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A great read about a life-long Libertarian Walter E. Williams. It discusses his fight Jim Crow, big government, and liberal orthodoxy.

On May 29, 1963, Private Walter E. Williams of the U.S. Army’s 30th Infantry Division wrote a letter to President John F. Kennedy denouncing the pervasive racism of the American government and military. “Should ******* be relieved of their service obligation or continue defending and dying for empty promises of freedom and equality,†Williams demanded of the president. "Or should we demand human rights as our Founding Fathers did at the risk of being called extremists....I contend that we relieve ourselves of oppression in a manner that is in keeping with the great heritage of our nation.â€
http://reason.com/archives/2011/01/28/m ... -the-state

He asks the question should we demand human rights as our Founding Fathers did, at the risk of being called extremist? The answer is of course, yes. Yes we should.
 

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Hearing Walter Williams on Rush, then reading his articles motivated me to study economics. One of my life goals is to make it through his suggested reading lists: http://econfaculty.gmu.edu/wew/readings.html and http://econfaculty.gmu.edu/wew/Studyref.html.

Then there is this gem!

http://econfaculty.gmu.edu/wew/gift.html
Proclamation of Amnesty and Pardon Granted to
All Persons of European Descent

Whereas, Europeans kept my forebears in bondage some three centuries toiling without pay,

Whereas, Europeans ignored the human rights pledges of the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution,

Whereas, the Emancipation Proclamation, the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments meant little more than empty words,

Therefore, Americans of European ancestry are guilty of great crimes against my ancestors and their progeny.

But, in the recognition Europeans themselves have been victims of various and sundry human rights violations to wit: the Norman Conquest, the Irish Potato Famine, Decline of the Hapsburg Dynasty, Napoleonic and Czarist adventurism, and gratuitous insults and speculations about the intelligence of Europeans of Polish descent,

I, Walter E. Williams, do declare full and general amnesty and pardon to all persons of European ancestry, for both their own grievances, and those of their forebears, against my people.

Therefore, from this day forward Americans of European ancestry can stand straight and proud knowing they are without guilt and thus obliged not to act like damn fools in their relationships with Americans of African ancestry.

Walter E. Williams, Gracious and Generous Grantor
 

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That's great. I didn't know that, but its good to know. I'm just getting into reading about him and his work. Great fellow.

I loved that little gem!
 
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