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Liberty Versus the Tyranny of Socialismby Walter E. Williams
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In this selected collection of his syndicated newspaper columns, Walter E. Williams once again takes on the left wing's most sacred cows with provocative insights and brutal honesty. He offers his sometimes controversial views on education, health, the environment, government, law and society, race, and a range of other topics, always with an uncompromising reverence for personal liberty and the principles laid out in our Declaration of Independence and Constitution.
Do we want socialized medicine? Do peace treaties produce peace? What's wrong with education? What's discrimination? Do we really care about children? Is this the America we want? Williams answers these and other provocative questions with his usual unflinching candor. Although many of these thoughtful, hard-hitting essays focus on the growth of government and our loss of liberty, many others demonstrate how the tools of free market economics can be used to improve our lives in ways ordinary people can understand--not just in the realm of trade and the cost of goods and services but in such diverse areas as racial discrimination, national defense, and even marriage.
Book News Annotation:
Williams (economics, George Mason U.) collects some 160 of his weekly newspaper columns from the past few years. He addresses a variety of economic and political issues from a hard-right perspective (although he appears to be fairly unconcerned about social conservative issues such as abortion or gay marriage). The columns are organized into sections concerned with education, the environment and health, government, income, international politics and economics, law and society, economics as an academic discipline, and race. There is also a section titled "potpourri." Although it is difficult to briefly summarize his views on the wide rage of subjects tackled, Williams himself describes his bias as being for private property and self-ownership and reveals the uncompromising nature of that stance by describing Social Security, Medicare, food stamps, farm and business and subsidies, and foreign aid as all analogous to slavery because they forcibly use some people (through taxes) to serve the interests of others. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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.
About 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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