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vbo has posted several times on the transparently imperial nature of such bodies as the UN and the International Criminal Court.  The very idea of international law is ridiculous without the idea that there is some power capable of enforcing it, and the whole idea of enforcing legal judgements against sovereign entities is inherently imperial.

Actually you are right. It would be very naive to see it other way...It was obvious to me but I don't know about others.
But is it actually good? I don't think so.

what I am imagining is a complete collapse of the global order, where states truly feel free to, if not compelled to, fight it out amongst each other to build and protect their interests.

Do we have fewer wars as you are trying to implicit? I don't think so. As we look at the history those small neighbours conflicts usually did not escalated in full wars and had much less victims and destruction as opposed to "imperial" conquests or change of imperial powers. These were bloodiest and left half a world in ruins.

Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind...Albert Einstein

by vbo on Sat Sep 3rd, 2011 at 12:42:38 AM EST
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