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 Mon, 23 Oct 2017 18:18:32 -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 dab856380e2e88cd04e7d713b3454e04 Undermining America for 10/25/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams/10/17/undermining-america Wed, 25 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Our nation's leftist progressives have long sought to undermine the American values expressed in our Declaration of Independence and Constitution. Though typical Democrats and Republicans do not have this leftist hate for our nation, they have been willing accomplices in undermining the most basic value the Founding Fathers sought to promote &#8212; limited government. Leftists have had their greatest successes in undermining American values on the nation's college campuses. Derelict and dishonest college administrators, professors and boards of trustees have given them carte blanche. Let's look at some of it.</p> <p>Students at the University of Virginia desecrated the statue of Thomas Jefferson, the university's founder. Students at the University of Missouri want Jefferson's statue gone. Why? He was a slave owner. Many in the college community supported Sen. Bernie Sanders' presidential bid. They welcomed Sanders' belief that the United States was founded on "racist principles." There have also been calls for the removal of George Washington's and Abraham Lincoln's statues. Some have called for the renaming of schools that honor Washington, Jefferson and 11 other slave-owning presidents. Leftists have called for the renaming of streets named after slave-owning presidents. There have been many leftist calls for the elimination of Columbus Day. Their success at getting Confederate statues taken down has emboldened them.<p>Updated: Wed Oct 25, 2017</p> 496fa1b93ef21a27cd0784fe73ddb078 Who Pays What in Taxes? for 10/18/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams/10/17/who-pays-what-in-taxes Wed, 18 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>Politicians exploit public ignorance. Few areas of public ignorance provide as many opportunities for political demagoguery as taxation. Today some politicians argue that the rich must pay their fair share and label the proposed changes in tax law as tax cuts for the rich. Let's look at who pays what, with an eye toward attempting to answer this question: Are the rich paying their fair share?<p>Updated: Wed Oct 18, 2017</p> ca752fe69558c08f3fcab9246016e461 Our Broken Moral Compasses for 10/11/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams/10/17/our-broken-moral-compasses Wed, 11 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>As George Orwell said, "some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals believe them." <span class="column--highlighted-text">Many stupid ideas originate with academics on college campuses. If they remained there and didn't infect the rest of society, they might be a source of entertainment, much in the way a circus is.</span> Let's look at a few stupid ideas peddled by intellectuals.</p> <p>During the Cold War, academic leftists made a moral equivalency between communist totalitarianism and democracy. Worse is the fact that they exempted communist leaders from the type of harsh criticism directed toward Adolf Hitler, even though communist crimes against humanity made Hitler's slaughter of 11 million noncombatants appear almost amateurish. According to Professor R.J. Rummel's research in "Death by Government," from 1917 until its collapse, the Soviet Union murdered or caused the death of 61 million people, mostly its own citizens. From 1949 to 1976, Communist China's Mao Zedong regime was responsible for the death of as many as 78 million of its own citizens.<p>Updated: Wed Oct 11, 2017</p> b955e3f4850ed3ace7e3e95ef799b0b9 Blacks vs. Police for 10/04/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams/10/17/blacks-vs-police Wed, 04 Oct 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Let's throw out a few numbers so we can put in perspective the NFL players taking a knee during the playing of the national anthem. Many say they are protesting against police treatment of blacks and racial discrimination. We might ask just how much sense their protest makes.</p> <p>According to The Washington Post, 737 people have been shot and killed by police this year in the United States. Of that number, there were 329 whites, 165 blacks, 112 Hispanics, 24 members of other races and 107 people whose race was unknown (<a href="http://tinyurl.com/zyz2tpq" target="_blank">http://tinyurl.com/zyz2tpq</a>). In Illinois, home to one of our most dangerous cities &#8212; Chicago &#8212; 18 people have been shot and killed by police this year. In the city itself, police have shot and killed 10 people and shot and wounded 10 others. Somebody should ask the kneeling black NFL players why they are protesting this kind of killing in the Windy City and ignoring other sources of black death.<p>Updated: Wed Oct 04, 2017</p> 69c02520068c43c4860863f4969ee4f3 Not a Day Care for 09/27/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams/09/17/not-a-day-care Wed, 27 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Our college-age population consists mostly of 18- to 30-year-olds, and likewise our armed forces. I wonder whether they shared common responses to the 2016 presidential election. Many college administrators provided students with therapy dogs, play dough, coloring books, bubbles, videos of frolicking kittens and puppies, and soft music. They even canceled classes and postponed exams so that their 18- to 30-year-old snowflakes could better cope with the election results. There are numerous internet photos and videos of these youngsters screaming and in outright grief and panic. Here's my question: Were our military leaders as accommodating as college administrators? Did commanding officers of our aircraft carriers provide their young people with therapy dogs, play dough, crayons and coloring books, and soft music? Were sea training exercises canceled? Were similar accommodations ordered by commanders of our special forces, such as the Army Rangers, Navy SEALs and Delta Force?