EWTN Weekly Series

A Force for Good: Michael Novak, an American Catholic Philosopher

In a two-part series, Jay Richards delves into the life and ideas of the late Michael Novak, an American Catholic philosopher, journalist, novelist, and former seminarian who distinguished himself as one of Catholicism's brightest lights in the 1960s. 

This episode of “A Force for Good” highlights Michael‘s accomplishments and influence, and stars colleagues/friends (Robert Sirico, Andreas Widmer, Alejandro Antonio Chafuen, Samuel Gregg, Liz Shaw, and more) and family (Jana Novak, Rich Novak, Mary Ann Novak, Ben Novak). 

“A Force for Good” is an EWTN series that approaches business as a God-given vocation rather than a career. Every episode provides a model on how to look at economics and business in a way that’s morally responsible, applying Catholic teaching to every business decision. It is co-produced with The Tim and Steph Busch School of Business and Economics of The Catholic University of America. 

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Jay Richards continues his look into the life and ideas of the late Michael Novak, exploring some of his best-known publications and listening as family, friends, and colleagues share their memories of the influential Catholic philosopher.


Governor Kasich speaking about Michael Novak

During the fourth Republican Presidential debate of the 2016 election, Governor John Kasich of Ohio highlighted Michael’s most important thesis regarding the morality behind democratic capitalism. 

This video is a clip from that debate, which was held on November 10, 2015, at the Milwaukee Theatre in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, and aired on the Fox Business Network, sponsored by The Wall Street Journal. This debate focused on jobs, taxes, and the general health of the U.S. economy, as well as on domestic and international policy issues. The moderators were Neil Cavuto, Maria Bartiromo and Gerard Baker.


Kasich: Secondly, I'll tell you about Wall Street: There's too much greed. And the fact is, a free enterprise system is a system that's produced the greatest wealth for the world. But you know Michael Novak, the great Catholic theologian, says that a free enterprise system that is not underlaid with values — and we should all think about the way we conduct our lives — yes, free enterprise is great, profits are great, but there have to be some values that underlay it, and they need a good ethics lesson on Wall Street on a regular basis to keep them in check so we, the people, do not lose.



Throughout his career, Michael often appeared on C-Span, as the nonpartisan television channel regularly filmed his lectures or panel discussions. 

His talks covered a broad range of issues of importance, and often were focused on one of the nearly 50 books he wrote. Topics varied from capitalism to politics, from social justice to theology, from philosophy to sports, and from the American Founding to current events, among many other issues. 

You can view a variety of these speaking engagements on C-Span by clicking the button below. 

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Michael gave many speeches and lectures during his career, as well as participated in numerous panel discussions on his areas of expertise.

These talks covered issues from capitalism, economics, politics, theology, history, sports, the American Founding, and more. 

Many of Michael's talks, speeches, discussions, etc, have been posted to YouTube, and you can view these speaking engagements by clicking the button below. 

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