Today marks the 75th birthday of one of the greatest champions of liberty in American history, Walter E. Williams. Like his good friend the late Milton Friedman, Williams is a brilliant economist who specializes in making economics understandable to the layperson. The John M. Olin Distinguished Professor of Economics at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia, Williams has long been an adjunct scholar at Cato. He is the author of nine books, one of which, South Africa’s War Against Capitalism, Cato published in 1989. No sooner did Williams publish his autobiography this year, Up from the Projects, than he published a terrific new book, out this month, Race & Economics: How much can be blamed on discrimination? Like many Cato scholars, he is a member of the Mont Pelerin Society.
On issues ranging from deregulation of the economy to legalizing drugs, Walter Williams is a passionate, laissez-faire libertarian. His libertarianism greatly improves The Rush Limbaugh Show where he is a frequent guest host. Williams rubs elbows with the movers and shakers in America, being a member in good standing of the secretive Bohemian Grove. Even more secretive is his participation in the influential, Washington, D.C.-based Politically Incorrect Boys Club among whose members are included Cato’s Beloved Founder Ed Crane, and senior fellows Richard Rahn and Dan Mitchell.
All of us at Cato wish our dear friend Walter a very Happy Birthday!