I was just brought to my attention that conservative journalist M. Stanton Evans has passed away. He was 80.
I wish more members of my generation were familiar with Stan’s accomplishments and impressive contributions to the conservative movement like I was. He was a key signer of the Sharon Statement, which is one of the founding documents of modern conservatism. Stan was also a stalwart activist in our movement.
Lee Edwards writes more about M. Stanton Evans’s legacy in Daily Signal:
“The trouble with conservatives,” he once observed, “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.”
That unique conservative voice is now stilled. M. Stanton Evans, journalist, author, teacher, commentator and raconteur, has died. Throughout his distinguished career, Stan Evans confronted the liberal orthodoxies of the day and readily dispatched them with scrupulous research, an elevated Augustan style and a wicked wit.
In my brief acquaintanceship with him, which started in June 2013 at a book signing for his last book Stalin’s Secret Agents, I got to meet Mr. Evans. My former LI coworker Heather Sherlock facilitated our meeting.
At one time, Heather told me Stan loved one of my Townhall articles slamming the resurgence of Neo-Soviet attitudes in modern-day Russia. It was a tremendous honor to have Mr. Evans praise my article.
I loved reading Stan’s articles and have copies of his two most recent books, both which center around Soviet communism. He had a great understanding of Soviet crimes and atrocities as a casual observer even though he never lived behind the Iron Curtain. It amazed me how knowledgeable he was on the subject.
Stan epitomized class, wit, and sheer genius–a classical figure, if you will. He didn’t have an online social media presence, preferred to keep a low profile, and didn’t send texts. He was a traditionalist in his conduct and in his writing. Though I only met him twice, Stan imparted great advice to me about writing and conveying the truth, especially with respect to exposing the ills of communism.
I, like so many out there, will miss him dearly. The conservative movement truly lost an intellectual giant today.
Now that he has passed, it’s imperative for us to keep Mr. Evan’s spirit alive and make him proud.
RIP, M. Stanton Evans.