Conceptually, humanitarian intervention is a rather beautiful thing. State sovereignty had been seen as absolute for 350 years, but then the universal human rights regime emerged and the idea took hold that a state’s responsibility to defend its people trumped its right to territorial sovereignty. When a state massacres its people rather than protecting them, the human [...]
Limitations of vision that can most readily be grasped when looking at rightwing militia groups, for example, also apply to the relatively much more sophisticated structures of traditional liberal theory. A look at a couple of recent posts this week serves to illustrate the point.
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