Jeremy Rozansky

The Right Honourable Moynihan

Review: Greg Weiner’s ‘American Burke: The Uncommon Liberalism of Daniel Patrick Moynihan’

Intellectuals in public life stand on unsteady footing. Their employers—all of us—are suspicious, and often rightly so. Knowledge can breed overconfidence, imprudence, aloofness, and moral myopia. Yet there are examples of those who possess wisdom that is both contemplative and practical, who can win political success while being a boon to their country. Daniel Patrick Moynihan was one. Edmund Burke was another.