George Gilder

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The Israel Test – 25th Anniversary

In this timely and courageous book, George Gilder demonstrates that the widespread antagonism toward the state of Israel is based – as is anti-Semitism itself – on self-defeating envy and resentment of its superior accomplishments and moral leadership.      Israel’s stunning rise as a world capitalist and technological power, he argues, stems in part from the Jewish “culture of Read More ›

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Progressive Gloom Ignores a Marvelous Historical Economic Measure

In “Life After Capitalism,” George Gilder, citing Marian L. Tupy and Gale L. Pooley in the Cato Institute’s volume “Superabundance,” writes that “between 1980 and 2022, workers have been able to buy some 300 percent more goods and services with their hours and minutes.” The secret sauce is applied knowledge. Read More ›
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Book Review: George Gilder’s Brilliant ‘Life After Capitalism’

It was probably fifteen years ago that I was at lunch with Banknote Capital’s Jim Fitzgerald. We were finishing up when the conversation shifted to tax rates, at which point Fitzgerald dismissed the notion that lower rates stimulate more work.

To be clear, Fitzgerald was not saying that he opposed lower tax rates. He was and is very much for them. But he was expressing his disdain for the theory that lower rates cause people to work more. In his case, Fitzgerald would work a great deal precisely because there was joy in it.

Still, what he said at the time was jarring. It called into question so much that was accepted wisdom. Gradually it made lots of sense. Tax rates should be low simply because they should be low. After that, it’s perhaps unrealistic to suggest that Jeff Bezos, Mark Zuckerberg and FedEx founder Fred Smith began to build their remarkable businesses only after consulting the tax code. Work for them was and is similarly joy.

The conversation with Fitzgerald, along with my own evolution on matters economic, came to mind while reading George Gilder’s essential new book, Life After Capitalism. Though Gilder penned what many view as the underlying philosophy of supply-side economics with the brilliant Wealth and Poverty in 1981, in his spectacular 2013 book Knowledge and Power Gilder began to question the “incentive” economics that at least on the surface informs supply-side.

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The Future of Money: Is it Blockchain or a Renewed Dollar?

Bret Swanson and John Tamny join George Gilder in a wide-ranging discussion of the future of money—from the dollar to cryptocurrency, and what are the implications for investing, inflation, government spending, and credit.

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The Dangers of Totalitarian Science, Pt. 2

On this ID the Future from the vault, we hear part two of a panel discussion on “The Danger of Totalitarian Science,” held at the July 2018 FreedomFest in Las Vegas. Read More ›
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Wealth is Knowledge

How to create lasting wealth is surprisingly simple: Do more with less. Always has been true, always will. Read More ›

The New Wall Street and the High Cost of Manipulating Money

Writing at The Independent Review, Senior Fellow George Gilder diagnoses the central problem with Wall Street and big banks today, which he calls “the chaos of floating currencies.” Banks used to help companies of all sectors and sizes, but the new Wall Street favors regulatory overreach, costly litigation, and financial volatility that paralyze Main Street and Silicon Valley. The transformation of American banking and finance arose from a regime of excessive financial regulation, which in turn has roots in the government’s manipulation of money. Continue reading The New Wall Street and the High Cost of Manipulating Money.

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Watch: “Charting a New Course” with Steve Forbes and George Gilder

On April 5th, Steve Forbes, Chairman & Editor-In-Chief of Forbes Media, and Discovery Institute co-founder George Gilder were in Seattle to discuss some of the biggest issues facing today’s economy. Their discussion covered a wide range of pertinent topics–including trade, technological shifts, increased regulatory and tax burdens, and monetary uncertainty. Visit our YouTube channel to watch our taping of Charting a New Course: How New Ideas on Trade & Money Can Revive the U.S. Economy..

George Gilder: Trump Can Succeed On Trade By Ending Global Currency Manipulation

Discovery Institute co-founder and Senior Fellow George Gilder writes at The Federalist: World trade in goods and services has morphed into a gigantic manipulative carnival of currency trading. This needs to change.

Folks, we have a consensus here. Formidable thinkers such as Paul Krugman, Larry Summers, and David Stockman, some 370 economists including 19 Nobel Laureates, and editors at the Economist, Fortune, and Barron’s all believe that Donald Trump as president is a menace to world trade and prosperity. Read More ›