Do blacks need favors?

by Walter Williams -- Earlier this month, the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act was celebrated. During the act's legislative debate, then-Sen. Hubert Humphrey, responding to predictions, promised, "I'll eat my more…

Our unwillingness to defend ourselves

by Walter Williams -- The U.S. Justice Department's Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that 2012 losses because of personal identity theft totaled $24.7 billion. The money losses from identity theft pale in more…

A spending problem, or a moral problem?

by Walter Williams -- During last year's budget negotiation meetings, President Barack Obama told House Speaker John Boehner, "We don't have a spending problem." When Boehner responded with "But, Mr. President, we more…

On economic freedom, 'we're No. 17!'

by Walter Williams -- A couple of years ago, President Barack Obama, speaking on the economy, told an audience in Osawatomie, Kansas: "'The market will take care of everything,' they tell us. more…

It's back – demand for reparations

by Walter Williams -- Calls for slavery reparations have returned with the publication of Ta-Nehisi Coates' "The Case for Reparations" in The Atlantic magazine (May 21, 2014). In making his argument, Coates more…

Who owns you?

by Walter Williams -- Darcy Olsen, president of the Arizona-based Goldwater Institute, and Richard Garr, president of Neuralstem, a biotech company, wrote "Right to Try experimental drugs" in USA Today (May 28, more…

Our tolerance of nonsense

by Walter Williams -- Most who read my columns think that I'm only annoyed by politicians, growing government and Americans who have little respect or love for liberty and our Constitution. There more…

America's budding tyrants

by Walter Williams -- From the Nazis to the Stalinists, tyrants have always started out supporting free speech, and the reason why is easy to understand. Speech is vital for the realization more…