They have the ability to take a person's freedom from them. On certain situations, they have the ability to take a person's reputation. And under certain circumstances, they have the authority to take a person's life.
They, who would combat general authority with particular opinion, must first establish themselves a reputation of understanding better than other men.
It is not wisdom but Authority that makes a law
Reputation is an idle and most false imposition; oft got without merit, and lost without deserving.