Orchestrating energy disaster

by Walter Williams -- One needn't be a rocket scientist to create California's energy problems. According to the California Energy Commission, from 1996 to 1999 electricity demand, stimulated by a booming economy, more…

America's amnesia

by Walter Williams -- Arthur M. Schlesinger wrote in "The Disuniting of America": "History is to the nation ... as memory is to the individual. An individual deprived of memory becomes disoriented more…

America's new role models

by Walter Williams -- Former U.S. Sen. Daniel Patrick Moynihan gave us the phrase "defining deviancy down" to describe how we've switched from moral absolutes to situational morality. Today's morality is situational more…

Virginia State University tyranny

by Walter Williams -- If we had to single out one American institution that stands at the forefront of modern-day racial discrimination, deception and contempt for fundamental principles of liberty, it would more…

Kids and guns

by Walter Williams -- Every time there's a school shooting, there are demands for greater gun control measures that range from longer waiting periods and mandated gun locks to stricter licensing and more…

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…