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Certain activities and proposed activities of the Government are frequently called paternalistic. Usually the term paternalism carries with it something of approbrium. According to the dictionary paternalism is “a relation, principle or practice of care or control, as of the governed by a government, suggestive of that exercised by a father.”

It may be argued that the United States Government is paternalistic, in the general meaning of the word, in its attitude toward the soldiers and sailors of the Army and Navy, ...

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