William J. Watkins Jr.


William J. Watkins, Jr., is a research fellow at the Independent Institute, Oakland, CA, and author, most recently, of “Crossroads for Liberty: Recovering the Anti-Federalist Values of America’s First Constitution.” Readers may write him at 100 Swan Way, Oakland, CA 94621.

Most Recent Articles by William J. Watkins Jr.:

Let’s restore Constitutional protections on U.S. college campuses!

May 26, 2018 — William J. Watkins Jr.

Let’s restore Constitutional protections on U.S. college campuses!
OAKLAND, California — For the radicals inhabiting the bureaucracy of American higher education, U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos is a threat. 

For years, these ‘educrats’ have built echo-chambers where speech codes, “safe spaces,” and inquisitions have replaced free speech and academic freedom.


Today’s census violates Constitution by trampling our rights

Nov 5, 2017 — William J. Watkins Jr.

Today’s census violates Constitution by trampling our rights
OAKLAND, California —The U.S. Census Bureau is preparing for its next constitutionally mandated national head count, to be held in 2020.

Unfortunately, the Bureau’s 2020 Operation Plan reveals that an actual enumeration of the population—the only thing constitutionally permitted—will be but a small part of the overall effort.

The 192-page document filled with bureaucratic gobbledygook reminds us why the census should return to its original simplicity.


Today’s census no longer just counts people—it massively invades everyone’s privacy

May 3, 2010 — William J. Watkins Jr.

OAKLAND, Ca. — The Census Bureau’s propaganda machine is in full gear!

The press releases and advertisements tell us that the 2010 census is a national “civic event.”  By answering just ten questions in ten minutes you “help determine how more than $400 billion in federal funds are distributed.”  And if you are lucky enough to receive the more intrusive American Community Survey — formerly the census long form — you allegedly assist in everything from job training for veterans to improving education for disabled children.


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