Author, journalist, and one of the founders of modern conservatism M. Stanton Evans died Tuesday at the age of 80.
Evans established the National Journalism Center for the purpose of developing young conservative journalists, reporters, and writers. Conservative commentators Ann Coulter and John Fund were both students at the NJC.
In 1960, Evans wrote the Sharon Statement, which is considered by many one of the best articulations of conservatism and one of the founding documents of the modern conservative movement, written when the conservative Young Americans for Freedom group was established.
Evans co-authored "Stalin's Secret Agents: The Subversion of Roosevelt's Government,"
which James Simpson, of the DC Independent Examiner,
said should be required reading for history students across the country. The book details the role that the Soviets played in the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor and how Stalin used the United States to cover for the Soviets in World War II.
Other books authored by Evans include "Revolt on the Campus," "The Theme Is Freedom,"
and "Blacklisted by History: The Untold Story of Senator Joe McCarthy and His Fight Against America's Enemies."
Steven Hayward of the PowerLine Blog
described Evans as a "mentor," whom he met when he became an intern/fellow at the National Journalism Center.
"The National Journalism Center should be regarded as more than just a training ground for conservative journalists," Hayward said.
"It represents an apostolic succession of sorts, and is the kind of legacy that lasts longer and goes deeper than the printed word, whose ink will fade, whose pixels will disappear when the hard drive crashes," he added.
Lee Edwards, historian, author and fellow at The Heritage Foundation, wrote that Evans
"had only to stand before a microphone to bring smiles to the faces of an expectant conservative audience.
"Would he report the latest grab for power from the Land of Leviathan — Washington, D.C.? Would it be an ironic remark about the current liberal hero — Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, Clinton, Obama? Or would it be a Wildian reflection on the dependability of conservatives when they come to power?" he asked.
"The trouble with conservatives," Evans once observed, according to Edwards, "is that too many of them come to Washington thinking they are going to drain the swamp, only to discover that Washington is a hot tub."
Evans had what Edwards described as "that unique conservative voice."
Evans also worked as contributing editor to Human Events, an associate editor for the National Review, a nationally syndicated columnist, and editor for Indianapolis News, an appointment he received at the age of 26, which made him the youngest editor of a newspaper in its class.
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