His autobiography is a great American story. His economic views even more so.
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He tells the story of many minority entrepreneurs who are trying to earn an honest living but are treated as criminals because they run afoul of licensure laws.
Williams concludes that “numerous laws, regulations, and ordinances have reduced or eliminated avenues of upward mobility for many blacks.” He acknowledges that the solution of getting rid of such barriers is easier said than done since there are many interest groups that benefit from the reduced competition caused by those barriers. But there is another obstacle, one that Williams would probably acknowledge: the civil rights establishment has a vested interest in promoting the belief that it is discrimination that is holding minorities back. It has vast, well-funded empires that depend on this belief. It has little interest in going after such barriers because doing so could discredit the “racism is the problem” meme. That probably won’t change until America comes to its senses on the issue of race.
One can start by giving Williams’ books to friends and family for Christmas.