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Micheal Novak is the prolific author of numerous monographs articles and reviews and has written over twenty-five influential books in philosophy theology political economy and culture He holds the George Fredrick Jewett Chair in Religion Philosophy and Public Policy at the American Enterprise Institute in Washington DC where he also serves as Director of Social and Political studies He has lectured almost all over the world and has taught at Harvard Stanford Syracuse and Notre Dame During 1981 and 1982 he served as Chief of the United States delegation to the United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva as a Regan appointee with the rank of Ambassador His writings have appeared in more than a dozen languages In 1994 he received the prestigious Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion for his service in defense of freedom and for his credibility in influential work in Christian social teaching on economicsThroughout his many writings Novak has urged his readers to embrace a tripartite system of democratic capitalism including a market economy a democratic polity and a moral-cultural system that would nourish the values and virtues on which free societies depend Novaks achievements lie in his construction of a theory of democratic capitalism based on clear thinking about the world He has defined and analyzed the underlying ideas that make our system of democratic capitalism meaningful Novak envisions democratic capitalism as a trinity of systems in one-an economy based predominantly on markets and incentives a democratic polity and a moral-cultural system that is pluralistic and liberal Novak The Spirit of Capitalism 13-20 Novak argues that the virtue of enterprise can be taught and that a social system can be constructed to enable human beings to create wealth in a sustained and systematic way The best way to help the poor is through a system that creates economic growth from the bottom up-a system that creates jobs for the poor Tho help the poor is to help each
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