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Posted February 12, 2002
As usual, Walter Williams, one of the truly great economists of our time, is precisely right in his assessment of the relationship between government and freedom.
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Posted May 8, 2001
More Liberty Means Less Government is a collection of Professor Walter E. Williams¿ essays in which he evaluates a range of civil liberty topics. These essays originally appeared in Williams¿ weekly column between January 3, 1995 and January 7, 1998. Williams divides these articles into seven sections: Race and Sex, Government, Education, Environment and Health, International, Law and Society, and Potpourri. Throughout this book, Williams contends that politicians needlessly sacrifice freedoms in each of these areas, whenever they empower government to regulate, administer, and enforce fortuitous policies. Williams states, ¿If there is a general theme to my columns, that theme is the attention I give to the proper role of government in a free society....¿ ¿The legitimate and moral role of government is to protect those unalienable rights to life, liberty, and property,¿ concludes Williams. While most students will find that More Liberty Means Less Government supports their study of civil liberties, the reader must not rely on Williams¿ book as a reference. Although Professor Williams is a highly qualified and widely respected authority on constitutional origins, More Liberty Means Less Government is not a scholarly work. Because his book is a collection of newspaper articles, Williams does not cite many of his sources. Most of the statistics that Williams provides are without references. Secondly, Williams¿ book has not undergone the battery of peer reviews, which validates most scholarly works. Furthermore, Professor Williams is on the board of directors for the Hoover Institution, which published this book. This is not to say that More Liberty Means Less Government is not useful for students of American government; however, students should use Williams¿ book merely as a starting point in their research of civil liberties. The task of tracing and verifying Williams¿ sources rests with each student.
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Posted April 29, 2012