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Nations and Government

  • George M. Hall

Abstract

At times, politics and disorder seem to be synonymous. Aristotle concluded a long time ago that man is by nature a political animal. In systems terms, this means that each individual will exercise initiative—usually to his or her own advantage—in a sociological group that strives to mold if not subdue that initiative for the benefit of the group and its other members. Strives. The political animal usually finds a way to avoid being caged.

Keywords

Political Equilibrium System Term Interior Line Political Animal Collective Conscience 
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