The court intellectuals vs. the revolutionary intellectuals–Rothbard

“How did this occur? How were the ideas of Liberty versus Power disseminated
to the broad populace? Why, for so long, did the public stand
the depredations of their rulers in the ancien régime? Why did they later
revolt against this dispensation and fight for liberty? And fast forwarding to the Progressive Era, why did the pendulum shift back to statism and
acceptance of increased state rule?
The answers to all of these questions involve the role of ideology and
intellectuals filtering these messages down to the public. Throughout history,
there have been two types of intellectuals. The first are the court intellectuals,
originally the priests and the clergymen. Their job was to convince
the public of the righteousness and legitimacy of the ruler through
religious means (such as “The King is Divine”) and to truckle to his predations.
In return for these necessary public relations, the court intellectuals
were to receive their fair share of the pelf taken from the public. This
relationship was the famous Alliance of Throne and Altar that existed
throughout most of history in various forms. On the other hand, there
are the radical and revolutionary intellectuals who were out to spread the
message of liberty and fight against the coercive order. They were not in it
for power or prestige but instead liberty and justice.”

The Progressive Era, pp. 19-20, Patrick Newman, Editor

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