William J. Watkins Jr.

William J. Watkins, Jr. is a Research Fellow at the Independent Institute and author of the Independent books, Crossroads for Liberty, Reclaiming the American Revolution, and Patent Trolls.

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Latest by William J. Watkins Jr. in Chronicles

  • Death of a Propositional Nation
    October 2020

    Death of a Propositional Nation

    13 ¾ min

    The American nation is being destroyed for failing to live up to the ideal of equality. No part of American heritage is safe from destruction in the name of equality, not even that of equality's chief proponent, Abraham Lincoln.

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  • In Georgia, a Reminder of a Halcyon West
    December 2019

    In Georgia, a Reminder of a Halcyon West

    6 ¾ min

    Even in the beginnings of winter, Georgia’s capitol Tbilisi emits a warmth. One should expect this from a city known for its many hot springs, but the warmth experienced goes much beyond the sulfur baths popular with tourists and locals alike. Tbilisi, with its 1.4 million residents, is inviting in a way that few cities of such a size are. It is very walkable, and a stroll along Rustaveli Avenue, the main thoroughfare, reveals well-dressed men and women roaming with arms interlocked and laughing as they share a reminiscence or news of friends and family.

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  • February 2018

    Freedom From Monopolies

    11 ¾ min

    In June 2017, the European Union fined Google a record-breaking €2.42 billion for abusing the dominance of its popular search engine while building its online shopping service.

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  • Twin Threats to the Land of Fire
    December 2017

    Twin Threats to the Land of Fire

    10 min

    My first stroll through Fountain Square in the walking district of Baku, Azerbaijan, revealed the warp and woof of the city. If I didn’t know otherwise, had someone told me that I was on the Zeil promenade in Frankfurt, Germany, rather than in a country just north of Iran, I would have believed him.

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  • Splendid Dishonesty
    August 2017

    Splendid Dishonesty

    5 ¼ min

    Stephen B. Presser, Chronicles’ legal-affairs editor, identifies a crisis in American legal education. In his book Law Professors, he shows us why a newly minted graduate of an elite American law school has no clue how to handle a case or provide useful legal services.

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