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    Walter Williams R.I.P.

    It seems Walter Williams has passed.

    I learned from Don Boudreaux this morning that Walter Williams died either this morning or last night.
    https://www.econlib.org/walter-williams-rip/



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    A gift he has bestowed upon those of White European Ancestry. In the coming days it might be worth printing and carrying in your wallet.

    Last edited by phill4paul; 12-02-2020 at 09:36 AM.

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    Damn. 2020 is the worst.
    "And now that the legislators and do-gooders have so futilely inflicted so many systems upon society, may they finally end where they should have begun: May they reject all systems, and try liberty; for liberty is an acknowledgment of faith in God and His works." - Bastiat

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    "And now that the legislators and do-gooders have so futilely inflicted so many systems upon society, may they finally end where they should have begun: May they reject all systems, and try liberty; for liberty is an acknowledgment of faith in God and His works." - Bastiat

    "It is difficult to free fools from the chains they revere." - Voltaire

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    RIP WW
    “The spirits of darkness are now among us. We have to be on guard so that we may realize what is happening when we encounter them and gain a real idea of where they are to be found. The most dangerous thing you can do in the immediate future will be to give yourself up unconsciously to the influences which are definitely present.” ~ Rudolf Steiner

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    I first heard him on Rush Limbaugh in the early 90s. I always enjoyed Walter Williams' broadcasts far more than I ever enjoyed Rush's even back when I totally bought the Republican koolaid. RIP
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    GODSPEED
    see you on the other side!
    you were awesome
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    This year can't end soon enough.

    Farewell WW.

    As always, you are "black, by popular demand".

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    Quote Originally Posted by phill4paul View Post
    It seems Walter Williams has passed.



    https://www.econlib.org/walter-williams-rip/


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    Such a great man. Had been my favorite economist for a very long time.
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    Korean war veteran, civil rights activist, brilliant radio and television commentator, and one of america's leading intellectuals. Never buckled when people told him what he should believe. No one will ever be as good as him. Rest in peace Mr. Williams.

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    Damn you, 2020! Damn you to hell!

    Quote Originally Posted by RJB View Post
    I first heard him on Rush Limbaugh in the early 90s. I always enjoyed Walter Williams' broadcasts far more than I ever enjoyed Rush's even back when I totally bought the Republican koolaid. RIP
    Walter Williams >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> Rush Limbaugh

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    Quote Originally Posted by Origanalist View Post
    I always liked Walter. I used to love it when he filled in for Rush back in the days before I discovered the liberty movement.
    Oh, hell, yeah! Back in the '90s, I recorded all the shows one of those times he was sitting in for Limbaugh for an entire week. I still have the cassettes.

    One of my favorite bits from that was the show where he talked about having a free market for organ transplants.

    There were ditto-fragments flying everywhere from all the exploding heads ...

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    Quote Originally Posted by ammodotcom View Post
    Korean war veteran, civil rights activist, brilliant radio and television commentator, and one of america's leading intellectuals. Never buckled when people told him what he should believe. No one will ever be as good as him. Rest in peace Mr. Williams.
    Ah, man....I love Walter Williams!

    Rest in peace, my friend- you will be sorely missed.
    There is no spoon.

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    RIP
    "Perhaps one of the most important accomplishments of my administration is minding my own business."

    Calvin Coolidge



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    What an enormous blow.
    NeoReactionary. American High Tory.

    The counter-revolution will not be televised.

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    I think Dr. Paul admired the man.

    That speaks volumes.

    RIP.
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    R.I.P.

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    The intellectual battle for liberty can appear to be a lonely one at times. However, the numbers are not as important as the principles that we hold. Leonard Read always taught that "it's not a numbers game, but an ideological game." That's why it's important to continue to provide a principled philosophy as to what the role of government ought to be, despite the numbers that stare us in the face.
    Quote Originally Posted by Origanalist View Post
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    Bit surprising to see some sentiments here...this being a libertarian, pro small gummit, anti globalist interventions hangout.
    The guy was not a hardcore tool of neocons but seemed like mellow apologist for neocons behind lies based racially motivated Iraq freedom war invasion blunder that set US back by few centures, Israeli war crimes against people of less chosen races. Heritage Foundation commending him today at least seemed approp.

    But such conflicting attitudes are not uncommon on both the Right and the Left. Another illogical thing is many Republicans celeberating showbiz celeb turned neocons pawn Reagan who was Founding Father of ISIS 1.0 aka violent Afghan Jihadeens and probably the worst Prez in US history in terms of damage his policies did to future of America with his globalist militant interventions.

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    The great man will RIP but will be missed.

