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As humans we have shared fundamental needs Take personal survival as an example To meet this need we must ensure our safety from the violence of each other and from the violence of people who are not members of our society The mechanism to serve this goal is a government Because I agree with Thomas Attig I must affirm the topic that an oppressive government is more desirable than no government Before I continue Id like to define a few key terms in the topic All definitions are from American Heritage Oppressive is defined as unjust or difficult to bear Government is the exercise of authority in a political unit Desirable is defined as worth having or seeking as by being useful or advantageous Since the topic asks us to evaluate the most desirable situation for humanity my Value Premise is Individual Welfare In order to achieve individual welfare my criteria are 1The preservation of social order 2The fulfillment of fundamental needs The only way in which to ensure individual welfare is to maintain societal stability while at the same time protecting the individual My first contention is that an oppressive government is more desirable than no government because government in any form provides certain advantages that are impossible for the state of nature to provide 1First of all a government provides individuals with external security In other words the mere existence of a government allows for society as a whole to have a defense mechanism against foreign powers because a government must provide such protection in order to preserve itself The absence of a government however would leave individuals defenseless from outside aggressors Any government oppressive or not provides for this basic external security which is a prerequisite to securing fundamental needs 2Secondly government possesses the ability to maintain order within society As Austin Fagothey states Anarchists think that society can get along without authority but
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