Walter Williams, a venerable economics professor at George Mason University who is considered one of the nation’s greatest defenders of free-market economics, has died. He was 84.
He not only influenced countless young scholars with his conservative brand of economics, he also helped educate the masses through his popular syndicated column.
His overall career spans some five decades, during which he bluntly and tirelessly warned all who would listen that big government hurts the poor and marginalized the most, among other important messages.
In a speech in 2017, Williams pointed out how “academia is not what it was in 1967” when he started teaching.
“Socialistic” professors now “use their classrooms to proselytize students,” which Williams called “a cowardly act to take advantage of student immaturity” before their pupils have learned the skills to examine a range of opinions.
All morality starts with private property, according to Williams. “We each own ourselves,” yet we tolerate the government using two-thirds of the federal budget to take one person’s property and give it to another, which is “a fairly good working definition of slavery,” he had said in his speech.