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Jerry Bowyer

Jerry Bowyer

Jerry Bowyer is a Forbes contributor, contributing editor of, and Senior Fellow in Business Economics at The Center for Cultural Leadership. Jerry has compiled an impressive record as a leading thinker in finance and economics. He worked as an auditor and a tax consultant with Arthur Anderson, as Vice President of the Beechwood Company which is the family office associated with Federated Investors, and has consulted in various privatization efforts for Allegheny County, Pennsylvania. He founded the influential economic think tank, the Allegheny Institute, and has lectured extensively at universities, businesses and civic groups. Jerry has been a member of three investment committees, among which is Benchmark Financial, Pittsburgh’s largest financial services firm. Jerry had been a regular commentator on Fox Business News and Fox News. He was formerly a CNBC Contributor, has guest-hosted “The Kudlow Report”, and has written for, National Review Online, and The Wall Street Journal, as well as many other publications. He is the author of The Bush Boom and more recently The Free Market Capitalist’s Survival Guide, published by HarperCollins. Jerry is the President of Bowyer Research. Jerry consulted extensively with the Bush White House on matters pertaining to the recent economic crisis. He has been quoted in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes Magazine, The International Herald Tribune and various local newspapers. He has been a contributing editor of National Review Online, The New York Sun and Townhall Magazine. Jerry has hosted daily radio and TV programs and was one of the founding members of WQED’s On-Q Friday Roundtable. He has guest-hosted the Bill Bennett radio program as well as radio programs in Chicago, Dallas and Los Angeles. Jerry is the former host of WorldView, a nationally syndicated Sunday-morning political talk show created on the model of Meet The Press. On WorldView, Jerry interviewed distinguished guests including the Vice President, Treasury Secretary, HUD Secretary, former Secretary of Sate Condoleezza Rice, former Presidential Advisor Carl Rove, former Attorney General Edwin Meese and publisher Steve Forbes. Jerry has taught social ethics at Ottawa Theological Hall, public policy at Saint Vincent’s College, and guest lectured at Carnegie Mellon’s graduate Heinz School of Public Policy. In 1997 Jerry gave the commencement address at his alma mater, Robert Morris University. He was the youngest speaker in the history of the school, and the school received more requests for transcripts of Jerry’s speech than at any other time in its 120-year history. Jerry lives in Pennsylvania with his wife, Susan, and the youngest five of their seven children.

Posts By Jerry Bowyer

January 4, 2016 |

What America Needs Is An Addiction To Heroines

The unjustly obscure Harvard sociologist Pitirim Sorokin wrote a vastly detailed history of world civilization at the end of which he concluded that when societies are ascending, their art and other cultural artifacts consist of ideal types: heroic, beautiful, harmonious, inspiring … Read More

January 1, 2016 |

AD vs. ADD: 2016 Years From What?

2016 years from what? Most people still know (I hope) what event initiates our calendar. Few people know why. That’s because we have, long ago, stopped paying attention to history.

One of the reasons that it’s so hard to … Read More

December 31, 2015 |

Gold Is The Money Of The Future: Gilder’s 21st Century Case For Gold

In his fascinating recent book, The 21st Century Case For Gold, George Gilder flips the debate back against those who would denigrate the gold standard as a ‘barbarous relic’. For Gilder, fluctuating currency values are the relic, totally unfit for … Read More

December 28, 2015 |

Dickens and Demographics: Scrooge-ism Leads to Planned Parenthood, Population Hysteria, and Grinchy Global Warmists

“Since you ask me what I wish, gentlemen, that is my answer. I don’t make merry myself at Christmas and I can’t afford to make idle people merry. I help to support the establishments I have mentioned: they cost enough: … Read More

December 10, 2015 |

Mother Teresa Vs. Terrorism: The Letters Reveals The Opposite of ISIS

The new Mother Teresa biopic, The Letters, was conceived on 9/11/2001. The writer, director and producer of the film, William Riead, says that it was in the contemplation of complete evil that he began to search for the opposite, complete good. … Read More

November 26, 2015 |

How A Failed Commune Gave Us What Is Now Thanksgiving

It’s wrong to say that American was founded by capitalists. In fact, America was founded by socialists who had the humility to learn from their initial mistakes and embrace freedom. One of the earliest and arguably most historically significant North … Read More

October 2, 2015 |

Pope Francis, Socialism is the Golden Calf, Not Capitalism

I wrote this article a couple of years ago in response to the new Pope’s pronouncements about how the free market system is like the golden calf in the story of the Exodus, an idol of money. But a careful … Read More

