Robert Bork, the great and controversial conservative scholar, has died at the age of 85. Most students are too young to remember his failed nomination to the Supreme Court, a nomination that has echoed through every SCOTUS confirmation hearing since. He remains a divisive figure, though was a far more serious thinker and scholar than those on the left have made him out to be (predictably, they caricatured him as a small minded bigot).
Bork converted to Catholicism later in his life, and wrote well on the cultural decline of the West and problem of liberalism. His book Slouching Towards Gomorrah was an assault on the two foundational principles of modern America – egalitarianism and individualism. He also wrote an excellent short essay on St Thomas More. It is timely, as More was facing a “culture war” just as we are. Read the essay on More here.