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Life after Capitalism: A Paradigm-Shifting Exploration of Wealth and the Future Economy

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Author of national bestseller Life After Google and generation-defining Wealth and Poverty, venture capitalist, futurist, and pioneering thinker extraordinaire George Gilder pinpoints how the clash of creativity with power at the heart of economic systems leads to global cognitive dissonance and argues that the creation of the novel taps capitalism's infinite promise and is humanity's only path of escape from stagnation and tyranny. Gilder once more rocks the archetypes of modern information theory and economics with a paradigm-shifting salvo of sheer brilliance.

The capitalist era is over—get ready for life after capitalism.

For more than two hundred years, capitalism spread wealth around the globe, bringing unprecedented prosperity and progress, liberating human potential. But something has gone terribly wrong in the world economy.

Creativity and faith in the future—capitalism’s crucial ingredients—seem to have run out. The elites think they can maintain a nation’s wealth by printing money and investing it in favored industries. Their trust in bureaucratic experts, their cautionary paranoia, and their delusional belief that they can “control” everything from the spread of a virus to the weather, are sucking the life out of the economy. Ordinary people, their freedoms restricted, their prospects dim, are losing their faith in their institutions.

Such misguided corporatism and pride, confusion and despair, are the result of a deep misunderstanding of capitalism itself.

The bestselling futurist and venture capitalist George Gilder explains why economics is not an incentive system to be manipulated but an information system to be freed. Material resources are essentially as plentiful as the atoms of the universe. What drives economic growth in a free market is our limitless human ingenuity and creativity.

Prophetic, inspiring, and paradigm-shifting, Life after Capitalism is a once-in- a-generation classic.

Editorial Review

by Michael Beas

Life after Capitalism by George Gilder is a thought-provoking journey into the realms of wealth, the economy, and the revolutionary Time Theory of Money. As one of the worlds leading economists, Gilder fearlessly challenges conventional wisdom and dares to envision a world beyond the constraints of capitalism. His compelling arguments and unique insights make this book an engaging and valuable read for anyone interested in the future of our economic systems.

Gilder's premise is that capitalism, though a driving force of prosperity, is not the end-all-be-all of economic organization. His book dives deep into the intrinsic flaws of capitalism, offering a fresh perspective on its limitations. By exploring the inherent flaws in the concept of scarcity, Gilder proposes a fascinating alternative that places time at the core of wealth creation and economic progress.

One of the highlights of this book is Gilder's exploration of the Time Theory of Money. This is where he argues that time, rather than mere currency or commodities, should be seen as the true measure of wealth. In my opinion Gilder's theory is intricate, yet accessible, allowing readers to grasp the profound implications it carries for our understanding of value and economic progress. This innovative approach challenges conventional notions and provides fertile ground for further exploration and debate.

Gilder's writing style weaves together historical references, economic theory, and contemporary examples to support his arguments. Through a rich tapestry of anecdotes and data, Gilder ensures that his ideas are firmly grounded in reality and not just abstract musings. His ability to distill complex concepts into digestible explanations is commendable, making the book accessible to both experts and lay readers alike.

While Life after Capitalism is undoubtedly a thought-provoking and paradigm-shifting book, it is not without its flaws. At times, Gilder's arguments may seem overly ambitious and idealistic, bordering on utopian. Life after Capitalism is a captivating and stimulating read. Gilder's audacious vision and commitment to reimagining our economic systems are groundbreaking. By questioning the status quo, he sparks the necessary conversations and offers a valuable contribution to the ongoing discourse on the future of capitalism and the nature of wealth.

In conclusion, Life after Capitalism is a compelling exploration of wealth, the future economy, and the transformative potential of the Time Theory of Money. George Gilder's extensive knowledge and visionary ideas shine through in this thought-provoking book. It challenges readers to rethink long-held assumptions about capitalism and invites us to envision a world where time becomes the true measure of wealth. Whether you are an economist, a businessperson, or simply curious about the future of our economic systems, this book will undoubtedly broaden your perspective and stimulate meaningful conversations.

About the Author

George Gilder, one of the leading economic and technological thinkers of the past forty years, is the author of nineteen books, including Wealth and Poverty, Life After Television, Knowledge and Power, The Scandal of Money, and Life After Google. A founding fellow of the Discovery Institute, where he began his study of information theory, and an influential venture investor, he lives with his wife in western Massachusetts.

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