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  • Glad I Was Educated Before It Was ‘Fashionable For White People To Like Black People’

    10/13/2016 9:33:15 AM PDT · by rktman · 34 replies ^ | 10/13/2016 | Caroline May
    African-American students are getting a raw deal because — in the name of diversity — the system is superficially propping up those students who are doing poorly, according to economist and conservative columnist Walter E. Williams. “I am glad that I got all of my education — I received all of my education before it become fashionable for white people to like black people,” Williams said in an interview Wednesday on Tallahassee’s Morning Show with Preston Scott. He was recalling a comment about his education that he offered in the documentary “Suffer No Fools.” Williams, who is 80 years old,...
  • Cruelty to Black Students

    09/21/2016 4:57:10 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 22 replies ^ | September 21, 2016 | Walter E. Williams
    Last year's college news was about demands for safe spaces, trigger warnings and bans on insensitivity. This year's college news is about black student demands for segregated campus housing and other racially segregated campus spaces and programs. I totally disagree with these calls by black students. It's a gross dereliction of duty for college administrators to cave to these demands, but I truly sympathize with the problems that many black college students face. For college administrators and leftist faculty, the actual fate of black students is not nearly so important as the good feelings they receive from a black presence...
  • Walter Williams: Challenges for Black People: Part II

    07/19/2016 9:44:53 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 20 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 20, 2016 | Walter E. Williams
    The prospects for a better future are nearly hopeless for roughly 20 percent of black people — those who reside in big-city crime-infested and dysfunctional neighborhoods. There is virtually nothing that can be done about it without a major rebuilding of the black community from within. Let's examine some of the aspects of the problem and the dismal prognosis, given the status quo. The most important social unit is the family. Many talk about the "breakdown" in the black family when a far more accurate description is that the family doesn't form in the first place. About 73 percent of...
  • Walter Williams: Scalia School of Law

    05/16/2016 9:37:13 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 8 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 18, 2016 | Walter E. Williams
    George Mason University School of Law has just been renamed the Antonin Scalia School of Law in honor of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Accompanying the name change was a receipt of a $30 million gift: $10 million from the Charles Koch Foundation and $20 million from an anonymous donor. The combination of the names of Scalia and Koch has led to a number of George Mason University faculty getting their panties in a bunch — and understandably so. Let's look at it. Justice Antonin Scalia had a reputation on the court and in his written opinions as...
  • Fiddling Away Black Futures

    05/11/2016 5:14:55 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 25 replies ^ | May 11, 2016 | Walter E. Williams
    Most black politicians, ministers, civil rights advocates and professionals support Hillary Clinton's quest for the presidency. Whoever becomes the next president, whether it's a Democrat or Republican, will mean little or nothing in terms of solutions to major problems that confront many black people. We've already seen that even a black president means little or nothing. Politics and political power cannot significantly improve the lives of most black people and may even be impediments. Blacks hold high offices and dominate the political arenas in Philadelphia, Detroit, Baltimore and other cities. Yet these are the very cities with the nation's poorest...
  • Sowell: Dry Rot in Academia

    05/09/2016 12:08:25 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 10, 2016 | Thomas Sowell
    Jason Riley has now joined the long and distinguished list of people invited — and then disinvited — to give a talk on a college campus, in this case Virginia Tech. Mr. Riley is a Senior Fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a columnist for the Wall Street Journal and, perhaps most relevantly, author of a very insightful book titled "Please Stop Helping Us: How Liberals Make It Harder for Blacks to Succeed." In short, Jason Riley's views on race are different from the views that prevail on most college campuses. At one time, 50 years ago or earlier, exposing students...
  • Common Sense: Why attack Kasich for telling young women not to attend parties with lots of alcohol?