</p> <p>I'm guessing and hoping that our military leaders, unlike many college administrators, have not lost their minds. That brings me to this column's title: "Not a Day Care." That's the title of a new book written by Dr. Everett Piper, president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University. Piper reminds us that today's law students are tomorrow's lawyers and judges. Based on what they are taught, there's no mystery why lawyers and judges seek to legislate from the bench. Students who want to rid college curricula of dead old white men such as Plato, Aristotle, Voltaire and Kant will be on tomorrow's school boards or be professors. This doesn't bode well for our nation's future.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 27, 2017</p> 340b9e97ec2268e6477ea160ab6a0ca5 The Welfare State's Legacy for 09/20/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams/09/17/the-welfare-states-legacy Wed, 20 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>That the problems of today's black Americans are a result of a legacy of slavery, racial discrimination and poverty has achieved an axiomatic status, thought to be self-evident and beyond question. This is what academics and the civil rights establishment have taught. But as with so much of what's claimed by leftists, there is little evidence to support it.</p> <p>The No. 1 problem among blacks is the effects stemming from a very weak family structure. Children from fatherless homes are likelier to drop out of high school, die by suicide, have behavioral disorders, join gangs, commit crimes and end up in prison. They are also likelier to live in poverty-stricken households. But is the weak black family a legacy of slavery? In 1960, just 22 percent of black children were raised in single-parent families. Fifty years later, more than 70 percent of black children were raised in single-parent families. Here's my question: Was the increase in single-parent black families after 1960 a legacy of slavery, or might it be a legacy of the welfare state ushered in by the War on Poverty?<p>Updated: Wed Sep 20, 2017</p> 7a0c6061169438115ba6568430372480 We're All to Blame for 09/13/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams/09/17/were-all-to-blame Wed, 13 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>The largest threat to our prosperity is government spending that far exceeds the authority enumerated in Article 1, Section 8 of the U.S. Constitution. Federal spending in 2017 will top $4 trillion. Social Security, at $1 trillion, will take up most of it. Medicare ($582 billion) and Medicaid ($404 billion) are the next-largest expenditures. Other federal social spending includes food stamps, unemployment compensation, child nutrition, child tax credits, supplemental security income and student loans, all of which total roughly $550 billion. Social spending by Congress consumes about two-thirds of the federal budget.</p> <p>Where do you think Congress gets the resources for such spending? It's not the tooth fairy or Santa Claus. The only way Congress can give one American a dollar is to use threats, intimidation and coercion to confiscate that dollar from another American. Congress forcibly uses one American to serve the purposes of another American. We might ask ourselves: What standard of morality justifies the forcible use of one American to serve the purposes of another American? By the way, the forcible use of one person to serve the purposes of another is a fairly good working definition of slavery.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 13, 2017</p> 6fecbff08c1de6596466f6d2a89d5b53 Liberals in a Tizzy for 09/06/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams/09/17/liberals-in-a-tizzy Wed, 06 Sep 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Many blacks and their white liberal allies demand the removal of statues of Confederate generals and the Confederate battle flag, and they are working up steam to destroy the images of Gens. Stonewall Jackson and Robert E. Lee and President Jefferson Davis from Stone Mountain in Georgia. <span class="column--highlighted-text">Allow me to speculate as to the whys of this statue removal craze, which we might call statucide.</span></p> <p>To understand it, we need a review of the promises black and white liberals have been making for decades. In 1940, the black poverty rate was 87 percent. By 1960, it had fallen to 47 percent. During that interval, blacks were politically impotent. There were no anti-poverty programs or affirmative action programs. Nonetheless, this poverty reduction exceeded that in any other 20-year interval. But the black leadership argued that more was necessary. They said that broad advancement could not be made unless blacks gained political power.