American Contempt for Liberty

American Contempt for Liberty

Author: Walter E. Williams
ISBN: 978-0-8179-1875-0
Publication Date: 5/1/2015
Pages: 440

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. Unfortunately, Americans have increasingly accepted the tyrannical ideas of reduced private property rights and reduced rights to profits and have become enamored with restrictions on personal liberty and control by government.

In this latest collection of essays selected from his syndicated newspaper columns, Walter E. Williams takes on a range of controversial issues surrounding race, education, the environment, our Constitution, health care, foreign policy, and more. Skewering the self-righteous and self-important forces throughout society, he makes the case for what he calls the “the moral superiority of personal liberty and its main ingredient—limited government.”

With his usual straightforward insights and honesty, Williams reveals the loss of liberty in nearly every important aspect of our lives, the massive decline in our values, and the moral tragedy that has befallen Americans today: our belief that it is okay for government forcibly to use one American to serve the purposes of another.

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Walter E. Williams

Walter E. Williams is the John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics and chairman of the economics department at George Mason University and a nationally syndicated columnist. Williams is 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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Contents


Preface
Acknowledgements

Part I


Constitution
The Hell wtih Our Constitution
Good Ideas
Why a Bill of Rights?
Constitutional Contempt
The Consensus and the Constitution
Constitutional Awakening
The Founders' Vision versus Ours
What Our Constitution Permits
Why We're a Divided Nation
Democracy versus Liberty
Continuing Stubborn Ignorance
Do We Deserve Our Fate?
Failing Liberty 101
Legal Obedience
Democracy and Majority Rule
Why the Second Amendment
Is there a Way Out
Parting Company
Governed by Rules, Not Men
The Constitution or Good Ideas?

Part II


Politics
Congress's Financial Mess
The National Ponzi Scheme
States Rebellion Pending
Government Deception
Parting Company
The Housing Boom and Bust
Americans Love Government
Senate Slavery Apology
Washington's Lies
Obama's Nobel Peace Prize
The Pretense of Knowledge
Modern Day Lunacy
Conflict or Cooperation
Parting Company
Will Republicans Save Us?
Politicians Exploit Economic Ignorance
Our Contemptable Congress
How to Controll Congress
Moral or Immoral Government
Handouts, Morality, and Common Sense
Gov. Perry's Right about Social Security
Social Security Disaster
Devious Taxation
Our Nation's Future
Duped by Congressional Lies
Who May Tax and Spend?
Parting Company
our Government-Created Financial Crisis
official Lies
Abraham Lincoln
Americans Deserve the IRS
Distrusting Government
Congressionally Duped Americans
Does Washington Know Best?
Do Americans Prefer Deception?
Dumb Politicians Won't Get Elected
Politics and Minimum Wage
Concealing Evil
Bizarre Arguments and Behavior
Spending and Morality
Favor and Loot for Sale

Part III


Race
The Racism of Diversity
Black Opportunity Destruction
Black Americans and Liberty
The Right to Discriminate
Can Black Americans Afford Obama?
Racism or Stupidity
Is Profiling Racist?
Racial Stupidity and Malevolence
America's New Racists
Race and Economics
Blacks and Politics
It's Hard to Be a Racist
Obama's Racial Politics
Rising Black Social Pathology
Leftist Race-Baiters
Should Black People Tolerate This?
Racial Double Standards
Black and White Standards
Black Self-Sabotage
Would They Be Proud?
Progressives and Blacks
Racial Tradeoffs
Racial Tradeoffs: Part II
Blacks and Obama
Black People Duped
Sex and Race Equality
Coming End to Racial Preferences
A Lesson on Racial Discrimination
White Privilege
Slavery Reparations
Do Blacks Need Favors?
Please Stop Helping Us
Blacks Must Confront Reality

Part IV


Education
Fraud In Academia
Vicious Academic Liberals
Education
Academic Dishonesty
Black Education
Black Education Disaster
Black Education
Diversity Perversity
Academic Rot
Education Is Worse Than We Thought
Too Much Higher Education
Schools of Education
Math Matters
Too Much College
Obama's Educational Excellence Initative
Educational Lunacy
Academic Dishonesty
Dishonest Educators
Minority Student Needs
Academic Cesspools
Black Education Tragedy
Reeducation at George Mason
Student Indoctrination
Schoolteacher Cheating
Solutions to Black Education
The Education Establishment's Success
Tuition Pays for This

Part V


Environment and Health
Sweden's Government Health Care
EPA Cover-Up
Who May Harm Whom?
Global Warming Is a Religion
Global Warming Update
Is Health Care a Right?
Salt Tyrants
Making Americans Sick
Health Tyrants
A Killer Agency
Energy Manipulation
Our Fragile Planet
Who Owns You?

Part VI


International
Excused Horrors
Untrue Beliefs
Haiti's Avoidable Death Toll
Immigration and Liberty
Invisible Victims
Free or Fair?
True or False
Smugglers as Heroes
Ominous Parallels
The Financial Mess in the United States and Europe
Hating America
What Egyptians Need
How to Assist Evil
Our Unwillingness to Defend Ourselves
Western Anti-Semitism
Multiculturalism is a Failure

Part VII


Potpurri
Rich People vs. Politicians
Empathy versus Law
Free Markets: Pro-Rich or Pro-Poor
Liberal Crackup
Profit versus Nonprofit
Job Destruction Makes Us richer
Profits Are for People
Should the Rich be Condemned?
I Love Greed
In Greed I Trust
Good Economics
The Rich Don't Pay Enough?
A Modest Proposal
What You Can't Say
Women in Combat
Understanding Liberals and Progressives
Touchy Topics
Honesty and Trust
Are Guns the Problem?
Equaltiy in Discipline
Petty Annoyances
Things I Don't Understand
Do Statistical Disparities Mean Injustice?
Lecture--Foundation for Economic Education

About the Author
Index



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