In embracing change, entrepreneurs ensure social and economic stability.

— George Gilder

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From the equilibrium and spontaneous order of Adam Smith and his heirs, from invisible-handed markets and perfect competition, supply and demand, and rewards and punishments, I was pushed to theories of disequilibrium and disorder, and information and noise, as the keys to understanding economic progress.

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The key role of entrepreneurs, like the most crucial role of scientists, is not to fill in the gaps in an existing market or theory, but to generate entirely new markets or theories. . .They stand before a canvas as empty as any painter's; a page as blank as any poet's.

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Capitalism offers nothing but frustrations and rebuffs to those who wish - because of claimed superiority of intelligence, birth, credentials, or ideals - to get without giving, to take without risking, to profit without sacrifice, to be exalted without humbling themselves to understand others and meet their needs.

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Unlike femininity, relaxed masculinity is at bottom empty, a limp nullity.

While the female body is full of internal potentiality, the male is internally barren. Manhood at the most basic level can be validated and expressed only in action.

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A successful economy depends on the proliferation of the rich, on creating a large class of risk-taking men who are willing to shun the easy channels of a comfortable life in order to create new enterprise, win huge profits, and invest them again.

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The central event of the twentieth century is the overthrow of matter.

...The powers of the mind are everywhere ascendant over the brute force of things.

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Unlike an inexorable, Newtonian "great machine", the economy is not a closed system.

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A fundamental principle of information theory is that you can’t guarantee outcomes… in order for an experiment to yield knowledge, it has to be able to fail. If you have guaranteed experiments, you have zero knowledge

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At the heart of capitalism is the unification of knowledge and power.

As Friedrich Hayek, the leader of the Austrian school of economics, put it, "To assume all the knowledge to be given to a single mind... is to disregard everything that is important and significant in the real world." Because knowledge is dispersed, power must be as well.

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A design isn't finished until somebody is using it.

Brenda Laurel Intelligent design itself does not have any content.

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The belief that all wealth comes from stealing is popular in prisons and at Harvard.

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People cannot be expected to learn one expertise and just apply it routinely in a job. Your expertise is in steadily renewing your knowledge base and extending it to new areas. That lifelong cycle of learning really is the foundation of the new information organization and economy.

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About George Gilder

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Birthday October 16

The key to growth is quite simple: creative men with money.

The cause of stagnation is similarly clear: depriving creative individuals of financial power.

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It's really hard to design products by focus groups.

A lot of times, people don't know what they want until you show it to them. As Henry Ford said many years earlier: "If I had listened to my customers, I would have built a faster horse." Inventions in general express Shannon entropy. They come from the supply side.

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In order to understand the movement of prices, you need not an oscilloscope to measure the entire market and reduce it to noise, but a microscope to investigate the creative process behind every company and its price.

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Surely women's liberation is a most unpromising panacea.

But the movement is working politically, because our sexuality is so confused, our masculinity so uncertain, and our families so beleaguered that no one knows what they are for or how they are sustained.

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The United States is probably the most [socially] mobile society in the history of the world. The virtues that are most valuable in it are diligence, discipline, ambition, and a willingness to take risks. Education and credentials are most important in government; elsewhere most skills are learned on the job.

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Television is not vulgar because people are vulgar;

it is vulgar because people are similar in their prurient interests and sharply differentiated in their civilized concerns.

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Entropy is Janus-faced. Its upside surprises are redemptive and favorable to freedom. It is freedom of choice. But the carrier itself requires constant vigilance against entropic noise. Order is not spontaneous, but it is a necessary condition for all the surprises of freedom and opportunity.

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Liberals force lower middle-class families, who love their children, to dispatch them to ghetto schools dominated by gangs of fatherless boys bearing knives.

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Bandwidth grows at least three times faster than computer power.

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Giving is the vital impulse and moral center of capitalism.

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In the history of enterprise, most of the protagonists of major new products and companies began their education

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Socialism is an insurance policy bought by all the members of a national economy to shield them from risk. But the result is to shield them from knowledge of the real dangers and opportunities.

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Real poverty is less a state of income than a state of mind.

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The envy of excellence leads to perdition; the love of it leads to the light.

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What's being pushed is to have Darwinism critiqued, to teach there's a controversy. Intelligent design itself does not have any content.

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Entrepreneurial creation is the generation, de novo, of novelty and surprise- freedom of choice originating in the world of ideas, and imagination beyond all concern with chemicals. The contrary view- that all ideas are determined by material relationships- is the materialist superstition.

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This is what sexual liberation chiefly accomplishes-it liberates young women to pursue married men.

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Poverty is less a matter of income than of prospects.

While the incomes of the poor have steadily risen through Great Society largesse, their prospects have plummeted as families have broken into dependent fragments.

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A culture that does not aspire to the divine becomes obsessed with the fascination of evil, reveling in the frivolous, the depraved, and the bestial.

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The first priority of any serious program against poverty is to strengthen the male role in poor families.

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A policy of subsidizing failures will end in an economy strewn with capital-guzzling industries long past their time of profitability - old companies that cannot create jobs themselves, but can stand in the way of job creation.

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The fundamental fact in the lives of the poor in most parts of America is that the wages of common labor are far below the benefits of AFDC, Medicaid, food stamps, public housing, public defenders, leisure time and all the other goods and services of the welfare state.

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Entrepreneurship is the launching of surprises.

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All progress comes from the creative minority.

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In an information economy, entrepreneurs master the science of information in order to overcome the laws of the purely physical sciences. They can succeed because of the surprising power of the laws of information, which are conducive to human creativity. The central concept of information theory is a measure of freedom of choice. The principle of matter, on the other hand, is not liberty but limitation- it has weight and occupies space.

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[Successful] projects that entrepreneurs initiated and carried through had one essential quality. All had been thoroughly contemplated by the regnant experts and dominant companies, with their large research staffs and financial resources, and had been judged too difficult, untimely, risky, expensive and unprofitable.

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All small returns are noise. To transcend the noise and the risk, seek outsized returns from technological paradigms.

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Most people consider themselves above the gritty and relentless details of life that allow the creation of great wealth. They leave it to the experts. But in general you join the one percent of the one percent not by leaving it to the experts but by creating new expertise, not by knowing what the experts know but by learning what they think is beneath them.

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Capitalists are motivated not chiefly by the desire to consume wealth or indulge their appetites, but by the freedom and power to consummate their entrepreneurial ideas.

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The welfare culture tells the man he is not a necessary part of the family;

he feels dispensable, his wife knows he is dispensable, his children sense it.

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Quality is abundant. Time is the new scarcity.

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Activity and creativity almost always flow to the least regulated arena.

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Creativity is the foundation of wealth.

All progress comes from the creative minority. Under capitalism, wealth is less a stock of goods than a flow of ideas, the defining characteristic of which is surprise. If it were not surprising, we could plan it, and socialism would work.

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The differences between the sexes are the single most important fact of human society.

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The fact is there hasn't been a thrilling new erogenous zone discovered since de Sade.

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Capitalism begins with giving.

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In the history of enterprise, most of the protagonists of major new products and companies began their education - not in the classroom, where the old ways are taught, but in the factories and labs where new ways are wrought ... nothing has been so rare in recent years as an Ivy League graduate who has made a significant innovation in American enterprise.

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