A Casualty of Conservative Frivolity

In hindsight, there was more than a little wishful thinking in the notion that a paradigm-shaping event like the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia would impose sobriety on an otherwise unserious Republican primary electorate. Then as now, GOP voters seemed intent on jeopardizing not merely control over the White House but state and federal-level Republican majorities in order to send a vague message to the “establishment” generally confirming that they were perfectly capable of self-destruction. Message received.

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A Casualty of Conservative Frivolity

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In Memoriam: Michael Novak, 1933-2017

Celebrating the memory and work of an intellectual giant.

On Friday, the scholar and author Michael Novak passed away at the age of 83. COMMENTARY had the privilege of publishing his work on a number of occasions. His insights over the decades represent a vital contribution to America’s intellectual heritage. Novak’s 1989 essay on the competing ideologies of the 20th Century represents a work of considered thought that spans the generations. We commend it to your attention:

Related to enterprise is the more general virtue of creativity. For personal economic enterprise is not socially sustainable unless would-be entrepreneurs are supported by a social intelligence covering many areas—law, banking and finance, governmental administration, the arts, journalism, education, scientific and industrial research, and even religion and philosophy.

Novak, an American Enterprise Institute scholar, is remembered by AEI President Arthur Brooks. We extend our condolences to the Novak family and mourn their, and our, great loss.

The American Enterprise Institute mourns the loss of our colleague, Michael Novak, who passed away this morning at the age of 83. Michael was an AEI scholar for three decades until his retirement in 2010, and remained a close friend of the Institute.