Magazine May 20, 2019, Issue

Michael Novak’s Christian Capitalism

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The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism offers important insights today

In my last conversation with Michael Novak, shortly before his death in 2017, he expressed his regret that socialism was undergoing a revival in America. “Well,” Novak said wearily, “I guess you’re going to have to re-explain — yet again — all the problems with socialism. Apparently, someone has to do it [pause] every [pause] single [pause] generation.”

Novak was a natural optimist. Yet he knew that once people become enamored of whatever is being called “socialism” at any given time, changing their views becomes extremely difficult. In the mid 1960s, Novak saw most of his academic contemporaries embrace economic positions

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This article appears as “Michael Novak Now” in the May 20, 2019, print edition of National Review.

Samuel Gregg is a Visiting Scholar at the Feulner Institute at The Heritage Foundation and Research Director at the Acton Institute.

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