Supersized Headgear Undersized Progress

Supersized Headgear Undersized Progress, that is the caption of a photograph in the August 18th issue of the Economist.

The photograph shows an assembly of elders, tribal heads attending the jirga, the tribal court of Afghanistan, each with outsized headgear.

That is a powerful caption. It applies not only to afghanistan, but to all cocky leaders, emperors, religionists, holy men, where forms are being used to hide substance.

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