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Walter Williams Interview

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Jason Riley of the WSJ has this Weekend Interview with GMU economist Walter Williams.  Williams' main thesis is that government programs intended to help the poor and minorities (including addressing the infamous "root cause of crime") have actually done great harm.  The decline of the family is the big problem today, and the welfare state is a cause of that decline.

"Racial discrimination is not the problem of black people that it used to be" in his youth, says Mr. Williams. "Today I doubt you could find any significant problem that blacks face that is caused by racial discrimination. The 70% illegitimacy rate is a devastating problem, but it doesn't have a damn thing to do with racism. The fact that in some areas black people are huddled in their homes at night, sometimes serving meals on the floor so they don't get hit by a stray bullet--that's not because the Klan is riding through the neighborhood."

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