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How to Assist Evil

"Engineering Evil" is a documentary recently shown on the Military History channel. It's a story of Nazi Germany's murder campaign before and during World War II. According to some estimates, 16 million Jews and other people died at the hands of Nazis.

April 12, 2014 | Walter Williams | Our Thoughts


Bizarre Arguments and Behavior

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. Does that mean they're waging war on their daughters, wives, mothers and other female members of their families? If so, do they abide by the Geneva Conventions' bans on torture, or do they engage in enhanced interrogation and intimidation methods, such as waterboarding, with female family members? You might say that leftists don't mean actual war. Then why do they say it?

March 29, 2014 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Governed by rules, not men

I argue that the best rules to govern our lives 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 her wise lessons.

March 18, 2014 | Walter Williams | Our Thoughts


Black Americans are being duped by the left

People in the media and academia are mostly leftists hell-bent on growing government and controlling our lives. Black people, their politicians and civil rights organizations have become unwitting accomplices. The leftist pretense of concern for the well-being of black people confers upon them an aura of moral superiority and, as such, gives more credibility to their calls for increasing government control over our lives.

March 11, 2014 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Disruptive students shouldn't be tolerated

A fortnight ago, my column focused on how Philadelphia's schoolteachers have joined public-school teachers in cities such as Atlanta, Detroit, Los Angeles, Columbus, New York and Washington in changing student scores on academic achievement tests. Teachers have held grade- fixing parties, sometimes wearing rubber gloves to hide fingerprints. In some cases, poorly performing students were excused from taking exams to prevent them from dragging down averages. As a result of investigations, a number of schoolteachers and administrators have been suspended, fired or indicted by states' attorneys general.

March 06, 2014 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Concealing the evils of socialism

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 22, 2014 | Walter Williams | Columnists


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The cost of minimum wage

Last week's column discussed the political tradeoffs made by black politicians and civil rights organizations that condemn whole generations of black youngsters to failing schools (http://tinyurl.com/6mmlsf). Similar political tradeoffs in labor markets condemn many blacks, particularly black youths, to high rates of unemployment and reduced economic opportunities. Let's look at this, starting with a few historical facts.

October 19, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Politicos' double standard for their kids

Tradeoffs apply to our economic lives as well as our political lives. That means that getting more of one thing requires giving up something else. Let's look at some examples.

October 12, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Gun restrictions won't replace morality

Every time there's a shooting tragedy, there are more calls for gun control.

October 05, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Williams: Honesty and trust are vital

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. When we purchase a bottle of 100 pills from our pharmacist, how many of us bother to count the pills? We pull in to a gasoline station and pay $35 for 10 gallons of gasoline. How do we know for sure whether we in fact received 10 gallons instead of 9 3/4? You pay $7 for a ...

September 28, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Williams: Professors have agendas

The new college academic year has begun, and unfortunately, so has student indoctrination.

September 21, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Book looks at ‘The Wealth Choice’

No one can blame you if you start out in life poor, because how you start is not your fault. If you stay poor, however, it is your fault.

September 14, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


What is 'freedom of association'?

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?

September 07, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Multiculturalism's hidden agenda

This week begins my 34th year serving on George Mason University's distinguished economics faculty.

August 31, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Progressive agenda hinders blacks

Sometimes I wonder when black people will reject the patronizing insults of white progressives and their black handmaidens. After CNN's Piers Morgan's interview with the key witness in the George Zimmerman trial, he said: "Rachel Jeantel is not uneducated. She's a smart cookie."

August 24, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Williams: Money & natural gas market

Why is it that natural gas sells in the United States for $3.94 per 1,000 cubic feet and in Europe and Japan for $11.60 and $17, respectively?

August 17, 2013 | Walter Williams | OPINION


Williams: Would heroes be proud today?

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.

August 10, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


More than 'conversation' is needed

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.

August 03, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Black education tragedy

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 13, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


State legislatures are waking up

Recent opinion polls demonstrate a deepening distrust of the federal government. That's not an altogether bad thing.

July 06, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


Williams: Beware of zealots who start small

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.

June 29, 2013 | Walter Williams | Columnists


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