Democracy: An offense to liberty

by Walter Williams -- It is truly disgusting for me to hear politicians, national and international talking heads and pseudo-academics praising the Middle East stirrings as democracy movements. We also hear democracy more…

Self-inflicted poverty

by Walter Williams -- Why is it that Egyptians do well in the U.S. but not Egypt? We could make that same observation and pose that same question about Nigerians, Cambodians, Jamaicans more…

FDA: A killer agency

by Walter Williams -- Sam Kazman's "Drug Approvals and Deadly Delays" article in the Journal of American Physicians and Surgeons (Winter 2010), tells a story about how the U.S. Food and Drug more…

Misbehaving black kids? Expel them

by Walter Williams -- In my column "The disaster of black education" (Dec. 22, 2010), I presented National Assessment of Educational Progress test data that demonstrated that an average black high-school graduate more…

Blame Americans, not politicians

by Walter Williams -- National debt is over $14 trillion, the federal budget deficit is $1.4 trillion, and, depending on whose estimates are used, the unfunded liability or indebtedness of the federal more…

Why we're a divided nation

by Walter Williams -- Some Americans have strong, sometimes unyielding preferences for Mac computers, while most others have similarly strong preferences for PCs and wouldn't be caught dead using a Mac. Some more…

Were past presidents constitutionally ignorant?

by Walter Williams -- Here's the House of Representatives' new rule: "A bill or joint resolution may not be introduced unless the sponsor has submitted for printing in the Congressional Record a more…

Fewer manufacturing jobs a good thing

by Walter Williams -- So many statements we accept as true, plausible or beyond question; but are they? Let's look at a couple of important ones: global warming and U.S. manufacturing decline. more…

Free trade and my new Lexus

by Walter Williams -- At first blush, the mercantilists' call for "free trade but fair trade" sounds reasonable. After all, who can be against fairness? Giving the idea just a bit of more…

The disaster of black education

by Walter Williams -- Harvard University professor Stephan Thernstrom's recent essay, "Minorities in College – Good News, But ...," in Minding the Campus (Nov. 4, 2010), a website sponsored by the New more…