Walter Williams is wrong on reparations for slavery

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Walter Williams is wrong on reparations for slavery. Well, at the very least, he is not giving a libertarian analysis of this proposal. And, as far as I’m concerned, the libertarian viewpoint on anything in political economy is the correct perspective.

I am not going to say why I think he is in error in this matter, since I have written about it on more than a few occasions. If you are interested in seeing why he is wrong, that is, in viewing what I deem to be the correct libertarian analysis of reparations for slavery, please peruse some of this literature, that is, see Alston and Block, 2007; Block, 1993, 2001, or here or here, or here, or 2002; Block and Yeatts, 1999-2000

Alston, Wilton D. and Walter E. Block. 2007. “Reparations, Once Again.” Human Rights Review, Vol. 9, No. 3, September, pp. 379-392;

Block, Walter E. 1993. “Malcolm X,” Fraser Forum, January, pp. 18-19;

Block, Walter E. 2001. “The Moral Dimensions of Poverty, Entitlements and Theft,” The Journal of Markets and Morality, Vol. 4, No. 1, pp. 83-93;;;

Block, Walter E. 2002. “On Reparations to Blacks for Slavery,” Human Rights Review, Vol. 3, No. 4, July-September, pp. 53-73;

Block, Walter E. and Guillermo Yeatts. 1999-2000. “The Economics and Ethics of Land Reform: A Critique of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace’s ‘Toward a Better Distribution of Land: The Challenge of Agrarian Reform,’” Journal of Natural Resources and Environmental Law, Vol. 15, No. 1, pp. 37-69;

4:01 pm on June 17, 2014