Center on Wealth & Poverty

Gilder Throws Down a Gauntlet

This article, published by Townhall, is about Discovery Institute Senior Fellow George Gilder and his book The Israel Test: Charles Murray, no slouch among public intellectuals, described him as the most underrated public intellectual in America today. Murray offered this assessment of George Gilder at a recent American Enterprise Institute colloquium to discuss Gilder’s newest book, “The Israel Test.” The rest Read More ›

Choosing the Chosen People

This article, published by National Review, contains an interview with Discovery Institute Senior Fellow George Gilder: Would you pass it? Kathryn Jean Lopez sat down with George Gilder, author of The Israel Test, and asked him a few questions about Israel. The rest of the article can be found here.  

Capitalism, Freedom, and Jewish Accomplishment: The Israel Test

George Gilder will present arguments from his new book, The Israel Test, at a forum sponsored by It is well-known that Israel faces hostility and pressure from religious enemies on its borders. But in a new book, author George Gilder reveals that Israel has also become “the crucial battlefield for capitalism and freedom in our time.” … Gilder will Read More ›

Capitalism, Jewish Achievement, and the Israel Test

Israel has become one of the most important economies in the world, and is second only to the United States in its pioneering of technologies benefitting human life, prosperity, and peace. Like the Jews throughout history, Israel poses a test to the world. In particular, it is a test for any people that lusts for the fruits of capitalism without Read More ›

The Vitality of Israel

This article, published by National Review, is about Discovery Institute Senior Fellow George Gilder and his book The Israel Test: George Gilder was one of the speakers on the recent National Review cruise round the Mediterranean, and he gave me a copy of his new book The Israel Test — there, I’ve declared an interest. The rest of the article can be found here.

When the Rich Get Rich, Do the Poor Really Get Poorer?

When a dubious economic theory turns up as the punch line in a wildly popular song, it’s safe to say that the proposition has deeply penetrated the public’s consciousness. The odd notion that when the rich get richer, the poor get poorer received recognition and publicity in the jaunty foxtrot Ain’t We Got Fun, introduced as part of the vaudeville Read More ›

Government Motors: Death of the Private Corporation

On June 1, 2009 America’s most famous manufacturing corporation died–and along with it a great era of private corporate enterprise. Founded in 1908, GM set the standard for auto manufacturers by employing more than 600,000 people, and in 1954 attained a historic 50-million cars sold worldwide. Valued at $93 per share as recently as late 1995, GM’s stock was trading Read More ›

Liberals almost rediscover the family

There are two ways of getting home; and one of them is to stay there. The other is to walk round the whole world till we come back to the same place. –G.K. Chesterton, The Everlasting Man (1925) In the wake of the massive economic downturn pundits on the Left—owing to their Keynesian economic philosophy—urge us to “go out and Read More ›

Our Families, Our Wealth

This article, published by National Review, mentions Discovery Institute Senior Fellow George Gilder: A demographic policy agenda would mean boldly calling for the repeal of numerous tax provisions, social programs, and court decisions that, over the last 40 years, have unraveled what George Gilder terms the sexual constitution of society, and that obstruct the creation of the wealth that really Read More ›

America’s Healthcare Policies are Sick

If you were to ask most Americans whether or not the United States has the lowest infant mortality, I suspect the large majority would give you a resounding “yes.” That’s why it’s startling to realize that the U.S. actually ranks 46th in the world. The top three countries are Singapore at 2.3 infant deaths per thousand, Sweden at 2.75 and Read More ›