March 5, 2006


Changing the rules: a review of Redefining Sovereignty: The Battle for the Moral High Ground in a Changing World By Orrin C. Judd (Steven Martinovich, February 27, 2006, Enter Stage Right)

Liberals aren't likely the only ones who will argue with the conclusions of many of the essays presented in Redefining Sovereignty. While most are hostile to transnationalism and the erosion of sovereignty, many argue American intervention in the internal affairs of other nations as justified. Judd himself argues that George W. Bush's mission to reshape the Middle East in a democratic image isn't at odds with the history of American foreign policy and is indeed necessary to preserve American security. It's doubtless an argument that will have paleoconservatives and the libertarian wing of the Republican Party less than pleased, arguing as they did against interfering in the Balkans and Iraq because they were sovereign nations dealing with internal issues.

Not surprisingly it's in between these two camps -- the transnationalists and sovereignty absolutists -- that Judd pitches his tent. Echoing Ayn Rand when she famously wrote that a state was only legitimate when it protected the rights of its citizens, Judd writes that "Americans have moved on to a paradigm that requires that a regime only be recognized as sovereign if it has democratic legitimacy." Where previously the test consisted only of international recognition of sovereignty, the new test includes the nature of the state claiming the sovereignty.

Small wonder that new test has generated no small measure of controversy.

It's at the printer--the new hardcover came last week and looks awfully good--and will be available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble & bookstores by the end of March.

Posted by Orrin Judd at March 5, 2006 12:00 AM

Might be interesting to see whether it actually gets onto the shelves here in Omaha, or whether it will prove necessary to special-order it. I'm sure me and pchuck are definite purchasers. There's two.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at February 27, 2006 1:46 AM

You know we are all going to read it.

I am eager to see whether it is maintained that Melos was a sovereign state.

Posted by: Lou Gots at February 27, 2006 6:44 AM


One of my brothers has a bookstore in Rye, New York. History and politics are specialties. I'll make sure he has some copies. Best of luck!

Posted by: Tom C., Stamford,Ct. at February 27, 2006 6:56 AM


Will you sign book plates if one sends a self-addressed stamped ebvelope?

Posted by: andrew at February 27, 2006 8:09 AM

Is this a sort of low-key affair or will I be seeing you turn up on C-SPAN or something? Maybe Bush can be photographed with your book under his arm while boarding Marine One. Congrats.

Posted by: RC at February 27, 2006 8:15 AM

Only if C-Span comes to him.

Posted by: Sandy P. at February 27, 2006 12:07 PM

Has Oprah contacted you yet?

Posted by: Dave W at February 27, 2006 12:07 PM

Forget Oprah - what about Letterman? You can finish what O'Reilly started.

Posted by: ratbert at February 27, 2006 3:25 PM

Book tour! Book tour!

Hey, my local book store does author signings / talks for when you're out on the road.

Posted by: Annoying Old Guy at February 27, 2006 5:56 PM

Never mind this book. What's the next book?

Posted by: David Cohen at March 5, 2006 4:18 PM

Carrey's Conservative Cinema: an exploration of the truism that all comedy is conservative through the films of Jim Carrey

Posted by: oj at March 5, 2006 4:35 PM

$75.00? What, are you marketing this as a school textbook?

Posted by: Jorge Curioso at March 7, 2006 8:29 PM