Lets get right into this and learn all about a dude who has a life more interesting than 90% of the people you’ll ever meet.
Tell it to us, Wikipedia:
Walter Edward Williams (born March 31, 1936) is an American economist, commentator, and academic. He is the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University, as well as a syndicated columnist and author known for his classical liberal and libertarian conservative views. His writings frequently appear on Townhall.com, WND, Jewish World Review, and hundreds of newspapers throughout the United States.
I remember hearing him guest host for Rush Limbaugh when my dad would listen on long drives from Illinois to northern Minnesota, almost near the border of Canada. I always thought he was this intelligent and refined elder statesman type.
Friends who knew Mr. Williams long before I did have told me that he, by manner and dress, was viewed as a black radical during his earlier student days. He also freely confesses to having been a troublemaker when he was in the Army and elsewhere. But unlike others less wise, Mr. Williams grew to understand that he could do far more for both his black brothers and sisters and all other Americans by teaching them how free markets don’t discriminate on the basis of race, religion or national origin, and hence lead to the greatest opportunity and prosperity for all.
You sold out to THE MAN, dude.
In the mid-to-late 1970s, Williams conducted research into the Davis-Bacon Act of 1931 and on the impact of minimum wage laws on minority employment. His research led him to conclude the government’s interventional programs are harmful. Among those state programs Williams was critical of were minimum wage and affirmative action laws, stating both practices inhibit liberty and are detrimental to the blacks they are intended to help. He published his results in his 1982 book The State Against Blacks, where he argued that laws regulating economic activity are far greater obstacles to economic progress for blacks than racial bigotry and discrimination.
I bet this didnt earn him him any favors. Some people only like negroes who know their lane.
The War between the States settled by force whether states could secede. Once it was established that states cannot secede, the federal government, abetted by a Supreme Court unwilling to hold it to its constitutional restraints, was able to run amok over states’ rights, so much so that the protections of the Ninth and Tenth Amendments mean little or nothing today. Not only did the war lay the foundation for eventual nullification or weakening of basic constitutional protections against central government abuses, but it also laid to rest the great principle enunciated in the Declaration of Independence that ‘Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed.'
I LOVE the term “The War between the States.” Civil War is what we use and all, which is fine, but the weirdo “The War between the States” they use in The South is so poetic.
Williams and his wife Connie (née Taylor) were married from 1960 until her death on December 29, 2007. They had one daughter, Devon. Williams is a cousin of former NBA player Julius Erving.
You can be a lauded expert in economics, known for your wit, admired by your peers, but if your cousin is Dr. J then that will always be the coolest thing about you.