    05/04/2016 9:41:58 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 25 replies
    Townhall ^ | 05/03/2016 | Walter Williams
    Republican presidential aspirant John Kasich stirred up angry words from women's organizations and the Democratic Party by his response to a question from a female college student at a town hall meeting in Watertown, New York, regarding sexual assault. Kasich said all the right things about prosecuting offenders, but what got the Ohio governor in trouble with leftists was the end of his response: "I'd also give you one bit of advice: Don't go to parties where there's a lot of alcohol, OK? Don't do that." Let's examine that advice. To do so, let's ask some general questions about common...
  • Walter Williams: A Superior Vision

    04/25/2016 1:22:23 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 33 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 27, 2016 | Walter E. Williams
    Last month, I celebrated the beginning of my 81st year of life. For nearly half that time, I have been writing a nationally syndicated column on many topics generating reader responses that go from supportive to quite ugly. So I thought a column making my vision, values and views explicit might settle some of the controversy. My initial premise, when looking at all human issues, is that each of us owns himself. I am my private property, and you are your private property. If you agree with that premise, then certain human actions are moral and others immoral. The reason...
  • Walter Williams: Rights Versus Wishes

    04/18/2016 2:45:09 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 20, 2016 | Walter E. Williams
    Here is what presidential aspirant Sen. Bernie Sanders said: "I believe that health care is a right of all people." President Barack Obama declared that health care "should be a right for every American." The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops: "Every person has a right to adequate health care." President Franklin D. Roosevelt, in his January 1944 message to Congress, called for "the right to adequate medical care and the opportunity to achieve and enjoy good health." And it is not just a health care right that people claim. There are rights to decent housing, good food and a...
  • Walter Williams: Attacking Our Nation's Founders

    04/11/2016 11:19:26 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 17 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | April 11, 2016 | Walter E. Williams
    During Sen. Bernie Sanders' campaign visit to Liberty University, he told the students that our nation was created on racist principles. Students at a Christian-based university, such as Liberty, do not often hear the founders-as-racists argument. But it is featured at many other universities, as well as primary and secondary schools. Most often, the hate-America teachings are centered on the fact that slavery is a part of our history. What is left untaught is: Slavery was a routine part of human history. Blacks were the last people to be enslaved. Plus, our Founding Fathers struggled mightily over the issue of...
  • Our Forgotten Statesman (Happy Birthday, James Madison)

    03/16/2016 11:22:41 AM PDT · by Vigilanteman · 16 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 16 March 2016 | Walter Williams
    George Washington, our first president, is probably our greatest and most decent statesman. We celebrate Washington's Birthday each February. But March 16th marks the birthday of probably the second-most important and decent American, James Madison. Madison became our fourth president, but his presidency is not the chief source of his greatness. There would have been an entirely different America without Madison's enormous input and foresight at the contentious 1787 Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia. There were 55 delegates to the convention. Like Madison, some had a formal college education, while others did not. From Madison's notes about the quality of the...
  • The Unseen Cost Of Saving Jobs With Tariffs

    03/09/2016 3:43:27 AM PST · by expat_panama · 217 replies
    Investors Business Daily ^ | March 8, 2016 | WALTER E. WILLIAMS
    ...when making laws or economic decisions, it is imperative that we examine not only what is seen but also what is unseen. In other words, examine the whole picture... ...A concrete example was the Bush administration’s 8% to 30% tariffs in 2002 on several types of imported steel. They were levied in an effort to protect jobs in the ailing U.S. steel industry. Those tariffs caused the domestic price for some steel products, such as hot-rolled steel, to rise by as much as 40%.... ...there is no such thing as a free lunch... ...steel-users — such as the U.S. auto...
  • Sloppy Language Corrupts Our Society

    02/09/2016 4:55:04 PM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies ^ | February 9, 2016 | Walter E. Williams
    George Orwell said, "But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought." Gore Vidal elaborated on that insight, saying, "As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, too. Words are used to disguise, not to illuminate." And John Milton predicted, "When language in common use in any country becomes irregular and depraved, it is followed by their ruin and degradation." These observations bear heeding about how sloppy language is corrupting our society. The Atlantic magazine reported that public schools are nearly as segregated in 2012 as they were in the late 1960s. An Education Next series commemorating the 50th...
  • Walter Williams: Why Home Schooling?

