Walter E. Williams from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sat, 20 Apr 2019 14:55:23 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Walter E. Williams from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/walter-e-williams-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams 1b463d2f5cc713f0dc702605cdf7b323 Some Things to Ponder for 04/17/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams/04/19/some-things-to-ponder Wed, 17 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>There's a push to change laws to permit both criminals serving time and ex-criminals the right to vote. Guess which party is pushing the most for these legal changes. If you guessed that it was the Democrats, go to the head of the class. Bernie Sanders says states should allow felons to vote from behind bars. Elizabeth Warren doesn't go that far but believes felons should have the right to vote. Democrats want the criminal class to have voting rights restored because they could become a significant part of the Democratic base. </p> <p>These are America's murderers, rapists, burglars, child molesters and drug dealers. Over two million of these people are in prison. If we add in the number of people on probation and parole, there are 6.7 million people currently under correctional control. If cons and ex-cons get the right to vote, it's almost a guarantee that most of these people will cast their vote for a Democratic candidate. <p>Updated: Wed Apr 17, 2019</p> 5314e09fb680c56b58eb5a3b5b7bce0c Millennials for Socialism for 04/10/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams/04/19/millennials-for-socialism Wed, 10 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>If one needed evidence of the gross ignorance of millennials, and their teachers and college professors, it's their solid support for socialism and socialist presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders. Socialism has produced tragedy wherever it has been implemented. Last year marked the 40th anniversary of nearly 1,000 Americans perishing in a mass suicide/murder in the jungles of Guyana. Just as Sanders and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez see socialism as mankind's salvation, so, too, did Rev. Jim Jones, who told his followers, "God is Socialism, and I am Principle Socialism, and that's what makes me God." </p> <p>Perhaps the most disastrous failing of our educational system and the news media is that people are neither required nor encouraged to test ideas against facts. The promises of socialism sound wonderful and caring, but in reality, wherever it has been tried it has been a true disaster. Let's examine the history of socialism. <p>Updated: Wed Apr 10, 2019</p> 1315af3130f109b715f96dcd14918513 Police Aren't Enough for 04/03/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams/04/19/police-arent-enough Wed, 03 Apr 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Sometimes, during my drive to work, I listen to Clarence Maurice Mitchell IV, host of the Baltimore's WBAL C4 radio show. Mitchell was formerly a member of Maryland's House of Delegates and its Senate. In recent weeks, Mitchell has been talking about the terrible crime situation in Baltimore. In 2018, there were 308 homicides. So far this year, there have been 69. That's in a 2018 population of 611,648 &#8212; down from nearly a million in 1950. The city is pinning its hopes to reduce homicides and other crime on new Police Commissioner Michael Harrison. </p> <p>Another hot news item in Baltimore is the fact that Johns Hopkins University wants to hire 100 armed police officers to patrol its campuses, hospital and surrounding neighborhoods. The hospital president, Dr. Redonda Miller testified in Annapolis hearings that patients and employees are "scared when they walk home, they're scared when they walk to their cars." <p>Updated: Wed Apr 03, 2019</p> b5a4aeb12c1e56c9d5ff93cc65461bfa More University Corruption for 03/27/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams/03/19/more-university-corruption Wed, 27 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Last week's column discussed the highly publicized university corruption scheme wherein wealthy parents bought admission at prestigious universities for their children. That is dishonest and gives an unfair advantage to those young people but won't destroy the missions of the universities. There is little or no attention given by the mainstream media to the true cancer eating away at most of our institutions of higher learning. Philip Carl Salzman, emeritus professor of anthropology at McGill University, explains that cancer in a Minding the Campus article, titled "What Your Sons and Daughters Will Learn at University" (<a href="https://tinyurl.com/y9ds7e7t" target="_blank">https://tinyurl.com/y9ds7e7t</a>).</p> <p>Professor Salzman argues that for most of the 20th century, universities were dedicated to the advancement of knowledge. There was open exchange and competition in the marketplace of ideas. Different opinions were argued and respected. Most notably in the social sciences, social work, the humanities, education and law, this is no longer the case. Leftist political ideology has emerged. The most important thing to today's university communities is diversity of race, ethnicity, sex and economic class, on which they have spent billions of dollars. Conspicuously absent is diversity of ideology.