Jerry Bowyer

Posted July 08, 2014

Last week I attempted to ignite a debate (not a revolt) about the State of America now compared to 238 years ago, when we abolished the authority of the British government over our affairs.

Posted July 05, 2014

If you are a patriotic American, you believe that there are circumstances under which it is right to take up arms against your own government.

Posted May 10, 2014

Continuing my interview with the great philosopher Michael Novak about his book, Writing From Left to Right, Novak talks about the working class commonsense he learned from his family growing up as a Democrat.

Posted March 19, 2014

The life of theologian Michael Novak is among the most storied in Post WWII history. Storied in the literal sense, in that he just has so many fascinating stories to tell. But also storied in that the narrative of his life tells the broader story of a very significant sub-set of the American people, the people who were once called the ‘Reagan Democrats’.

Posted March 07, 2014

No, Putin was not turned by diplomats or feckless heads of state from the West. He was dissuaded by speculators. Russia was not dissuaded by threats of punishment: Russia was dissuaded by actual punishment, meted out in real time by that most vilified of classes, currency speculators.

Posted March 04, 2014

Lynn Shepherd a crime novelist, doesn’t think it is fair that J.K. Rowling is one of the most financially successful writers in history. In a recent column for the Huffington Post, Shepard has called upon Rowling to stop writing, because the Harry Potter creator has "made enough money".

Posted February 12, 2014

I sat down in front of a microphone and an open Skype line recently to engage in a wide ranging discussion with one of the most interesting thinkers in America today, Father Robert Sirico, founder of the Acton Institute.

Posted January 24, 2014

Edmund, Ned, Phelps certainly did not need to write Mass Flourishing: How Grassroots Innovation Created Jobs, Challenge, and Change to make a name for himself. His work on labor market economics was both solid and itself innovative enough to earn him the Nobel Prize in Economics in 2006. But Phelps is concerned about his country.

Posted January 18, 2014

Well you have to give him credit for sheer brass. The new head of the IRS, who was brought in to the agency to ‘restore trust’, sat before the Senate Finance committee recently and informed them that he wanted more money for the agency.

Posted January 09, 2014

Men on Strike is pretty much what the title says it is: a book about how many men have decided not to participate in certain areas of life, most notably in school, family, and increasingly in work.

Posted December 27, 2013

I sat down in front of a microphone and an open Skype line recently to engage in a wide ranging discussion with one of the most interesting thinkers in America today, Father Robert Sirico, founder of the Acton Institute.

Posted December 20, 2013

The line employs a sharp edged bathos: End of civilization drama counterpoised with a sneer at that most-despised bit of pre-modern Christian dogma – the virgin birth. Religious people gasped, and aggressive atheists snickered, but I just sat there wishing that Christopher Hitchens knew more history.

Posted December 13, 2013

What was Dickens really doing when he wrote A Christmas Carol? Answer: He was weighing in on one of the central economic debates of his time, the one that raged between Thomas Malthus and one of the disciples of Adam Smith.

Posted December 03, 2013

I have a friend who was always trying to talk me into being part of his next business idea. I’d always nod and smile. Then I would change the subject back to the insurance firm that he already owned. I knew that would end the conversation pretty quickly, because talking about the business that he already owned was boring to him.

Posted October 24, 2013

Alan Meltzer is probably the greatest living disciple of Milton Friedman in relation to Friedman’s views of monetary policy. Meltzer is the monetarist par excellence, and author of the definitive series of volumes on the history of the Fed.

Posted October 18, 2013

Let’s get past the idea that this is a disagreement between two coequal branches of government. The legislative branch that has the power -- particularly the house -- when it comes to spending. So, if the legislative branch disagrees with the executive branch about a matter of spending that’s not a, “Hey, let’s split the difference.”

Posted October 11, 2013

The King’s College is a lot like Hillsdale or Grove City, only it’s in Manhattan right around the corner from Wall Street. Its prior president, Dinesh D’Souza, resigned (Or should I say was resigned? Too bad there’s no passive/middle voice for the verb to resign. It is much needed) after World Magazine published a story which led to a scandal.

Posted October 08, 2013

That’s why I’m here and I think that’s why some of you are here, too: Because you’re lonely for people who can talk to you and who you can talk to, and who will actually understand what you’re saying.

Posted September 27, 2013

Davos Man (it’s almost always man except for a few token women) has gone to a highly prestigious university, is extremely influential, and is extremely powerful. They do not think of themselves as part of the human race; they are above the human race. C.S. Lewis writes about them in The Abolition of Man.

Posted August 30, 2013

We have a culture that is extremely, heavily focused on short-term trading and not focused on long-term valuation.