Is the concept of state sovereignty still relevant in today's world?
Should we cease to discuss it?
Is it outdated or even obsolete?
Does the existence of international law and international institutions detract from individual states' sovereignty to the degree that it no longer really exists?
For an example I would suggest states have been required to relinquish sovereignty in order to integrate into the capitalist free-market world system effectively.
I would say state sovereignty has certainly decreased in modern times, but am not sure to what degree, would lean towards the view that (basically) it was increasingly an archaic idea, due to the globalizing economic system where the free movement of capital restricts states' policy making. Interested to hear others' views.
Does the capitalist system dictate every actions states take? Watch
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- 01-12-2010 19:12
I think America is your prime example of a country where capitalism as lead to a massive erosion the state's powers.
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- 06-12-2010 16:51
It's difficult to say. Does capital the actions of a state? Yes, they certainly do. Does capitalism as a system mandate that states must act? By no means. The actions of individual capitalists do not summarise the capitalist system as a whole, in the same way that the actions of individual blacks do not give cause for the KKK.
It is not only capital that also affects the actions of a state. Trade union leaders have long sold out their workers in exchange for power. Organised labour clashes with organised capital and leaves the labour and capital that they don't represent without hope. All people who collaborate with the state, whether they are ruling class or working class, are enemies of the people. The capitalist who consorts with the State to subjugate his employees is an enemy of the people. The trade union leader who consorts with the State to win legal benefits for his workers and his workers alone is an enemy of the people.Last edited by Bagration; 06-12-2010 at 16:53.