Scott S. Powell

Senior Fellow, Center on Wealth, Poverty, and Morality

Scott Powell has enjoyed a career split between theory and practice with over 25 years of experience as a founder, entrepreneur and leader in several industries. He joins the Discovery Institute after having been a fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution for six years and serving as a managing partner at a consulting firm, RemingtonRand. His research and writing has resulted in over 250 published articles on economics, business and regulation in the Wall Street Journal, Investor’s Business Daily, USA Today, Barron’s Financial, New York Post, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, San Jose Mercury News, Philadelphia Inquirer, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, San Diego Union, Houston Post and some two dozen other newspapers and journals in the U.S., Japan and Europe.

He authored the Hoover monograph, The Entrepreneur as the Mainspring of Economic Growth, which explains why the state cannot perform the entrepreneurial function, and he produced an in-depth critique of Sarbanes-Oxley regulations, published in Barron’s Financial and the Hoover Digest.

Scott’s book, Covert Cadre, largely written while being associated with the Heritage Foundation in Washington, DC, documented the activities of key figures and institutions of the American left, and was hailed by National Review as one of the most important books of the 1988 election year. The chapter entitled "Blinding America" explains in detail the political and media active measures campaigns that the left pursued in the 1970s to "reform" and undermine the U.S. intelligence agencies. Years later these structural reforms contributed to the systemic failures that led to the 9/11 tragedy. Powell has been called on to provide expert witness analysis and testimony for the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and the US Senate Select Committee on Intelligence. His public speaking has brought him in contact with radio and TV audiences throughout the U.S.

Scott Powell graduated from the University of Chicago with honors (B.A. and M.A.) and received his Ph.D. in political and economic theory from Boston University in 1987, writing his dissertation on the determinants of entrepreneurial activity and economic growth.  He currently teaches international economics in graduate school program in Global Development at Palm Beach Atlantic University.


Faith, Gratitude, And Perseverance: Americans Have Much To Learn From The Pilgrim Story

The Pilgrims’ story reveals remarkable insight into who we are and the qualities of character we need to overcome our present challenges.
With our country passing through troubled times, it is worth revisiting the Pilgrims’ five significant achievements, which created the seminal story of America, and reveal remarkable insight into who we are and the qualities of character we need to overcome our present challenges.

China, Elite Capture, and America’s Future

When people wonder why America is in such rapid decline with the woke normalization of censorship, cancel culture, division, unequal justice, and depravity, they need to understand the theory of “elite capture,” and how it has played such a large role.

China’s Attempt to Warp the 2022 Midterm Election

The recent arrest of Eugene Yu, the founder and CEO of election software company, Konnech, Inc. for betraying Los Angeles, the largest metropolitan area in America, charged with transferring election poll worker information to China is just the tip of the iceberg of CCP subversion efforts to destroy the United States.

Why the Woke Perspective on Columbus Day Is Wrong

Seen from the big picture, Columbus Day is worth keeping and honoring because it opened the possibility of founding a new nation unencumbered by past corruption and for the simple reason that it celebrates beliefs and qualities of character that would be foundational to America.

To See How Marxists Plan To Destroy America, Look At Their War On Virginia’s History

America-haters know that if the history and culture of Virginia can be rewritten, the rest of the country will be easier to take down.
The United States is under a cultural and ideological attack that threatens its continuity and survival more than at any previous time in the 239-year history of the nation. And since the leaders of this attack think strategically, it should come as no surprise that Virginia would be in the crosshairs of a new kind of battle to transform America.

Why This Midterm is Critical to Saving America

America’s democratic form of constitutional republic is on the verge of breaking down because of political corruption at the highest levels and the concurrent decline in civility and growing mob behavior.

Constitution Day: Liberty Once Lost May be Lost Forever

Constitution Day, which falls on September 17, is the national observance holiday that most Americans have never heard of. Yet this year, 2022, it may well be our most important holiday to understand, for almost all our most pressing national problems today are a result of corruption and departure from governance and law enforcement consistent with the Constitution.

Scott Powell on Securing America with Frank Gaffney

Discovery Institute Senior Fellow Scott Powell joined Frank Gaffney’s TV program Securing America with Frank Gaffney to go over a wide array of topics. The two of them discussed some of the inflammatory rhetoric from President Biden’s “Soul of the Nation” speech, the limits of globalism, whether the United States is really a “Democracy,” and much more. Watch Part 1 Read More ›

Scott Powell: Labor Day Is A Celebration Of American Exceptionalism

Discovery Institute Senior Fellow Scott Powell joined Tipping Point with Kara McKinney to discuss the history and meaning behind Labor Day. Powell reminds us that Labor Day should be recognized as the holiday that celebrates not only labor, but also the ideas, job creators, and institutions central to the flourishing of the United States and its people.