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Terror and Consent: The Wars for the Twenty-first Century Paperback – May 5, 2009
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This new market state Bobbitt describes is no longer confined to a sovereign territory, it is a decentralized and privatized network of relationships. It has all the characteristics of a multinational corporation and it treats its citizens much like a consumers. The market state has many upsides in that it presents its citizens with unprecedented freedoms and opportunities.
This book, however, is about the downside of the market state and the opportunities it provides terrorists. Today's terrorist networks are a byproduct of the market state, indeed they are an opportunistic parasite of the market state. They harness its technology and networks to wage war against it.
Bobbitt is not a neoconservative, he is a law professor who sees the need for a new constitutional order that reflects the needs of this new market state. Although he supported the war in Iraq, he now emphasizes the need for stronger international alliances and a "commitment to globalize the systems of human rights and government by consent.Read more ›
In the first page, Professor Bobbitt introduces a broad definition of terror which includes the socially debilitating effects of natural disasters, such as earthquakes, as well as man-made disasters, including terrorism and human rights violations. This is both an accurate and elegant definition - it encompasses things that diminish the human condition; and it is a practical definition in an age of transnational threats where multi-lateral action is a necessity. "We are fighting terror, not just terrorists." I like that.
Yet how does a state effectively and legitimately pursue such policies and enact such cooperation? This question inevitably raises strategic and constitutional issues.
Professor Bobbitt's approach compels a reexamination of strategy, which includes how we organize our resources and conceptualize intervention - peaceful or otherwise - in the highly complex and uncertain environment of the 21st century. And here he makes the case that the alignment of strategy with law is absolutely essential. Our response to terror must be from the legal high ground; which, one hopes, also corresponds to the moral high ground.
I especially liked his detailed discussion of bio-terrorism and the detailed rebuttal to the International Institute for Strategic Studies Adelphi Paper - Nuclear Terrorism After 9/11. This, in conjunction with the background surrounding the A. H.Read more ›
What the work mainly needs, in my opinion, is pruning. Bobbitt has valuable things to say about more topics than really belong together without risking incoherency. A `war on terror' may be metonymy for a `war on terrorism'. It may also validly signify a strategy for coping with natural disasters, but it would have been better to separate the two issues. In fact I would say in general that the thoughts and insights are better than their presentation and expression, although the actual writing is of high quality - articulate, literate and easy to read. The other difficulty that I found concerned some of the basic terms and expressions that underlie Bobbitt's thinking. `Market State' must be a term that enjoys currency among academics, and if so one can go along with it. However Bobbitt labours it in a way that suggests that he thinks we need convincing of its real value, as probably we do. Also, in trying to reinforce it Bobbitt spoils his exposition by talking about `market state terrorism', an expression that surely conveys nothing to anyone.Read more ›
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Bobbitt has done his usual fine job of delving farther into the philosophy of counter-terrorism than anyone. Read morePublished 5 months ago by John Desmond
A scholarly explanation of the terrorist phenomena. The author explains that terrorism is not at all new, in fact a lot of the tactics adopted by "modern" terrorists are... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Janet Dykstra
Bobbitt is both scholar (in the archaic sense of the word) and genius. His particular brilliance comes in being an unparallelled fund of knowledge, and being able to take... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Doreen Meyer
Challenges conventional thinking about what wars of the 21st century are going to be like and why they'll be quite different than what occurred previously.Published 15 months ago by Genma Saotome
Bobbit's follow up to shield of achilles was top notch as was the predecessor. I highly recommend it. required reading for 21st century geopoliticsPublished on April 30, 2014 by david aronow
I was disappointed in this book and found it way too superficial especially for someone with the background of the author.Published on July 25, 2013 by Wayne Lusvardi
This extraordinary book, a follow-on to his seminal "The Shield of Achilles", recapitulates the nexus of changes in military science, strategy, and governmental epochs from the... Read morePublished on October 5, 2010 by Ronald M. Weintraub
This dense text reminds me of political science books in college. It uses a historical context of governments, and compares how wars were fought as governments evolved. Read morePublished on January 18, 2010 by Elihu Feustel
In Phillip Bobbitt's book, Terror and Consent: The Wars for the Twenty-first Century, he argues that we are in a new world reality. Read morePublished on January 17, 2010 by Oliver Demille