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Date: Fall 2020
From: Harvard International Review(Vol. 41, Issue 4)
Publisher: Harvard International Relations Council, Inc.
Document Type: Article
Length: 444 words
Lexile Measure: 1060L

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The social contract ranks among the greatest political innovations in human history. Regular people depend on governments for a lot of things: welfare, security, infrastructure, justice, healthcare, financial stability. And in exchange, we agree to honor laws, pay taxes, and profess allegiance to the state. The social contract allows millions of people to live happy, healthy, peaceful lives when it works as it should.

Sometimes, though, the social contract doesn't work. Sometimes, those we appoint as guardians abuse our trust. Sometimes, innocent people pay with their lives. George Floyd is the most obvious victim of this injustice in recent memory, but security forces around the world have deprived minority groups of...

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