• Business & Economics

The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism

Author: Michael Novak
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 0819178233
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 459
View: 6228
...a major work for our times. --Irving Kristol, The Public Interest

    • Business & Economics

The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism

Author: Michael Novak
Publisher: Madison Books
ISBN: 1461662850
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 464
View: 2775
...a major work for our times. —Irving Kristol, The Public Interest

    • History

Washington's God

Religion, Liberty, and the Father of Our Country
Author: Michael Novak,Jana Novak
Publisher: Basic Books
ISBN: 0786722169
Category: History
Page: 320
View: 4567
In Washington's God Michael Novak-one of America's leading neoconservative pundits-and his daughter, Jana, uncover George Washington's religious life. Finally the record is set straight on the most thoroughly misunderstood aspect of Washington's life. The Novaks focus on Washington's strong trust in divine Providence and see this belief as providing the unifying narrative to his monumental life.

    • Biography & Autobiography

Writing from Left to Right

My Journey from Liberal to Conservative
Author: Michael Novak
Publisher: Image
ISBN: 0385347472
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 336
View: 2416
“In heavy seas, to stay on course it is indispensable to lean hard left at times, then hard right. The important thing is to have the courage to follow your intellect. Wherever the evidence leads. To the left or to the right.” –Michael Novak Engagingly, writing as if to old friends and foes, Michael Novak shows how Providence (not deliberate choice) placed him in the middle of many crucial events of his time: a month in wartime Vietnam, the student riots of the 1960s, the Reagan revolution, the collapse of the Berlin Wall, Bill Clinton's welfare reform, and the struggles for human rights in Iraq and Afghanistan. He also spent fascinating days, sometimes longer, with inspiring leaders like Sargent Shriver, Bobby Kennedy, George McGovern, Jack Kemp, Václav Havel, President Reagan, Lady Thatcher, and Pope John Paul II, who helped shape—and reshape—his political views. Yet through it all, as Novak’s sharply etched memoir shows, his focus on helping the poor and defending universal human rights remained constant; he gradually came to see building small businesses and envy-free democracies as the only realistic way to build free societies. Without economic growth from the bottom up, democracies are not stable. Without protections for liberties of conscience and economic creativity, democracies will fail. Free societies need three liberties in one: economic liberty, political liberty, and liberty of spirit. Novak’s writing throughout is warm, fast paced, and often very beautiful. His narrative power is memorable.

Democratic Capitalism

The Way to a World of Peace and Plenty
Author: Raymond Carey
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9781410790286
Page: 564
View: 9057
Democratic capitalism combines the free-market energies of competition and private property with the enormous productivity and innovation released in an environment of trust and cooperation. Ray Carey presents the theory and practice of democratic capitalism by coupling his experience with a synthesis of the thought of Adam Smith, Karl Marx, and John Stuart Mill. The empirical evidence is clear: democratic capitalistic companies produce superior results, and nations that support economic freedom and keep money neutral improve the lives of their people. Late in the 20th century, the world was moving towards these benefits of economic freedom when America led instead to ultra-capitalism, with a record concentration of wealth, another boom/bust cycle, slower world economic growth, and reversal of economic momentum in emerging economies. America then used its military might early in the 21st century to combat the violence that resulted from this failure of economic leadership. The persistent human failure to employ reason in order to associate in trust and cooperation at the global level has resulted in a terrible performance: continued misery for many and violence or fear of violence for all. Carey explains why this condition is unnecessary and how citizens can eliminate material scarcity, elevate spirits, unify people, and stop the violence by moving company practice and public governance to democratic capitalism.

    • Religion

The Catholic Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism

Author: Michael Novak
Publisher: N.A
Category: Religion
Page: 334
View: 2318
The Catholic Church has, for generations, been reluctant to come to terms with capitalism. Novak argues that a 100-year debate within the Catholic Church has yielded a richer and more humane vision of capitalism than that described in Weber's Protestant Ethic.

    • Religion

Will it Liberate ?

Questions About Liberation Theology
Author: Michael Novak
Publisher: Madison Books
ISBN: 1461718562
Category: Religion
Page: 311
View: 2586
Michael Novak's work is challenging. We often disagree sharply in out interpretations and assessments of liberation theology, but he raises important issues which call for clarification and response.

    • Sports & Recreation

The Joy of Sports

End Zones, Bases, Baskets, Balls, and the Consecration of the American Spirit
Author: Michael Novak
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 156833009X
Category: Sports & Recreation
Page: 375
View: 2333
Combines an immediate enjoyment of sports with an awareness of the influence of athletic heroes on our society's spiritual life, and relates each popular sport to the particular virtue and grace it ritualizes.

