Tony Judt (1948–2010) was University Professor at New York University and Erich Maria Remarque Professor in European Studies, professor of history, and director of the Remarque Institute. He authored or edited thirteen books and was a frequent contributor to the New York Review of Books.
SSRC President Craig Calhoun marked Judt’s recent passing by writing that he “was always remarkable and never more so than during the last two years. He was an impressive—and impressively honest—intellectual.” Judt had been in declining health but continued his writing, via dictation, until the end.
Read Judt’s contribution to the SSRC’s online forum on Public Institutions and the Public Good, “The Disintegration of the Public Sector: Recasting Public Conversation.” The essay is drawn from Judt’s recent book Ill Fares the Land (Penguin Press, 2010).