"To the size of the state there is a limit,
as there is to plants, animals and implements,
for none of these retain their facility
when they are too large."
(384-322 BC) Greek philosopher
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I wish more people would attend to the wisdom of this and curb their assumption that they must have children.
 -- Robin Beckwith, Houston, Texas     
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    The standard of a de jure state is limited by natural law (life, liberty, property). The occupying statist theocracy currently infesting this land is a prime example of a state grown beyond lawful limits to a totalitarian tyranny.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
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    Robin: Maybe they have children because they are growing an army...?
     -- abby     
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    This is the primary reason for a republican form of government divided into counties, states, and federal. Each are their own republics with the citizens having a voice and representation for their own affairs. The consolidating and centralizing of power into the hands of a few to command a nation inevitably results in a despotism.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
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    Aristotle does not say that the state is unnecessary - the debate is about quality and quantity of a necessity based on the acceptance that we are social beings as well as individuals.
     -- Mick, Manchester     
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