    08/31/2015 2:53:24 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 84 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 2, 2015 | Walter E. Williams
    Many public primary and secondary schools are dangerous places. The Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics and the Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics show that in 2012, there were about 749,200 violent assaults on students. In the 2011-12 academic year, there were a record 209,800 primary- and secondary-school teachers who reported being physically attacked by a student. Nationally, an average of 1,175 teachers and staff were physically attacked, including being knocked out, each day of that school year. In Baltimore, each school day in 2010, an average of four teachers and staff were assaulted. Each year, roughly...
  • The long, slow death of the rule of law in America

    08/27/2015 5:39:09 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 67 replies
    OC Register ^ | Aug. 27, 2015 | TROY SENIK
    The most disturbing aspect of the scandal around Hillary Clinton’s use of a private e-mail server during her tenure as secretary of state is not the former first lady’s penchant for secrecy. What’s truly unsettling is that it has been widely taken as read among both the media and the general public that Mrs. Clinton will likely avoid serious legal consequences for her behavior because the Justice Department is ultimately answerable to President Obama – and Democrats will not use the instruments of government to destroy one of their own. Whether that eventually proves true, the sentiment itself reveals a...
  • HISTORICAL IGNORANCE II: Forgotten facts about Lincoln, slavery and the Civil War

    07/22/2015 7:36:12 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 1,086 replies
    FrontPage Mag ^ | 07/22/2015 | Prof. Walter Williams
    We call the war of 1861 the Civil War. But is that right? A civil war is a struggle between two or more entities trying to take over the central government. Confederate President Jefferson Davis no more sought to take over Washington, D.C., than George Washington sought to take over London in 1776. Both wars, those of 1776 and 1861, were wars of independence. Such a recognition does not require one to sanction the horrors of slavery. We might ask, How much of the war was about slavery? Was President Abraham Lincoln really for outlawing slavery? Let's look at his...
  • How Conservatives Teach

    07/10/2015 10:15:34 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 6 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | July 10, 2015 | Malcolm A. Kline
    Liberal friends curious about how conservative professors actually teach might consider asking them. That’s what Jeisi Zhao of the Young America’s Foundation did in an interview with George Mason University economist Walter Williams. “I teach micro-economic theory, and in my classroom I never talk about the kind of things that I talk about in my syndicated column or on radio,” Dr. Williams told Zhao. “In my classroom, I never talk about these things because they are my preferences and values, and I think it is academic dishonesty for professors to teach students their values.” “I would never teach my preferences....
  • Walter Williams: Fiddling Away the Future

    07/06/2015 10:18:40 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 13 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 8, 2015 | Walter E. Williams
    Let's list major problems affecting black Americans. Topping the list is the breakdown in the black family, where only a third of black children are raised in two-parent households. Actually, the term "breakdown" is incorrect. Families do not form in the first place. Nationally, there is a black illegitimacy rate of 72 percent. In some urban areas, the percentage is much greater. Blacks constitute more than 50 percent of murder victims, where roughly 7,000 blacks are murdered each year. Ninety-five percent of the time, the perpetrator is another black. If a black youngster does graduate from high school, it is...
  • Walter Williams: Constitutional Ignorance and Dereliction

    06/29/2015 2:35:27 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 19 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | July 1, 2015 | Walter E. Williams
    The nation's demagogues and constitutionally ignorant are using the Charleston, South Carolina, AME church shooting to attack the Second Amendment's "right of the people to keep and bear Arms." A couple of years ago, President Barack Obama said, "I have a profound respect for the traditions of hunting that trace back in this country for generations." That's a vision shared by many Americans, namely that the Constitution's framers gave us the Second Amendment to protect our rights to go deer and duck hunting, do a bit of skeet shooting, and protect ourselves against criminals. That this vision is so widely...
  • Walter E. Williams on the Economic Effects of Illegal Immigration

