by Monty Pelerin
Monty Pelerin’s World
A voice of sanity and reason has passed. Walter Williams, a great man with great courage, died December 2. Dr. Williams was an economist and a brave man who swam against popular “wisdom.” Like Milton Friedman, he knew the power of markets and the evils of power. Like Thomas Sowell, he was a black man in a field where he was a pioneer and an irritant to soft-headed liberals.
Friedman, Sowell and Williams all were their own men. All chose honor and truth over wealth. All could have joined the liberal establishment and become heroes by parroting the nonsense that passes for knowledge today. All were their own men. All chose the truth. All chose to help others even though they knew it would limit their influence and success.