National Review: The Private Sector’s COVID-Era Triumph

National Review: The Private Sector’s COVID-Era Triumph

While government struggled mightily to steer us through the coronavirus pandemic, the free market got to work. Popular culture most often portrays businessmen and the corporations they head as greedy and ruthless. A lightly regulated free market and the profit motive, we’re told, inevitably leads to the exploitation of workers and consumers. Through Hollywood’s lens, government is far more virtuous…

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A Season of Goodwill and Good Governance

A Season of Goodwill and Good Governance

For the past several years, conservatism has battled an identity crisis. Fundamental questions surround the Republican Party’s commitment to its own principles. Now, in the wake of a presidential electoral loss and a final defeat at the hands of the conservative-majority Supreme Court, we hear unserious and reckless calls for secession, rather than a gracious admission of defeat or a willingness…

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Against Reckless Secession Rhetoric

Against Reckless Secession Rhetoric

The Lone Star Policy Institute unequivocally rejects the notion suggested by Texas GOP Chair Alan West that the state of Texas should secede from these United States. On Friday December 11, 2020,  the Supreme Court of the United States unanimously denied the frivolous lawsuit from Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton that sought an injunction preventing the selection of presidential electors…

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Urbane Cowboys: Antitrust Abuse with Ashley Baker

Urbane Cowboys: Antitrust Abuse with Ashley Baker

Welcome: Hello Americans. This is the Urbane Cowboys podcast with Josiah Neeley of R Street Institute and Doug McCullough of Lone Start Policy Institute. Good Day. Josiah Neeley: Welcome to the Urbane Cowboys podcast. I am Josiah Neeley with the R Street Institute. Doug McCullough: And I am Doug McCullough with the Lone Star Policy Institute. Josiah Neeley: Today we…

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GOV. GREG ABBOTT CALLS FOR DEREGULATION OF OCCUPATIONAL LISCENSING

GOV. GREG ABBOTT CALLS FOR DEREGULATION OF OCCUPATIONAL LISCENSING

AUSTIN, Texas — On Oct. 8, Gov. Greg Abbott signed a letter to the heads of state agencies, directing their agencies to trim licensing regulations, reduce fees and requirements for certain professions, and remove licensing barriers for individuals with criminal records, where appropriate. Abbot ordered this overhaul with the intention of providing Texans “the opportunity to earn a living free…

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FEE: Can We Celebrate a Flawed Nation? Yes!

FEE: Can We Celebrate a Flawed Nation? Yes!

What happens when a woke and wealthy football player-turned-marketing activist appropriates a flag’s historical significance? Well, naturally, he convinces a multi-billion dollar, American-based company to pull merchandise out of stores immediately before it is set to be released—and they just do it. While some thumb their noses at a flag designed by Betsy Ross with the intent to represent the…

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5G Wireless Networks: Who Should Set the Rules?

5G Wireless Networks: Who Should Set the Rules?

The FCC recently passed regulations that would make the deployment of 5G Wireless technology subject to national rules. Under those rules, local cities and townships would be restricted in the amount of fees that they could charge private wireless providers to use municipal assets and infrastructure. The rationale behind this policy is to ensure that 5G wireless technology is quickly…

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