    • Business & Economics

Business as a Calling

Author: Michael and jana Novak
Publisher: Free Press
ISBN: 9781476745725
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 256
View: 7349
Why do we work so hard at our jobs, day after day? Why is a job well done important to us? We know there is more to a career than money and prestige, but what exactly do we mean by "fulfillment"? These are old but important questions. They belong with some newly discovered ones: Why are people in business more religious than the population as a whole? What do people of business know, and what do they do, that anchors their faith? In this ground-breaking and inspiring book, Michael Novak ties together these crucial questions by explaining the meaning of work as a vocation. Work should be more than just a job -- it should be a calling. This book explains an important part of our lives in a new way, and readers will instantly recognize themselves in its pages. A larger proportion than ever before of the world's Christians, Jews, and other peoples of faith are spending their working lives in business. Business is a profession worthy of a person's highest ideals and aspirations, fraught with moral possibilities both of great good and of great evil. Novak takes on agonizing problems, such as downsizing, the tradeoffs that must sometimes be faced between profits and human rights, and the pitfalls of philanthropy. He also examines the daily questions of how an honest day's work contributes to the good of many people, both close at hand and far away. Our work connects us with one another. It also makes possible the universal advance out of poverty, and it is an essential prerequisite of democracy and the institutions of civil society. This book is a spiritual feast, for everyone who wants to examine how to make a life through making a living.

    • Medical

Toward a Theology of the Corporation

Author: Michael Novak
Publisher: American Enterprise Institute
ISBN: 9780844737447
Category: Medical
Page: 63
View: 6237

    • Religion

Catholic Social Thought and Liberal Institutions

Freedom with Justice
Author: Michael Novak
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1351529838
Category: Religion
Page: 292
View: 1307
Increasingly, the religious leaders of the world are addressing problems of political economy, expressing concern about the poor. But will their efforts actually help the poor? Or harm them? Much depends, Michael Novak asserts, upon what kind of institutions are constructed, that is, upon realism and practicality. His thesis may be simply stated: Although the Catholic Church during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries set itself against liberalism as an ideology, it has slowly come to admire liberal institutions such as democracy and free markets. Between the Catholic vision of social justice and liberal institutions, Novak argues, there is a profound consonance (but not identity). Both celebrate realism, respect for institutions, and prudence or practical wisdom. The Catholic tradition adds to liberal individualism a strong communitarian sense. This book was first published in 1984 as Freedom with Justice. This new edition adds both a lengthy introduction carrying forward the original argument and a long concluding chapter on Pope John Paul IPs controversial new encyclical of early 1988, Sollicitudo Rei Socialis.

    • Business & Economics

Buying Time

The Delayed Crisis of Democratic Capitalism
Author: Wolfgang Streeck
Publisher: Verso Trade
ISBN: 1781685495
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 220
View: 5752
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    • Social Science

The Spirit Level

Why Greater Equality Makes Societies Stronger
Author: Richard Wilkinson,Kate Pickett
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
ISBN: 9781608191703
Category: Social Science
Page: 400
View: 8128
This groundbreaking book, based on thirty years' research, demonstrates that more unequal societies are bad for almost everyone within them-the well-off and the poor. The remarkable data the book lays out and the measures it uses are like a spirit level which we can hold up to compare different societies. The differences revealed, even between rich market democracies, are striking. Almost every modern social and environmental problem-ill health, lack of community life, violence, drugs, obesity, mental illness, long working hours, big prison populations-is more likely to occur in a less equal society. The book goes to the heart of the apparent contrast between material success and social failure in many modern national societies. The Spirit Level does not simply provide a diagnosis of our ills, but provides invaluable instruction in shifting the balance from self-interested consumerism to a friendlier, more collaborative society. It shows a way out of the social and environmental problems which beset us, and opens up a major new approach to improving the real quality of life, not just for the poor but for everyone. It is, in its conclusion, an optimistic book, which should revitalize politics and provide a new way of thinking about how we organize human communities.

    • Philosophy

The Universal Hunger for Liberty

Why the Clash of Civilizations is Not Inevitable
Author: Michael Novak
Publisher: Basic Books (AZ)
Category: Philosophy
Page: 281
View: 3067
Presents the theory that the Islamic religions have a basic belief in political, economic, and religious liberty, and that this belief can be a starting point for Islamic nations and the West to work toward peaceful coexistence.

    • Business & Economics

The Fire of Invention

Civil Society and the Future of the Corporation
Author: Michael Novak
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780847686650
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 177
View: 867
Discusses how corporations are changing the shape of business for the 21st century

    • Ethnic attitudes

The Rise of the Unmeltable Ethnics

Politics and Culture in the Seventies
Author: Michael Novak
Publisher: N.A
Category: Ethnic attitudes
Page: 376
View: 4276

