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By John T. Hamilton

ISBN-10: 1400846471

ISBN-13: 9781400846474

From nationwide defense and social safeguard to place of birth and cyber-security, "security" has turn into the most overused phrases in tradition and politics at the present time. but it additionally is still some of the most undefined. What precisely are we speaking approximately after we speak about safety? during this unique and well timed e-book, John Hamilton examines the discursive versatility and semantic vagueness of safety either in present and historic utilization. Adopting a philological process, he explores the basic ambiguity of this note, which denotes the removing of "concern" or "care" and as a result implies a that's both carefree or careless. Spanning texts from historic Greek poetry to Roman Stoicism, from Augustine and Luther to Machiavelli and Hobbes, from Kant and Nietzsche to Heidegger and Carl Schmitt, Hamilton analyzes formulations of safeguard that contain either defense and negligence, self assurance and complacency, certitude and lack of know-how. Does defense instill extra worry than it assuages? Is a safety bought with freedom or human rights morally doable? How do protection initiatives tell our expectancies, wishes, and anxieties? and the way does the desire to protection relate to human finitude? even supposing the booklet makes transparent that safety has consistently been an important preoccupation of humanity, it additionally means that modern panics approximately safeguard and the comparable wish to in attaining ideal defense hold their very own very major hazards.

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A single ‘world empire’ is probably an impossibility given the geographical uneveness and competitiveness of capitalism (see Anderson 2001a). Hardt and Negri (2001) take the reality of a single world capitalist system and turn it into a grotesque parody by ignoring some basic points: capitalists compete as well as cooperate with each other; competition, unevenness, and the threat or reality of protectionism are a powerful material basis for separate state territories; hence borders are unlikely to wither away before capitalism does – and even more unlikely if resource depletion adds eco-crisis to profitability crisis, and states and capitals adopt a beggar-thy-neighbour approach to survival (Anderson 2006b).

New medieval territoriality and multi-level governance After the Gulliver fallacy, where the only conceivable territoriality was national, the metaphors of new medievalism (Bull 1977) and later empire (Waever 1997) were a breath of fresh air. Recognising that geographic space is becoming more ‘relative’, they attempted to grasp the elusive new complexities by looking at other types of territoriality. Like a ‘Europe of regions’, the medieval metaphor also points to decentralisation, but it focuses on the fragmenting of national territoriality, the dissolving of the sharp ‘inside/outside’ dichotomy at internal EU borders, and their downgrading and increasing porosity with the partial pooling of sovereignty between states and EU institutions.

It was favoured (including by me) when the integration of the Single European Market in the early 1990s challenged the traditional identities and certainties of discrete and self-contained territorial ‘levels’ in ways reminiscent of medieval Europe. With the fragmentation of Charlemagne’s empire, medieval Europe developed as a highly decentralised though hierarchical order, largely controlled by feudal landowners with their private armies. Authority was shared between a wide variety of secular and religious institutions, between and across different levels, and across the borders of different territories which were often fluid, discontinuous or fuzzy rather than fixed, compact and precise.

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