    05/28/2015 7:04:28 PM PDT · by impetrio1 · 4 replies
    Black & Blonde Media ^ | 5/28/15 | Bob Parks and Laura Erickson
    In the final part of our exclusive interview with Professor Walter E. Williams (Economics Department, George Mason University), the economic and cultural effects of illegal immigration on the United States are explained... plus a bonus!
  • Walter Williams: Liberals Respect Me

    05/25/2015 9:59:17 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 11 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 27, 2015 | Walter E. Williams
    During the early years of the Reagan administration, a Washington news conference was held for me for my first book, "The State Against Blacks." Before making summary statements about the book, I offered the reporters assembled that they could treat me like a white person. They could ask me hard, pressing questions. They could demand proof of the arguments that I was making. People such as former NAACP President Kweisi Mfume and former Chairman Julian Bond and the Rev. Al Sharpton can make ludicrous statements. An intimidated news media just swallow the nonsense. They are probably afraid to challenge, lest...
  • Walter E. Williams on the 40-hr Work Week and ObamaCare

    05/18/2015 10:22:25 AM PDT · by impetrio1 · 28 replies
    Black & Blonde Media ^ | 5/18/15 | Bob Parks and Laura Erickson
    In part three of our exclusive interview with Professor Walter E. Williams (Economics Department, George Mason University), we get his explanation why we may never see the “40-hour work week” again and also how ObamaCare is welfare, NOT health “insurance”.
  • Walter Williams: Some Odds and Ends

    05/11/2015 9:01:58 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 9 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | May 13, 2015 | Walter E. Williams
    Occasionally, I wonder whether I'm alone in some of my wonderings. Look at the claim that conservatives or Republicans have launched a war on women as a part of their overall mean-spirited agenda. In the case of mistreatment of women — or of anyone else — assault, rape and murder are about as horrible as it gets. But I would be willing to bet a lot of money that most of the assaults, rapes and murders of women are done by people who identify as liberals or Democrats, particularly in the cases of murderers. Most crime, except perhaps white-collar crime,...
  • Walter Williams: What's Gone Wrong With Democracy?

    03/23/2015 10:43:49 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 114 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 25, 2015 | Walter E. Williams
    The Economist magazine recently published "What's gone wrong with Democracy ... and what can be done to revive it?" The suggestion is that democracy is some kind of ideal for organizing human conduct. That's a popular misconception. The ideal way to organize human conduct is to create a system that maximizes personal liberty for all. Liberty and democracy are not synonymous and most often are opposites. In Federalist Paper No. 10, James Madison explained, "Measures are too often decided, not according to the rules of justice and the rights of the minor party, but by the superior force of an...
  • Walter Williams: College Campus Update

    03/02/2015 8:47:25 AM PST · by jazusamo · 12 replies
    Creators Syndictate ^ | March 4, 2015 | Walter E. Williams
    President Barack Obama wants Americans to dig deeper into our pockets to expand college education. Let's update college indoctrination done in the name of education. Cornell University assistant professor Russell Rickford, in a lecture titled "Ferguson: The Next Steps," told a packed auditorium: "Let's be very clear about what's going on. It's one every 28 hours. Dead black bodies in the street is a sacrifice America makes to the gods of white supremacy." He added: "The propertied classes leverage state violence to discipline, repress and contain them. America fears and despises all poor people." Blake Armstrong, a South Texas College...
  • The Cancer of Multiculturalism (Good read)

