Center on Wealth, Poverty, and Morality
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Center on Wealth, Poverty, and Morality


The mission of Discovery Institute's Center on Wealth, Poverty, and Morality is to connect the practical truths of economics with the perennial truths of ethics. We are building a sustained and accessible defense of free enterprise, entrepreneurship, and stewardship in the moral categories consonant with most Americans.

What We Do

Our Team

The Center's Senior Fellows include four nationally-acclaimed thinkers and writers:

Jay RichardsJay Richards, Ph.D., Director and Senior Fellow of the Center, is co-author with James Robison of the New York Times best-seller Indivisible: Restoring Faith, Family, and Freedom Before It's Too Late (2012), author of Money, Greed, and God, which received a Templeton Enterprise Award in 2010. Richards is also executive producer of two PBS-broadcast documentaries defending the morality of entrepreneurship and free enterprise and a popular DVD church curriculum entitled Effective Stewardship (Zondervan).

George GilderGeorge Gilder, chair of the Center, was one of the key advocates of supply side economics in the 1980s, and has long championed the free market as a source of wealth creation and prosperity.  His defense of free enterprise, Wealth and Poverty, was a New York Times bestseller in 1981. According to a study of presidential speeches, Mr. Gilder was President Reagan's most frequently quoted living author. In 1986, President Reagan gave George Gilder the White House Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence. He has since authored several seminal books predicting and then cataloguing the growth of the high-tech economy.  He co-founded Discovery Institute with Bruce Chapman in 1991, and in 2012 will release the long-awaited sequel to Wealth and Poverty.

Michael MedvedMichael Medved is a nationally syndicated radio host, best-selling author, and veteran film critic. His daily three-hour broadcast reaches more than 3.5 million listeners on more than 200 stations across the country, which makes his show one of the top ten political talk shows in the United States.  Mr. Medved has been a frequent guest on all the major TV talk shows, including Larry King Live, Nightline, Oprah, David Letterman, Good Morning America, and countless others. His latest book, The 5 Big Lies About American Business, offers an ardent defense at a time when the business sector is under sustained attack.

Scott PowellScott S. Powell is a Senior Fellow of the Center. Prior to joining Discovery Institute, Mr. Powell worked for six years as a fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution.  While there, he authored a Hoover monograph titled The Entrepreneur as the Mainspring of Economic Growth. He is also the author of the book Covert Cadre, written during an earlier association with the Heritage Foundation.  His research and writing has resulted in over 100 published articles on economics, business, and regulation in newspapers such as the Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, USA Today, and the New York Post, among others.

About Us

The Center on Wealth, Poverty, and Morality is a program of Discovery Institute, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit and non-partisan educational and research organization based in Seattle. We are supported entirely by the generosity of private foundations and individual donors committed to a vibrant public life infused with faith and freedom.