Del Tackett

by Del Tackett


The Wisdom of Walter Williams Is Not Gone

The world lost a great man in Walter Williams last week. We lost a great mind, a practical thinker, a wonderful economics teacher. Showing his students not only the truth, but how you get to that truth seemed to be his consistent objective and pattern. His column was always a must read for me and I learned much from him over the years.

It was through him that I first learned of the folly of minimum wage laws and corporate and inheritance taxes. It was through him I understood the reality of the Scripture's teaching regarding slothfulness and poverty and to not be taken in by liberal emotional pleas that fool the ignorant and destroy lives once they are implemented.

I am quite sure that Williams took his lead from Jesus in that he always provided a practical example in his teaching. Jesus pointed to things like the lilies of the field and lost sheep; Williams pointed to the farmer, the truck driver, the doughnut baker. 

He evidently had written a column before he died on weighing the costs against the benefits and it was published today. In it was the typical Williams way of making things simple. His analysis of the current COVID policies and actions were put in the practical example of the cost/benefit policies we make regarding driving. Over 36,000 people die every year on the highways, all of which could be saved if we simply mandated a 5mph speed limit. Yet we choose to have higher speed limits, even though it will cost many lives, because of the heavier costs of not doing so: i.e. it would be impossible to truck foods and goods at a low speed or commute to work from any distance. However, we haven’t made those practical policy decisions when it comes to COVID, choosing to destroy businesses and close schools and restaurants without a true cost/benefit rational. He points to the 60,000 scientists and physicians who have signed the Great Barrington Declaration opposing a lockdown because they believe it will impose much more harm than good. Instead, the media provokes us to live in fear and the state grows more ubiquitous in its power and control.

Williams consistently called us away from the liberal feigned emotional policies that only empowered the state at the real cost to the citizenry. It was for this reason he was not often found on the pages of blue media.

Williams wrote and spoke often of the consequences of bad policy and its effects on the black community. He taught me to understand that the plight of the black family today can be directly traced to destructive welfare policies and the feigned war on poverty and even the origins of Planned Parenthood. You might want to read his book "The State Against Blacks". In another book, "Suffer No Fools", he said this:

“The welfare state has done to Black Americans what slavery could not have done, Jim Crow and the harshest racism could not have done — namely to destroy the Black family,”

But the Lord has now taken him home and God always takes for a wise reason. When He prunes us, He is looking for more abundant fruit; when He prunes the Body of Christ, He is looking for a crop to replace what He removed. The wisdom with which Walter Williams wrote and taught is not lost because he is gone. It is still found clearly in the truth of God and the biblical worldview He has given to us.

Williams pointed us to that truth over and over again.

I will miss him greatly, but I look forward to the many who will arise in his place.

May it be so.


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  • Don Rayl

    Don Rayl

    I heard Walter on the few occasions he substituted as host on the Rush Limbaugh radio show. On one occasion, both Thomas Sowell and Walter Williams were substitute hosts. That was a very entertaining show which communicated great, divine wisdom interspersed with the natural humor Walter had, along with Thomas. Sowell noted in an article on December 3, that Walter was younger than he was and was his best friend for half a century. He notes that though Walter expressed his opinions boldly in newspaper columns, he never imposed his opinions on his students. For myself, the memories of hearing Walter Williams on the radio and reading his columns remain. His divine wisdom was always a breath of fresh air. As Del put forth, we look forward to those God will move and empower to take the baton that Walter Williams has passed on.
  • Paul  Wood

    Paul Wood

    I didn't know of Walter Williams. But I now look forward to reading him and listening to him. Thank you for the post Del.
  • Mark Kober II

    Mark Kober II

    I admired him greatly, and I also was introduced to him from the Limbaugh radio show. His statement on reducing speed limits is one that is implanted in my mind because it exemplifies his character so well. Simple, profound, and to the point. I remember when I first heard it, as Bill Bennet referenced it on his morning radio show (a man I also regard and appreciate). Thank you for this article, and it's encouraging reminder.
  • John Compton

    John Compton

    I think I first became aware of Mr. Williams from Thomas Sowell. I enjoyed their views and bought in to them. No histrionics, but good old fashioned timeless truths with meat on the bone.
  • Elbert Silbaugh

    Elbert Silbaugh

    Wow! Several weeks ago I read an article about us NOT doing a cost benefit analysis on the COVID shutdown. Nice to hear it again.
  • Louise Ward

    Louise Ward

    Thank you for writing this article, Del! I heard a wise discussion with him shortly before his passing, recalling President Johnson’s “War on Poverty.” It and so many other laws only sought to make generations dependent upon the government. Families were destroyed, individuals discouraged from working, and ministries of the church were replaced with government policies. I will now look for Walter Williams’ articles. Thank you!
  • philip rickey

    philip rickey

    "The State against blacks" 1982 Costs many hundreds of dollars for a used copy. Who owns the copyright and why is is out of print? A single printing run would easily selll for upwards of $50 a copy amthe demand appears to be huge.




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