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Is there any way to manage such a radical shift in paradigm without attacking the old one by limitless provocation?

Recently, the French minister of culture nominated Bob Dylan for the Légion d'Honneur. The committee of superannuated dignitaries who vet candidates apparently objected to him, allegedly because of his former drug use and, incredibly, his opposition to the Vietnam war.

They were overruled.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Tue Jun 11th, 2013 at 05:01:36 AM EST
his opposition to the Vietnam war...
...was seen as vicarious trechery, as the USA was (unwisely) only picking up the Frenchman's burden in Vietnam.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Jun 11th, 2013 at 11:12:42 AM EST
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Yes, but this objection (from an elderly general, apparently) was the subject of widespread ridicule. Having been opposed to France's colonial adventures hasn't been an obstacle to receiving the Légion d'Honneur, at least not since De Gaulle died.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II
by eurogreen on Tue Jun 11th, 2013 at 11:43:04 AM EST
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Perhaps one who had seen action at Diem Bien Phu - usual suspects.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Jun 11th, 2013 at 12:59:51 PM EST
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