Exterior_of_the_Coliseum_Rome_ItalyIn The Arena we will discuss Texas politics, policy, and culture from a liberty perspective. Our commentary will cover local, state, and national items of interest to Texans. As it did during the 83rd Legislative Session, our commentary and analysis will draw heavily on our Liberty Principles. These are the principles we use to evaluate legislation and they are the principles that will inform our issue coverage here in The Arena. We don’t claim that these principles constitute a comprehensive definition of liberty, they are simply our areas of focus within the broad category of liberty.

We are an organization based not on party or person, but on principle. At its core, our philosophy is that liberty ought to be expanded and government ought to be contracted in size, scope, and cost. In our endeavor to promote liberty, we will be equal opportunity critics without regard for party affiliation when we see politicians encroaching on liberty. We will happily applaud when our candidates, elected officials, administrative policy makers, and institutions support liberty and we will call them out when they do not. Consistent with our earlier pledge to not get involved in elections, we will neither endorse nor support candidates for office; though we may occasionally comment on their policy proposals if there is a noteworthy connection to the promotion or detraction of liberty.

By shining the light of liberty far and wide across the State of Texas we will undoubtedly incur the ire of those who are not fully committed to the cause of liberty or who were once committed but lost their way. We invite discussion, expect pushback, and welcome a healthy exchange of ideas in the pursuit of individual liberty, personal responsibility, private property rights, free markets, and limited government.

Welcome to The Arena.

Posted August 06, 2013 by Nathanael Ferguson