Trahison des Clercs

Discipline: Political Science

Term originally used by the French philosopher and novelist JULIEN BENDA (1867-1956) to describe the betrayal of intellectual values by the right wing.

More generally, intellectuals by allying themselves too closely with government, states, or political parties betray the independence which is essential if they are to contribute to public discussion.

Source:
Roger Scruton, A Dictionary of Political Thought (London, 1982)

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