Russell Withers

Russell Withers

General Counsel at TCCRI

Russell Withers is General Counsel at TCCRI. He holds an undergraduate degree in Government and English from the University of Texas at Austin and a J.D. from Tulane University School of Law in New Orleans. Russell helped litigate constitutional claims as a clerk at the Institute for Justice, served on the policy team for the Greg Abbott campaign for Governor in 2014, and regularly assists members of the Texas Legislature on questions of public policy. He has testified before committees in the Texas Legislature and authored numerous opinion editorials on Texas politics and public policy. His works have appeared in the Austin American Statesman, the Houston Chronicle, the Texas Tribune’s Trib Talk, and others. Russell is an active member in the Austin Lawyers Chapter of the Federalist Society and has organized events as well as presented and participated in them.

Russell lives in Austin with his wife, Katy, and his two daughters, Reese and Nora. He is a lifelong Houston Astros fan and resents their forced move to the American League in 2013.

 

Email: russell@txccri.org
Phone: (512) 474-6042

“The recognition of the insuperable limits to his knowledge ought indeed to teach the student of society a lesson of humility which should guard him against becoming an accomplice in men’s fatal striving to control society — a striving which makes him not only a tyrant over his fellows, but which may well make him the destroyer of a civilization which no brain has designed but which has grown from the free efforts of millions of individuals.”

Friedrich A. Hayek

“Great ideas do not burst upon the world unannounced. They are reached by a gradual development over a length of time usually proportionate to their importance.”

Calvin Coolidge

“There is no western, capitalistic country in which the conditions of the masses have not improved in an unprecedented way.”

Ludwig von Mises

“Freedom is the sure possession of those alone who have the courage to defend it.”

Pericles

“The market is a more powerful and more reliable liberating force than government can ever be.”

Margaret Thatcher

“It is no good to have convictions unless you have the will to translate those convictions into actions … I often think that when you are going for consensus so often it means that those who believe as I believe tend to give in to the left wing and you move steadily further and further left.”

Margaret Thatcher

“[P]ublic management is not an arena in which to find Big Answers; it is a world of settled institutions designed to allow imperfect people to used flawed procedures to cope with insoluble problems.”

James Q. Wilson

“In the meantime we live in a country that despite its baffling array of rules and regulations and the insatiable desire of some people to use government to rationalize society still makes it possible to get drinkable water instantly, put through a telephone call in seconds, deliver a letter in a day, and obtain a passport in a week. Our Social Security checks arrive on time. Some state prisons, and most of the federal ones, are reasonably decent and humane institutions. The great majority of Americans, cursing all the while, pay their taxes. One can stand on the deck of an aircraft carrier during night flight operations and watch two thousand nineteen-year-old boys faultlessly operate one of the most complex organizational systems ever created. There are not many places where all this happens. It is astonishing it can be made to happen at all.”

James Q. Wilson

“[T]raditionalists must be committed to the preservation of spaces for private life that are protected from the perverse shortsightedness of politics… [W]e should be intensely engaged in the struggle for the soul of our society—knowing we can expect no ultimate victory from politics, but also that we are by no means destined to defeat, and that by persisting in the struggle we make room for another generation to rise and thrive and seek to embody the good. Politics can do no more than that, but it must do no less.”

Yuval Levin

“What is prudence in the conduct of every private family can scarce be folly in that of a great kingdom.”

Adam Smith

“Our framers understood that government was inclined to advance its own interests, even to the point of ham-fisted bullying, which is precisely why the Constitution was written–to keep government on a leash, not We the People.”

Justice Don Willett

“The curious task of economics is to demonstrate to men how little they really know about what they imagine they can design.”

F.A. Hayek

“Underlying most arguments against the free market is a lack of belief in freedom itself.”

Milton Friedman