Robert Howse, Prawfsblog, January 11, 2015.
Walter Berns, with whom I studied American constitutional law as undergraduate, passed away Saturday. He was a student of Leo Strauss, and a conservative, who supported capital punishment and opposed transnational governance. Even if, as I argue in my recent book, Strauss himself was not a real conservative, there could be no doubt of Berns’ credentials in that regard. His views may have tested more than once my openness to learning from those with whom I disagreed, but he was–quite simply–a great teacher.