Walter E. Williams


Walter E. Williams passed away on Tuesday, December 1, 2020.

Walter E. Williams was the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics and chairman of the economics department at George Mason University and a nationally syndicated columnist. Williams was the author of several books and more than sixty articles which have appeared in scholarly journals such as Economic Inquiry, American Economic Review, and Social Science Quarterly and popular publications such as Reader's Digest, Regulation, Policy Review, and Newsweek.

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Appreciating Walter Williams

by David R. Henderson featuring Walter E. Williamsvia Defining Ideas
Friday, January 22, 2021

The late writer and teacher blazed a trail “up from the projects” that led to his belief in economic freedom.

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American Contempt for Liberty

by Walter E. Williamsvia Hoover Institution Press
Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Throughout history, personal liberty, free markets, and peaceable, voluntary exchange have been roundly denounced by tyrants and often greeted with suspicion by the general public.

Analysis and Commentary

Devious Taxation

by Walter E. Williamsvia Creators Syndicate
Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The Washington, D.C.-based Tax Foundation does a yeoman's job of keeping track of how much we're paying in taxes and who's paying what...

Analysis and Commentary

Good Economists

by Walter E. Williamsvia Creators Syndicate
Wednesday, April 18, 2012

It's difficult to be a good economist and simultaneously be perceived as compassionate...

Analysis and Commentary

In Greed I Trust

by Walter E. Williamsvia Creators Syndicate
Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Last week's column started off asking: "What human motivation gets the most wonderful things done...

Analysis and Commentary

Ignorance Exploited

by Walter E. Williamsvia Creators Syndicate
Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Many Wall Street occupiers are echoing the Communist Party USA's call to "Save the nation! Tax corporations! Tax the rich...

Analysis and Commentary

Ominous Parallels

by Walter E. Williamsvia Creators Syndicate
Wednesday, August 17, 2011

People are beginning to compare Barack Obama's administration to the failed administration of Jimmy Carter, but a better comparison is to the Roosevelt administration of the 1930s and '40s...

“A Radical, a Troublemaker . . .”

"A Radical, a Troublemaker..."

by Walter E. Williams, Nick Gillespievia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

As a scholar and a black American, Walter E. Williams has always been his own map. By Nick Gillespie.

Race and Economics

by Walter E. Williamsvia Hoover Digest
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

What do black Americans need in order to get ahead? A truly free market. By Walter E. Williams.

Analysis and Commentary

Failing Liberty 101

by Walter E. Williams with William Damonvia Creators Syndicate
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Discouraging young Americans from identifying with their country and celebrating our traditional American quest for liberty and equal rights removes the most powerful motivation to learn civics and U.S. history...