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I have only recently discovered that many people have a great deal of antipathy toward anything with the word "government" in it, although I don't think those same people would have a problem with what I am actually proposing.

I also recently discovered that the concept of "government" is generally defined as being top-down, centralized, and hierarchical ("direction and control exercised over" (citizens, inhabitants, communities...))-- so my use of that word here is, at best, oxymoronic.

I am thinking that I need to come up with a new name for this idea that does not use the affix "gov". The description also needs to be rewritten to avoid using the word "government" inappropriately.

Tentatively, the phrase "liberty maintenance system" is a better description for what I mean when I use the word "government" here -- a system which allows individuals to collectively protect their liberty from those who would erode or destroy it.

--Woozle 21:49, 28 September 2011 (EDT)

Terminology brainstorming

Some other possible terms to replace "government" and "governance" in the sense I am using it:

  • libernance, librance
  • libernment, librament, librement