    02/23/2015 10:45:48 AM PST · by jazusamo · 16 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | February 25, 2015 | Walter E. Williams
    President Barack Obama surprised many at the National Prayer Breakfast when he lectured us, "Lest we get on our high horse and think this (barbarity) is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ." Obama went on to explain, "In our home country, slavery and Jim Crow all too often (were) justified in the name of Christ." In Obama's mind, Western outrage at Islamic barbarism should be tempered by the remembrance of what Christians did a thousand years ago in the name of Christ. Plus, that...
  • Basic Economics (Walter Williams)

    01/12/2015 9:22:30 AM PST · by jazusamo · 27 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | January 14, 2015 | Walter E. Williams
    "Whether one is a conservative or a radical, a protectionist or a free trader, a cosmopolitan or a nationalist, a churchman or a heathen, it is useful to know the causes and consequences of economic phenomena." That quotation, from Nobel laureate George J. Stigler, is how Dr. Thomas Sowell begins the fifth edition of "Basic Economics." It's a book that explains complex economic phenomena in a way that many economists cannot. And, I might add, it provides an understanding of some economic phenomena that might prove elusive to a Ph.D. economist. "Basic Economics" is a 653-page book, not including the...
  • Walter Williams: Should Profiling Be Banned?

    12/16/2014 10:22:20 AM PST · by jazusamo · 25 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 17, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    Last week, the Obama administration announced new curbs on racial profiling by federal law enforcement. Before deciding whether this is good or bad policy, we might try to develop a description/definition of racial profiling or any other kind of profiling. A good definition of profiling in general is the use of an easily observed physical characteristic as a guess for some other, difficult-to-observe characteristic. The reason people profile is that information is costly and they seek methods to economize on information costs. One way to do that is through profiling. Imagine a chief of police in a city where there...
  • Williams: What's Rule of Law?

    12/08/2014 8:58:09 AM PST · by jazusamo · 6 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | December 10, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    President Barack Obama said just before the recent Ferguson, Missouri, riots, "First and foremost, we are a nation built on the rule of law." Most Americans have little or no inkling of what "rule of law" means. Many think it means obedience to whatever laws legislatures enact. That's a vision that has led to human tragedy down through the ages. Historically, it sanctioned the divine right of kings, whereby a monarch was subject to no earthly authority, deriving his right to rule directly from the will of God. More recently, it's a vision that included the Nuremberg laws, which led...
  • Walter Williams: Obama vs. Us

    11/17/2014 9:40:56 AM PST · by jazusamo · 22 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | November 19, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    Suppose you saw a person driving his car on the wrong side of a highway, against the traffic. Would you call him a stupid and/or incompetent driver? You say, "Williams, what kind of question is that? Of course he's one or the other!" I'd say, "Hold your horses. What are his intentions?" If the driver's intentions are to cause highway calamity, one can hardly call his actions stupid or incompetent. Given his intentions, he is wisely acting in a manner to achieve his objectives. This observation lies at the heart of my colleague Dr. Thomas Sowell's column last week, in...
  • Walter Williams: Things I Don't Understand (Great read)

    08/30/2014 4:40:54 PM PDT · by jazusamo · 72 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | September 3, 2014 | Walter E. Williams
    There are things that really puzzle me. Some life insurance companies charge lower premiums if you haven't made a life-shortening lifestyle choice. Being a nonsmoker is one of them. Actuarially, that makes sense because the life expectancy for smokers is at least 10 years shorter than for nonsmokers. Insurance company policies charge higher premiums to those who are obese. The National Institutes of Health reports that those with a body mass index greater than 40 have a six- to 14-year lower life expectancy. Again, actuarially, that makes sense. Indeed, there's a strong advocacy for higher life insurance, as well as...
  • The truth about slavery reparations

    06/19/2014 6:13:13 AM PDT · by LucianOfSamasota · 24 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | June 16, 2014 | Walter Williams
    Calls for slavery reparations have returned with the publication of Ta-Nehisi Coates' "The Case for Reparations" in The Atlantic magazine. In making his argument, Coates goes through the horrors of slavery, Reconstruction, Jim Crow and gross racial discrimination. First off, let me say that I agree with reparations advocates that slavery was a horrible, despicable violation of basic human rights. The gross discrimination that followed emancipation made a mockery of the guarantees of the U.S. Constitution. I also agree that slave owners and slave traders should make reparations to those whom they enslaved. The problem, of course, is that slaves,...
  • White Privilege