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 27, 2019</p> e76f34aec1bfce123d5c88e5591ebc48 College Cheating Scandal for 03/19/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams/03/19/college-cheating-scandal Tue, 19 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>Federal prosecutors have charged more than 50 people involved in cheating and bribery in order to get their children admitted to some of the nation's most prestigious colleges and universities such as Georgetown, Yale, Stanford, University of Texas, University of Southern California and UCLA. They often paid more than $100,000 to rig SAT or ACT exams. In some instances, they bribed college officials and secured their children's admissions to elite schools through various fraud schemes. As corrupt and depraved as these recent revelations are, they are only the tip of the iceberg of generalized college corruption and gross dishonesty.<p>Updated: Tue Mar 19, 2019</p> c50946a91dbc18ebfef26b932f3ae25b Is Income Inequality Fair? for 03/13/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams/03/19/is-income-inequality-fair Wed, 13 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Some Americans have much higher income and wealth than others. Former President Barack Obama explained, "I do think at a certain point you've made enough money." An adviser to Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez who has a Twitter account called "Every Billionaire Is A Policy Failure" tweeted, "My goal for this year is to get a moderator to ask 'Is it morally appropriate for anyone to be a billionaire?'" Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Elizabeth Warren, in calling for a wealth tax, complained, "The rich and powerful are taking so much for themselves and leaving so little for everyone else."</p> <p>These people would have an argument if there were piles of money on the ground called income, with billionaires and millionaires surreptitiously getting to those piles first and taking their unfair shares. In that case, corrective public policy would require a redistribution of the income, wherein the ill-gotten gains of the few would be taken and returned to their rightful owners. The same could be said if there were a dealer of dollars who &#8212; because of his being a racist, sexist, multinationalist and maybe a Republican &#8212; didn't deal the dollars fairly. If he dealt millions to some and mere crumbs to others, decent public policy would demand a re-dealing of the dollars, or what some call income redistribution.</p> <p>You say, "Williams, that's lunacy." You're right. In a free society, people earn income by serving their fellow man. Here's an example: I mow your lawn, and you pay me $40. Then I go to my grocer and demand two six-packs of beer and 3 pounds of steak. In effect, the grocer says, "Williams, you are asking your fellow man to serve you by giving you beer and steak. What did you do to serve your fellow man?" My response is, "I mowed his lawn." The grocer says, "Prove it." That's when I produce the $40. We can think of the, say, two $20 bills as certificates of performance &#8212; proof that I served my fellow man.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 13, 2019</p> 5388445c9a98c6b5e01207ccf8be9285 Our Planet Is Not Fragile for 03/06/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams/03/19/our-planet-is-not-fragile Wed, 06 Mar 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claims that "the world is going to end in 12 years if we don't address climate change." The people at the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change agree, saying that to avoid some of the most devastating impacts of climate change, the world must slash carbon emissions by 45 percent by 2030 and completely decarbonize by 2050.</p> <p>Such dire warnings are not new. In 1970, Harvard University biology professor George Wald, a Nobel laureate, predicted, "Civilization will end within 15 or 30 years unless immediate action is taken against problems facing mankind." Also in 1970, Paul Ehrlich, a Stanford University biologist, predicted in an article for The Progressive, "The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years." The year before, he had warned, "If I were a gambler, I would take even money that England will not exist in the year 2000." Despite such harebrained predictions, Ehrlich has won no fewer than 16 awards, including the 1990 Crafoord Prize, the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences' highest award.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 06, 2019</p> 51aba6c716604a6431c83983b3b8a18c Hate Crime Hoaxes: The Bad and the Good for 02/27/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams/02/19/hate-crime-hoaxes-the-bad-and-the-good Wed, 27 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Jussie Smollett, "Empire" actor, claimed that on Jan. 29, two masked men identifying themselves as Donald Trump supporters and using racial and homophobic insults attacked him. Smollett said the assailants yelled "This is MAGA country," bashed his face, crushed his ribs, splashed him with bleach and put a noose around his neck. Smollett's telling of the hate crime was gobbled up hook, line and sinker by the anti-Trump news media, but Chicago police say it was a hoax. This type of hoax is part and parcel of the left's broad agenda of victimology, fraudulence and gimmickry, plus gross media gullibility, incompetence and political attention seeking. What's so troublesome is the fact that despite considerable evidence that the incident was a hoax, no apologies have been issued to either the public or the targets of their malfeasance &#8212; President Trump and the Americans who voted for him.