Why the Name Francis?

by (@TheIRD) March 15, 2013

By Michael Novak The new Pope is already famous for two funny jabs. His first was in introducing himself to the world for the first time (my paraphrase of the Italian). “The cardinals meet in Rome to choose a new pope. This time they went to the end of the world to find me. So […]

Novak: Goodbye, My Friend, Judge Bork

by (@TheIRD) December 24, 2012

By Michael Novak As it happened, I was able to spend a couple of hours between flights with Bob Bork just ten days before he died, and I got to tell him of my gratitude for so much friendship and laughter over the past quarter-century, of my admiration for his depth, and—embarrassing him, as I […]

Thirty Years of Michael Novak’s “Spirit of Democratic Capitalism”

by (@markdtooley) August 16, 2012

Samuel Grigg of Acton Institute had an excellent homage yesterday in American Spectator to Michael Novak’s Spirit of Democratic Capitalism, published 30 years ago this year. Formerly a Catholic philosopher of the Left, Novak crafted a moral and theological argument for free markets. He winsomely proclaimed that God given human creativity is best deployed through […]

Jerry Ford, Faith, Free Markets and Michael Novak in Grand Rapids

by (@markdtooley) June 15, 2012

The first exhibit upon entering the Gerald Ford Presidential Museum is a jarring display of the 1970′s with all its horrors: Watergate, disco, gas lines, polyester, ERA, staggering inflation evolving into stagflation, and the collapse of South Vietnam. Across 3 years, Ford’s low key ordinariness, after the drama of Nixon, was calming. Inflation did fall, […]

Common Good

by (@TheIRD) October 26, 2011

he following article appeared on the First Things website. Here is the unabridged version. I remember so well the founding days of the Institute on Religion and Democracy. We were such a small and humble organization, so few of us, so lightly funded. Yet we had strong hearts, bold ambitions, and lots and lots of […]

Don’t Confuse the Common Good with Statism

by (@TheIRD) October 3, 2011

The following is a transcript of a lecture by IRD emeritus board member Michael Novak delivered at the Diane Knippers Memorial Lecture on October 3, 2011 at The George Hotel in Washington, D.C.             I remember so well the founding days of IRD. We were such a small and humble organization, so few of us, […]