Time Essay: On Being Citizens and Soldiers

Everyone will now be mobilized, and all boys old enough to carry a spear will be sent to Addis Ababa. Married men will take their wives to carry food and cook. Those without wives will take any woman without a husband. Anyone found at home after the receipt of this order will be hanged.

—Emperor Haile Selassie, as Italians invaded Ethiopia, 1935

Life was simpler for the Lion of Judah. He did not have to sit in a little storefront near the Greyhound station and tempt young men and women into the military with...

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