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“Where there is no Common Power, there is no Law….” Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, Chapter XIII The “State of Nature” as “State of War” From its modern beginnings in the seventeenth century – more precisely, since the Peace of Westphalia in 1648 – international law has presumed firm distinctions between “national interest” and “world interest.” Rather [...]

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“Hic Sunt Dracones” – the Hunt-Lenox Globe, 1504 “Friction is the difference between war on paper, and war as it actually is.” – Carl von Clausewitz, On War Once again, on October 9, 2020, with immodest displays of tangible hardware, North Korea mocked Donald Trump’s lingering expectations of “denuclearization.” Here, in Pyongyang, President Kim Jong [...]

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Senate Democrats blocked the coronavirus economic rescue package on Sunday because the package favored corporations and did not do enough to support aid individuals facing unemployment and loss of income. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) was introduced by Senate Republicans on Thursday. The CARES Act was estimated to inject nearly [...]

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