It's birthday of our 2nd-greatest statesman

by Walter Williams -- George Washington, our first president, is probably our greatest and most decent statesman. We celebrate Washington's birthday each February. But March 16 marks the birthday of probably the more…

The unseen harm of tariffs

by Walter Williams -- Claude Frederic Bastiat (1801-50) – a French classical liberal theorist, political economist and member of the French National Assembly – wrote an influential essay titled "That Which Is more…

What is the 'fair share' of taxes?

by Walter Williams -- Presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders, along with President Obama, say they want high-income earners, otherwise known as the rich, to pay their fair share of more…

Gullible Americans, exploitive politicians

by Walter Williams -- Jonathan Swift (1667-1745), satirist, essayist and political pamphleteer, is a favorite of mine. He wrote "Gulliver's Travels." One of Gulliver's voyages was to Laputa, where he visited the more…

Clinton, Sanders and racist progressivism

by Walter Williams -- Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and Sen. Bernie Sanders seek to claim the "progressive" mantle. Both claim the other is not a true progressive. Clinton teased Sanders as being more…

Sloppy language, sloppy thinking

by Walter Williams -- George Orwell said, "But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought." Gore Vidal elaborated on that insight, saying, "As societies grow decadent, the language grows decadent, more…

The circulating 'Isn't It Strange?' email

by Walter Williams -- There is a letter titled "Isn't It Strange?" making the rounds in email boxes. It asks questions to which our fellow Americans should know the answers, save for more…

Improve education: Expel more students

by Walter Williams -- Some credit Albert Einstein, others credit Benjamin Franklin, with the observation that "the definition of insanity is doing the same thing year after year and expecting different results." more…

Black Confederate-flag haters dishonor ancestors

by Walter Williams -- Last July, Anthony Hervey, an outspoken black advocate for the Confederate flag, was killed in a car crash. Arlene Barnum, a surviving passenger in the vehicle, told authorities more…

Minimum-wage dishonesty

by Walter Williams -- Michael Hiltzik, a columnist and Los Angeles Times reporter, wrote an article titled "Does a minimum wage raise hurt workers? Economists say: We don't know." Uncertain was his more…