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George Gilder

George Gilder (born 1939, in New York City) is a libertarian, right-wing, American philosopher, futurologist and author. He is a prominent oracle of techno-utopianism.

He helped found the Discovery Institute with Bruce Chapman.

Gilder writes books about technology and marriage. He has written articles for many publications include Wired Magazine. His book Men and Marriage was one of the most scathing early criticisms of feminism. The first mention of the word Digerati on USENET occurred in 1992, and referred to an article by George Gilder in Upside magazine .

He was a long time supporter of The American Spectator, and after becoming a dot-com millionaire he purchased the magazine. His goal was to turn it into a profit-making glossly with significant media buzz. Numerous staff members, demoralized by the ever-looming budget crises, were laid off or departed after Gilder's hand-picked but inexperienced editors, Joshua Gilder and Richard Vigilante , took the reins and vowed to reach a new technology- and business-savvy audience. Circulation and budget losses continued and even increased in the Gilder era, and at one point the entire Washington-based staff other than Tyrrell and executive editor and web site editor Wladyslaw Pleszczynski were laid off as operations were moved to rural Massachusetts, where the rest of George Gilder's businesses were based. Not long thereafter George Gilder, who had lost most of his fortune with the bursting of the Internet stock bubble, sold the magazine back to Tyrrell and the American Alternative Foundation for $1 in 2003, and it moved operations once-again to the Washington-D.C. area. By the year 2004, circulation had dropped to 50,000.

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