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The Spirit of Democratic Capitalism

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...a major work for our times. Irving Kristol, The Public Interest"
Paperback, 464 pages
Published December 29th 1990 by Madison Books (first published 1982)
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Padraic
From the dark days of the Reagan era. Novak is way too smart to be dismissed, but way too smart to be suckered into serving as a shill for the Consumer Economy. He's not afraid to slap-a-pope over economic issues, although his piety would seem to preclude it. Mammon makes a pretty nice substitute though, as his retainer fees would seem to indicate.

On the other hand, the man wrote a stellar book on the murder of Slavic miners in Lattimer PA (The Guns of Lattimer), so he's not blind to how power
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Connor
For a philosophy book, it does a remarkable job of using facts and real events to justify itself. Michael Novak divides the book into three sections. The first addresses the question "What exactly is democratic capitalism?" The second is a critique of socialism, in reality and in theory. The third is a "Theology of Economics".
Essentially, Novak felt that Christian literature and thought had an over-emphasis on the moral standing of socialism, which he found to be morally inferior to democratic c
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Eduardo Garcia-Gaspar
En esta obra de 1982, que leí en la app de Kindle, se convirtió en un clásico del género. A partir del descubrimiento de la posibilidad real de prosperar, un fenómeno nuevo notorio en el siglo 18, en partes de Europa y EEUU, el autor explica esa sorpresa describiendo a la sociedad en la que eso fue real. Una descripción organizada del arreglo económico, político y moral-cultural, que generó progreso, riqueza. La explicación de esa sociedad y las ideas que impiden crear riqueza forman el resto de ...more
Timothy Bertolet
While this book is a bit dated in some of its data and statistics, it is a helpful overview of the ideal of democratic capitalism over and against socialism. It is primarily a book about the theory of democratic capitalism and not primarily the practice of said theory. Nevertheless, for those looking to ground themselves in economic theory and connect said theory to a broader theology within a Christian value system, this is a helpful book.
Jordan Ballor
This is an excellent book, full of relevant insights into the dynamism of a plural, democratic, and free social order. At points the argument could have been clearer, which is the only reason I gave it four instead of five stars. In terms of the content, this book is stellar.
Paolo  Merolla
Its samizdat translation and publication by dissidents in Communist Poland in 1986 reflected the fact that those who actually experienced real socialism in all its deadening grayness not only knew that collectivism had failed; they also understood there was no "third way.
Brent Barnard
I know this is a great book by reputation, but I simply had a hard time wading through it. VERY dense. Phew!
Michael
Of all the books I read in my Honors Econ 101 class as a freshman at BYU, this was my favorite.
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