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Author: James Burling

May 16, 2020

Townhall: The threat emergency measures pose to our constitutional government

Contrary to popular belief, the most serious threat to a democratically-elected republican form of government doesn't come from dictators and demagogues. The most serious threat is a crisis, because it undermines the checks and balances that would otherwise slake political leaders' unquenchable thirst for more power and control over those they gove ...

April 30, 2020

Restrictive housing policies put low-income city residents at risk during COVID-19

In the 19th century, epidemics and crowded tenement housing went hand in hand. Cholera, smallpox, and even the bubonic plague swept through America's slum housing in numbers that make the COVID-19 epidemic seem like a case of the sniffles. Unfortunately, today's housing policies in many urban areas make low-income and minority city residents most a ...

October 07, 2019

The Hill: What to watch for in the new Supreme Court session

If you care about property rights, the environment and the First Amendment, here's a quick checklist of cases to watch in the Supreme Court term starting this week.  County of Maui v. Hawaii Wildlife Fund The Clean Water Act makes it clear that the states, not the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), have the authority to ...

July 12, 2019

The destructive power of rent control

Bomb damage or rent control? That was the caption under this picture in a 1981 book about rent control across the world. Looking at the photo, it’s impossible to tell the difference. Almost 40 years later, the story hasn't changed: outside of wars and natural disasters, rent control is the single most effective destroyer of ...

June 28, 2019

Inclusionary zoning’s threat to affordable housing and property rights

Whether home is a house, apartment, condo, or cabin, everyone needs a place that's theirs and theirs alone. But in so many cities across the country, the price of home is too much for too many. PLF fights for people's right to freely own their home and utilize it as they choose. And when our ...

June 25, 2019

Winning the battle against Williamson County

True enemies are most often the stuff of epic tales and movies. But in real life, our enemies are subtler; many times, they're unknown to most. For decades, one of PLF's enemies has been a legal precedent called Williamson County. And during this Supreme Court session, PLF Senior Attorney Dave Breemer finally defeated it. This ...