Daniel Bell, the original co-editor of The Public Interest with Irving Kristol, died yesterday at his home in Cambridge.

A polymath and autodidact, Bell was famous for his description of "the cultural contradictions of capitalism." While associated with Kristol, Nathan Glazer, and the other anti-Stalinist Trotskyites of City College's famous Alcove One, Bell denied being a "neoconservative" and remained a democratic socialist (and aesthetic/cultural conservative) throughout his life.

You can read Bell's essays for the Public Interest at the archive maintained by National Affairs.

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