The historian of Stalin’s Great Terror and poet, friend of Kingsley Amis and Philip Larkin, was 98.
Isegoria lists these as Conquest’s three laws of politics:
- Everyone is conservative about what he knows best.
- Any organization not explicitly right-wing sooner or later becomes left-wing.
- The simplest way to explain the behavior of any bureaucratic organization is to assume that it is controlled by a cabal of its enemies.
The first one is best known to me. I associate the second with John O’Sullivan.