September 29, 2015 |

What I Wrote About Pope Francis When He Was Elected

When Pope Francis was first elected, there was a lot of initial speculation about what his political/economic/cultural views would be. I wrote the following article at the time and I think it has held up fairly well, except the Pope … Read More

September 11, 2015 |

Flight 93, the Crater and the Open Book

People rhetorically ask where God was on 9/11 as though He wasn’t anywhere. Or they ask it accusingly, the way a detective asks a suspect if he has an alibi. “Where were you on the morning of September the 11th?” … Read More

August 20, 2015 |

Like Turning On A Switch: The Gold Standard And Japan’s Economic Miracle

Dr. Simon Bytheway has made two major career mistakes in life: First, he teaches Japanese finance students an uncomfortable truth — that their country’s economic preeminence derives in large part from the influence of western culture. His second career mistake … Read More

May 12, 2015 |

Radio Interviews About My Speech in Baltimore

I was invited several months ago to speak in Baltimore, MD; as things turned out, the week I was scheduled to speak was the week of the riots. The events were recorded but not yet released to the public, however I … Read More

May 6, 2015 |

Blood Moon Market Meltdown?

One of the interesting things about being a Christian economist is that you hear so many strange new theories. People read something on the internet or hear about it in small group, and because it comes from within the Christian … Read More

April 3, 2015 |

Jesus Of Nazareth, Enemy Of The State, Executed For Treason

Jesus of Nazareth was executed today on the orders of the Roman State. Method of execution: Crucifixion. The charge under Roman law was treason, and under Herodian law blasphemy against the Temple. The evidence against this anarchist was so … Read More

January 6, 2015 |

Interview with Peter Thiel, the Popular Contrarian

This summer Blake Masters sent me a pre-publication copy of the book he had written with Peter Thiel, entitled Zero to One. Peter Thiel, as you probably know, is the founder of PayPal and Palantir and one of the earliest … Read More

December 31, 2014 |

2015 Years From What?

Most people still know (I hope) what event initiates our calendar. Few people know why. That’s because we have, long ago, stopped paying attention to history.

One of the reasons that it’s so hard to read and understand ancient … Read More

December 31, 2014 |

Why Emerging Markets Are the Best Place For Protecting Your Retirement Funds

There’s no doubt what the received wisdom is these days. All year the financial press has been echoing the theme that emerging markets are toast. The Fed, we’re told, will shortly be initiating a period of monetary tightening and … Read More

December 24, 2014 |

What Was Charles Dickens Really Doing When He Wrote ‘A Christmas Carol’?

“Since you ask me what I wish, gentlemen, that is my answer. I don’t make merry myself at Christmas and I can’t afford to make idle people merry. I help to support the establishments I have mentioned: they cost … Read More

November 27, 2014 |

Appreciation: How Gratitude Leads to Growth

I have a friend who was always trying to talk me into being part of his next business idea. Media, finance, health care—it didn’t matter which sector, he’d always say the same thing, “Jerry, it’s gonna be bigger than … Read More

October 27, 2014 |

Steve Forbes: ‘Great Countries Don’t Have Weak Currencies’

Steve Forbes’ new book Money: How the Destruction of the Dollar Threatens the Global Economy and What We Can Do About It recapitulates the old and true ideas at precisely the right moment, just as we’ve seen America’s easiest Fed policy correspond … Read More

August 25, 2014 |

The End of Medieval Economics: How American Theologians and Merchants Abandoned Aristotle and Invented Capitalism

Why were the Middle Ages so poor? There are many reasons: a mini ice age suppressing crop yields, the rise of the Islamic empire cutting trade and shipping ties in half, ideologies which degraded commerce … Read More

August 6, 2014 |

How Early American Pastors Learned To Embrace Capitalism By (Eventually) Listening To Their Members

Anybody who has spent much time in Church or Synagogue knows that the default approach is that clergy teach laity, not just in faith and morals, but quite often in matters pertaining to business and … Read More

July 30, 2014 |

Puritans vs. Capitalism: How A Theological Error Led To Financial Stagnation

The standard academic story is that capitalism came roaring out of the Protestant Reformation and was carried to America on something called ‘the Puritan work ethic’. But that story is wrong and if you don’t … Read More

July 28, 2014 |

Are Churches Economically Consequential?

The big question I’ve been mulling around recently is this: Are churches economically consequential? Should they be? Look at the typical American church and ask, if that church disappeared from the community it’s in, how affected would that community be? … Read More

July 25, 2014 |

Lean In, or Butt Out

One of the promising things I saw about women getting more involved in the top leadership echelons of business is that they would bring something new and better: greater caution about risky behavior, more relational sensitivity — that they would … Read More

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