'Sometimes I sarcastically, perhaps cynically, say that I'm glad that I received virtually all of my education before it became fashionable for white people to like black people," writes Walter Williams in his new autobiography, "Up from the Projects." "By that I mean that I encountered back then a more honest assessment of my strengths and weaknesses. Professors didn't hesitate to criticize me—sometimes to the point of saying, 'That's nonsense.'"
Here are just a couple of quotes from this piece. There are so many that are powerfully bold and clear and defining.
"...These were poor black people and a few whites living in a housing project, and it was unusual not to have a mother and father in the house. Today, in the same projects, it would be rare to have a mother and father in the house."and
"I was more than anything a radical," says Mr. Williams. "I was more sympathetic to Malcolm X than Martin Luther King because Malcolm X was more of a radical who was willing to confront discrimination in ways that I thought it should be confronted, including perhaps the use of violence.
"But I really just wanted to be left alone. I thought some laws, like minimum-wage laws, helped poor people and poor black people and protected workers from exploitation. I thought they were a good thing until I was pressed by professors to look at the evidence."
I came to politics from the Left. I bought into all the reasons the leftist professors expounded to explain poverty in the U.S. and in third world countries, but in the end, when I dared to read and listen to ideas articulated in support of capitalism, free enterprise, competition, and civil liberties articulated in the U.S. Constitution, I realized that what I had bought into was fool's gold, and that individual liberty and freedom were fundamentally important and impossible in a socialist political economy with a big over bearing centralized government. And welfare served to pacify and to enslave people with their willing cooperation.
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