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Unread Oct 8th, 2012, 05:42 am
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Default Re: such a thing is detrimental to the society as a whole

Yes, exactly. I think here Friedman probably has a specific section of society as a whole in mind - American society possibly. You'd need to look at the cpomplete context. If he's been talking specifically about American society (or any other specific subset), then the use of "the" refers back to that.
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