Petty, Reliable Petty Officials

Otto Hinze drops a Wilhelmine truth bomb:

"The discipline of the military, with its habituation to order and punctuality, in promptness in obeying orders and precision in appearance, is an outstanding school for the lower grades of officialdom, among whom reliability is more important than intelligence."

Otto Hinze (historian), 1911, as quoted in Reihnhard Kühnl, Die Weimarer Republik (2d. ed. 1993).

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