By Tom Quiner
Michael Novak died this week.
He was a noted Catholic intellectual who evolved from a liberal to a conservative, even though he was a lifelong Democrat, with an especially marked conversion to the merits of capitalism.
Regarding socialism, he wrote that it is:
“the residue of Judeo-Christian faith, without religion. It is a belief in the goodness of the human race and paradise on earth.”
Regarding capitalism, he wrote that it was
“a system built on belief in human selfishness; given checks and balances, it is nearly always a smashing, scandalous success.”
May you rest in peace, brother Novak.