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Dr. Williams is a nationally syndicated columnist, former chairman of the economics department at George Mason University, and author of More Liberty Means Less Government
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  • Cruelty to Black Students

    Last year’s college news was about demands for safe spaces, trigger warnings and bans on insensitivity. This year’s college news is about black student demands for segregated campus housing and other racially segregated campus spaces and programs.

  • Academic Giants and Dwarfs

    The University of Chicago’s president, Dr. Robert J. Zimmer, wrote a Wall Street Journal article, titled “Free Speech Is the Basis of a True Education.”

  • Corrupt Academics and the Media

    Corrupt Academics and the Media

    So much for the “legacy of slavery” argument.

  • Economic Conspiracies

    Economic Conspiracies

    A general economic principle is that any law or regulation that restricts market entry tends to impose the greatest burden on those who can be described as poor, latecomers, discriminated-against and politically weak.

  • College Campus Lunacy

    College Campus Lunacy

    As the fall semester begins, parents, students, taxpayers and donors should be made aware of official college practices that should disgust us all.

  • The Decline of Civility

    The Decline of Civility

    One of the unavoidable consequences of youth is the tendency to think behavior we see today has always been.

  • Is Free Trade Causing Job Loss?

    Is Free Trade Causing Job Loss?

    International trade figures heavily in the presidential race. Presidential candidate Donald Trump said, “Hillary Clinton unleashed a trade war against the American worker when she supported one terrible trade deal after another – from NAFTA to China to South Korea.”

  • Compensating Differences

    Compensating Differences

    What economists call an ability to make “compensating differences” is a valuable tool in everyone’s arsenal. If people are prohibited from doing so, they are always worse off. You say, “Williams, I never heard of compensating differences. What are they?” | Read More »

  • What Can Discrimination Explain?

    What Can Discrimination Explain?

    A guiding principle for physicians is primum non nocere, the Latin expression for “first, do no harm.” In order not to do harm, whether it’s with medicine or with public policy, the first order of business is accurate diagnostics. Racial | Read More »

  • Challenges for Black People: Part II

    Challenges for Black People: Part II

    The prospects for a better future are nearly hopeless for roughly 20 percent of black people — those who reside in big-city crime-infested and dysfunctional neighborhoods. There is virtually nothing that can be done about it without a major rebuilding | Read More »

  • Challenges For Black People

    Challenges For Black People

    President Barack Obama and his first attorney general Eric Holder called for an honest conversation about race. Holder even called us “a nation of cowards” because we were unwilling to have a “national conversation” about race. The truth of the | Read More »

  • Thinking Beyond Stage One

    Thinking Beyond Stage One

    A recent ruling by the U.S. Department of Commerce dramatically increased tariffs on some Chinese steel products, such as cold-rolled steel, which is used to make appliances, cars and electric motors. Tariffs were raised by 500 percent on some other | Read More »

  • Multiculturalism: A Failed Concept

    Multiculturalism: A Failed Concept

    German Chancellor Angela Merkel declared that multiculturalism has “utterly failed,” adding that it was an illusion to think Germans and foreign workers could “live happily side by side.” The failure of multiculturalism is also seen in Denmark, Sweden, the United | Read More »

  • Purification of America

    Purification of America

    In 2008, Barack Obama promised a fundamental transformation of America. Where that promise has gone unfulfilled the most is in areas of sexual and racial discrimination. What’s worse is the official sanction given to such discrimination. Let’s look at some | Read More »

  • Money Going to Washington

    Money Going to Washington

    According to a New York Post article (May 22, 2016), in just two years, Hillary Clinton — former first lady, senator from New York and secretary of state — collected over $21 million in speaking fees. These fees were paid | Read More »

  • Elitist Arrogance, Part II

    Elitist Arrogance, Part II

    A basic economic premise holds that when the price of something rises, people seek to economize on its use. They seek substitutes for that which has risen in price. Recent years have seen proposals for an increase in the federal | Read More »

  • Elitist Arrogance

    Elitist Arrogance

    White teenage unemployment is about 14 percent. That for black teenagers is about 30 percent. The labor force participation rate for white teens is 37 percent, and that for black teens is 25 percent. Many years ago, in 1948, the | Read More »

  • You Are What You Say You Are

    You Are What You Say You Are

    Last year, I declared myself a springbok trapped in a human body. A springbok is a highly agile individual who is among the “least concern” species and resides in the southeastern part of the African continent. With such a declaration, | Read More »

  • Scalia School of Law

    Scalia School of Law

    George Mason University School of Law has just been renamed the Antonin Scalia School of Law in honor of the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

  • Fiddling Away Black Futures

    Fiddling Away Black Futures

    Most black politicians, ministers, civil rights advocates and professionals support Hillary Clinton’s quest for the presidency. Whoever becomes the next president, whether it’s a Democrat or Republican, will mean little or nothing in terms of solutions to major problems that confront many black people. We’ve already seen that even a black president means little or nothing.