Foundations for the Decline of Terrorism
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Chapter Three Technology and Cosmopolitanism The Importance of Cosmopolitan Right In the last chapter, I addressed the importance of cosmopolitan right in aiding people suffering from unjust regimes. Structurally, cosmopolitan right be- comes essential in bringing relief to those suffering injustice because politi- cal right and international right fail. Materially, the cause is much more fun- damental. The duties held by political bodies are the duties of artificial men. The duties held by federations are the duties of collectives of artificial men. All of these duties are alienated from their natural source, moral agents themselves. Kant, like many social contract theorists, stresses that no valid social contract can alienate human beings from their fundamental rights. There are innate connections between our moral duties and moral rights. Both moral rights and moral obligations (particularly for Kant) are grounded in the inherent goodness of the human will. But whereas fundamental human rights are unalienable, there are roles, such as civil servant or sovereign that can temporarily alienate us from our moral duties. It is important to stress that this alienation occurs only during the situations in which individuals are serving as sovereign or civil servant. The alienation of duties in political right can be seen throughout civic life. For Kant, the sovereign must legislate in all matters as though he were one of the citizens. He must act as a citizen because he wants to be a citizen, just as if his voice were joining in with the rest of the citizenry...
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