    05/27/2014 2:17:51 AM PDT · by markomalley · 32 replies
    Frontpage ^ | 5/27/2014 | Walter Williams
    What would you think if your 8-year-old came home and told you that “white privilege is something that white people have, meaning they have an advantage in a lot of things and they can get a job more easily”? You would have heard that at the recent 15th annual White Privilege Conference in Madison, Wisconsin, attended by 2,500 public-school teachers, administrators and students from across the nation ( average parent has no idea of the devious indoctrination going on in classrooms in many public schools. What follows are some of the lessons of the conference.In one of the workshops, “Examining...
  • If you liked Kira Davis's comments about Cliven Bundy, here's EW Jackson's speech from last summer:

    04/25/2014 10:33:41 AM PDT · by Early2Rise · 14 replies
    Youtube ^ | June 2013 | EW Jackson
    EW Jackson's comments last summer, similar to those of Thomas Sowell, Walter Williams, Larry Elder, and Kira Davis.
  • Parting Company

    01/01/2014 4:35:36 AM PST · by Kaslin · 35 replies ^ | January 1, 2013 | Walter E. Williams
    Here's a question that I've asked in the past that needs to be revisited. Unless one wishes to obfuscate, it has a simple yes or no answer. If one group of people prefers strong government control and management of people's lives while another group prefers liberty and desires to be left alone, should they be required to enter into conflict with one another and risk bloodshed and loss of life in order to impose their preferences on the other group? Yes or no. My answer is no; they should be able to peaceably part company and go their separate ways....
  • Obama Not His Own Man, Incompetent, And Beyond Learning

    12/08/2013 2:20:22 PM PST · by Berlin_Freeper · 59 replies ^ | December 9, 2013 | Paul Ebeling
    “He’s beyond learning. He has another agenda and, firstly, I don’t think Obama is his own man,” Mr. Williams said in a TV interview at the weekend. “He is a puppet of George Soros,” he added, referring to the liberal billionaire businessman and philanthropist. Mr. Williams believes Mr. Obama’s presidency ultimately will be regarded along the lines of Jimmy Carter’s “as a somewhat failed” administration. He said it is unfortunate that America’s 1st black President is “incompetent.”
  • Masking Totalitarianism

    11/26/2013 9:29:00 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 4 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 11-27-13 | Walter Williams
    One of the oldest notions in the history of mankind is that some people are to give orders and others are to obey. The powerful elite believe that they have wisdom superior to the masses and that they've been ordained to forcibly impose that wisdom on the rest of us. Their agenda calls for an attack on the free market and what it implies — voluntary exchange. Tyrants do not trust that people acting voluntarily will do what the tyrant thinks they should do. Therefore, free markets are replaced with economic planning and regulation that is nothing less than the...
  • Are Guns the Problem?

    10/01/2013 5:17:17 AM PDT · by SJackson · 22 replies
    FrontPage Magazine ^ | October 1, 2013 | Walter Williams
    Every time there’s a shooting tragedy, there are more calls for gun control. Let’s examine a few historical facts. By 1910, the National Rifle Association had succeeded in establishing 73 NRA-affiliated high-school rifle clubs. The 1911 second edition of the Boy Scout Handbook made qualification in NRA’s junior marksmanship program a prerequisite for obtaining a BSA merit badge in marksmanship. In 1918, the Winchester Repeating Arms Co. established its own Winchester Junior Rifle Corps. The program grew to 135,000 members by 1925. In New York City, gun clubs were started at Boys, Curtis, Commercial, Manual Training and Stuyvesant high schools....
  • Touchy Topics

