Monday, December 01, 2008

Get a rope!

The Wall Street Journal's Bret Stephens asks why don't we hang pirates anymore and his answer is that we've indulged in "legal exquisiteness".

I think this response is too superficial. The problem is that we live in a global society with no functioning global government. States are becoming less relevant, but we've no new legal regime to deal with these developments.

John Robb put it this way:

Our traditional approach views the [nation] state as a hermetic entity... that clearly isn't the case anymore. Globalization has changed the landscape. States are no longer singular nation-states, but rather (meta?) organizations in competition with within a globe-spanning marketplace. |Brave New War, page 165 (2007)|

For more reviews and criticism of Brave New War, see this blogpost at MountainRunner.

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