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A Political Theory for Our Time


Edited By Lucio Levi, Giampiero Bordino and Antonio Mosconi

This volume is a collection of essays published between 1999 and 2015 in the review The Federalist Debate. The book highlights the issue of federalism intended as a theoretical paradigm to interpret the major problems of our age, and in particular the issues of peace and war in a world characterized by an uncontrolled globalization.

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Terrorism and World Government



Lucio LEVI

The terrorist attack launched against the USA on September 11th has changed the course of world politics. All of a sudden the US has lost its invulnerability. It is the first time since the war of 1812 that it has suffered an attack on its territory. The greatest power in the world has found out it is without arms to counter this challenge. For a few hours the United States was without a government. Bush took refuge aboard the presidential airplane and the federal government buildings were evacuated. But the effects of the aggression were not limited to the US. People in the world which had entrusted their security to the American Empire have suddenly realized they do not have any protection from terrorism. The attack goes beyond the traditional schemes of power politics. The threat is not coming from another state (or from a coalition of states) nor from the missiles of rogue states. It is evident that against terrorism the so-called National Missile Defense (NMD) shield is useless. Airplanes, transformed into missiles by the hijackers, took off from American airports, the suicidal pilots were trained in the US. The enemy is hiding inside our societies.

These terrorist acts cannot be charged to a particular state, although the perpetrators belong to an organization that receives protection from Afghanistan and maybe from other states. This means that globalization has erased traditional differences, like the one between the internal and external aspects of...

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