chapter  13
70 Pages

A Double Prison

ByPeter Lomas

This chapter focuses on two main arguments. First, without deception or pretence, use language of state agency in the modern world. Second, since this language remains pervasive — in the mouths of politicians, in books of academic analysis, and the texts of international law — our theory of international relations must be revolutionized, and take as its object the moral concerns of all humankind. International theory must be normative: aimed to develop morality through norms, or accepted social practices, in the world as a whole — its purpose, to guide and to assist historic change. International law is, as David Runciman says, a series of fictions; and fictions can be made more elaborate, or subjected to differing interpretations. It has been demonstrated that changing from being a "non-nuclear-weapon" to a "declared nuclear-weapon" state is as easy, politically, as making the declaration. The international nuclear non-proliferation regime holds out a practical model for this process, if it is properly applied.