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Walter E. Williams

Chair of Economics at George Mason University, columnist, popular radio talk show host, author of More Liberty Means Less Government (1999, Hoover Institution Press), All It Takes is Guts and other works

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Do the Right Thing:The People's Economist Speaks (1995)
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According to one study, as far back as 1969, black males who grew up in homes where there were magazines, books and library cards had incomes identical to whites from similar homes and education. The obvious conclusion is whites discriminate against blacks from homes without magazines, books and library cards. How they do it is a mystery to me. I haven't seen any white people--at least not that many--peeking into the windows of black houses to see who had books, magazines and library cards.

1999 - from More Liberty Means Less Government
We shouldn't focus our energies on trying to change the hearts and minds of politicians. We should try to change the hearts and minds of our fellow Americans. We must sell our fellow Americans the idea that the legitimate and moral role of government is to protect those unalienable rights to life, liberty and property.

1999 - from More Liberty Means Less Government
[In the U.S.] 90 percent of violent crimes are committed without a handgun. Of those committed with a handgun, 93 percent of the guns used were obtained through unlawful means. Registration and waiting times are of little value in deterring criminals.

1999 - from More Liberty Means Less Government
In terms of natural resources, Africa is the world's richest continent. It has 50 percent of the world's gold, most of the world's diamonds and chromium, 90 percent of the cobalt, 40 percent of the world's potential hydroelectric power, 65 percent of the manganese, millions of acres of untilled farmland as well as other natural resources. Despite the natural wealth, Africa is home to the world's most impoverished and abused people. Of the 41 black African nations, only three (Senegal, Botswana and Mauritius) allow their people the right to vote and choose their own leaders. Only two (Botswana and Senegal) permit freedom of expression and criticism of government policies. In countries like Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Mozambique, Sudan, Chad and others, ethnic genocide has taken the lives of untold millions of innocent victims. Slavery is still practiced in the Sudan and Mauritania.

1999 - from More Liberty Means Less Government
History is not going to be kind to liberals. With their mindless programs, they've managed to do to Black Americans what slavery, Reconstruction, and rank racism found impossible: destroy their family and work ethic.

It is both possible and moral to love one's country and hate its government.

Liberals believe government should take people's earnings to give to poor people. Conservatives disagree. They think government should confiscate people's earnings and give them to farmers and insolvent banks. The compelling issue to both conservatives and liberals is not whether it is legitimate for government to confiscate one's property to give to another, the debate is over the disposition of the pillage.

from All It Takes Is Guts, a collection of his columns