Laws versus values

by Walter Williams -- During the '40s, when I attended primary and secondary school, one didn't hear of school shootings. Why? Did we have better laws banning guns in and around schools? more…

Heart and Sowell of economics

by Walter Williams -- Dr. Thomas Sowell has just released his latest treasure -- it's title is "Basic Economics." Reading through the book reminded me of a 30-plus-year-old conversation I had with more…

Demoralizing young blacks

by Walter Williams -- David Bell, Harvard law professor, counseled, "Black people will never gain full equality in this country." The late columnist Carl Rowan said, "Racism remains a terrible curse on more…

Radical reform needed

by Walter Williams -- The McCain-Feingold campaign finance reform bill calls for an aspirin prescription when radical surgery is what's needed. Among other things, the bill seeks to ban unrestricted "soft money" more…

Congress hasn't the authority

by Walter Williams -- Last year, President Clinton signed legislation that orders states to change their statutes so that .08 is the blood/alcohol concentration (BAC) for arrest for drunk-driving. The BAC edict more…

Why dumb Americans are the best

by Walter Williams -- It's generally agreed that American primary, secondary and, increasingly, undergraduate education is a failure. But that assessment depends upon just what evaluation criteria is chosen. By some criteria, more…

Educrats and elite arrogance

by Walter Williams -- Here's a question prompted by my recent rereading of Leonard Read's The Myth of the See-It-All, in "The Coming Aristocracy" (1969). Incidentally, Read founded the New York-based Foundation more…

Masking education fraud

by Walter Williams -- Last week, I reported that 73 percent of California State University's black college freshmen required remedial math and 66 percent required remedial English. In last week's speech to more…

Fiddling while Rome flunks out

by Walter Williams -- What's an important priority for black politicians and civil-rights organizations? First, there's the Confederate flag that must be removed from public buildings in South Carolina, Georgia and Mississippi. more…

Sources of income

by Walter Williams -- Last week, President George Bush sent his $1.6 trillion tax cut proposal to Congress to have it welcomed by cries of "tax cuts for the rich." Sen. Tom more…