptions where zoning has been reformed or removed and the early results are promising.” ~ H. Sheldon Weeks


Should We Abolish Zoning?

– August 25, 2023

“Many people consider zoning part of the ‘property right’ they bought in their home. They really should set up covenants if they want that security.” ~ Jason Sorens


Crowdfund the Coliseum

– August 19, 2023

“It’s an updated form of participatory democracy, with citizens ‘voting’ with their dollars. The fundamental difference lies in choice, as people aren’t taxed forcibly but choose to back a project or refrain.” ~ Max Borders