Michael Novak, a philosopher, theologian, and author, is the 1994 recipient of the Templeton Prize for Progress in Religion. He has been an emissary to the United Nations Human Rights Commission and to the Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe. He has written twenty-seven books on the philosophy and theology of culture, especially the essential elements of a free society. His latest book is No One Sees God: The Dark Night of Atheists and Believers(Doubleday, 2008).
Member, National Endowment for Democracy Board, 2002-present
Member, International Broadcasting Board, 1984-94
U.S. Ambassador, Conference on Security and Cooperation in Europe, 1986
Member, Presidential Task Force on Project Economic Justice, 1985
U.S. Ambassador, United Nations Human Rights Commission in Geneva, 1981, 1982
Adviser, Office of Ethnic Affairs, White House, 1974-80
Faculty, Harvard University, Stanford University, State University of New York at Old Westbury, Syracuse University (Ledden-Watson Chair), University of Notre Dame (Welch Chair)
M.A., history and philosophy of religion, Harvard University
In his first two years, President Obama convinced millions of Americans that he wants to make the United States more like European welfare states. The American people hate the very idea, and they simply rebelled.