[OPE] Human Security and Liberal Peace. Some Rawlsian Considerations

From: Alejandro Agafonow <alejandro_agafonow@yahoo.es>
Date: Fri Aug 27 2010 - 13:08:56 EDT

An economic theory without a political theory of stability is, in my criteria, destined to fail. We all know the devastating consequences of neoliberalism in developing countries. I think that political liberalism is fully compatible with socialism, though my short paper does not deal with socialism directly. For those Marxists interested in deepening their knowledge of equalitarian liberalism, this short piece could be useful. Agafonow, Alejandro (2010). ‘Human Security and Liberal Peace. Some Rawlsian Considerations’, Public Reason,Vol. 2, Nº 1. http://publicreason.ro/cuprins/4   Abstract: The aim of this article is to contend that, in opposition to Begby’s and Burgess’ argument,the idea of human security is not able to deal with the potential conflict between individuals’ and communities’ claims, unless it is properly qualified by political liberalism. We sustain that it can be expected that negotiations, on behalf of different idiosyncrasies, can reach an overlapping consensus that privileges community security over personal security, institutionalizing what, from a liberal viewpoint, are oppressive practices. Then, liberal peacebuilders have to decide on the kind of incomplete overlapping consensus that would be tolerable; yet, in doing so, they have to be careful not to close the door to enable liberalism to thrive in more traditional societies which, after a long process of experimentation with democratic deliberation,may finally span the core of consensus in order to include sensitive matters.   Cheers, A. Agafonow

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