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  •  Well, "provide for the common defense" is a (1+ / 0-)
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    much more specific charge than "protect national security."
    Not only does "protect" assume a threat, but it proposes to address a problem by "covering" the victim of an attack. Of course, the word "common" has fallen out of fashion. And the nation, an amorphous entity, "covers a lot of territory," so to speak, even as it emphasizes the importance of "security"--i.e. tying things down or locking them up. In other words, the perception of threat serves as an excuse to restrict the population to be served. Behavior that was originally targeted at select categories of people (slaves, servants, wives, children, savages) can now be applied universally under the umbrella of equality and security.

    We organize governments to deliver services and prevent abuse.

    by hannah on Thu Dec 27, 2012 at 04:26:16 PM PST

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