Dangerous implications

“Every time one refers to the universality of human rights (beyond the rights of man and citizen), every time one invokes the recent concept (1945) of crime against humanity or genocide, in order to implement an international right or even an international penal tribunal, or even humanitarian actions the initiative for which is taken by NGOs (nongovernmental organizations), every time one militates for the universal abolition of the death penalty, etc., then one is calling into question the principle and the authority of the sovereignty of the nation-state, and doing so in the name of man, the right of man, the proper of man.”

Excerpt From: Derrida, Jacques. “The Beast and the Sovereign, Volume I.” The University of Chicago Press, 2009. iBooks.
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