Walter E. Williams

wwilliam@gmu.edu

Walter Williams has served on the faculty of George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, as John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics since 1980. He is the author of more than 150 publications that have appeared in scholarly journals. Learn more about him at ?http://econfaculty.gmu.edu/wew/.

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Clichés of Progressivism

#46 – “Statistical Disparities between Races Prove Discrimination”

FEBRUARY 27, 2015 by WALTER E. WILLIAMS

Let us acknowledge a few gross disparities and decide whether they represent what lawyers and judges call a "pattern and practice of discrimination," while at the same time thinking about what corrective action might be taken.

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Walter Williams at FEE

JULY 14, 2014 by WALTER E. WILLIAMS

The only moral system is one that protects individuals from coercion by other individuals. FEE has been dedicated to this fundamental truth since its founding.

The Pursuit of Happiness

Diversity, Ignorance, and Stupidity

NOVEMBER 08, 2012 by WALTER E. WILLIAMS

No evidence of any kind suggests that we would be sorted proportionally by race, sex, nationality, or any other human characteristic were it not for discrimintation. Nevertheless, much of our thinking, policy, and litigation is based on an assumption of proportionality.

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December 2014

Unfortunately, educating people about phenomena that are counterintuitive, not-so-easy to remember, and suggest our individual lack of human control (for starters) can seem like an uphill battle in the war of ideas. So we sally forth into a kind of wilderness, an economic fairyland. We are myth busters in a world where people crave myths more than reality. Why do they so readily embrace untruth? Primarily because the immediate costs of doing so are so low and the psychic benefits are so high.
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