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    Default meshing

    Compel the meshing =?

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    Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defence with our peaceful method and goals so that security and liberty may prosper together".

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    Default Re: meshing

    "...compel the proper meshing of the huge..."
    In this context the meaning of "meshing" is "coupling", or more specifically, making different parts of a mechnism work together to ensure its proper operation.

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    tomasz is correct

    when two gears turn, their teeth MESH together. That is the image that is supposed to be brought to mind

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    Default Got it, thank you.

    But "the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defence" is not understandable. Because it means "
    "the proper meshing of the huge industrial machinery of defence and military machinery of defence".

    "Military machinery of defence" is okay, but "industrial machinery of defence"? I'm afraid it does not work.

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    Default Re: Got it, thank you.

    "huge industrial and military machinery of defence" is one item

    it has to mesh with "our peaceful methods and goals"

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    Default Well, how could they make a term like that?

    It is beyond my grasp.

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    Default Re: Well, how could they make a term like that?

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHope
    It is beyond my grasp.

    As far as I am concerned the excerpt you have provided has a number of high sounding phrases but very little meaning. Can't blame anyone for getting confused.

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    Default Re: meshing

    technically meshing would mean fitting together ( certain parts of a machine) as they move.

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    it's saying that the goals of the military-industrial complex conflict with our goals of peace and security, so we have to keep a close watch on it to ensure that it is serving our needs and not the other way around

    or in short, the military and it's supporting companies are evil and should always be obstructed as a matter of principle

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    Default Re: meshing

    Quote Originally Posted by NewHope
    Compel the meshing =?

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    Only an alert and knowledgeable citizenry can compel the proper meshing of the huge industrial and military machinery of defence with our peaceful method and goals so that security and liberty may prosper together".
    I concur with Marylin.

    Furthermore, 'compel (force, convince) the proper meshing' sounds odd, not to mention the redundancy in 'huge industrial', and 'military...defence', and the problem, as you have noted, with adj+adj+noun.

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