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Numbers Rule by George Szpiro

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CHAPTER FIVE

THE OFFICER

The eighteenth century was a period of enlightenment throughout the Old and New World. France, the United States, and Poland granted themselves constitutions. Nations were in upheaval as their citizens started demanding equal justice for all, showing concern for human rights, and calling for a regulation of the social order. At the same time, demands for quality government arose and the question of how officials were to be elected to high positions became important again. In this atmosphere two eminent French thinkers appeared on the scene. One was a military officer with numerous distinctions in land and sea battles. His name was Chevalier Jean-Charles de Borda. The other was the nobleman Marquis de Condorcet. The two ...

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