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The Way Things Can Be

A variety of forms of social organization and governance have arisen or been advocated throughout our history. These include monarchy, anarchy, theocracy, democracy, socialism, communism, capitalism, and fascism. In the most charitable analysis, the primary purpose of these structures is to bring a degree of social order to a group of peer human beings who otherwise would be left alone, in a world governed by force, to fend for their own maintenance, defense and security.

The challenge, when attempting to organize a group of peers, is determining who will take charge and by what justification? We referred earlier to the idea that there is “no sheriff in town.” If no one has a clear right or responsibility for governing, then who can rightly say how this social organization should take place?

Who will determine the laws? Who will protect people? Who will punish people? Can, and should one person, or group of people rise above the rest to perform this function? Or do we think all people, and their opinions, should be considered as equal?
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