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At the risk of sounding snarky, I would say that a successful "nation" is defined by its members' ability (and willingness) to kill outsiders to protect each other and to kill each other to protect the Nation.

A society committed to the notion that government is always bad will have bad government. And it doesn't have to be that way. — Paul Krugman
by Carrie (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Dec 13th, 2005 at 05:07:38 PM EST
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