    09/04/2013 1:56:58 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 4 replies ^ | September 4, 2013 | Walter E. Williams
    Here's a question: What is the true test of one's commitment to freedom of expression? Is it when one permits others to express ideas with which he agrees? Or is it when he permits others to express ideas he finds deeply offensive? I'm betting that most people would wisely answer that it's the latter, and I'd agree. How about this question: What is the true test of one's commitment to freedom of association? Is it when people permit others to freely associate in ways of which they approve? Or is it when they permit others to freely associate in ways...
  • Touchy Topics

    09/03/2013 9:43:19 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 5 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 9-4-13 | Walter Williams
    Here's a question: What is the true test of one's commitment to freedom of expression? Is it when one permits others to express ideas with which he agrees? Or is it when he permits others to express ideas he finds deeply offensive? I'm betting that most people would wisely answer that it's the latter, and I'd agree. How about this question: What is the true test of one's commitment to freedom of association? Is it when people permit others to freely associate in ways of which they approve? Or is it when they permit others to freely associate in ways...
  • Re-education at George Mason

    08/28/2013 10:16:44 AM PDT · by Idaho_Cowboy · 19 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | August 28 | Dr. Walter E Williams
    This week begins my 34th year serving on George Mason University's distinguished economics faculty. You might imagine my surprise when I received a letter from its Office of Equity and Diversity Services notifying me that I was required to "complete the in-person Equal Opportunity and Prevention of Sexual Harassment Policies and Procedures training." This is a leftist agenda for indoctrination, thought control and free speech suppression to which I shall refuse to submit. Let's look at it. Ideas such as equity and equal opportunity, while having high emotional value, are vacuous analytical concepts. For example, I've asked students whether they...
  • Would They Be Proud?

    08/06/2013 4:48:28 PM PDT · by Salman · 17 replies
    Creator's Syndicate ^ | Aug 5, 2013 | Walter Williams
    One can't imagine the fear in the hearts of the parents of those nine black students who walked past shouting placard-carrying mobs as they entered Little Rock Central High School in 1957. Each day, they were greeted with angry shouts of "Two, four, six, eight, we don't want to integrate." In some rural and urban areas, during the school desegregation era, parents escorted their 5- and 6-year-old children past crowds shouting threats and screaming racial epithets. Often there were Ku Klux Klan marches and cross burnings. Much of this protest was in the South, but Northern cities were by no...
  • Black Education Tragedy

    07/10/2013 4:50:50 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 64 replies ^ | July 10, 2013 | Walter E. Williams
    As if more evidence were needed about the tragedy of black education, Rachel Jeantel, a witness for the prosecution in the George Zimmerman murder trial, put a face on it for the nation to see. Some of that evidence unfolded when Zimmerman's defense attorney asked 19-year-old Jeantel to read a letter that she allegedly had written to Trayvon Martin's mother. She responded that she doesn't read cursive, and that's in addition to her poor grammar, syntax and communication skills. Jeantel is a senior at Miami Norland Senior High School. How in the world did she manage to become a 12th-grader...
  • Distrusting Government

    07/02/2013 9:39:53 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 3 replies
    Jewish World Review ^ | 7-2-13 | Walter Williams
    Recent opinion polls demonstrate a deepening distrust of the federal government. That's not an altogether bad thing. Our nation's founders recognized that most human abuses are the result of government. As Thomas Paine said, "government, even in its best state, is but a necessary evil." Because of their fear of abuse, the Constitution's framers sought to keep the federal government limited in its power. Their distrust of Congress is seen in the governing rules and language used throughout our Constitution. The Bill of Rights is explicit in that distrust, using language such as Congress shall not abridge, shall not infringe...
  • The Progressive's Bit by Bit Strategy