<p>Updated: Wed Sep 06, 2017</p> d3a06586e8762539ee08a0de9a72396e Racial Lies and Racism for 08/30/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams/08/17/racial-lies-and-racism Wed, 30 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Earlier this month, The New York Times ran an article titled "U.S. Rights Unit Shifts to Study Antiwhite Bias" on its front page. The article says that President Donald Trump's Justice Department's civil rights division is going to investigate and sue universities whose affirmative action admissions policies discriminate against white applicants. This is an out-and-out lie. The truth is that <span class="column--highlighted-text">the U.S. departments of Justice and Education plan to investigate racial bias in admissions at Harvard and other elite institutions where Asian-Americans are held to far higher standards than other applicants</span>. This type of practice was used during the first half of the 20th century to limit the number of Jews at Harvard and other Ivy League schools.</p> <p>Drs. Thomas Espenshade and Alexandria Radford documented discrimination against Asians in their 2009 award-winning book, "No Longer Separate, Not Yet Equal: Race and Class in Elite College Admission and Campus Life." Their research demonstrated that, when controlling for other variables, Asian students faced considerable odds against their admission. To be admitted to elite colleges, Asians needed SAT scores 140 points higher than whites, 270 points higher than Hispanics and 450 points higher than blacks. An Asian applicant with an SAT score of 1500 (out of a possible 1600 on the old SAT) had the same chance of being admitted as a white student with a 1360 score, a Latino with a 1230 and a black student with a 1050 score. Another way of looking at it is that among applicants who had the highest SAT scores (within the 1400-1600 range), 77 percent of blacks were admitted, 48 percent of Hispanics, 40 percent of whites and only 30 percent of Asians.</p> <p>The case of Austin Jia is typical of what happens to Asian students. In 2015, Jia graduated from high school and had a nearly perfect score of 2340 out of 2400 possible points on the new SAT. His GPA was 4.42, and he had taken 11 Advanced Placement courses in high school. He had been on his school's debate team, been the tennis team's captain and played the violin in the all-state orchestra. His applications for admission were rejected at Harvard, Princeton and Columbia universities, as well as at the University of Pennsylvania. Jia said that his rejection was particularly disturbing when certain classmates who had lower scores but were not Asian-American like him were admitted to those Ivy League schools.<p>Updated: Wed Aug 30, 2017</p> 57aafc91d5f88ab38f567825fedb2817 Charlottesville Donnybrook for 08/23/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams/08/17/charlottesville-donnybrook Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Charlottesville, Virginia, a city named after Britain's first black queen, was the scene of a bloody riot Saturday, Aug. 12. The fray resulted in the death of one woman, who was mowed down by a car; plus, there were many other people injured. Have politicians and the news media told the correct and complete story about what happened, or have Americans been deliberately misled? Let's look at it.</p> <p>One does not have to accept the racist and nationalist vision of the Unite the Right organization to recognize and respect its First Amendment rights. Moreover, the group obtained a city permit to hold a peaceful rally to protest the lawful removal of the statue of Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee from Emancipation Park, formerly known as Lee Park. It was the leftist protesters who did not have a city permit to assemble for a rally on that day. Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe said: "There has got to be a movement in this country to bring people together. The hatred and rhetoric that has gone on and has intensified over the last couple months is dividing this great nation." He denounced "the white supremacists and the Nazis." However, when asked a question about whether he would include the left-wing, pro-violence antifa in his condemnation, he ignored the question and walked out of the room.<p>Updated: Wed Aug 23, 2017</p> 8f2c13529651db65ac9696748f5724d8 Women and Men Are Equal for 08/16/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams/08/17/women-and-men-are-equal Wed, 16 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Google fired software engineer James Damore for writing a 10-page memo critical of the company's diversity policy. The memo violated the company's code of conduct by "advancing harmful gender stereotypes" by suggesting that biological factors were part of the cause for the male/female gap in the tech industry. </p> <p>I shall make the case that Google's actions were totally justified. Other than differences in certain physical attributes such as genitalia, capacity to give birth and the presence of functional mammary glands, males and females are identical in every other respect. Any remaining male/female differences are a direct result of oppression, discrimination and victimization by the larger society. To examine just one aspect of female victimization, let's examine the majors of female college students compared to their male counterparts. <p>Updated: Wed Aug 16, 2017</p> 618fbec2ac5dc7fed44d8a534bcc36b7 Is College Education Worth It? for 08/09/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams/08/17/is-college-education-worth-it Wed, 09 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>August is the month when parents bid farewell to not only their college-bound youngsters but also a sizable chunk of cash for tuition. More than 18 million students attend our more than 4,300 degree-granting institutions. A question parents, their college-bound youngsters and taxpayers should ask: Is college worth it?</p> <p>Let's look at some of the numbers. