The Tradgedy Called Africa

In terms of natural resources, Africa is the world’s richest continent. It has 50 percent of the world’s gold, most of the world’s diamonds and chromium, 90 percent of the cobalt, 40 percent of the world’s potential hydroelectric power, 65 percent of the manganese, millions of acres of untilled farmland as well as other natural […]

Economic Freedom and Progress

“Economic Freedom of the World: 1997″, written by Professors James Gwartney (Florida State University) and Robert Lawson (Capital University), has just been published. It is an annual report that uses 17 objective factors to derive a summary economic freedom rating, from zero to ten, for 115 countries, the freest being ten. As has been the […]

Will There Be A Balanced Budget?

There’s been one balanced budget in the last 38 years (1969). In 1979, Congress passed the Balanced Budget Act making balanced budgets the law of the land. In 1982, a “concerned” Congress enacted what was then the largest peacetime tax increase in U.S. history. President Reagan signed it on’ promise that would enact $3 worth […]

How To Restrict Liberty

Let’s look at how pressure groups are able to impose their values and preferences on others in ways that restrict liberty. To make my case, I list several restrictions that have been, are, or are being sought such as bans: on handgun ownership, abortion, smoking in public and private places, school prayers, liquor sales, mandatory […]

Air Bag Safety Coverup

Last February, I wrote about the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) air bag safety coverup and the 52 lives (32 were children) lost caused by 200 mph deploying air bags. Then there were air bag lies. In 1977, the Transportation Department claimed that air bags “protect automobile occupants from collision injuries, without the need […]

Improve Education: Fire The Experts

The best thing we can do for American education is to abolish university education departments, abolish the U.S. Department of Education and fire education “experts.” You say, “Williams, have you gone mad?” Let’s look at it. Over the last 30 years, achievement test scores have been in free fall as demonstrated both by SAT scores […]

The Americanization of Servitude

Volunteerism is touted as a celebration of the American spirit of community involvement. “Citizen service belongs to no party, no ideology,” said President Clinton. “It is an American idea, which every American should embrace.” His sentiment is shared by Presidents Bush, Ford and Carter, and conference leader, General Colin Powell. Even most of the summit’s […]

Egalitarianism: The New Torture Rack

Imagine the following Academy Award ceremony. There are no awards for best picture or best actor. Instead, every picture gets a certificate and every actor receives a prize. That is not an awards ceremony, you say? So it isn’t. But it is an egalitarian’s dream–and an achiever’s torment. An egalitarian wants equality, not under the […]

Gender-Norming Update

In October 1994, Lt. Kara Hultgreen was killed during an attempted landing of her F-14 on the aircraft carrier Abraham Lincoln. Femfeared (fear of feminists) Navy officials first re ported that engine failure caused the death of the Navy’s first female F-14 pilot. That was a deliberate lie and coverup as later revealed in a […]

The Coming Social Security Disaster

The Social Security’s Board of Trustees’ most recent report predicts the system will be insolvent by the year 2029; they had been predicting insolvency in 2030. By 2010, the Social Security system will be running deficits, the year when the Social Security trust funds go to zip. What needs to be done? Earlier this year, […]

Economics 101

Many people think economics is about businesses and financial institutions but economics is much broader than that. Economic theory makes a valuable contribution whenever there are costs and benefits of any human action. Take dating. Suppose you see a fat, old, ugly, cigar-smoking man dating a beautiful young lady. What prediction would you make about […]

Campaign Finance Scapegoat: Proof of Washington Rot

The nation’s response to the scandal-a-day revelations about money funneled into Clinton’s reelection and the Democratic party’s fund raising is entirely mis-focused. Campaign finance reform measures such as full disclosure and dollar limits do not address the political rot and cancer underlying the scandals. Let’s begin by asking why would a person or corporation fork […]

Freeloaders

John Stossel’s ABC special “Freeloaders” which aired last week showed just how far we’ve come to being a nation of parasites. It featured people (thieves) who’d go to a restaurant, eat half their meal, and then place an insect in the remaining food in order to get the meal without charge. Stossel interviewed bums holding […]

Education Dollars at Work

President Clinton wants more money for education. He’s proposed tax credits and deductions for college students and large increases in Pell Grants for needy students. Clinton would have us believe that not enough students have a chance to go to the nation’s 3,600 colleges or money will solve the nation’s education problems. Let’s look at […]

Cosmic Justice

Dr. Thomas Sowell, Hoover Institution’s distinguished senior fellow, delivered a lecture in New Zealand last year titled “The Quest for Cosmic Justice.” He discussed how often we observe tragic differences in the lives of people. Some live in luxury; others live in squalor; some people have food to throw away while others are close to […]

Duped Americans

For nearly four decades, the education establishment has delivered one failure and set of excuses after another. Education for blacks is nothing less than a catastrophe and education for white kids is nothing to write home about. People can and do make mistakes and produce never-worked-anywhere nostrums. In most cases, we fire them or run […]

Iraq: The Wrong War

President Clinton’s air strike against Iraq is more than geographically misguided. Clinton is fighting the wrong country for the wrong reasons. Because he “doesn’t want to take sides,” Clinton has launched missiles and flown patrols well away from the battle area, risking valuable American lives in a backwater, so he can avoid giving indirect support […]

Black Education

For years I’ve said that if the Ku Klux Klan wanted to sabotage black academic excellence, they couldn’t find a tool more effective than the public school system in most major cities. The evidence of that tragedy continues. The latest is contained in a Philadelphia Inquirer story (1/9/97). Tai Kwan Cureton was a student at […]