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George Gilder

George Gilder (born November 29, 1939) is a renowned writer and advocate of technology. He is currently the editor in Chief of Gilder Technology Report and the Chairman of Gilder Publishing LLC. Gilder is the co-founder of the Discovery Institute where he is a senior fellow, focusing on the technology and democracy program.

Personal History and Professional Accomplishments

Dr. Gilder’s extensive scientific research began during his schooling. He was born in 1939 in New York City and attended Phillips Exeter Academy. [1] Later, he studied under Henry Kissinger at Harvard University and during his studies he helped found Advance (a journal of political thought). Upon his graduation in 1962, he reestablished and edited Advance, in Washington DC. During this time, he co-authored The Party That Lost Its Head with Bruce Chapman, an attack on Barry Goldwater and his anti-intellectual policies. [2][3] However, after becoming a fellow at the Kennedy Institute of Politics and editor of the Ripon Forum, he returned to Harvard University. He began to move into the speech-writing field in the mid-1960s, writing for many prominent political leaders and officials, including Nelson Rockefeller, George Romney, and Richard Nixon. [4]

In the 1970’s Mr. Gilder began identifying the negative effect of poverty and as an independent researcher and writer, it began to greatly influence his writing style. His curiosity about the root causes of poverty led to the publication of three books. These books are Men and Marriage, Visible Man, and his best-selling book Wealth and Poverty. [2] This focuses on improving life for the poor and encouraging them that entrepreneurship is the key to success. [4] His knowledge in economics and understanding of politics lead him to the identification and formation of supply-side economics (an economic theory which holds that reducing tax rates, especially for businesses and wealthy individuals, stimulates savings and investment for the benefit of everyone). This newly identified information arose during his multiple positions in numerous economic boards. His affiliations included position of Chairman of the Lehrman Institute's Economic Roundtable, Program Director for the Manhattan Institute, and as a writer for A.B. Laffer's economic reports and The Wall Street Journal. [1]

Gilder’s writing began to influence many people around politics and many other fields. One person who began to show Gilder’s influence was President Ronald Reagan. President Reagan speeches contain many quotes from a number of authors, but Mr. Gilder was the most frequently quoted living author. As a result of his great influence on President Reagan, he gave Gilder the White House Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence in 1986. [2] Not only has he received many awards from people but has also become Fellows of many organizations. Later in 1996 he became a Fellow of the International Engineering Consortium. Gilder began having a interest in technology and the impact that it has on the economy. Understanding information was crucial to Gilder and this lead interest into the lives of wealthy people. However, this interest was not satisfied until he began investigations into wealth creation and the lives of present-day entrepreneurs. These many examinations and investigations lead way to many articles dealing with economic. In addition to these many articles Mr. Gilder produced a book, The Spirit of Enterprise. This book provided an unrestricted analysis of wealthy figures in today’s society and a brief understanding of economics and their role in society. However, upon further investigation he found that the many entrepreneurs were relate to the technological world. These studies lead to the construction of yet another book, Microcosm. This book became his best selling work dealing with the advancement in technology. As a result of this book it led to another influential book, Life After Television. His work mainly dealt with the future of technology and its impact on society. It acted as a prelude to his next book, Telecosm, which dealt with the future of telecommunications. The information that Gilder possesses is substantial, his understand of the Silicon Valley help lead the way to one of his most recent books, The Silicon Eye, which analyzed the magnificent minds in today’s society and the unpredictability of technology. [2][1]

Current Work

Recently Gilder published The Israel Test, focusing on the importance of supporting and protecting Israel. He identifies that hostility toward Israel is hostility toward capitalist creativity. This hostility will affect Israel, the United States and the world. These prolific statements that have been included in this book have intrigued critics. [1]

The central issue in international politics ... is the tiny state of Israel. The prime issue is not a global war of civilizations between the West and Islam ...The real issue is between the rule of law and the rule of leveler egalitarianism, between creative excellence and covetous "fairness," between admiration of achievement versus envy and resentment of it.

Gilder has led many advancement in economics and technology, often leading many discussion and debates on technological investment. As a result he has developed Gilder Publishing, which produces the discussion forum, Gilder Telecosm Forum. Gilder Publishing produces many articles and technical papers. In particular a monthly newspaper Gilder Technology Report is put out. This monthly circular highlights the major technological advancement and global economic situations around the world. Many people play an important role with Gilder in his scientific advancement. One of the main contributor is Steve Forbes, with which he holds the Gilder/Forbes Telecosm Conference, an annual technological conference. In addition to people contributing to Mr. Gilder, Gilder has been a great influence and contributor to others. He is one of the main editors of Forbes Magazine. His writing ability have led him to many publications in many magazines including The Economist, The American Spectator, the Harvard Business Review, The Wall Street Journal and many others. One of his greatest commitments to an organization is the Discovery Institute, which he is currently the program adviser for the technology and democracy program, advocating intelligent design. His commitment to informing others about new technological and economic information is unmistakable seen. [1]

Contact Information for George Gilder at Gilder Publishing, LLC

Gilder Publishing, LLC
Attn: Gilder Technology Report
291A Main Street
Great Barrington, MA 01230
Phone: (413) 644-2100
Fax: (413) 644-2122

See a complete listing of Gilder Publishing, LLC contact information.





For a list of articles by George Gilder, visit Discovery Institute.


George Gilder discusses the question about banning profits and includes one of the most profound statements, "Profit is an index of altruism."

Below George Gilder declares humankind's interest in safeguarding Israel. Mr. Gilder identifies the importance of supporting Israel and the benefits that follow for humans in the medical, technological, and economic departments.


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 George Gilder, Senior Fellow by Discover institute, USA. Accessed 10/17/10
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 George Gilder Editor Biography by Gilder Technology Report, USA. Accessed 10/17/10
  3. George Gilder by World lingo. Accessed 10/17/10
  4. 4.0 4.1 George Gilder Biography by Leigh Bureau, USA. Accessed 10/17/10
  5. George Gilder's Israel Test: Who Passes? Who Fails? by Ron Lipsman. January 03, 2010