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures, "when considering all first-time undergraduates, studies have found anywhere from 28 percent to 40 percent of students enroll in at least one remedial course. When looking at only community college students, several studies have found remediation rates surpassing 50 percent." Only 25 percent of students who took the ACT in 2012 met the test's readiness benchmarks in all four subjects (English, reading, math and science). Just 5 percent of black students and 13 percent of Hispanic students met the readiness benchmarks in all four subjects. The NCSL report says, "A U.S. Department of Education study found that 58 percent of students who do not require remediation earn a bachelor's degree, compared to only 17 percent of students enrolled in remedial reading and 27 percent of students enrolled in remedial math."<p>Updated: Wed Aug 09, 2017</p> 03e46a100a9828ded8450d30b8387128 Conflicting Visions for 08/02/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams/07/17/conflicting-visions Wed, 02 Aug 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>For the most part, people share common goals. Most of us want poor people to enjoy higher standards of living, greater traffic safety, more world peace, greater racial harmony, cleaner air and water, and less crime. Despite the fact that people have common goals, we often see them grouped into contentious factions, fighting tooth and nail to promote polar opposite government policies in the name of achieving a commonly held goal. The conflict is centered around the means to achieve goals rather than the goals themselves. The policies that become law often have the unintended consequence of sabotaging the achievement of the stated goal.</p> <p>Let's look at a policy pushed by advocacy groups, politicians and poorly trained, perhaps dishonest, economists &#8212; mandated increases in the minimum wage. Nobel Prize-winning economist Paul Krugman claimed in a 2014 interview with Business Insider that there is actually not much risk of significantly higher wages hurting workers. He argued that low-wage workers are in non-tradable industries for which production cannot be moved overseas and are in industries in which labor cannot be easily replaced by technology. Krugman's vision is one that my George Mason University colleagues and I try to correct.<p>Updated: Wed Aug 02, 2017</p> 21fa7a8e4e1c13afc7cdc134a463eb81 Western Values Are Superior for 07/26/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams/07/17/western-values-are-superior Wed, 26 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Here's part of President Donald Trump's speech in Poland: "The fundamental question of our time is whether the West has the will to survive. Do we have the confidence in our values to defend them at any cost? Do we have enough respect for our citizens to protect our borders? Do we have the desire and the courage to preserve our civilization in the face of those who would subvert and destroy it?" </p> <p>After this speech, which was warmly received by Poles, the president encountered predictable criticism. Most of the criticism reflected gross ignorance and dishonesty.<p>Updated: Wed Jul 26, 2017</p> bf2c9d24d8af645358d4849e79ddd0c3 Slavery for 07/19/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams/07/17/slavery Wed, 19 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Too many people believe that slavery is a "peculiar institution." That's what Kenneth Stampp called slavery in his book, "Peculiar Institution: Slavery in the Ante-Bellum South." But slavery is by no means peculiar, odd or unusual. It was common among ancient peoples such as the Egyptians, Babylonians, Assyrians, Hittites, Greeks, Persians, Armenians and many others. Large numbers of Christians were enslaved during the Ottoman wars in Europe. White slaves were common in Europe from the Dark Ages to the Middle Ages. It was only after A.D. 1600 that Europeans joined with Arabs and Africans and started the Atlantic slave trade. As David P. Forsythe wrote in his book, "The Globalist," "The fact remained that at the beginning of the nineteenth century an estimated three-quarters of all people alive were trapped in bondage against their will either in some form of slavery or serfdom."</p> <p>While slavery constitutes one of the grossest encroachments on human liberty, it is by no means unique or restricted to the Western world or United States, as many liberal academics would have us believe. Much of their indoctrination of our young people, at all levels of education, paints our nation's founders as racist adherents to slavery, but the story is not so simple.<p>Updated: Wed Jul 19, 2017</p> beba71620a545d34a583046e3f10d2be Minimum Wage Cruelty for 07/12/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams/07/17/minimum-wage-cruelty Wed, 12 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>There are political movements to push the federal minimum hourly wage to $15. Raising the minimum wage has popular support among Americans. Their reasons include fighting poverty, preventing worker exploitation and providing a living wage. For the most part, the intentions behind the support for raising the minimum wage are decent. But when we evaluate public policy, the effect of the policy is far more important than intentions. So let's examine the effects of increases in minimum wages.</p> <p>The average wage for a cashier is around $10 an hour, about $21,000 a year. That's no great shakes, but it's an honest job for full- or part-time workers and retirees wanting to earn some extra cash. In anticipation of a $15-an-hour wage becoming federal law, many firms are beginning the automation process to economize on their labor usage.