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The politics of betrayalRenegades and ex-radicals from Mussolini to Christopher Hitchens$
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Ashley Lavelle

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780719088162

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719088162.001.0001

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For Thirty Pieces of Silver?

For Thirty Pieces of Silver?

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The politics of betrayal

Ashley Lavelle

Manchester University Press

Perhaps one explanation for evidence – cited in earlier chapters – of radicals with similar politics setting off in completely different directions is corruption: that radicals are seduced by the temptations of money and power, which tend to grow during ebbs in movements and when pressures to conform increase. The most notorious of political apostates are those who deliberately attempt to fashion a career from their conversions. It may be that the apostate is simply a venal character more opportunistic than most. This chapter discusses the relationship between political betrayal and selling out for financial-power rewards.

Keywords:   Selling Out, Sixties, Podhoretz, Rubin, New York Intellectuals, Yuppies, Hitchens

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