… is from page 157 of my late, great colleague Walter Williams’s 2015 book, American Contempt for Liberty, which is a collection of many of Walter’s columns and essays; this quotation specifically is from Walter’s September 1st, 2011, syndicated column, “Blacks and Politics”:
Political power empowers – and even enriches – the political elite; for them, getting out their constituent vote is the be-all and end-all. It’s the economic arena, featured by personal liberty, that best serves the ordinary person.
As long as black politicians can successfully run a rope-a-dope on their constituents by keeping them focused on allegations of white racism and telling them that salvation lies in voting for them, little good will come to their poorest constituency.
DBx: I’m still trying to wrap my head around the awful reality that Walter is no longer with us. His courage, his clarity, and his commitment to the principles, and to the practice, of liberal individualism were rare – too rare. Walter was truly a great man.