</p> <p>Racial hoaxes have been a major part of the leftist agenda going back decades. In 1987, the Rev. Al Sharpton created the Tawana Brawley hoax, wherein four white men were falsely accused of rape. For perpetrating the hoax, Sharpton was rewarded by receiving national recognition, millions of dollars and a career as a television/radio talk show host, and he ran for president in 2004. He also received 82 invitations to advise Barack Obama's White House on matters of race.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 27, 2019</p> 35811d558f6d6b9805cf6ea991254ade Plunder: An American Way of Life for 02/20/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams/02/19/plunder-an-american-way-of-life Wed, 20 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Frederic Bastiat, a French economist and member of the French National Assembly, lived from 1801 to 1850. He had great admiration for our country, except for our two faults &#8212; slavery and tariffs. He said: "Look at the United States. There is no country in the world where the law is kept more within its proper domain: the protection of every person's liberty and property." If Bastiat were alive today, he would not have that same level of admiration. The U.S. has become what he fought against for most of his short life.</p> <p>Bastiat observed that "when plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it." You might ask, "What did Bastiat mean by 'plunder'?" Plunder is when someone forcibly takes the property of another. That's private plunder. What he truly railed against was legalized plunder, and he told us how to identify it. He said: "See if the law takes from some persons what belongs to them, and gives it to other persons to whom it does not belong. See if the law benefits one citizen at the expense of another by doing what the citizen himself cannot do without committing a crime."<p>Updated: Wed Feb 20, 2019</p> 90b6086e8ecb4e885d85779b2bf6b133 Marijuana, Mental Illness and Violence for 02/13/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams/02/19/marijuana-mental-illness-and-violence Wed, 13 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Ten states and Washington, D.C., have legalized the recreational use of marijuana. Twenty-two other states, along with U.S. territories Puerto Rico and Guam, allow marijuana to be used for medical purposes. Let's examine some hidden issues about marijuana use. Before we start, permit me to state my values about medical or recreational use of any drug. We each own ourselves. If we choose to take chances with substances that can ruin our health, lead to death and otherwise destroy our own lives, that's our right. But we do not have a right to harm others in the process of harming ourselves.</p> <p>Alex Berenson is a graduate of Yale University, with degrees in history and economics. He delivered a speech last month at Hillsdale College's Allan P. Kirby, Jr. Center for Constitutional Studies and Citizenship in Washington, D.C., on the hidden dangers of marijuana use (<a href="http://tinyurl.com/yd933ocy" target="_blank">http://tinyurl.com/yd933ocy</a>). He told his audience, "Almost everything that you think you know about the health effects of cannabis, almost everything that advocates and the media have told you for a generation, is wrong."<p>Updated: Wed Feb 13, 2019</p> 9ecec78d979e07803c6f8040f85a1542 Is Reality Optional? for 02/06/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams/02/19/is-reality-optional Wed, 06 Feb 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Suppose I declare that I am a king. Should you be required to address me as "Your Majesty"? You say, "Williams, that's lunacy! You can't prove such nonsense." You're wrong. It's proved by my declaration. It's no different from a person born with XY chromosomes declaring that he is a woman. The XY sex determination system is the sex determination system found in humans and most other mammals. Females typically have two of the same kind of sex chromosome (XX) and are called the homogametic sex. Males typically have two different kinds of sex chromosomes (XY) and are called the heterogametic sex.</p> <p>Governments are beginning to ignore biology and permit people to make their sex optional. Sex can be changed on one's birth certificate, passport, Social Security card and driver's license. In New York, intentional or repeated refusal to use an individual's preferred name, pronoun or title is a violation of the New York City Human Rights Law. If a person born with XY chromosomes asserts that he is a woman, then repeatedly addressing the person by the name on his birth certificate, referring to the person as "him" or addressing him as "Mister" violates the law and subjects the villain to heavy penalties. The law requires acknowledgment that sex is optional rather than a biological determination.