Economics

Center on Wealth, Poverty, and Morality

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The New Social Order of America’s Poor

Chris Rufo, Director of Discovery Institute’s Center on Wealth & Poverty, describes “pockets of extreme poverty” in America’s cities, asks how this phenomenon is possible in modern America, and explores compassionate approaches to addressing this vexing social issue. Chris forwards the thesis that the federal bureaucracy’s has filled the economic vacuum left by stagnation in distressed communities and that these Read More ›

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Marxism at the Barricades

Christopher R. Rufo ( Director of Discovery Institute's Center on Wealth and Poverty) and Carlo Lancellotti (Professor of Mathematics at The City University of New York) discuss the relevance of communist thought in Italy on the neo-Marxist, identitarian movement roiling America's cities. Read More ›
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Covid-19 Exposes the Roots of the Homeless Crisis in our Cities

“The coronavirus has started to reveal some long standing truths about homelessness, about addiction, and about mental illness,” explains Christopher Rufo director of Discovery Institute’s Center on Wealth & Poverty. “For the past decade, policy makers have largely avoided these questions, or, largely been in denial about the causes of homelessness.” Read More ›
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Chaos by the Bay

San Francisco has become plagued by homelessness, addiction, and property crime. In this short documentary, I investigate what went wrong — how one of the world's most prosperous cities has become a haven of public disorder. Read More ›
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The Bill Walton Show: Reality Economics 101 with Don Boudreaux and John Tamny

On this week's episode of The Bill Walton Show, Discovery Senior Fellow Bill Walton has a wide ranging conversation about all things economic with Donald Boudreaux, best-selling author, professor of economics at George Mason University who writes the popular blog Cafe Hayek and John Tamny, editor of Real Clear Markets, an editor for Forbes Magazine and the author of “The End of Work” and “They’re Both Wrong.” Even if, or maybe especially, you think economics is too abstract or arcane or harsh, this is a fresh and engaging take that everyone can learn from. Read More ›
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Bill Dembski on a DYI Decentralized Currency

Jay Richards interviews mathematician, entrepreneur, and philosopher, Dr. Bill Dembski, about his unique thought experiment regarding how one could create a decentralized, DIY, information-based currency. Richards also explores with Dembski the concepts of natural and artificial intelligence. Trained as a mathematician and philosopher, Dr. Bill Dembski is a writer, editor, and researcher whose books and articles range over mathematics, engineering, Read More ›

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The Bill Walton Show: The True Human Costs of Government Imposed Lockdowns with Jim Agresti

Medical studies show that excessive stress and anxiety are among the most debilitating and deadly of all health hazards in the world. Beyond their obvious effects like suicide and substance abuse—these mental stressors are strongly related to and may trigger and inflame a host of ailments like high blood pressure, digestive disorders, heart conditions, infectious diseases, cancer, and pregnancy complications. Read More ›