Gregory Shank



Limitation of War and the Pursuit of Justice

A collective effort to achieve a “humane globalization” must repudiate not only “oil imperialism,” but also neoliberal forms of global dominance. If, as Falk argues, we are poised on the brink of a global, intercivilizational war without battlefields and borders and the idea of national security in a world of states has become obsolete, then the only viable security lies in articulating “human security.” That cannot be achieved in a world of “humanitarian” military interventions or covert actions undertaken by national security states, which ultimately increase our vulnerability through blowback. Nor can it be achieved in a world where neoliberal economic policies exacerbate disparities in wealth between and within nations, impose uniform cultural values upon the dominated, and generate regional instability.

terrorism, war — Afghanistan; right-wing presidency; civil liberties; Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act of 2001 [USA PATRIOT Act] — Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to; politics [practical] — antiwar movement; racial profiling; terrorism — United States — September 11, 2001, attacks; world politics — international cooperation

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 28, No. 3 (2001): 5-30