    • Political Science

The Future Of Democratic Equality

Rebuilding Social Solidarity in a Fragmented America
Author: Joseph M. Schwartz
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135944520
Category: Political Science
Page: 240
View: 506
2011 David Easton Award, presented for the best book by the Foundations of Political Theory section of APSA: "The Future of Democratic Equality, by Joseph Schwartz, takes on three tasks, and accomplishes all brilliantly. Any one of these tasks well fulfilled would have been a laudable achievement. First, Schwartz argues for the centrality of the question of equality to democratic politics. Second, he critically analyzes and explains the shocking rise in inequality in the United States over the last three decades. This he does with conceptual clarity, rich interdisciplinary analysis, and a thorough examination of hard socioeconomic data. Third, he assails the near absence of concern for this soaring inequality among contemporary political theorists, and offers a cogent, and stinging, explanation that takes to task the discipline’s preoccupation with difference and identity severed from the pragmatics of democratic equality. The Future of Democratic Equality is a courageous and disciplined effort to tackle a hugely important political problem and intellectual puzzle. It well embodies the spirit of the Easton Book Award by providing well-grounded normative theory targeted to an urgent matter of contemporary concern. It is a must read for anyone who cares about democracy." - Respectfully submitted by Leslie Paul Thiele, University of Florida (chair) and Cary J. Nederman, Texas A&M University Why has contemporary radical political theory remained virtually silent about the stunning rise in inequality in the United States over the past thirty years? Schwartz contends that since the 1980s, most radical theorists shifted their focus away from interrogating social inequality to criticizing the liberal and radical tradition for being inattentive to the role of difference and identity within social life. This critique brought more awareness of the relative autonomy of gender, racial, and sexual oppression. But, as Schwartz argues, it also led many theorists to forget that if difference is institutionalized on a terrain of radical economic inequality, unjust inequalities in social and political power will inevitably persist. Schwartz cautions against a new radical theoretical orthodoxy: that "universal" norms such as equality and solidarity are inherently repressive and homogenizing, whereas particular norms and identities are truly emancipatory. Reducing inequality among Americans, as well as globally, will take a high level of social solidarity--a level far from today's fragmented politics. In focusing the left's attention on the need to reconstruct a governing model that speaks to the aspirations of the majority, Schwartz provocatively applies this vision to such real world political issues as welfare reform, race relations, childcare, and the democratic regulation of the global economy.

    • Social Science

The Cultural Contradictions of Anti-Capitalism

The Liberal Spirit and the Making of Western Radicalism
Author: Daniel Fletcher
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1315461196
Category: Social Science
Page: 198
View: 8593
Does contemporary anti-capitalism tend towards, as Slavoj Žižek believes, nihilism, or does it tend towards, as Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri believe, true egalitarian freedom? Within The Cultural Contradictions of Anti-Capitalism, Fletcher presents an answer that manages to tend towards both simultaneously. In entering into contemporary debates on radicalism, this innovative volume proposes a revised conception of Hardt and Negri’s philosophy of emancipatory desire. Indeed, Fletcher reassesses Hardt and Negri’s history of Western radicalism and challenges their notion of an alter-modernity break from bourgeois modernity. In addition to this, this title proposes the idea of Western anti-capitalism as a spirit within a spirit, exploring how anti-capitalist movements in the West pose a genuine challenge to the capitalist order while remaining dependent on liberalist assumptions about the emancipatory individual. Inspired by post-structuralism and rejecting both revolutionary transcendence and notions of an underlying desiring purity, The Cultural Contradictions of Anti-Capitalism offers new insight into how liberal capitalist society persistently produces its own forms of resistance against itself. This book will appeal to graduate and postgraduate students interested in fields such as: Sociology, Politics, International Relations, Cultural Studies, History, and Philosophy.

    • Political Science

The New Spirit of Capitalism

Author: Luc Boltanski,Eve Chiapello
Publisher: Verso Books
ISBN: 1786633272
Category: Political Science
Page: 688
View: 7104
New edition of this major work examining the development of neoliberalism In this established classic, sociologists Luc Boltanski and Eve Chiapello get to the heart of contemporary capitalism. Delving deep into the latest management texts informing the thinking of employers, the authors trace the contours of a new spirit of capitalism. They argue that beginning in the mid-1970s, capitalism abandoned the hierarchical Fordist work structure and developed a new network-based form of organization founded on employee initiative and autonomy in the workplace—a putative freedom bought at the cost of material and psychological security. This was a spirit in tune with the libertarian and romantic currents of the period (as epitomized by dressed-down, cool capitalists such as Bill Gates and Ben and Jerry) and, as the authors argue, a more successful, pernicious, and subtle form of exploitation. In this new edition, the authors reflect on the reception of the book and the debates it has stimulated.

    • Political Science

State and Society in Post-Socialist Economies

Author: J. Pickles
Publisher: Springer
ISBN: 0230590926
Category: Political Science
Page: 281
View: 7327
State and Society in Post-Socialist Economies focuses on the reform economies of post-socialist Europe. It looks at how various projects of communism that emerged in have been and are still being dismantled and recomposed by alternative visions, institutions and practices of capitalist market economies and democratic polities.