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.

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Biden’s Laptop Problem

Oh, those pesky laptop computers, and the problems they create for corrupt politicians in election years! Just two or three weeks prior to the Presidential election in 2016, it was files on the Anthony Weiner laptop that became public as the subject of an FBI investigation of Hillary Clinton, which helped seal defeat in her 2016 Presidential bid.  This year, less than two weeks before the 2020 Presidential election, information retrieved from the hard drive of Hunter Biden’s abandoned laptop revealing international money laundering and politically corrupt deals struck with the Chinese using the Biden name — with new details breaking every day — could and should doom the Presidential candidacy of Joe Biden.  Additionally, within the last week, two of Hunter Biden’s Read More ›

Why Independents will Decide the November 3rd Election

Leadership always starts with vision. Whether or not a debate format and schedule gets back on track, President Trump needs to focus effective communication to independent voters on key domestic policy issues in the home stretch of the campaign.

Cultural Marxism and Universal Misery

Scott Powell at the 2020 Gilder Fellows Virtual Seminar
Dr. Scott Powell, Senior Fellow of Discovery Institute’s Center on Wealth & Poverty, recaps traditional Marxism, describes how cultural Marxism developed, and explores where we stand today in terms of the theory’s being applied to modern social issues.

The 2020 Election Asks: Do You Want the People Who Believe America is Racist in Charge?

With critical race theory seeping its way into government agencies and all levels of society, the state of the nation could turn dire if it isn't stopped.
Surveying the urban war zones, property destruction, and the shuttered businesses across so many American cities, many wonder, “Just how did we get here, and will we ever regain normalcy?” Those two questions loom over the November election, but what’s really at stake is a choice between civilization and chaos.

Crushing the Barbarians Inside the Gates

More and more Americans in denial are being forced to face the reality that their country is on verge of being lost, with the barbarians not only inside the gates, but driving policy for the rest of us.

Washington’s Prophetic Warning

President Trump paid tribute to George Washington when he recently delivered the 2020 convocation speech at West Point. He missed an opportunity to mention that Washington’s “Farewell Address” was a warning to the nation that America’s greatest threat would be internal, rather than external military incursions.

Memorial Day: Connecting the Past with the Present

The Civil War was America’s most costly war with some 360,222 Union and 258,000 Confederate lives lost. Many historians put the death toll higher, but regardless, the number of Civil War casualties exceeds the nation’s loss in all its other wars combined -- the two World Wars, the Korean and Vietnamese Wars and subsequent wars right up through conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq.

America Needs a New Declaration of Equal Justice Under the Law

In prior times of war, crisis, suffering, and loss of life from causes outside the U.S., Americans of both parties would pull together and focus on what can be done to quickly help, alleviate, and solve the problem. No longer. The COVID-19 crisis provides us a window into our national social and spiritual health, and what we see from much of America’s Left as expressed in the media and Democrat Party reveals a degree and strain of moral impoverishment we haven’t seen before. The COVID-19 crisis in America will pass as all such virus epidemics do, but an overriding issue and question that will remain for the American future is: Do we have sufficient courage and determination to successfully deal with the internal threats and contradictions that jeopardize the future viability of the United States and its Constitution?