Michael Novak

Michael Novak was a Catholic philosopher, journalist, novelist, and diplomat.

Michael Novak was a Catholic philosopher, journalist, novelist, and diplomat. The author of more than twenty-five books on the philosophy and theology of culture, Novak was most widely known for his book The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism (1982). In 1993, Novak was honored with an honorary doctorate degree at Universidad Francisco Marroquín due to his commitment to the idea of liberty. In 1994 he was awarded the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion, which included a $1 million purse awarded at Buckingham Palace. He wrote books and articles focused on capitalism, religion, and the politics of democratization.

Novak served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights in 1981 and 1982 and led the U.S. delegation to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe in 1986. Novak served on the board of directors of the now-defunct Coalition for a Democratic Majority, a faction of the Democratic party, which sought to influence Democratic party policies in the same direction that the Committee on the Present Danger later did.

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Democratic Capitalism

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following article is adapted from Mr. Novak’s remarks at this year’s Forum 2000 conference in Prague, September 15–18. Forum 2000 was founded in 1997 by Czech President ...
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Two Theories on the Polls

Last weekend’s polls could not be closer. The Real Clear Politics average shows President Obama and Governor Romney at virtually identical percentages, separated by only half a point. However, two ...
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Obama’s Mantra

The central mantra of President Obama’s campaign is false. That mantra is: “The Republicans tried their plan for the economy and it failed. I tried a new plan and it ...
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Obama’s Legend

President Obama hangs his whole campaign narrative on one legend, and it is false. The legend: that Obama began in 2009 from the worst financial hole since the Depression. Not true. The ...
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The Catholic Vote Swings

The new wisdom is that Catholics vote just like everybody else. That purported wisdom isn’t wise. The Catholic vote differs in four decisive ways from the Protestant, Jewish, and secular votes. (1) ...