Free Trade: the Ethics of Nations

Diogenes 36 (141):112-141 (1988)
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Abstract

“States have no morality, they have interests,” remarked an overzealous diplomat. And in this same manner we sometimes see that reasons of state take priority over moral rules. A sweet young thing testifying before a committee of the United State Congress said “sometimes you have to put yourself above the law,” no doubt repeating something that had been said to her. At a time when unrestrained application of the reasons of state can only lead to violence that can no longer be sustained, we can judge to what extent such remarks are without foundation.

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