On that note--let me run an idea by everyone:
What would you say to the possibility that the Section 31 of the 24th century is not
the 31 of the 23rd century--and the latter is not
the 31 of the 22nd century?
By that I mean that Section 31, having "overreached" and made a significant amount of screwups, is regularly "taken down" (say, by the Kirk Cabal or SI)--and "re-built" by new faces, or lower-ranking agents who escaped the purge. After a short period of being underground, in which it re-grows...it effectively restarts.
"The saying implies but does not name the effective agency of its supposed utopia.... 'Needs and abilities' are, of course, subjective. So the operative statement may be reduced to 'the State shall take, the State shall give'."