Walter Berns, a Catalyst of the Neoconservative Movement, Dies at 95

Sam Robert, New York Times, January 14, 2015.


It was not for nothing that Cornell was widely known as the Big Red during the 1960s, when passions over civil rights and the war in Vietnam provoked convulsive student radicalism. But the backlash to those campus revolutionaries also sparked the ascension of neoconservative intellectuals whose ideology has shaped the nation’s political agenda for decades.

Professor Berns would have insisted that there was nothing “neo” about his own conservatism; as a doctoral student at the University of Chicago, he had been steeped in the classic conservative political philosophy of Leo Strauss, who taught there.

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