Thomas Ferguson

The intellectual quality and wonderfully lucid style of Daniel Singer's work are obvious to everyone. Almost alone among modern analysts of mass politics, he had a solid grasp of economics, both in theory and in institutional terms, as well as the more familiar interest in the interplay of personalities and history. But I confess that what most attracted me to him personally, as well as to his work, was that, for once, here was a contemporary intellectual whose real interest was not himself, or, a fortiori, language. Daniel's extraordinary ability to analyze and depict real social situations surely sprang at least in part from his sympathetic understanding of other humans and his absolute horror of pretense. I remember especially how well he got along with children and how he could hold their interest and affection amidst a long, glowing disquisition on politics and the world. His passing leaves a great void, though the memory of the man and his work remains and provides us all with an almost unique example of the greatness human beings can achieve.

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