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93 of 99 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cost and Racism, May 2, 2011
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This review is from: Race & Economics: How Much Can Be Blamed on Discrimination? (Hoover Institution Press Publication) (Paperback)
Many people see racism as a problem that exists in the private sector, that can be solved by officials in the public sector. Walter Williams turns this popular view of racism on its head. Public policies often put minorities at a disadvantage. Racists often find it easier to discriminate through public policy than through private enterprise. Williams is extending the cost-driven theoretical arguments of Gary Becker on the economics of discrimination. He uses many interesting examples to support the idea that government intervention serves as the primary means of discrimination: minimum wage laws, licensing, and other restrictions on otherwise free markets. These are controversial propositions that will offend some readers. Hopefully most people will read it critically and in so doing benefit from its well reasoned and supported arguments.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Must Read from Williams, June 10, 2011
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A home-run by Williams. This is another book I wish I could afford to buy for every member of Congress. It explains, clearly enough for a statist to understand, how government policiy has disadvantaged black people in the last 60 years. We are going to pay a terrible price for these bone-headed policies. Get a copy for your legislators as well.

Robert A. Hall
Author: The Coming Collapse of the American Republic
(All royalties go to a charity to help wounded veterans)
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45 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars moving forward by looking backward, May 31, 2011
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This book clearly shows that the government, read democrat, aid for minorities, read black, have harmed rather than helped black economic advancement. Contrary to other fantasies, economic reality would help all minorities advance. Easy reading.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A book all college students should read, July 11, 2011
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I am a college student who was forced to read Piven & Cloward's work last semester. I remember questioning their theories and wondering why they continued to use blame and resentment as a form to support their assertion that more gov't central planning benefits blacks and minorities. This book proves that all gov't intervention has proven to infact harm blacks and minorities, instead of helping them climb out of poverty. I think this is a great book that would help Blacks to understand that the so called glorious New Deal programs ended up resulting in more unemployment for their race. Don't just listen to the liberal crap universities want to push down your throat. READ, READ AND READ, and then come to your own conclusions.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must read for all!, June 11, 2011
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This book should be read by all old and young. It should be used as an instructional manual in High Schools. But I'll bet it will never be permitted by school boards. Love Walter Williams work and throughly enjoy reading his books. It is very easy to read and an extremely interesting account of US History, US policies/Laws and how they relate to economics. If you care to know the truth of what makes this country tick this is a great starting point.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Book, June 16, 2011
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This is a brilliant, brilliant book, filled with sharp, original, compelling ideas on every page. Soundly argued and authoritatively supported. Deep scholarship matched with downright common sense. It would be impossible, I should think, for anyone to read this book and not learn something new. One of the best books I have read in years (and I read a lot).
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unintended Consequences of Anti-Discrimination Laws, August 8, 2011
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This book is a thoughtful, well-researched look at how the government's attempts to solve perceived 'racial discrimination' problems have created the opposite of intended results. The author exposes not only the fallacy of much of this thinking, but also how the government solutions have worsened the plight of minorities. To anyone interested in actually helping their fellow American, this is a very valuable work.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fantastic and Insightful Book!, June 19, 2011
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A must-read for anyone who thinks free markets don't work. This should be required reading for anyone planning to hold a public office.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, June 17, 2011
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This is a great book. Williams takes on many issues and makes his case well. Fundamental economics can be very counter-intuitive so books like this are useful as explanations and evidence. Highly recommended....everyone should read this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Race & Economics, July 7, 2011
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As with everything I have ever read by Dr. Williams, it was great. He is a brilliant man and the book proves it. Very thought provoking.
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