<p>Updated: Wed Jul 12, 2017</p> 3fdf6d6ae07331b0c0206c362c961e2c Colleges: Islands of Intolerance for 07/05/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams/07/17/colleges-islands-of-intolerance Wed, 05 Jul 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Is there no limit to the level of disgusting behavior on college campuses that parents, taxpayers, donors and legislators will accept? <span class="column--highlighted-text">Colleges have become islands of intolerance, and as with fish, the rot begins at the head.</span> Let's examine some recent episodes representative of a general trend and ask ourselves why we should tolerate it plus pay for it.</p> <p>Students at Evergreen State College harassed biology professor Bret Weinstein because he refused to leave campus, challenging the school's decision to ask white people to leave campus for a day of diversity programming. The profanity-laced threats against the faculty and president can be seen on a YouTube video titled "Student takeover of Evergreen State College" (<a href="http://tinyurl.com/yah2eo3p" target="_blank">http://tinyurl.com/yah2eo3p</a>).<p>Updated: Wed Jul 05, 2017</p> 46bda3d913ff591c11e1f9562decc6ab Were Confederate Generals Traitors? for 06/28/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams/06/17/were-confederate-generals-traitors Wed, 28 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>My "Rewriting American History" column of a fortnight ago, about the dismantling of Confederate monuments, generated considerable mail. Some argued there should not be statues honoring traitors such as Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and Jefferson Davis, who fought against the Union. Victors of wars get to write the history, and the history they write often does not reflect the facts. Let's look at some of the facts and ask: Did the South have a right to secede from the Union? If it did, we can't label Confederate generals as traitors.</p> <p>Article 1 of the Treaty of Paris (1783), which ended the war between the Colonies and Great Britain, held "New Hampshire, Massachusetts Bay, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, to be free sovereign and Independent States." Representatives of these states came together in Philadelphia in 1787 to write a constitution and form a union.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 28, 2017</p> 95838e5519d8741578ed4cd99f1fb0f9 A New Twist on Teaching Economics for 06/21/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams/06/17/a-new-twist-on-teaching-economics Wed, 21 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p></p><p>Greg Caskey is a 27-year-old Abington, Pennsylvania, native who is a social sciences teacher at Delaware Military Academy. The academy is a thriving charter high school in Wilmington, Delaware, that was founded in 2003 by two retired military officers, Charles Baldwin and Jack Wintermantel. Students from all socio-economic backgrounds attend the school, which is doing a stellar job of teaching reading, writing and arithmetic and, just as importantly, moral character and self-discipline.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 21, 2017</p> f28db61beb959a4c3a64f3d1a3379ced Rewriting American History for 06/14/2017 https://www.creators.com/read/walter-williams/06/17/rewriting-american-history Wed, 14 Jun 2017 00:00:00 -0700 <p>George Orwell said, "The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history." In the former USSR, censorship, rewriting of history and eliminating undesirable people became part of Soviets' effort to ensure that the correct ideological and political spin was put on their history. Deviation from official propaganda was punished by confinement in labor camps and execution.</p> <p>Today there are efforts to rewrite history in the U.S., albeit the punishment is not so draconian as that in the Soviet Union. New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu had a Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee monument removed last month. Former Memphis Mayor A C Wharton wanted the statue of Confederate Lt. Gen. Nathan Bedford Forrest, as well as the graves of Forrest and his wife, removed from the city park. In Richmond, Virginia, there have been calls for the removal of the Monument Avenue statues of Confederate President Jefferson Davis and Gens. Robert E. Lee, Stonewall Jackson and J.E.B. Stuart. It's not only Confederate statues that have come under attack. Just by having the name of a Confederate, such as J.E.B. Stuart High School in Falls Church, Virginia, brings up calls for a name change. These history rewriters have enjoyed nearly total success in getting the Confederate flag removed from state capitol grounds and other public places.</p> <p>Slavery is an undeniable fact of our history. The costly war fought to end it is also a part of the nation's history. Neither will go away through cultural cleansing. Removing statues of Confederates and renaming buildings are just a small part of the true agenda of America's leftists. Thomas Jefferson owned slaves, and there's a monument that bears his name &#8212; the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C. George Washington also owned slaves, and there's a monument to him, as well &#8212; the Washington Monument in Washington. Will the people who call for removal of statues in New Orleans and Richmond also call for the removal of the Washington, D.C., monuments honoring slaveholders Jefferson and Washington? Will the people demanding a change in the name of J.E.B. Stuart High School also demand that the name of the nation's capital be changed?<p>Updated: Wed Jun 14, 2017</p>