    06/25/2013 11:22:06 PM PDT · by VitacoreVision · 8 replies
    The New American ^ | 26 June 2013 | Walter E. Williams
    There's a move on to prohibit Washington's football team from calling itself "Redskins," even though a 2009 U.S. Supreme Court decision said that it has that right. Bit by Bit Strategy Walter E. Williams | The New American 26 June 2013 There's a move on to prohibit Washington's football team from calling itself "Redskins," even though a 2009 U.S. Supreme Court decision said that it has that right. Now the name change advocates are turning to the political arena and intimidation. The NCAA has already banned the University of North Dakota from calling its football team the "Fighting Sioux."...
  • The 20 Greatest Quotes From Walter Williams

    06/18/2013 5:03:00 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 26 replies ^ | June 18, 2013 | John Hawkins
    Walter Williams is a veteran, a professor of economics at George Mason University, a syndicated columnist, a fill-in host for Rush Limbaugh and an author of eight books. Williams has one of the finest minds in America as you're about to see as you read these quotations. 20) How many times have we heard “free tuition,” “free health care,” and free you-name-it? If a particular good or service is truly free, we can have as much of it as we want without the sacrifice of other goods or services. Take a “free” library; is it really free? The answer is...
  • Walter Williams: ‘Americans deserve the IRS’

    05/30/2013 8:19:20 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 48 replies
    Walter Williams: ‘Americans deserve the IRS’ Posted By Jeff Poor On 10:45 PM 05/29/2013 In Politics | No Comments It’s been often said that in a democracy people get the government they deserve. Conservative economist Walter E. Williams said in his May 29 column that Americans deserve the scandal-ridden Internal Revenue Service, and he elaborated on that point on Wednesday’s broadcast of Andrea Tantaros’ radio show. Williams explained that the IRS was just an instrument of Congress, which is fulfilling the wishes of the people it represents. “In my column that came out this week, I say that Americans deserve...
  • Minority Student Needs

    04/03/2013 11:04:49 AM PDT · by Kaslin · 27 replies ^ | April 3, 2013 | Walter E. Williams
    Professor Craig Frisby is on the faculty of University of Missouri's Department of Educational, School and Counseling Psychology. His most recent book is "Meeting the Psychoeducational Needs of Minority Students." It's a 662-page textbook covering a range of topics from multiculturalism and home and family influences to student testing and school discipline. There's no way full justice can be given to this excellent work in the space of this column, so I'll highlight a few valuable insights he makes that would help educators do a better job with minority students. Quack multiculturalism is the name Frisby gives to the vision...
  • Williams: Intellectuals and Race

    03/18/2013 11:40:25 AM PDT · by jazusamo · 10 replies
    Creators Syndicate ^ | March 20, 2013 | Walter E. Williams
    After reading Dr. Thomas Sowell's latest book, "Intellectuals and Race," one cannot emerge with much respect for the reasoning powers of intellectuals, particularly academics, on matters of race. There's so much faulty logic and downright dishonesty. Many intellectuals attribute the behavior patterns of blacks to "a legacy of slavery" or contemporary racial discrimination. But when one observes similar behavior patterns among Britain's lower-class whites, which can't be attributed to "a legacy of slavery" or discrimination, it calls into question the explanations for black behavior. It's lamented that blacks are "the last hired" and, during an economic downturn, "the first fired,"...
  • A Hundred Percent of Nothing

    12/18/2012 3:23:11 PM PST · by Altura Ct. · 23 replies
    CNS News ^ | 12/18/2012
    JoAnn Watson, Detroit city council member, said, "Our people in an overwhelming way supported the re-election of this president, and there ought to be a quid pro quo." In other words, President Obama should send the nearly bankrupted city of Detroit millions in taxpayer bailout money. But there's a painful lesson to be learned from decades of political hustling and counsel by intellectuals and urban experts. In 1960, Detroit's population was 1.6 million. Blacks were 29 percent, and whites were 70 percent. Today, Detroit's population has fallen precipitously to 707,000, of which blacks are 84 percent and whites 8 percent....