Chan Davis, who died last month at the age of 96, faced down McCarthyite blacklists and imprisonment to pursue a brilliant academic career. Davis knew how to change and learn from political experience, but he always remained loyal to his socialist principles.
Alan Wald is a member of the editorial boards of Against the Current and Science & Society and was appointed the H. Chandler Davis Collegiate Professor at the University of Michigan in 2007.
For the young Max Eastman, socialism meant open inquiry, cultural experimentation — and above all, freedom.
James Burnham mutated from firebrand revolutionary to National Review co-editor, and today he is getting a second life all over the conservative press.