Social Security lies

by Walter Williams -- Here's what the 1936 government pamphlet on Social Security said: "After the first 3 years -- that is to say, beginning in 1940 -- you will pay, and more…

Mankind's most vicious idea

by Walter Williams -- Capitalism always loses when compared to the promises of communism and socialism. Why? Because you're comparing a system that exists on earth, warts and all, with a utopia, more…

Economic misunderstandings

by Walter Williams -- The statist claim that a strong government is needed to protect the "weak" against the "powerful" is usually accepted as a matter of faith. But given just a more…

No Excuses

by Walter Williams -- According to a March 17 Los Angeles Times story written by education reporter Richard Lee Colvin, 60 percent of Los Angeles eighth-graders do not know their multiplication tables. more…

Benefits to starvation

by Walter Williams -- Brutal as it might be, there has been a beneficial side to conquest, particularly to future generations of conquered people. You might think that's awful to say, but more…

Let's debate but think straight

by Walter Williams -- I teach economic theory at George Mason University at the introductory, intermediate and Ph.D. levels. I admonish students that in the process of fooling others, it is not more…

Government against business

by Walter Williams -- Last week, U.S. District Judge Thomas Jackson ruled that Microsoft violated federal antitrust laws and harmed consumers. Jackson found that the company: 1) used its position to "monopolize more…

Prosperity and freedom

by Walter Williams -- The National Summit on Africa recently met in Washington, D.C., to discuss economic growth programs for the continent's miserably impoverished nations. I'm betting they ignored the ticket out more…

To keep and bear arms

by Walter Williams -- Whenever there's a tragedy involving gun use, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, the gun-control lobby and the news media seize it as another opportunity to exploit the emotions of more…

A couple perplexities

by Walter Williams -- There are a couple of current events that have caught me without an answer. The first is the recent Austrian election that brought the Freedom Party into a more…