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Liberty Versus the Tyranny of Socialism: Controversial Essays

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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. Although many of these essays focus on the growth of government and our loss of liberty, many others demonstrate how the tools of freemarket economics ...more
Paperback, 378 pages
Published September 1st 2008 by Hoover Institution Press
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Walter Williams subtitles his book, "controversial essays". This is neccesary because we live in an age when simple fundamental truths of economics are simply not grasped or ignored to push an agenda. If this were not true, Williams could have more accurately subtitled the book, "Essays of Fundamental Economic Truths", because this is what it is.

While the essay format lent itself to some repetition of themes amongst several essays, it was not overly annoying as repetition is also the mother of
Is there truly a love of freedom in this country? Do we even know what freedom means anymore? These questions and many others are always the themes found in the essays of Dr. Walter Williams. Williams is a successful opinion writer whose essays are published nationally, he is read by millions understood by hundreds and his ideas are put to work by tens. This is the sad irony, for although Williams is a beacon on sanity and freedom, there is little mood on a people that have grown accustomed to t ...more
David Crain
Feb 02, 2013 David Crain rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone looking for vignettes that illustrate the truth behind progressive mantras
Recommended to David by: My father recommended Williams's work
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Another book of insightful, lucid, and hard-hitting essays by economist and conservative powerhouse Walter Williams. In this book, he challenges his readers to think through the ideas and motives behind the actions of those in government, in other words, to think beyond "stage one." A great companion to Sowell's Intellectuals and Society, because it points out the ways that the "progressive," intellectual mindset is damaging beyond belief in the real world. Extremely informative and well-written ...more
Doran Barton
I was really looking forward to this book because I've enjoyed listening to Walter E. Williams on the radio when he's guest hosting a show. But, alas, it was a bit of a disappointment. This book is simply a collection of Williams' newspaper columns. This means the "essays" are short and, unfortunately, packed with political rhetoric to surround the facts. This doesn't make this book stand out from anything else you might hear on the radio, see on TV, etc.
Wiley Fox
This book is a compilation of short articles for a weekly newspaper column written over a period of years. The author's left-wing ideals leaves the reader questioning many aspects of life, such as education, health, government, law, etc., and consistently refers back to the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. Very factual and informative.
Much of what Williams outlines here is already covered in other essay collections. That doesn't mean the collection isn't excellent. As always, Williams outlines his clear view of the world in each essay through his logical economist lense, and he does so in impressively concise fashion.
JB Peterson
If you have any interest at all in economics, politics or social values this book is worth a read. It is a series of Williams essays and columns from recent years. I keep a copy in the reading room and the essays provide a perfect read for one sitting.
Great Essays regarding the dangers of Socialism and its' potential impact on the US should it ever appear on our shores..the author, a professor, at a prominent university, does a great job at laying out his arguments.
Larry Head
Doctor Williams knows of that which he speaks. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to really understand how the political ideologyies affect their daily lives...and wallets.
Julia Nixon
Walter Williams is an economics professor who writes a syndicated column on many subjects.
Another good collection of articles.
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Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Dr. Walter E. Williams holds a B.A. in economics from California State University, Los Angeles, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from UCLA. He also holds a Doctor of Humane Letters from Virginia Union University and Grove City College, Doctor of Laws from Washington and Jefferson College and Doctor Honoris Causa en Ciencias Sociales from Universidad Franc ...more
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