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Daniel Bell and the Public Interest

Daniel Bell—the great sociologist and essayist, and (together with Irving Kristol) a founding editor of The Public Interest—passed away yesterday at the age of 91. His writings on our culture, on capitalism, on education, on poverty, and on an extraordinary array of other subjects made him one of the most important social thinkers of 20th-century America.


To help commemorate Bell’s work, National Affairs, which hosts the complete archives of The Public Interest, has gathered together Bell’s many contributions to the journal he co-founded, and you can read them all here. From the first to the last they brim with insight and good sense.


A brilliant scholar, and a kind and generous man. RIP.

Yuval Levin — Yuval Levin is the editor of National Affairs and a fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center.

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