There's no free lunch

by Walter Williams -- Each semester, I spend a few minutes explaining to my students, both graduate and undergraduate, the first and second laws of thermodynamics. Why? Mother Nature permits us to more…

Airport safety regulations

by Walter Williams -- Secretary of Transportation Norman Y. Mineta – Czar Norman – has ordered new, ill-thought-out, oppressive airline regulations in the wake of recent terrorist attacks. Among them: a ban more…

Reaping the whirlwind

by Walter Williams -- The recent terrorist attacks suggest that it might be time to re-examine our foreign policy. What should that foreign policy be? Part of the answer might lie in more…

Lies and misrepresentations

by Walter Williams -- Nowhere do lies and misrepresentation stand out in as bold relief as in the political arena. But how we forget. Speaking in 1983, head of the National Highway more…

Safety at all costs?

by Walter Williams -- There's the old admonition: It's better to be safe than sorry. The fact of life is that one can be both safe and sorry – that's if we more…

Envirobamboozled

by Walter Williams -- Time magazine: "Scientists no longer doubt that global warming is happening, and almost nobody questions the fact that humans are at least partly responsible." U.S. News & World more…

Usable black history

by Walter Williams -- John McWhorter, linguistics professor at the Berkeley campus of the University of California, has written a compelling essay in the summer 2001 issue of City Journal titled, "Toward more…

The new language

by Walter Williams -- No one invented language – it simply spontaneously evolved as a system that enables us to communicate with one another. Language is never static because in the process more…

Race summit in Durban

by Walter Williams -- The United Nations will open its "World Conference Against Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia and Related Intolerance" (let's call it WCAR) on Aug. 31 in Durban, South Africa. Already more…

Riot ideology and 'de-policing'

by Walter Williams -- A Seattle policeman explained de-policing as: "Parking under a shady tree to work on a crossword puzzle is a great alternative to being labeled a racist and being more…