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

November 5, 2013, 5:04 AM EST
Here's my question to those who protest that their Social Security checks are not an entitlement or handouts: Seeing as Congress has not "set up a Social Security account for you" containing your Social Security and Medicare "contributions," where does the money you receive come from? I promise you it's neither Santa Claus nor the tooth fairy.
October 29, 2013, 4:30 AM EDT
Entitlement spending is not the only form of legalized theft. The Department of Agriculture gives billions of dollars to farmers. Every Cabinet-level department in Washington is in charge of handing out at least one kind of subsidy or special privilege. Most federal non-defense "discretionary spending" by Congress is for handouts.
October 22, 2013, 4:15 AM EDT
I'm wondering how the hate-America/blame-America-first crowd might explain the fact that so many people in the world, if they had a chance, would permanently relocate here. Maybe it's that they haven't been exposed to enough U.S. university professors.
October 15, 2013, 4:59 AM EDT
I can't imagine what black politicians and civil rights groups are getting that's worth condemning black youths to a high rate of unemployment and its devastating effects on upward economic mobility, but then again, I'm not a politician.
October 8, 2013, 4:15 AM EDT
Though many black politicians mouth that we should fix, not abandon, public schools, they themselves have abandoned public schools. They see their children as too precious to be sacrificed in the name of public education.
October 1, 2013, 5:03 AM EDT
Every time there's a shooting tragedy, there are more calls for gun control. Let's examine a few historical facts.
September 24, 2013, 4:24 AM EDT
Dishonesty, lying and cheating are not treated with the right amount of opprobrium in today's society. To gain an appreciation for the significance of honesty and trust, consider what our day-to-day lives would be like if we couldn't trust anyone.
September 17, 2013, 4:49 AM EDT
The new college academic year has begun, and unfortunately, so has student indoctrination. Let's look at some of it.
September 10, 2013, 5:17 AM EDT
No one can blame you if you start out in life poor, because how you start is not your fault. If you stay poor, you're to blame because it is your fault. Nowhere has this been made clearer than in Dennis Kimbro's new book, "The Wealth Choice: Success Secrets of Black Millionaires."
September 3, 2013, 5:16 AM EDT
Forced association is not freedom of association.
August 27, 2013, 5:05 AM EDT
Ideas such as equity and equal opportunity, while having high emotional value, are vacuous analytical concepts.
August 20, 2013, 5:20 AM EDT
When black Americans finally recognize the harm of the progressive agenda, I'm betting they will be the nation's most conservative people, for who else has been harmed by progressivism as much?
August 13, 2013, 5:45 AM EDT
Washington has stringent export restrictions on natural gas. Why? Just follow the money.
August 6, 2013, 5:14 AM EDT
Most of the parents and civil rights leaders whose sacrifices and courage made today's educational opportunities possible are no longer with us. My question is: If they could know what many of today's black youngsters have done with the fruits of their sacrifice, would they be proud?
July 30, 2013, 7:28 AM EDT
If we put ourselves into the shoes of racists who seek to sabotage black upward mobility, we couldn't develop a more effective agenda than that followed by civil rights organizations, black politicians, academics, liberals and the news media. Let's look at it.
July 23, 2013, 5:02 AM EDT
Police Capt. Louis Renault, played by Claude Rains in the 1942 movie "Casablanca," in the wake of the shooting of a Nazi officer, ordered his men to "round up the usual suspects." Was Renault engaging in some sort of profiling? Let's look at it.
July 16, 2013, 4:30 AM EDT
Personal liberty is important, but the best route to that goal is what Egypt needs most — reforms that create economic liberty.
July 9, 2013, 4:10 AM EDT
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.
July 2, 2013, 6:01 AM EDT
The heartening news for us is that state legislatures are beginning to awaken to their duty to protect their citizens from unconstitutional acts by the Congress, the White House and a derelict Supreme Court.
June 25, 2013, 5:46 AM EDT
This is the classic method of busybodies and tyrants; they start out with something trivial or small and then magnify and extend it. If activists are successful in banning the use of Indian names for football teams, you can bet the rent money that won't end their agenda.