One consequence of the myth of sovereignty propagated through our current international political system is the war in Iraq
Another is our broken immigration
Yet another is the skyrocketing
death toll in Burma
caused in part by the massive storm and entrenched poverty, but in large part
by an incompetent and corrupt government that makes George Bush look like
It may comfort some in the U.S.
to imagine that the first two problems listed above are rooted in the
misdeeds of a particular leader, or a particular political party, or even in
the dysfunction of the contemporary American political system.
However, these diagnoses are mistaken.
The dysfunctional international political system permits an
unconstrained superpower like the U.S.
or warped polities like Burma
to push far past the bounds of civilized conduct, but while culpability may
lie with leaders and the voters who support them, the framework that allows
such bad actions to persist is structural.