Saturday, July 05, 2014


Prof. Robert George of Princeton is a glaring exception to the conservative whine that the Academy is biased against conservatives.   He is also a good friend of Bill "Slots" Bennett who calls him "Robbie" on his radio show.  I've posted my opinion of George before but I didn't know how influential he was.  From Sam Tanenhaus' article on the new conservative intelligentsia:
But it is also true that [Yuval] Levin and other reformers share the social conservatism that animates many Tea Party members. He is a protégé of the University of Chicago bioethicist Leon Kass, who led Bush’s Council on Bioethics (which advised him on his policy on stem-cell research) and installed Levin, then in his mid-20s, as the council’s executive director. He worked closely at the council with Robert P. George, the Princeton professor known for his uncompromising social conservatism. “Yuval is one of the pro-life movement’s leading intellectuals,” George told me, pointing out that Levin serves on the board of Americans United for Life, an organization whose “legal team has been involved in every abortion-related case before the U.S. Supreme Court since Roe v. Wade,” according to its website. Today Levin doesn’t bring up this aspect of his conservatism. Neither does Ramesh Ponnuru, who studied with George at Princeton and drew on his teaching in his Bush-era manifesto, “Party of Death,” about the Democrats’ “extremism in defense of abortion.”

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