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A New American Poverty

The new American poverty is not primarily an economic phenomenon – it has become a social, familial and psychological problem that reaches the very foundations of our social order. Read More ›
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Still from America Lost by Christopher Rufo (CC-BY-ND)

‘America Lost’ Premiering Tonight on PBS World

Check out Director of Discovery Institute's Center on Wealth and Poverty Christopher Rufo's newest film tonight on PBS World. The film will air at 6 PM and again at 10 PM (pacific time). If you are unable to catch the film tonight or can't find it in your area, the film is also available for free online. 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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Why Marriage Matters

Please join us Tuesday, August 4th, at noon PT for a webinar featuring Dr. Brad Wilcox, Director of the National Marriage Project. Discovery Institute’s Christopher F. Rufo will interview Wilcox about the role of marriage in free enterprise, wealth accumulation, and happiness. Read More ›
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‘It’s the Bond Between All of Us That Holds Us Together’

The fabric of American society is coming apart at the seams. Numerous books, editorials and podcasts have testified to that fact. Now, with federally recommended and state-mandated social distancing, communal bonds are simultaneously more strained and more urgently needed. Faith becomes something practiced privately or livestreamed. Family may feel smothered when sheltering together, distant if sheltering apart. If the COVID-19 crisis has illustrated anything, it has shown, by dint of absence and suspension, how important social bonds are. In reestablishing them, one could hardly look for better inspiration than Christopher Rufo’s America Lost. Read More ›
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Still from America Lost by Christopher Rufo (CC-BY-ND)

Discovery Institute Fellow Chrisopher Rufo Set to Release New Documentary Next Year on American Poverty

Discovery Institute research fellow Christopher F. Rufo is set to release his latest feature-length documentary, America Lost, which tells the story of life in three “forgotten American cities” — Youngstown, Ohio, Memphis, Tennessee, and Stockton, California.  America Lost reveals the dramatic decline of the American interior through a combination of emotional personal stories and thoughtful conservative commentary. Filmmaker Christopher F. Rufo spent Read More ›

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Wealth and Poverty

Originally published in 1982 and hailed as “the guide to capitalism,” the New York Times bestseller Wealth and Poverty by George F. Gilder is one of the most famous economic books of all time and has sold more than one million copies since its first release. In this influential classic, Gilder explains and makes the case for supply-side economics, proves the moral superiority of free-market capitalism, and Read More ›