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

February 17, 2015, 5:59 AM EST
Today's liberals are not racists, but they often behave that way. They would benefit immensely from considering some of the arguments in award-winning scholar Dr. Shelby Steele's forthcoming book, "Shame: How America's Past Sins Have Polarized Our Country."
February 10, 2015, 11:08 AM EST
Many claim that we should be alarmed by income inequality because it hampers upward mobility. Others argue that because income is distributed so unevenly, justice and fairness require income redistribution. Let's look at fairness and justice.
February 3, 2015, 6:26 AM EST
The best that politicians can do is to give parents and children who are serious about education a mechanism to opt out of rotten schools.But that option is something the education establishment fights tooth and nail against.
January 27, 2015, 6:58 AM EST
The greatest tool in the arsenal of demagogues is economic ignorance, which my colleagues in George Mason University's economics department battle against tooth and nail.
January 20, 2015, 5:48 AM EST
Western lack of will is a result of our having been paralyzed by the doctrine of multiculturalism.
January 13, 2015, 6:56 AM EST
Economics is not just about goods and services that we enjoy as consumers. It's more fundamentally about productivity — that is, how the use of land, labor, capital and other inputs that go into producing the volume of output determines a nation's wealth.
January 6, 2015, 5:21 AM EST
Decent Americans should see the dangers posed by America's race hustlers, who are stacking up piles of combustible racial kindling, ready for a racial arsonist to set it ablaze.
December 30, 2014, 9:27 AM EST
Liberals desperately need blacks. If the Democratic Party lost just 30 percent of the black vote, it would mean the end of the liberal agenda. Let's look at some of the ways white liberals use black people.
December 23, 2014, 5:00 AM EST
Older black people, who were raised in an era when there was far greater discrimination and who faced far fewer opportunities, need to speak out against behavior and excuses that their parents would have never accepted.
December 16, 2014, 5:23 AM EST
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.
December 9, 2014, 4:53 AM EST
Just about every law that Congress enacts violates the requirements for rule of law. How do we determine violations of rule of law? It's easy. See whether the law applies to particular Americans, as opposed to all Americans.
December 2, 2014, 6:13 AM EST
No one argues that racial discrimination does not exist or does not have effects. The question that's relevant to policy, as well as resource allocation, is: How much of what we see is caused by discrimination?
November 18, 2014, 5:01 AM EST
Seeing as all branches of federal government ignore most of the provisions of the Constitution, I think we can safely say that we've reached the post-Constitution stage of our history.
November 11, 2014, 4:37 AM EST
It would be unreasonable to expect a student with the reading, writing and computing abilities of an eighth-grader to do well in college. But the University of North Carolina made this accommodation; many athletes were enrolled in phantom courses in the department of African and African-American studies.
November 4, 2014, 4:39 AM EST
While UNC's cheating agenda has been fully exposed, I'd bet the rent money that similar fraudulent practices are widespread at other universities, and whistleblowers should come forth.
November 4, 2014, 4:36 AM EST
While UNC's cheating agenda has been fully exposed, I'd bet the rent money that similar fraudulent practices are widespread at other universities, and whistleblowers should come forth.
October 28, 2014, 5:05 AM EDT
Foreign aid provides the financial resources that enable Africa's grossly corrupt and incompetent regimes to buy military equipment, pay off cronies and continue to oppress their people.
October 21, 2014, 4:56 AM EDT
There are many examples of buyers of labor services seeking, and ultimately finding, substitutes when labor prices rise. It's economic malpractice for economists to suggest that they don't.
October 14, 2014, 4:56 AM EDT
The Food and Drug Administration can make two types of errors. It can approve a drug that has dangerous unanticipated side effects, or it can reject or delay approval of a drug that is safe and effective. Let's look at these errors, because to err on the side of under- or over-caution is costly.
October 7, 2014, 5:57 AM EDT
The most promising tool in the fight against teacher indoctrination and classroom misconduct is the microtechnology that enables students to secretly record and expose academic misconduct by teachers.