George Gilder

Books

Knowledge and PowerKnowledge and Power: The Information Theory of Capitalism and How It Is Revolutionizing Our World (Available June 10th, 2013)
400 pages
Regnery Publishing
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Ronald Reagan’s most-quoted living author – George Gilder – is back with an all-new paradigm-shifting theory of capitalism that will upturn conventional wisdom, just when our economy desperately needs a new direction.

America’s struggling economy needs a better philosophy than the college student’s lament: “I can’t be out of money, I still have checks in my checkbook!” We’ve tried a government spending spree, and we’ve learned it doesn’t work. Now is the time to rededicate our country to the pursuit of free market capitalism, before we’re buried under a mound of debt and unfunded entitlements. But how do we navigate between government spending that’s too big to sustain and financial institutions that are “too big to fail?” In Knowledge and Power, George Gilder proposes a bold new theory on how capitalism produces wealth and how our economy can regain its vitality and its growth.

Gilder breaks away from the supply-side model of economics to present a new economic paradigm: the epic conflict between the knowledge of entrepreneurs on one side, and the blunt power of government on the other. The knowledge of entrepreneurs, and their freedom to share and use that knowledge, are the sparks that light up the economy and set its gears in motion. The power of government to regulate, stifle, manipulate, subsidize or suppress knowledge and ideas is the inertia that slows those gears down, or keeps them from turning at all.
One of the twentieth century’s defining economic minds has returned with a new philosophy to carry us into the twenty-first. Knowledge and Power is a must-read for fiscal conservatives, business owners, CEOs, investors, and anyone interested in propelling America’s economy to future success.

 

Wealth and PovertyWealth and Poverty
256 pages
Regnery Publishing (Second edition, 2012)
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When George Gilder first published Wealth and Poverty in 1981, the book was an instant classic, becoming the economics bible of the unfolding Reagan revolution.

Now, amid the Obama administration’s redistributionist zeal, industrial planning schemes, vandalistic energy policies, demonization of wealth-creating entrepreneurs, and Keynesian spending programs, Gilder returns to the fray with an updated edition of his famous tome.

Dissatisfied with half-hearted defenses of capitalism as the least bad system available, Wealth and Poverty passionately extols the morality, compassion, and efficacy of free enterprise. Buoyed by the collapse of communism but disturbed by the return of socialism under new guises, Gilder argues in a new prologue and epilogue that the solution to America’s current economic troubles cannot be found in warmed-over socialism, but in the generosity and economic vitality that can only be unleashed by the free market.

Capitalism Endures. 

 

The Israel TestThe Israel Test
256 pages
Regnery Publishing (Second edition, 2012)
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Israel seems to hold a consistent headline in today’s newspapers around the globe. A continual battlefield for the ideas of civilization against those of barbarism, both nations and individuals are compelled to choose a side to stand on.

In The Israel Test, George Gilder makes the case for Israel with the same passion with which he approached the case for capitalism in Wealth and Poverty. Gilder explores the reality of Israel’s lead in the technological arena and shines light upon this country’s dedication to advancing human civilization, technology, scientific development, and the blessings of freedom. The strength of Israel has been tested throughout history and continues to be, as resentment for its success grows and figures such as Hitler, Arafat and Bin Laden, face their forces toward destroying this defender of liberty.

In today’s world, Israel’s ideals are matched against those of the Marxist zero-sum game theory of economics. The fight has been long and the test has been endless. In the end, which side will you be on?

 

TelecosmTelecosm
368 pages
Free Press (2000)
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If you believe that computers are the global phenomenon of our time, George Gilder has made the case against you. The computer age is over and the telecosm has begun.

Pulling from the worlds of business, science, society, and history, Gilder leads his reader through a string of predictions in his bible on the new communication age. Foreseeing the merge of handheld computers and communicators, the use of low-flying satellites, the extinction of television, and the revival of newspapers and magazines, Gilder not only examines the way that ever-developing technology affects our everyday lives, he makes the case that bandwidth, or communication power, is the greatest and most important economic and social fact of our time.

In this revised version of Telecosm, Gilder takes technology buffs and investors on a mind-bending tour inside the worldwide webs of glass and light, explaining how fiber optics and wireless breakthroughs are pushing new technologies and new companies to the fore.

 

MicrocosmMicrocosm
432 pages
Free Press (1990)
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Considered to be a crystal ball into the new technological era and leading many to think of George Gilder as a prophet, Microcosm explores every aspect of today’s unprecedented technological and entrepreneurial revolution. Containing vivid accounts of the some of the most advanced inventions of our time as well as revealing portraits of the leading scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs at the frontiers of knowledge, Microcosm daringly attempts to link technology, physics, politics, capitalism, and religion.

In Microcosm, Gilder examines topics ranging from how the United States is defeating Japan in informational technology, which companies will dominate the “quantum economy”, and why artificial intelligence is still only in its first years of life. Ushering in a new view of the ever changing world of products becoming better, faster, and cheaper, Gilder’s Microcosm takes its reader inside the expanding universe and all the possibilities contained within the shrinking world of the silicon chip.