Among the relevant forces in play during the normal discourse of politics, none stands more powerful than that of the nation, the state, or the tradition. Every policy is justified on that basis that it appeals to one of these forces - for instance, the debate over the expansion of the healthcare reform centers upon the space between the tradition of privatized healthcare, the platform that conservatives argue for, and the need for the greatest good to be brought to the greatest number, the position that the liberal advocate for. The question becomes then, why? Why is it that these three forces are among the most important forces in the realm of politics; why is it that healthcare becomes defined in terms of tradition or the nation, and not that tradition or the nation becomes defined in terms of health? The answer lies upon an understanding of power within society; the concept of a nation, or a state, or of tradition, serves to teach people the correct balance of power - thus, these forces of power are neither good nor bad.
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