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Dr. Williams' punchline is that the United States' Constitution is a brilliant document designed to limit the ability of one set of people to use government force to violate the property or living of others. In his view the Congress, Presidents and Courts past and present have ignored the wording and intent of the Constitution, enhancing the power of government but significantly eroding the liberty of the individual.

Although he speaks with wit - and his talk evoked plenty of mirth, laughter and applause Thursday night - his message is deadly serious: to paraphrase Jefferson, "A govenment powerful enough to give you what you want is powerful enough to take away anything you have."

Born in Philadelphia, Dr. Williams holds a B.A in economics from California State University, Los Angeles, and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in economics from UCLA. He currently teaches at George Mason University in Virginia. Dr. Williams is the author of over 150 publications which have appeared in scholarly journals and has appeared on numerous radio and television programs including: "Face the Nation," Milton Friedman's "Free To Choose," "Crossfire," "MacNeil/Lehrer," and "Wall Street Week."

Dr. Williams has received several fellowships and awards including: the Foundation for Economic Education Adam Smith Award, and the Valley Forge Freedoms Foundation George Washington Medal of Honor. Dr. Williams also writes a nationally syndicated weekly column. Visit Dr. Williams' Website.