The Israel Test: Why the World's Most Besieged State is a Beacon of Freedom and Hope for the World Economy

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World famous economist and tech guru George Gilder reveals Israel as an emerging technology powerhouse, second only to the U.S. and far surpassing all European rivals in launching new industry-leading hi-tech firms. Gilder calls Israel the leading battleground for capitalism and freedom today, hated by the Left for the same reasons as the U.S.: because Israel's freedom and success inspires envy from the failed states that surround her.

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Overview

World famous economist and tech guru George Gilder reveals Israel as an emerging technology powerhouse, second only to the U.S. and far surpassing all European rivals in launching new industry-leading hi-tech firms. Gilder calls Israel the leading battleground for capitalism and freedom today, hated by the Left for the same reasons as the U.S.: because Israel's freedom and success inspires envy from the failed states that surround her.

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The Jerusalem Post
The Israel Test spoke to me with unexpected power. Apart from being brilliantly, fiercely written, its merit lies in clarifying, in a totally new, secular, and intuitive way, why Israel matters.
—David Klinghoffer
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781594036125
  • Publisher: Encounter Books
  • Publication date: 10/30/2012
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 291,703
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 2.90 (d)

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George Gilder's bestselling books have sold more than two million copies worldwide. In Wealth and Poverty, one of the most influential books of our time, Gilder made the moral case for capitalist creativity. With The Spirit of Enterprise, Microcosm, Telecosm, and Life After Television, Gilder achieved renown as a stunningly accurate prophet of the direction of technology development and enterprise, including Israel's world-beating contributions. A contributing editor to Forbes magazine, Gilder has produced the annual Gilder/Forbes Telecosm Forum since 1997, offering leading edge forecasts and analysis from the top technology firms and research centers around the world. Gilder also heads Gilder Technology Associates, a venture capital fund focusing on breakthrough technologies. In 1986 President Ronald Reagan presented Gilder the White House Award for Entrepreneurial Excellence. Gilder is a founding fellow of the Discovery Institute in Seattle, a contributing editor to Forbes, and writes frequently for national publications including The Wall Street Journal, Wired, National Review, and The American Spectator.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Senator Joseph Lieberman ix

Chapter 1 The Central Issue 1

Chapter 2 Tale of the Bell Curve 21

Chapter 3 The Economics of Settlement 36

Chapter 4 The Palestinian Economy 46

Chapter 5 The Economics of Hate 63

Chapter 6 The Archetype and the Algorithm 72

Chapter 7 Hidden Light 94

Chapter 8 Peace Now 112

Chapter 9 Games of War and Holiness 127

Chapter 10 The Central Importance of Benjamin Netanyahu 141

Chapter 11 Land for War 159

Chapter 12 Time for the Test 171

Afterword: My Own Israel Test 183

Index 195

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