Junior Ganymede
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United Warts

September 20th, 2011 by Vader

A discourse on semantics, with a conclusion I find congenial.

His Majesty: “All that matters is the ‘United’ part. One team under a single yoke.”


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September 20th, 2011 12:43:33

September 20, 2011

His Majesty’s comments are unassailable as always, but I am not sure I understand the distinction that the author was making.

September 21, 2011

As best I understand it:

Nation == a natural development sharing a common tongue and culture. Closer to an ethnicity than:

State == a government jurisdiction. Established by legal fiat and not always coinciding with a nation as just defined. Thus Great Britain (a state) is a cobbling together of England, Wales, and Scotland, each arguably a distinct nation.

The United States is almost unique in going the other way, being a nation composed of many states. Of course, the decline of federalism is erasing this distinctive character.

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