Posted On: Thursday - December 3rd 2020 9:12AM MST
In Topics:   Pundits  Liberty/Libertarianism  Race/Genetics
We at Peak Stupidity don't do too many of these R.i.P. posts, unless it's the occasional Rot In Place for the passing of such scum as Juan McAnmesty. There are 10's of thousands of good people in America that die each and every day. What does some actor of musician mean in comparison?
It takes a lot of toughness to remain one of the two famous black Libertarian pundits in the country, though. Walter Williams is worth an R.I.P. to us.
I haven't kept up since the www has been the time-suck of all time-sucks for me, but I used to read Dr. Williams' columns in the newspaper way back. It's possible that his stuff was in the alternative newspaper, the one with the crime stories and News of the Weird column, as Irecollect something like that, and it'd make sense. Hard-core Constitutionalist Libertarianism was not something a respectable newspaper would print regularly, even 30 years ago.
Economist Dr. Thomas Sowell, whom we mentioned four years back, when he retired, is the only other black Libertarian pundit that I know about. There can't be many. (It's too bad I needed the Race/Genetics topic key on this one.) How many black people in general are Libertarians? It can't be more than a % or two. Even if poll questions, as appear very often in unz.com's Audacious Epigone's blog, show a 5% black bar* for "I think government is too big", that's not the reality in the black community. As a whole, and consistently, the black community wants MORE FREE STUFF. Libertarianism doesn't bring home the bacon for them. The State does.
One could search the world over for a hint of a Libertarian style government in a black country. Nada. Is it genetic or cultural? What would we hear from the black leaders if all of them had been students of Walter Williams or Thomas Sowell. As usual, it's some of each. Don't feel bad, black readers, if any. China, full of high-IQ people, we are told, has nary a Libertarian streak anywhere in its 3,500 year history. (See Citizenship in the Nation.)
One thing that even non-Liberty-loving white people appreciated about Walter Williams is that he didn't blame them for the problems of blacks. That's a novel thing, it seems, as discussed in VDare's memoriam of Dr. Williams.
I should have been following Dr. Williams until the day he died. From his site (linked to above) here is just his last "Wisdom of the Month" blurb:
Wisdom of the Month
“No one can read our Constitution without concluding that the people who wrote it wanted their government severely limited; the words “no” and “not” employed in restraint of governmental power occur 24 times in the first seven articles of the Constitution and 22 more times in the Bill of Rights. – Richard M. Ebeling, “The Real Meaning of Thanksgiving” November 2016
“Congress has not unlimited powers to provide for the general welfare, but only those specifically enumerated.” – Thomas Jefferson
I made an effort to shake hands with (and get a free book from) another great Libertarian pundit one time - see "Papiere bitte!" - "Your papers, please!" and memories of Mr. Vin Suprynowicz.** I wish I'd done the same with Walter E. Williams, another great American.
Rest in Peace.
* By not being a graphical-cuck and using appropriate colors, Audacious Epigone makes things easy on the reader of his graphs. One doesn't have to keep looking back and forth to the legend in his pie charts. Not only that, other graph makers will not be consistent anyway, as light blue may be "white people" one time and burnt orange the next.
** See also "Papiere bitte!" - "Your papers, please!" - Part 2 and "Papiere bitte!" - "Your papers, please!" - Stories from the real deal