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.
None of this matter to American liberalism, which is based on feelings not fact. Michelle Obama made this clear in her interview with Oprah Winfrey. Oprah asked if Michelle thought Barack produced the “hope” that is presidency was “all about.” Michelle said yes:
“Yes, I do. Because we FEEL the difference now … See, now we are FEELING what not having hope FEELS like, you know. Hope is necessary. It is a necessary concept . . . What do you give your kids if you can’t give them hope?” [Emphasis mine].
Feelings are what count, not facts. More…