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    https://marginalrevolution.com/margi...ublemaker.html


    Our colleague, the great Walter Williams, died on Tuesday shortly after teaching his last class–which is exactly how he would have wanted to go. He was 84 and had been teaching at George Mason since 1980. As Don Boudreaux writes in the WSJ:

    For 40 years Walter was the heart and soul of George Mason’s unique Department of Economics. Our department unapologetically resists the trend of teaching economics as if it’s a guide for social engineers. This resistance reflects Walter’s commitment to liberal individualism and his belief that ordinary men and women deserve, as his friend Thomas Sowell puts it, “elbow room for themselves and a refuge from the rampaging presumptions of their ‘betters.’ ”

    Walter taught UCLA-Chicago price theory to multiple generations of George Mason students. His students loved him. He secured funding for me when I was a student, for which I have always been grateful. You can find many of his graduate exam questions here. They are tough!

    Walter led a remarkable life recounted in his autobiography, Up From the Projects. He was arrested for disorderly conduct several times and drafted into the army. He was later court-martialed but, acting as his own attorney, he wins his case. He’s sent to Korea and when asked to fill in a form stating his race he writes Caucasian because the Negros got all the worst jobs. He tells his commanding officer that he has pledged to defend the constitution against all enemies foreign and domestic and that he, the commanding officer, is a domestic enemy of the constitution. He writes to complain to President John F. Kennedy. The army gives him an honorable discharge. His wife, Connie, helps him to become more mannerly. It was only when he discovered economics, however, that he learned to combine trouble-making with discipline. He was interviewed a few years ago on these themes by Jason Riley for the WSJ:

    “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.”

    During his junior year at California State College in Los Angeles, Mr. Williams switched his major from sociology to economics after reading W.E.B. Du Bois’s “Black Reconstruction in America,” a Marxist take on the South’s transformation after the Civil War that will never be confused with “The Wealth of Nations.” Even so, the book taught him that “black people cannot make great progress until they understand the economic system, until they know something about economics.”

    He earned his doctorate in 1972 from UCLA, which had one of the top economics departments in the country, and he says he “probably became a libertarian through exposure to tough-mined professors” — James Buchanan, Armen Alchian, Milton Friedman — “who encouraged me to think with my brain instead of my heart. I learned that you have to evaluate the effects of public policy as opposed to intentions.”

    Walter was never politically correct. He once demanded that our Dean do something about the lack of representation of Asian-Americans on the GMU basketball team. He enjoyed his iconoclasm but his provocations were designed to get people to stop and think not to offend. It’s not clear that this is possible anymore.

    Walter was a brilliant communicator. GMU Econ Chair Daniel Houser noted:

    That Walter is so beloved by legions of non-economists speaks not to his dumbing down of economics in order to attain popularity. Instead, it speaks to his unusual mastery of economics to make it accessible and relevant to ordinary men and women.”

    Walter was always his own person, perhaps best reflected in this interview with Nick Gillespie.

    Gillespie: Let’s talk a little bit about the broad-based libertarian movement. Do you feel that you are part of a libertarian movement?

    Williams: No, I don’t.

    Gillespie: So, what are you then?

    Williams: I am not a part of a movement. I have never been part of a movement, I just do my own thing.

    I miss him already. There is no replacement. Here is Suffer No Fools, an excellent video-biography of the great Walter Williams.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YZGvQcxoAPg



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    Walter Williams was one of the reasons I decided to pursue a graduate degree at George Mason (in particular.) RIP
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    RIP. He will forever be missed. I learned so much from this man.
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    RIP to Walter Williams and prayers and best wishes to his family and close friends. He will be missed.

    Time to crack open his books that I've had on my bookshelf all these years...
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    Quote Originally Posted by phill4paul View Post
    A gift he has bestowed upon those of White European Ancestry. In the coming days it might be worth printing and carrying in your wallet.

    Is this some sort of joke? A gift not his to give, and speaking in fictional terms that have no demonstrable reality.

    Walter and I spent some years exchanging emails and this thing you've posted does not at all sound like anything that he would have put forward into the aether. Of course I may be mistaken, but it is not in character with that which he had ever sent my way.

    That said, I'm sorry to find out just now that he is gone, but am quite pleased for him that he has managed to escape this grand prison. The human world is a cess pool more horrific and disgusting than anything even the most spectacularly twisted imagination could ever dredge up for the sake of authoring wild fiction.
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    Quote Originally Posted by osan View Post
    Is this some sort of joke? A gift not his to give, and speaking in fictional terms that have no demonstrable reality.

    Walter and I spent some years exchanging emails and this thing you've posted does not at all sound like anything that he would have put forward into the aether. Of course I may be mistaken, but it is not in character with that which he had ever sent my way.

    That said, I'm sorry to find out just now that he is gone, but am quite pleased for him that he has managed to escape this grand prison. The human world is a cess pool more horrific and disgusting than anything even the most spectacularly twisted imagination could ever dredge up for the sake of authoring wild fiction.
    Yes, I believe it was written light heartedly. You can find it under "Gift" in the header of his web page: http://walterewilliams.com/

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