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By Mike Wallace, Carmen Boullosa

The time period “Mexican Drug War” misleads. It signifies that the continued massacre, which has now killed good over 100,000 humans, is an inner Mexican affair.

But this diverts cognizance from the U.S. position in developing and maintaining the carnage. It’s not only that americans purchase medicinal drugs from, and promote guns to, Mexico’s murderous cartels. It’s that ever because the U.S. prohibited the use and sale of substances within the early 1900s, it has stressed Mexico into appearing as its border enforcer—with more and more lethal effects.

Mexico used to be now not a helpless sufferer. strong forces in the state profited highly from offering americans with what their govt forbade them. however the guidelines that spawned the drug conflict have proved disastrous for either countries.

Written through award-winning authors, one American and the opposite Mexican, A Narco background stories the interlocking twentieth-century histories that produced this twenty-first century calamity, and proposes the best way to finish it.

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2. TWO PROBLEMS OF SOVEREIGNTY Let us look briefly at the argument from Redundancy [R] and the argument from Incoherence [I]. [R] is a normative argument. It states that the concept of sovereignty has become outdated. Sovereignty has allegedly proved to be no longer fit to clarify, let alone to guide, modern developments in the area of legal empowerment. The argument characteristically, and emphatically, tackles the idea of a monopoly of law-making in the hands of the nation state. It explains that the nation state is withering away, although not for the reasons Marx anticipated.

Sovereignty may, as Krasner claims, be an example of ‘organised hypocrisy,’38 in that it can be invoked selectively and self-servingly, but that does not stop it from being taken seriously by significant political actors and audiences and from having real consequences for the overall configuration of authority and for the assertion of prior claims and the resolution of disputes within and across the institutions which make up this configuration. 39 Sovereignty claims, when they achieve some measure of acceptance, continue to have profound political and social effects, and have to be taken seriously at the explanatory level for that reason.

I investigate several attempts to account for the core phrase ‘at the same time’ Parts of this paper were discussed at various seminars and conferences. In particular, I want to mention a GLOBUS-seminar at Tilburg University in March 2000, where I received valuable criticism from Neil Walker as my discussant. I gratefully acknowledge support of the GLOBUS Institute (Tilburg University) in organising this two-day conference. I also thank my Tilburg colleagues Hans Lindahl and David Janssens, as well as my former colleague Mogobe Ramose, for their critical comments; the same goes for the participants in the seminar discussions (September 2000) of the Centre for Transboundary Legal Development (Tilburg University).

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