Kelly Parks joins Karl Peterjohn to discuss county and zoning issues. Parks is a former member of the Sedgwick County Commission and is a member of Kansans Advocating Responsible Zoning (KARZ). Continue reading WichitaLiberty.TV: Kelly Parks and property rights
John Todd explains how cities in Kansas are seeking additional power to seize property, and tells us why we should oppose this legislation. Continue reading WichitaLiberty.TV: John Todd and the fight against blight
Local governments in Kansas are again seeking expanded power to seize property. Continue reading Property under attack in Kansas
Another Kansas legislator explains why raising taxes was necessary. So he says. Continue reading Deconstructing Don Hineman
John Todd makes an appearance on The Voice of Reason with Andy Hooser to talk about proposed legislation in Kansas that would be harmful to private property rights. Continue reading In Kansas, the war on property rights
Dr. James Otteson is executive director of the BB&T Center for the Study of Capitalism at Wake Forest University. He was in Wichita to speak at the Bastiat Society and stopped by the WichitaLiberty.TV studios to discuss capitalism. Continue reading WichitaLiberty.TV: Dr. James Otteson on capitalism
Co-host Karl Peterjohn joins Bob Weeks to discuss the fight on blight and property rights, guns on campus, availability of testimony in the Kansas Legislature, and KPERS, our state’s retirement system. Continue reading WichitaLiberty.TV: Blight, guns, testimony, and KPERS
Kansas governments are trying — again — to expand their powers to take property to the detriment of one of the fundamental rights of citizens: private property rights. Continue reading In Kansas, the war on blight continues
Here are highlights from Voice for Liberty for 2016. Was it a good year for the principles of individual liberty, limited government, economic freedom, and free markets in Wichita and Kansas? Continue reading Year in Review: 2016
Was it “Trump” or “Bernie” that incited a fight, and how does the Wichita Eagle opine? Economic development in Wichita. Blight and property rights. Teachers unions. Explaining capitalism. Continue reading WichitaLiberty.TV: Trump and the Wichita Eagle, property rights and blight, teachers union, and capitalism
Reaction to the veto of a bill in Kansas reveals the instincts of many government officials, which is to grab more power whenever possible. Continue reading In Wichita, revealing discussion of property rights
Wichita City Council members speak in opposition to Kansas Governor Sam Brownback’s veto of Senate Bill 338, which would have given cities additional power to take property. Continue reading Wichita City Council speaks on blight
Senate Bill 338 opens the door for serious abuse in Kansas. Governmental authority to take property from one private citizen and give it to another private citizen should be limited, but this bill would have the effect of expanding such authority without adequate safeguards, wrote Kansas Governor Sam Brownback in his veto message. Continue reading Governor Brownback steps up for property rights
Kansas Governor Sam Brownback should veto a bill that is harmful to property rights, writes John Todd. Continue reading Governor Brownback, please veto this harmful bill
A bill working its way through the Kansas Legislature will give cities additional means to seize property. Continue reading Power of Kansas cities to take property may be expanded
The Wichita City Council will attempt to settle a dispute concerning whether a new roof should be allowed to have a vertical appearance rather than the horizontal appearance of the old. Continue reading Property rights in Wichita: Your roof
There are things simple and noncontroversial that the Kansas Legislasture should do in its upcoming session, and some things that won’t be easy but are important. Also, a look at eminent domain. Continue reading WichitaLiberty.TV: What the Kansas Legislature should do, and eminent domain
As we approach another birthday of Milton Friedman, here’s his article where he clears up the authorship of a famous aphorism, and explains how to really get a free lunch. Based on remarks at the banquet celebrating the opening of the Cato Institute’s new building, Washington, May 1993.
I am delighted to be here on the occasion of the opening of the Cato headquarters. It is a beautiful building and a real tribute to the intellectual influence of Ed Crane and his associates.
I have sometimes been associated with the aphorism “There’s no such thing as a free lunch,” which I did not invent. I wish more attention were paid to one that I did invent, and that I think is particularly appropriate in this city, “Nobody spends somebody else’s money as carefully as he spends his own.” But all aphorisms are half-truths. One of our favorite family pursuits on long drives is to try to find the opposites of aphorisms. For example, “History never repeats itself,” but “There’s nothing new under the sun.” Or “Look before you leap,” but “He who hesitates is lost.” The opposite of “There’s no such thing as a free lunch” is clearly “The best things in life are free.”
And in the real economic world, there is a free lunch, an extraordinary free lunch, and that free lunch is free markets and private property. Why is it that on one side of an arbitrary line there was East Germany and on the other side there was West Germany with such a different level of prosperity? It was because West Germany had a system of largely free, private markets — a free lunch. The same free lunch explains the difference between Hong Kong and mainland China, and the prosperity of the United States and Great Britain. These free lunches have been the product of a set of invisible institutions that, as F. A. Hayek emphasized, are a product of human action but not of human intention.
Which buildings in Wichita have historic value can change at the whim of the council. Continue reading Historic value, gone in a flash
As a county commissioner I am focused on creating a special advantage for everyone in Sedgwick County. Eliminating the county’s property tax is an idea whose time has come. Continue reading Let’s create something special and unique