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George Gilder is a prominent American writer, techno-utopian intellectual and co-founder of the Discovery Institute.
In the 1960s Gilder served as a speechwriter for several prominent official and candidates, including Nelson Rockefeller, George Romney, and Richard Nixon. He worked as a spokesman for the liberal Republican Senator Charles Mathias as anti-war protesters surrounded the capital, some eventually scaring Gilder out of his apartment.
Gilder moved to Harvard Square the following year and became a writer, modeling himself after Joan Didion. As an independent researcher and writer, he wrote extensively on the causes of poverty, which resulted in his books “Men and Marriage” (1972), “Visible Man” (1978), and his best-selling “Wealth and Poverty” (1981).