Liberty Versus the Tyranny of Socialism: Controversial Essays

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In this selected collection of his syndicated newspaper columns, Walter Williams offers his sometimes controversial views on education, health, the environment, government, law and society, race, and a range of other topics. Although many of these essays focus on the growth of government and our loss of liberty, many others demonstrate how the tools of freemarket economics can be used to improve our lives in ways ordinary people can understand.
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Overview

In this selected collection of his syndicated newspaper columns, Walter Williams offers his sometimes controversial views on education, health, the environment, government, law and society, race, and a range of other topics. Although many of these essays focus on the growth of government and our loss of liberty, many others demonstrate how the tools of freemarket economics can be used to improve our lives in ways ordinary people can understand.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780817949129
  • Publisher: Hoover Institution Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2008
  • Series: Hoover Inst Press Publication
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 968,614
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

Walter E. Williams is the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University and a nationally syndicated columnist. He is the author of several books and more than sixty articles that have appeared in such 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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Table of Contents

Preface xi

Acknowledgments xiii

Education 1

A Donor with Backbone 4

The Shame of Higher Education 6

Murder at VPI 8

Academic Cesspools 10

Academic Cesspools II 12

Academic Slums 14

Indoctrination of Our Youth 16

What's With GMU? 18

Who's to Blame? 20

College Stupidity 22

Are Academic Elites Communists? 24

Anti-Intellectualism among the Academic Elite 26

Education Ineptitude 28

Education Ineptitude II 30

Believe It or Not 32

School Violence Toleration 34

Higher Education in Decline 36

Higher Education in Decline II 38

What's Wrong with Education? 40

Fiddling whilst Rome Burns 42

Environment and Health 45

Busybodies or Tyrants? 48

Global Warming Heresy 50

Trans Fat Ban 52

Fearmongering 54

Do We Want Socialized Medicine? 56

Phony Science and Public Policy 58

FDA: Friend or Foe? 60

Health Care: Government vs. Private 62

Deadly Environmentalists 64

Global Warming Hysteria 66

Silencing Dissent 68

Do We Want This? 71

Destructive Western Policy 73

Envirobamboozled 75

Is This the America We Want? 77

Weak-Kneed Corporate CEOs 79

Killing People 81

They're Coming after You 83

Government 85

Competition or Monopoly 88

Stupid, Ignorant or Biased? 90

Congressional Constitutional Contempt 92

Bitter Partisan Politics 94

Attacking Lobbyists Wrong Battle 96

Is There a Federal Deficit? 98

Click It or Ticket 100

The Slippery Slope 102

The Pretense of Knowledge 104

Why We Love Government 106

The FairTax Book 108

Are We a Republic or a Democracy? 110

Not Yours to Give 112

Social Security Deceit 114

Stupid Airport Security 116

Stupid Airport Security II 118

Stupid Airport Security III120

Is It Permissible? 122

Congressional Miracles 124

Minimum Gasoline Prices 126

Dangers of No Tax Liability 128

National Sales Tax 130

Income 133

Should We Save Jobs? 136

The Tempermental Minimum Wage 138

Economists on the Loose 140

Are the Poor Getting Poorer? 142

Income Mobility 144

The Poverty Hype 146

Minimum Wage, Maximum Folly 148

Are CEOs Overpaid? 150

How Not to Be Poor 152

Dead-End Jobs 154

Income Inequality 156

From Whence Income? 158

The Morality of Markets 160

The Politics of Envy 162

International 165

Goodies Cost 167

The Seen and Unseen 169

The Anti-Free Trader's True Enemy 171

Nonsense Ideas 173

Trade Deficits: Good or Bad? 175

World Poverty 177

Creating Effective Incentives 179

Rules of Engagement 181

The Pope Sanctions the OECD Thugs 183

How to Create Conflict 185

Disappearing Manufacturing Jobs 187

Foreign Aid to Africa 189

Will the West Defend Itself? 191

Foreign Trade Angst 193

Should We Trade at All? 195

Should We Copy Europe? 197

Our Trade Deficit 199

Aid to Africa 201

Sweatshop Exploitation 203

Self-Inflicted Poverty 205

The Appeasement Disease 207

Economic Stupidity 209

Poverty Myths 211

Do Peace Treaties Produce Peace? 213

Congressional and Leftist Lies 215

Law and Society 217

Constitution Day 219

Rules More Important Than Personalities 221

Property Rights 223

Democracy or Liberty 225

The Law versus Orders 227

Economic and Property Rights 229

Bogus Rights 231

Results versus Process 233

The Law or Good Ideas? 235

Ignorance or Contempt 237

American Contempt for Rule of Law 239

Liberty's Greatest Advocate 241

Corporate Courage 243

Confiscating Property 245

Attacking Western Values 247

Immigration vs. Gate-Crashing 249

The Greatest Generation 251

Potpourri 253

Illegal Immigration 254

Straight Thinking 101 256

Things to Think About 258

Historical Tidbits 260

Running Out of Oil? 262

Passing of a Giant 264

The Productive vs. the Unproductive 266

Making Intelligent Errors 268

Economic Lunacy 270

Do We Really Care about Children? 272

Why We're a Divided Nation 274

What's Inflation? 276

Basic Economics 278

U.S. Atrocities in Iraq 280

Will the West Survive? 282

Economics 101 284

Economic Lunacy 286

Attack on Decency 288

Profiling Needed 290

A Dynamite Economics Department 292

Who May Harm Whom? 294

Too Much Safety 296

There's No Free Lunch 298

Dopey Ideas and Expressions 300

Different Visions, Different Policy 302

My Organs Are for Sale 304

Parting Company Is an Option 307

Honesty and Trust 310

Race 313

Regrets for Slavery 316

Do People Care? 318

Liberal Views, Black Victims 320

Insulting Blacks 322

Betrayal of the Civil Rights Struggle 324

Racial Hoaxes and the NAACP 326

What's Discrimination? 328

What's Prejudice? 330

Discrimination or Prejudice 332

Discrimination, Prejudice, and Preferences 334

How Much Does Politics Count? 336

Racial Profiling 338

Victimhood: Rhetoric or Reality 340

Betrayal of the Struggle 342

Racial Profiling 344

Price Discrimination 346

Three Cheers for the Cos 348

A Usable Black History 350

Does Political Power Mean Economic Power? 352

Stifling Black Students 354

Economics for the Citizen 357

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    Walter Williams teaches economics in a simple easy to understand way, it is like sitting on your grandfather's knee and learning from his simple stories the real truths in life. As DR. Williams examines the major issues effecting our lives he argues the basic PRINCIPLES not the individual policy details. It is hard to argue with his logic.

    Simply one of the best economics education you can get for under $25.00, and it is an education founded on on ageless wisdom.

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