From the Editor – Best Year Ever to Help People Fall Out of Love With the State
It is not my political mission to elect Republicans. Nor is it to defeat Democrats. My political mission is to help people fall out of love with the State. My political mission comes from David, “Put no confidence in princes.” So given that mission, I am extremely optimistic about this year’s election. As a Christian, I see strong confirmation of what the Bible says about what the accumulation of political power does to people. As an avid Hayekian, I see the same thing — that “the worst get on top.”
This is the best year in my lifetime to convince people that “the worst get on top” and that people should “put no confidence in princes.” If that’s the harvest you are looking for too, this year is going to be a bumper crop. No matter what happens in the Fall half the country will hate the state and the other half will exist in a state of shameful compromise with power. No one will love and respect the next administration. Some will loathe it, others will see it as a great opportunity to pour glue all over themselves and step into the see-through booth of swirling dollars. But both sides will know, deep down, that our ruling class is a sham. The two halves of America’s ruling class will be fighting an epic battle over whose sham will rule us. Even the winners will feel an overpowering need to immerse themselves in hot, soapy water.
My business as a Christian Classical Liberal (a political philosophy which calls for maximum virtue with minimal coercion) is to teach people that the inherent arc of centralized power is towards an ever more corrupt and entrenched ruling class. You can call it an establishment, a nomenklatura, or simple cronies… it doesn’t matter. Same function; different names. My business is to expose all that and, this year, business is very good.
Jerry Bowyer is a Forbes contributor, contributing editor of AffluentInvestor.com, 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 CNBC.com, 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 three of their seven children.