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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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  • Blacks and Politicians

    Donald Trump’s surprise win has millions of Americans, many of whom are black, in a tizzy.

  • The Rich and Us

    Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, having a net worth of $81.8 billion, and Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos, having a net worth of $70.4 billion, are the nation’s two richest men.

  • Dumb American Youth

    Do you wonder why Sen. Bernie Sanders and his ideas are so popular among American college students?

  • Freedom to Work

    If a person wants to go into business as a taxicab owner, what requirements should be imposed to protect the public?

  • A Constitutional Right to Literacy

    Detroit school students, represented by the Los Angeles-based public interest firm Public Counsel, filed suit last month against the state of Michigan, claiming a legal right to literacy based on the 14th Amendment to the Constitution.

  • Discrimination and Segregation

    I was invited, along with several other American professors, to deliver lectures at South Africa’s University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg in 1979. Pieter Willem Botha was the prime minister, and apartheid, though becoming a bit relaxed, was the law of the land.

  • Transgenderism Can Be Helpful

    North Carolina’s legislative body passed the Public Facilities Privacy and Security Act, which mandates a statewide policy banning individuals from using public bathrooms that do not correspond to their biological sex, as opposed to their opinion of their sex.

  • 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 »