'Delinquents, Troublemakers, Pirates and Gangsters'

New Wars in the Postpolitical Borderland

in Theoria
Author: Mikkel Thorup
View More View Less
Restricted access

This article tries to actualize Carl Schmitt's critique of liberal internationalism in what the author calls the 'liberal globalist paradigm', which substitutes a post-sovereign humanitarian-moralist discourse for political arguments. This discourse helps shape a new inequality in the interstate system based on the ability to invoke humanist language; an ability that is systematically skewed in favour of Western states. The post-sovereign discourse hides an aggressive liberal antipluralism which only acknowledges liberal-capitalist societies as legitimate and reserving the right to intervene and criticize globally. The new re-configuration of power manifests itself in the war on terror and in humanitarian interventions.

Theoria

A Journal of Social and Political Theory

Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 5 5 0
Full Text Views 1 1 0
PDF Downloads 2 2 0