Economics

Center on Wealth, Poverty, and Morality

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The Price of Panic

The last months have been unlike anything we’ve ever seen, with extreme measures taken around the world to slow the spread of COVID-19. The policy of lockdowns and mass quarantines were widely adopted — but each passing day begs the question, did we take the right approach? COVID-19 is no doubt a real disease that should be taken seriously. But, Read More ›

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Chloé Valdary with Chris Rufo on Critical Race Theory

Chris Rufo in conversation with Chloé Valdary, founder of Theory of Enchantment, a substantive alternative to critical race theory-based training programs. Together, they debate the arguments for and against critical race theory, discuss President Trump's executive order, and take questions from the audience. Read More ›
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Debunking Critical Race Theory With Chris Rufo

Chris Rufo Talks at length with Tim Poole about Critical Race Theory and the process that led to President Donald Trump's executive order banning Federal funding of programs that include "offensive and anti-American race and sex stereotyping and scapegoating". Read More ›
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Mob Rule in Seattle

Activists in Seattle have long sought to transform the city into a progressive utopia. But after the death of George Floyd, they accelerated their plans — and sought to implement them by force. This is the story of the recent unrest and the anarchy to come. Christopher Rufo is the director of the Discovery Institute’s Center on Wealth & Poverty. Read More ›

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Liberalism and Its Discontents

Liberalism and Its Discontents

In this webinar, Center on Wealth & Poverty Director Christopher Rufo speaks with Professor Patrick Deneen about his most recent book Why Liberalism Failed, the civil unrest sweeping the nation, and the upcoming election. Patrick J. Deneen is Professor of Political Science at the University of Notre Dame and has written four books, including The Odyssey of Political Theory, Democratic Faith, Conserving America?, and Read More ›

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George Gilder, Wealth & Poverty 40 Years Later

Discovery Institute Senior Fellow Dr. Jay Richards interviews George Gilder, Discovery Institute co-founder, author, and technology futurist, regarding his ground-breaking best-seller, Wealth and Poverty, and how the principles of capitalism articulated in the book are as applicable today as they have ever been.

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What You Need To Know About Critical Race Theory

Dave Rubin of The Rubin Report talks to Christopher Rufo (writer, filmmaker) about his reporting on critical race theory and Donald Trump’s executive order banning government agencies from receiving training involving critical race theory. Christopher gives a straightforward explanation to answer the question “what is critical race theory”, but also discusses its origins and toxic divisive effects. This is an Read More ›

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The Story of Money

Ed Moy, former Director of the U.S. Mint, shares five vignettes (“four births and a death”), which illustrate the evolution of modern concepts of money. Read More ›
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Cultural Marxism and Universal Misery

Dr. Scott Powell, Senior Fellow of Discovery Institute’s Center on Wealth & Poverty, recaps traditional Marxism, describes how cultural Marxism developed, and explores where we stand today in terms of the theory’s being applied to modern social issues.

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Christopher Rufo with Reihan Salan for Manhattan Institute’s Young Leaders Circle

On September 16th, Manhattan Institute president Reihan Salam interviewed City Journal contributing editor Christopher Rufo who has established himself as an authority on the negative consequences of sometimes well-intentioned progressive policies designed to address homelessness, opioid addiction, incarceration, and other urban problems. Read More ›