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

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.
December 10, 2013, 4:45 AM EST
Fragile-earth indoctrination and apocalyptic predictions are stock in trade for environmental extremists and non-extremists alike. Let's examine just how fragile the earth is.
December 3, 2013, 6:49 AM EST
There is every indication to suggest that Obama's presidency will be seen as a failure similar to that of Jimmy Carter's.
November 26, 2013, 4:45 AM EST
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.
November 19, 2013, 4:24 AM EST
The Social Security and Medicare fiction was created because Americans would not be so passive if they knew that the tax they are paying is double what is on their pay stubs — not to mention federal income taxes.
November 12, 2013, 5:18 AM EST
The people in Washington have great confidence that they can run our health care system better than we, our physicians and hospitals. But would you trust Washington to control our traffic lights or to be in charge of stocking our supermarkets? Then why trust Washington with managing our health insurance?
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.