A civilized society's first line of defense is not the law, police and courts but customs, traditions, rules of etiquette and moral values. These behavioral norms — mostly transmitted by example, word of mouth and religious teachings — represent a body of wisdom distilled over the ages through experience and trial and error.
Walter E. Williams is a professor of economics at
June 16, 2015, 5:15 AM EDT
June 9, 2015, 5:12 AM EDT
Parents, given vouchers and choice, could do a far superior job in the education of their children — and at a cheaper cost.
June 2, 2015, 5:00 AM EDT
President Obama has often said the wealthiest Americans must make sacrifices to better the lives of poor people. At Georgetown University's May 12 poverty summit, Obama said, "If we can't ask from society's lottery winners to just make that modest investment, then really this conversation is for show." Let's look at this "lottery winner" nonsense.
May 26, 2015, 6:06 AM EDT
Liberals unintentionally treat me like a white person. Unlike their response to other blacks, they demand that I back up my statements. For that, I thank them.
May 19, 2015, 6:50 AM EDT
Hustlers and people with little understanding want us to believe that today's black problems are the continuing result of a legacy of slavery, poverty and racial discrimination. The fact is that most of the social pathology seen in poor black neighborhoods is entirely new in black history. Let's look at some of it.
May 12, 2015, 4:26 AM EDT
I would be willing to bet a lot of money that most of the assaults, rapes and murders of women are done by people who identify as liberals or Democrats, particularly in the cases of murderers.
May 5, 2015, 7:16 AM EDT
The protest chant that black lives matter appears to mean that black lives matter only if they are taken at the hands of white police officers.
April 28, 2015, 8:15 AM EDT
If liberty lovers don't start fighting back soon, we'll forfeit our freedom of thought and religious expression under the assault of fascist leftist activists in our culture. Let's just look at two of the many recent events that should have us very concerned.
April 28, 2015, 8:07 AM EDT
The bottom line for solving California's water problem is that there needs to be a move toward a market-oriented method for the distribution of water. Government management has been a failure.
April 21, 2015, 5:40 AM EDT
The true test of one's commitment to free speech comes when a person permits others to say and publish ideas he or she deems offensive.
April 14, 2015, 5:41 AM EDT
One of the wonders of modern times is that reality is often seen as a social construct and therefore optional. Thus, if one finds a particular reality offensive or inconvenient, he just "changes" it.
April 7, 2015, 5:01 AM EDT
The bottom line for why some countries are rich while others are poor is best-explained by the amount of economic freedom.
March 31, 2015, 9:50 AM EDT
A fundamental law of economics posits that the lower the cost to do something the more people will do of it. That applies to doing anything, including discrimination.
March 24, 2015, 9:37 AM EDT
The Economist magazine recently published "What's gone wrong with Democracy ... and what can be done to revive it?" The suggestion is that democracy is some kind of ideal for organizing human conduct. That's a popular misconception.
March 17, 2015, 4:46 AM EDT
Black leaders stress the importance of political power and getting out the vote, but we might ask how important political power is to the ordinary black person. As a start toward answering that question, we might examine black life in cities where blacks hold considerable political power.
March 10, 2015, 4:27 AM EDT
Climate change propaganda is simply a ruse for a socialist agenda.
March 3, 2015, 7:24 AM EST
President Barack Obama wants Americans to dig deeper into our pockets to expand college education. Let's update college indoctrination done in the name of education.
February 24, 2015, 7:45 AM EST
Personal liberty and private property are anathemas to people who want to control our lives. That is part and parcel of the multicultural and diversity movements infecting the Western world.
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.