George F. Gilder
(born November 29, 1939, in New York City
) is an American
intellectual, Republican Party
activist, and co-founder of the Discovery Institute
. His 1981 bestseller Wealth and Poverty
advanced a practical and moral case for capitalism during the early months of the Reagan Administration
In the 1970s Gilder established himself as a critic of feminism
and government welfare policies; he argued they eroded the "sexual constitution" that socialized men as fathers and providers. In the 1990s he became an enthusiastic evangelist of technology and the Internet
through several books and his newsletter the Gilder Technology Report
Gilder was born in New York City
and raised in New York and Massachusetts
. His father, Richard Gilder, was killed flying in the Army Air Force
in World War II
when Gilder was three. He spent most of his childhood with his mother and his stepfather, Gilder Palmer, on a dairy farm in Tyringham, Massachusetts
. David Rockefeller
, a college roommate of his father, was deeply involved with his upbringing.
Gilder attended Hamilton School in New York City, Phillips Exeter Academy
, and Harvard University
, graduating in 1962. He later returned to Harvard as a fellow at the Kennedy Institute of Politics and edited the Ripon Forum
, the newspaper of a liberal Republican society.
United States Marine Corps
Gilder served briefly in the United......