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A society with a complete human purpose that is not, in its own order, subordinate to a higher good. On this level a society is perfect in its end. From another viewpoint, a society that is complete in its possession and right of control over all the means required to achieve its purpose. On this level a society is perfect in its means. The Church founded by Christ and the State are perfect societies on both levels.
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