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Social Security in the United States An Economic History and Model for Re-organization Before writing an argument about an idea almost completed integrated into life as we know it one that is so generally accepted that governments all over the world attempt to achieve it by carrying out a wide-range of systems supported by an even more heterogeneous set of institutions it is useful to exercise the collegiate task of defining the words that form the greater idea Social Security then comes from two Latin words social is derived from a word meaning companion or friend and security is derived from a word meaning an absence of care It should be deduced that the idea of social security refers simply to the intervention of a friend when there is an absence of care But as nature is always seeking a more disorganized natural state and man in his conquering of nature is always seeking to be more organized so he is inclined to drive his institutions to a higher level of complexity to maintain his claim to being civilized The idea of social security has followed this path since its inception and before addressing the current need to reorganize the system in the United States it is necessary to examine the economic history of the current institution As has been shown over the course of time the greatest means available to man to avoid a breakdown in his institutions is the study of history to understand its current misgivings and the wisdom and flexibility to reorganize those institutions as quickly as they become obsolete with complexity Anthropologists have traced the psychological roots of the need for social security back to burial rites and ceremonies for the dead long before large-scale civilizations appeared The study of ancient peoples has shown that a proper burial was probably of grave concern to not only the dead but also society as a whole It is important
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