Chuck Spinney: Why the Toleration of Brilliant Eccentricity Should Be a Metric for Military Vitality

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Chuck Spinney
Chuck Spinney

Why the Toleration of Brilliant Eccentricity Should Be a Metric for Military Vitality

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Of course, those prone to doctrinaire thinking always make up the majority, and the careerists at the top of the greasy pole of blind ambition view these few eccentrics as crazy lunatics, as royal pains in the ass, and most importantly, as threats who should be purged from the bureaucratic system, lest they poison the impressionable minds of younger officers and enlisted men.  But to my thinking, these eccentrics are the creative jewels in the military’s crown, as well as being a joy to be around, and I think the degree of begrudging tolerance for the small number of eccentric geniuses is a little-examined indicator of the vitality of any military institution.