January 23, 2006


Redefining Sovereignty. Ed. by Orrin C. Judd. Mar. 2006. 520p. Smith & Kraus, $29.99 (Brendan Driscoll, Feb. 1, 2005, Booklist)

Editor Judd is the more prolific half of brothersjudd.com, a neoconservative blogsite as dedicated to providing up-to-the-minute political commentary as it is to skewering various works of the modern literary canon for being too socialistic (Dreiser), relativistic (Faulkner), or confusing (Joyce). In this book, Judd collects his own canon of opinionated experts on the topic of the future of national sovereignty. Aware that world political structures are evolving away from traditional Westphalian notions of the state, Judd fears “transnationalism,” the possibility that citizens’ rights will be infringed by international bureaucracy and their security achieved at the price of individual liberty. This timely issue will attract many readers. Those seeking robust debate will, however, be disappointed: Though some of this selection’s contributors (such as Kofi Annan) defend the spirit of international cooperation, the majority of the 30 excerpts (including those from Ronald Reagan, Walter Russell Mead, and several National Review commentators) boisterously celebrate American exceptionalism while shouting down isolationism and multilateralism alike. An argument disguised as a debate, this book will likely resonate with Judd’s many internet followers.

Neoconservative? Followers?

-PROFILE: Sovereignty Redefined (Edward B. Driscoll, Jr.,
11/03/2005, Tech Central Station)

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 23, 2006 8:40 PM


[Nelson Muntz Laugh]Ha Ha![/Nelson Muntz laugh]

Posted by: Pete at January 23, 2006 8:56 PM

As dost the night the day.

Posted by: ghostcat at January 23, 2006 9:07 PM

Extree! Extree! Read all about it ... Orrin Judd a neoconserveeteeve!!! Extree!

Posted by: george at January 23, 2006 9:35 PM

I think oj is especially amused by the notion that this collection of alley cats is somehow a herd.

Posted by: ghostcat at January 23, 2006 9:43 PM

For what it's worth, Brendan's no relation.

Posted by: Ed Driscoll at January 23, 2006 10:20 PM

Would you accept camp followers?

Posted by: Brooks at January 23, 2006 10:54 PM

The Wife might frown on it.

Posted by: oj at January 23, 2006 10:58 PM


Posted by: Sandy P at January 23, 2006 10:58 PM

I think of myself as the Waldorf and Statler of this circus.

Posted by: Robert Schwartz at January 23, 2006 11:07 PM

A "popular" Website with "many internet followers"? Move over Kos!

Posted by: David Hill, The Bronx at January 23, 2006 11:12 PM

oj - When did you start "fearing" transnationalism? I thought you were a mocker.

Posted by: pj at January 23, 2006 11:19 PM


It's like homophobia.

Posted by: oj at January 23, 2006 11:45 PM

That's funny. You don't look neoconservative.

Posted by: David Cohen at January 24, 2006 12:27 AM

So who's the tranzi equivalent to Sean Connery, then?

Posted by: joe shropshire at January 24, 2006 12:27 AM

I'll cop to the follower part, as I bought the book yesterday at B&N's website. It won't be shipping until March, however. Guess I'll have to get my neocon fix here until then.

Posted by: Melissa at January 24, 2006 1:23 AM

Aside from the bizarre "neocon" tag, there appears to be a typo at the end of the first sentence. Driscoll has written "confusing" when he obviously meant to write "nonsensical."

Posted by: Timothy at January 24, 2006 1:44 AM

Neo-conservative? Hardly (though there are some points of conversion; and one, glossing the site, may be forgiven the confusion).

But Juddeo-Christian, certainly.

Posted by: Barry Meislin at January 24, 2006 6:14 AM

Neoconservative? Kofi Annan?

Posted by: Genecis at January 24, 2006 12:51 PM

Neoconservative? Oh great, thanks a lot, Brendan. Now I suppose we are going to be swarmed by all those tiresome Third Way trolls.

Posted by: Peter B at January 24, 2006 7:24 PM