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 06, 2019</p> 161bea431bffa95173d17ebea089dc99 Demonizing White Men for 01/30/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams/01/19/demonizing-white-men Wed, 30 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p></p><p><p>Updated: Wed Feb 06, 2019</p> ed1401f0fea10e32843e77d8d2276bf4 Who Benefits From Democratic Control? for 01/23/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams/01/19/who-benefits-from-democratic-control Wed, 23 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>In 1976, Gerald Ford won 15 percent of the black vote. That's the most of any recent Republican presidential candidate. In most elections, blacks give Democrats over 90 percent of their votes. It's not unreasonable to ask what have blacks gained from such unquestioning loyalty to the Democratic Party. After all, the absolute worst public safety conditions and other urban amenities for blacks are in cities that have been controlled by Democrats for decades. Let's look at it.</p> <p>What cities are the deadliest for blacks? The Trace, an independent nonprofit news organization, answers that question. Using 2017 data from the FBI's Uniform Crime Reporting program, The Trace (<a href="http://tinyurl.com/y9bvwlh2" target="_blank">http://tinyurl.com/y9bvwlh2</a>) listed the 20 major U.S. cities with the highest homicide rates &#8212; factoring in both the number of people murdered in cities and their populations. Chicago, with 589 murders in 2018 &#8212; one murder every 15 hours &#8212; is often called the nation's murder capital. But that's dead wrong.<p>Updated: Wed Jan 23, 2019</p> c93e9b31774cab8b88b011a981271077 Politics of Immigration for 01/16/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams/01/19/politics-of-immigration Wed, 16 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Here are a couple of easy immigration questions &#8212; answerable with a simple "yes" or "no" &#8212; we might ask any American of any political stripe: Does everyone in the world have a right to live in the U.S.? Do the American people have a right, through their elected representatives, to decide who has the right to immigrate to their country and under what conditions? I believe that most Americans, even today's open-borders people, would answer "no" to the first question and "yes" to the second.</p> <p>There's nothing new about this vision. Americans have held this view throughout our history, during times when immigration laws were very restrictive and when they were more relaxed. Tucker Carlson, host of Fox News Channel's "Tucker Carlson Tonight," gives us an interesting history lesson about immigration at Prager University (<a href="http://tinyurl.com/ydylykfk" target="_blank">http://tinyurl.com/ydylykfk</a>). It was prompted by his watching a group of protesters who were denouncing President Donald Trump's immigration policies. They were waving Mexican flags and shouting, "&#161;S&#237;, se puede!" ("Yes, we can!")<p>Updated: Wed Jan 16, 2019</p> 5c637047e46db438f3ffb9054b4fbec0 Black Education: A Glimmer of Hope for 01/09/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams/01/19/black-education-a-glimmer-of-hope Wed, 09 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p></p><p>In reference to efforts to teach black children, the president of the St. Petersburg, Florida, chapter of the NAACP, Maria Scruggs, said: "The (school) district has shown they just can't do it. ... Now it's time for the community to step in." That's a recognition that politicians and the education establishment, after decades of promises, cannot do much to narrow the huge educational achievement gap between Asians and whites on the one hand and blacks on the other.<p>Updated: Wed Jan 09, 2019</p> b8fe4bebf0bedd3c23ff2b8bbda8d25c The Worst Enemy of Black People for 01/02/2019 https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams/12/18/the-worst-enemy-of-black-people Wed, 02 Jan 2019 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Malcolm X was a Muslim minister and human rights activist. Born in 1925, he met his death at the hands of an assassin in 1965. Malcolm X was a courageous advocate for black civil rights, but unlike Martin Luther King, he was not that forgiving of whites for their crimes against black Americans. He did not eschew violence as a tool to achieve civil and human rights. His black and white detractors accused him of preaching racism and violence. Despite the controversy, he has been called one of the greatest and most influential black Americans.</p> <p>Many black Americans have great respect for Malcolm X. Many schools bear his name, and many streets have been renamed in honor of him, both at home and abroad. But while black Americans honor Malcolm X, one of his basic teachings goes largely ignored. I think it's an important lesson, so I will quote a large part of it.