Was a Bill of Rights necessary?

by Walter Williams -- As we celebrate the Fourth of July, let's ask the question: Did the Framers make a mistake by amending the Constitution with the Bill of Rights? Would Americans more…

Environmentalist update

by Walter Williams -- Most of what the radical environmentalists preach is wrong or exaggerated, and sometimes it's simply outright lies. Methyl tertiary-butyl ether (MTBE) is a gasoline oxygenate that the U.S. more…

Trading things

by Walter Williams -- With the recent demonstrations against international trade in Windsor, Canada, and Washington, D.C., not to mention the violent protests in Seattle, one might get the impression that trade more…

Guns and Econ 101

by Walter Williams -- More than anything else, economics is a way of thinking. At the heart of economics are several simple and easily observable characteristics of humans and the world in more…

Three cheers for Supreme Court

by Walter Williams -- Last week, a committee of the Arkansas Supreme Court recommended that President Clinton be disbarred for "serious misconduct" in the Paula Jones sexual harassment case. The committee said more…

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…