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

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.
September 30, 2014, 5:36 AM EDT
If our military tells us that we do have the capacity to defeat the terror threat, then the reason that we don't reflects a lack of willingness.
September 23, 2014, 4:43 AM EDT
Courts, bureaucrats and the intellectual elite have consistently concluded that "gross" disparities are probative of a pattern and practice of discrimination. Given all of the differences among people, such a position is pure nonsense.
September 16, 2014, 4:49 AM EDT
Much of the Muslim world is at war with Western civilization. There's no question that the West has the military might to thwart radical Islam's agenda. The question up for grabs is whether we have the intelligence to recognize the attack and the will to defend ourselves from annihilation.
September 9, 2014, 4:56 AM EDT
According to a 2012 Reuters poll, "Seventy-five percent of Americans feel there is too much money in politics." Let's think about money in politics, but first a few facts.
September 2, 2014, 8:03 AM EDT
Why is it acceptable for insurance companies to discriminate against smokers and the obese but not homosexuals? After all, they are all Americans and protected by the Constitution.
August 26, 2014, 4:26 AM EDT
Though racial discrimination exists, it is nowhere near the barrier it once was. The relevant question is: How much of what we see today can be explained by racial discrimination?
August 19, 2014, 5:47 AM EDT
Faced with the increasing costs of higher education, parents and taxpayers might like to know what they're getting for their money. Some of it is outrageous.
August 12, 2014, 5:03 AM EDT
Securing our border is not only an immigration issue but, more importantly, a national security issue.
August 5, 2014, 5:06 AM EDT
The Western anti-Semitic and anti-Israel response is amazing and somewhat disconcerting.