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View TRADITION NINE essay   ... government administered by human beings.  12&12 Tradition Nine, p.172  
Therefore, every nation, in fact every form of society, has to be a government administered by human beings.

View APPENDIX VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form)   ... government, and that, like the Society it ...  BB Appendix VII, Twelve Concepts (Short Form), p.575  
XII. The Conference shall observe the spirit of A.A. tradition, taking care that it never becomes the seat of perilous wealth or power; that sufficient operating funds and reserve be its prudent financial principle; that it place none of its members in a position of unqualified authority over others; that it reach all important decisions by discussion, vote, and, whenever possible, by substantial unanimity; that its actions never be personally punitive nor an incitement to public controversy; that it never perform acts of government, and that, like the Society it serves, it will always remain democratic in thought and action.

View MORE ABOUT ALCOHOLISM chapter   ... government bureau.  BB More About Alcoholism, pp.40-41  
One day I went to Washington to present some accounting evidence to a government bureau.

View FOREWORD   ... government can anywhere be seen?  12&12 Foreword, p.16  
Why is it, they ask, that in A.A. no member can be set in personal authority over another, that nothing like a central government can anywhere be seen?

View TRADITION THREE essay   ... government everywhere, that we would neither punish ...  12&12 Tradition Three, p.141  
Why did we dare to say, contrary to the experience of society and government everywhere, that we would neither punish nor deprive any A.A. of membership, that we must never compel anyone to pay anything, believe anything, or conform to anything?

View TRADITION NINE essay   ... government, isn't it?  12&12 Tradition Nine, p.174  
Now, that attitude is far removed from central government, isn't it?

View DOCTOR BOB'S NIGHTMARE story   ... government made it possible for us doctors ...  BB Doctor Bob's Nightmare, p.175  
At that time I was not aware of the almost unlimited supply the government made it possible for us doctors to obtain, neither had I any knowledge of the bootlegger who soon appeared on the horizon.

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