<p>Updated: Wed Jan 02, 2019</p> a2eaf3efb696070ac73d60f468d94d89 Disparities Galore for 12/26/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams/12/18/disparities-galore Wed, 26 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Much is made about observed differences between sexes and among races. The nation's academic and legal elite try to sell us on the notion that men and women and people of all races should be proportionally represented in socio-economic characteristics. They make statements such as "Though African Americans and Hispanics make up approximately 32 percent of the US population, they (constituted) 56 percent of all incarcerated people in 2015" and "20 percent of Congress is women. Only 5 percent of CEOs are."</p> <p>These differences are frequently referred to as disparities. Legal professionals, judges, politicians, academics and others often operate under the assumption that we are all equal. Therefore, inequalities and disparities are seen as probative of injustice. Thus, government must intervene, find the cause and engineer a policy or law to eliminate the injustice. Such a vision borders on lunacy. There's no evidence anywhere or at any time in human history that shows that but for some kind of social injustice, people would be proportionally represented across a range of socio-economic attributes by race and sex.<p>Updated: Wed Dec 26, 2018</p> 8e17def07bcdb3c664be80194cd92367 FDA Policies Kill for 12/19/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams/12/18/fda-policies-kill Wed, 19 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>Among the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's responsibilities are approval and regulation of pharmaceutical drugs. In short, its responsibility is to ensure the safety and effectiveness of drugs. In the performance of this task, FDA officials can make two types of errors &#8212; statistically known as the type I error and type II error. With respect to the FDA, a type I error is the rejection or delayed approval of a drug that is safe and effective &#8212; erring on the side of over-caution &#8212; and a type II error is the approval of a drug that has unanticipated dangerous side effects, or erring on the side of under-caution.</p> <p>Let's examine the incentives of FDA officials. If FDA officials err on the side of under-caution and approve a drug that has unanticipated dangerous side effects, the victims of their mistake will be highly visible. There may be congressional hearings, embarrassment to the agency and officials fired.<p>Updated: Wed Dec 19, 2018</p> 4f754eef5784e0fb9aed69f47993c675 Acceptable Racism for 12/12/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams/12/18/acceptable-racism Wed, 12 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>How appropriate would it be for a major publicly held American company to hire a person with a history of having publicly made the following statements and many others like them? (In the interest of brevity, I shall list only four.) "The world could get by just fine with zero black people." "It's kind of sick how much joy I get out of being cruel to old black men." "Dumbass f&#8212;-ing black people marking up the internet with their opinions like dogs pissing on fire hydrants." "Are black people genetically predisposed to burn faster in the sun, thus logically only being fit to live underground like groveling bilious goblins?"</p> <p>I think most Americans would find such blatant racism despicable and would condemn any company that knowingly hired such a person. Leftists of every stripe would be in an uproar, demanding the dismissal of such an employee. College students and their professors would picket any company that hired such a person. I could be wrong about this, so I'd truly like any employer who'd hire such a person to come forward.<p>Updated: Wed Dec 12, 2018</p> 7dbcbe42d4804b5b53ccfbb446052f0e Miseducated or Stupid? for 12/05/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams/12/18/miseducated-or-stupid Wed, 05 Dec 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p></p><p>A recent Victims of Communism Memorial Foundation survey found that 51 percent of American millennials would rather live in a socialist or communist country than in a capitalist country. Only 42 percent prefer the latter (<a href="http://tinyurl.com/ybsejy3f" target="_blank">http://tinyurl.com/ybsejy3f</a>). Twenty-five percent of millennials who know who Vladimir Lenin was view him favorably. Lenin was the first premier of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics. Half of millennials have never heard of Communist Mao Zedong, who ruled China from 1949 to 1976 and was responsible for the deaths of 45 million Chinese people.</p> <p>The number of people who died at the hands of Josef Stalin may be as high as 62 million. However, almost one-third of millennials think former President George W. Bush is responsible for more killings than Stalin (<a href="http://tinyurl.com/yb43dlhm" target="_blank">http://tinyurl.com/yb43dlhm</a>). By the way, Adolf Hitler, head of the National Socialist German Workers' Party, was responsible for the deaths of about 20 million people. The Nazis come in as a poor third in terms of history's most prolific mass murderers. According to professor Rudolph Rummel's research, the 20th century, mankind's most brutal century, saw 262 million people's lives destroyed at the hands of their own governments (<a href="http://tinyurl.com/lu8z8ab" target="_blank">http://tinyurl.com/lu8z8ab</a>).<p>Updated: Thu Dec 06, 2018</p>