Marxism and International Law

Anthony Carty

in Philosophy of International Law

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print March 2007 | ISBN: 9780748622559
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748652525 | DOI:
Marxism and International Law

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Rumours of the death of socialism have been accompanied by rumours of the disappearance of the United States. Poststructuralists tell us that we are all victims now, but that, somehow, the multitude will arise against ‘the Powers’. Power enslaves us all in its impersonality, but resistance is everywhere. A primary focus of this study is Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri's Empire, a poststructuralist and, at the same time, postmarxist critique of globalisation. This chapter argues against those authors that an updated theory of capitalist imperialism convincingly captures the contemporary international scene. The brutal power of the United States is everywhere, and is infinitely destructive of international law. Postmodernism is the exhausted moral spirit of the old Europeans, and the ghosts of Marxist interpretations of imperialism offer us the most convincing explanations as to why the violence of the United States increases by the year.

Keywords: globalisation; United States; capitalist imperialism; international law; postmodernism; violence

Chapter.  12189 words. 

Subjects: Social and Political Philosophy

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