World: Theirs to Reason Why

"Wretched human beings, whether you wear green robes, turbans, black robes or surplices, cloaks and clerical bands, never seek to use authority where it is only a question of reason."

Doubtless, Voltaire would have included the khakis and braided caps worn by French Army officers. If he'd had his way, the army would be a loose assemblage of carping individualists, all obeying' only their own inner dictates. One would not expect such reasoning from Charles de Gaulle, supreme authority figure of modern French history. Yet the Old Soldier has now issued an edict that requires every soldier to reason why before he...

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