Seattle, WA

Well, Why Not Socialism?

In recent years, socialism has emerged from the fringe to become, once again, a popular political idea. National politicians embrace it, and large numbers of Americans tell pollsters they would like to live in a socialist society.

2017 was the one hundredth anniversary of Russia’s communist revolution. To mark the grim occasion, the New York Times treated readers to a series that, for most part, tried to put a positive spin on an event that launched the greatest killing spree in human history.

2018 was even weirder: There were celebrations around the world in honor of Karl Marx’s two hundredth birthday—the thinker who most inspired twentieth century communism. Teen Vogue had a glowing story introducing Marx. The author told its readers that they could “use Karl Marx’s ideas to use history and class struggles to better understand how the current sociopolitical climate in America came to be.”

But do those who embrace socialism even know what it is? Do they know the bloody history of socialist experiments in the twentieth century? Do they understand how it contradicts basic economic truths? Join best-Selling author George Gilder, syndicated radio host Michael Medved, and Discovery Senior Fellow Jay Richards for a lively discussion and explanation of these questions. 

We will begin with a reception with light refreshments at 7:00 PM before the program begins at 7:30.

Copies of George Gilder’s Life After Google, Jay Richards’s The Human Advantage, and Michael Medved’s The 5 Big Lies About American Business will also be available for signing and purchase.


Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 7:00 PM


Seattle Pacific University
Upper Gwinn Commons
3310 Sixth Avenue West 
Seattle, WA 98119


Contact Jackson Meyer at or 206-826-5534


Admission is $10 and registration is required.

Parking can be found in the lot on 4th & W. Dravus St. or in the lot behind Emerson Hall on 6th & W. Nickerson St. 


George Gilder

Senior Fellow and Co-Founder of Discovery Institute
George Gilder is Chairman of Gilder Publishing LLC, located in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. A co-founder of Discovery Institute, Mr. Gilder is a Senior Fellow of the Center on Wealth & Poverty, and also directs Discovery's Technology and Democracy Project. His latest book, Life After Google: The Fall of Big Data and the Rise of the Blockchain Economy (2018), Gilder waves goodbye to today's Internet.  In a rocketing journey into the very near-future, he argues that Silicon Valley, long dominated by a few giants, faces a “great unbundling,” which will disperse computer power and commerce and transform the economy and the Internet.

Michael Medved

Senior Fellow, Center on Wealth & Poverty
Michael Medved is a nationally-broadcast talk radio host, podcaster and best-selling author. With an audience growing to 5 million weekly listeners, his daily three-hour current events and pop culture show has placed for two decades among the ten most important talk shows in the United States. His daily podcast, “In the Light of History,” available with his radio show (commercial-free) to a growing list of subscribers, provides historical context for the news and analysis he covers. 

Jay W. Richards

Senior Fellow at Discovery, Senior Research Fellow at Heritage Foundation
Jay W. Richards, Ph.D., is the William E. Simon Senior Research Fellow at the Heritage Foundation, a Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute, and the Executive Editor of The Stream. Richards is author or editor of more than a dozen books, including the New York Times bestsellers Infiltrated (2013) and Indivisible (2012); The Human Advantage; Money, Greed, and God, winner of a 2010 Templeton Enterprise Award; The Hobbit Party with Jonathan Witt; and Eat, Fast, Feast. His most recent book, with Douglas Axe and William Briggs, is The Price of Panic: How the Tyranny of Experts Turned a Pandemic Into a Catastrophe.

Scott S. Powell

Senior Fellow, Center on Wealth and Poverty
Scott Powell has enjoyed a career split between theory and practice with over 25 years of experience as an entrepreneur and rainmaker in several industries. He joins the Discovery Institute after having been a fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution for six years and serving as a managing partner at a consulting firm, RemingtonRand. His research and writing has resulted in over 250 published articles on economics, business and regulation. Scott Powell graduated from the University of Chicago with honors (B.A. and M.A.) and received his Ph.D. in political and economic theory from Boston University in 1987, writing his dissertation on the determinants of entrepreneurial activity and economic growth.