Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Va., and a member of the Board of Advisors for the Media Research Center's Free Market Project.

My Articles

May 13, 2014, 5:57 AM EDT
There's little defense for Donald Sterling, save his constitutional right to make racist remarks. But in a sea of self-righteous indignation, I think we're missing the most valuable lesson that we can learn from this affair — a lesson that's particularly important for black Americans.
May 6, 2014, 4:53 AM EDT
The weakening of racial preferences in college admissions can be beneficial if it can focus our attention on the causes of the huge gap in academic achievement between blacks and whites and Asians. Worrying about what happens when blacks are trying to get in to college is too late — as a matter of fact, 12 years late.
April 29, 2014, 4:35 AM EDT
My bottom line question is: Should we be ruled by what are seen as good ideas or by what's permissible by the U.S. Constitution?
April 22, 2014, 4:25 AM EDT
Before discussing the "unjust" wage differences between men and women, let's acknowledge an even greater injustice — which no one seems to care about — age injustice.
April 15, 2014, 5:09 AM EDT
Let's examine some of the absurdity of the Obama administration's take on student discipline.
April 8, 2014, 4:48 AM EDT
We might ask why the 20th century was so barbaric. Surely, there were barbarians during earlier ages. Part of the answer is that during earlier times, there wasn't the kind of concentration of power that emerged during the 20th century.
April 1, 2014, 5:23 AM EDT
According to the National Institutes of Health, male infants 1 to 3 months old should be fed 472 to 572 calories per day, whereas their female counterparts should receive 438 to 521 calories per day.That's an official sex-based caloric 10 percent rip-off of baby females.
March 25, 2014, 4:46 AM EDT
Some statements and arguments are so asinine that you'd have to be an academic or a leftist to take them seriously. Take the accusation that Republicans and conservatives are conducting a war on women.
March 18, 2014, 5:05 AM EDT
Yes, the U.S. economy is in the doldrums, thanks to a variety of factors, most significantly the effect of growth-deadening government policies like Obamacare and the Dodd-Frank Act. But by any sensible measure, most Americans are today better paid and more prosperous than in the past."
March 11, 2014, 5:05 AM EDT
I'd argue that the best rules are those that we'd be satisfied with if our very worst enemy were in charge of decision-making. The foundation for such rules was laid out by my mother. Let's look at it.
March 4, 2014, 5:15 AM EST
The cultural problems that affect many black people are challenging and not pleasant to talk about, but incorrectly attributing those problems to racism and racial discrimination, a need for more political power, and a need for greater public spending condemns millions of blacks to the degradation and despair of the welfare state.
February 25, 2014, 4:23 AM EST
There is little that the political and education establishment will do about the grossly fraudulent education received by many black youngsters, and more money is not the answer.
February 18, 2014, 4:37 AM EST
Evil acts are given an aura of moral legitimacy by noble-sounding socialistic expressions, such as spreading the wealth, income redistribution, caring for the less fortunate, and the will of the majority. Let's have a thought experiment to consider just how much Americans sanction evil.
February 11, 2014, 5:02 AM EST
There's very little guts in the political arena to address the basic causes of poverty. To do so risks being labeled as racist, sexist, uncaring and insensitive. That means today's dependency is likely to become permanent.
February 4, 2014, 4:28 AM EST
When a black person is not admitted to college, flunks out of college, can't pass a civil service test or doesn't get job promotions, he is likelier to blame racial discrimination than his poor education.
January 28, 2014, 4:06 AM EST
Part of the progressive agenda is to create hate and envy by attacking the large differences between a corporate CEO's earnings and those of its average worker. But let's look at some high salaries that progressives ignore.
January 14, 2014, 5:40 AM EST
Democrats plan to demagogue income inequality and the wealth gap for political gain in this year's elections. Most of what's said about income inequality is stupid or, at best, ill-informed. Let's look at it.
January 7, 2014, 6:31 AM EST
The only significant debate about the minimum wage is the magnitude of its effect. Some studies argue that a 10 percent increase in the minimum wage will cause a 1 percent increase in unemployment, whereas others predict a higher increase.
December 31, 2013, 9:52 AM EST
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.
December 17, 2013, 5:02 AM EST
Countries that are closer to the free market end of the economic spectrum are more generous than those at the socialist or communist end. So Pope Francis, who views charity as a key part of godliness, ought to stop demonizing capitalism.