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- n. Plural form of paternalism.
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In the antique paternalisms there is invariably this parental personality at the top; down beneath it are the puppet children.
If our nation, it is claimed, allows this specious excuse to commit it to the doctrine of State interference, we are drifted into the despotic paternalisms of the old world.
In his new, pioneering study of democracy in Britain since 1918, David Marquand identifies the two dominant paternalisms that oversaw the final stages of this domestic process.