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[–]wendolynne 3 insightful - 2 fun3 insightful - 1 fun4 insightful - 2 fun -  (1 child)

If I'm using google translate correctly, "Autoritätsdusel " is a compound word made of two words:

Autoritäts = of authority, and

dusel = fluke, luck, happenstance

The rest of the phrase translates directly. Maybe it should be: Accidental authority is the greatest enemy of truth.

The sense being, just because someone has credentials doesn't necessarily mean they know everything, but it is hard to convince people that you are right when you contradict authority.

[–]JasonCarswell[S] 1 insightful - 1 fun1 insightful - 0 fun2 insightful - 1 fun -  (0 children)

That's funny. Or the fluke of birth or class might imply aristocrats or royalty.