Columbus and The Spirit of Enterprise
This is the text of a little speech I gave at the New York City Yacht Club in 1992. Yes, don't say it, a rather unusual venue for a professional trouble-maker. I remember at one point mentioning George Gilder as exemplifying the same hardy Western spirit as Columbus and his adventurers. I had corresponded with George, published his work, and probably met him once or twice, but I had not spotted him in the audience until I could see him blushing. I don't have an electronic text, but Col. Howell was kind enough to send me this .pdf of the pamphlet we produced, which should be readable. I hope I can find time to do a podcast.
If I could revise the text, I would alter my sneering reference to Kirk Sale's book on Columbus. Kirk has become a friend, and so instead of a sneering reference to his dishonest book, I'd make it a merely mocking reference to his misguided book.