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One is probably on safer grounds if one sticks to the letter of Kant. At least four points are worth making. Secondly, he wrote Perpetual Peace in the wake of the French Revolution and apparently one of his main preoccupations was not to give grounds for foreign interventions against Republican France 41 as advocated, say, by Burke.

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Thirdly, Kant, as a cosmopolitan, was not an advocate of conquest and colonialism, and so did not want to bring the less fortunate non-Europeans into the European fold. These are valid points and hardly a glorification of war or militarism. Moving from the two great philosophers, Kant and Hegel, to Cobden may appear odd, but it is worth stressing that Cobden, though not a political philosopher, is regarded an important liberal thinker in his own right and one of the earliest exponents of the liberal internationalism in international relations. He is also regarded as a precursor of the theories of functionalism and interdependence.

For Cobden, freedom of commerce was essential for peace, a view shared by his close associate, John Bright. He scathingly criticized great power intervention, even for noble goals. Mazzini, like Cobden, was not a political philosopher, but a politician and activist. But in his lifetime he was one of the most respected theorists of democracy and of the principle of nationality national self-determination , with considerable international influence.

Individuals fulfil themselves in the nation and the nation fulfils itself in humanity, while the idea of cosmopolitanism left out this essential middle link i. He was basically a democratic patriot and not a nationalist, and sincerely believed that independent democratic nations states corresponding to a nation would be peaceful in their relations.

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As did both Cobden and J. Mill, Mazzini maintained that foreign intervention was not warranted in domestic political struggles for democratic rule and national liberation. Firstly, it was applicable if it was adhered to absolutely by all states. But this was hardly ever the case, as despotic states intervened to help other despotic states threatened by revolutions or national liberation movements, contradicting the original purpose of non-intervention, which was avoiding war and conquest. These two factors did not lead Mazzini to advocate military intervention.

On intervention, including humanitarian intervention, he followed a middle path among Italians in the course of the long nineteenth century, between strict non-intervention, as advocated by jurists Mamiani, Pierantoni, Carnazza Amari and Cimbali, 94 and collective intervention in humanitarian plights, as argued by Fiore and Cavaglieri see chapter 4.

He also followed another well known tendency of the Italian school of international law: advocacy of intervention to free an oppressed nation. John Stuart Mill is classified today as a communitarian, especially given his stance on nationalism. In the first instance he advocates external intervention starkly or hesitantly , while in the second he advocates strict non-intervention.

Let us start with non-intervention.

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Now let us present the other side of the coin, intervention. Commentators have identified various exceptions, ranging from only two Walzer to as many as seven Doyle.


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Mill criticized harsh colonial measures in India and, nearer home, in Ireland and advocated the participation of Indians at the highest levels of administration. The second exception is counter-intervention against a struggle for freedom from foreign rule. As Mill puts it: Intervention to enforce non-intervention is always rightful, always moral, if not always prudent. But when … the Russian despot interposed, and … delivered back the Hungarians, bound hand and foot, to their exasperated oppressors, it would have been an honourable and virtuous act on the part of England to have declared that this should not be, and that if Russia gave assistance to the wrong side, England would aid the right.

Here one is faced with a dilemma. In , when campaigning for elections, he gave the clear impression that he supported intervention even without counter-intervention. Mill like Mazzini believed that democracy can function properly only in national states. This was the very opposite of the position taken by Lord Acton, who was of the view that national states lead to absolutism and discrimination against minorities within. As Georgios Varouxakis points out, all understood Mill to mean that intervention should be used only in exceptional circumstances and that one assists a liberation moment if another state has intervened to suppress its efforts; and Mill was content with this interpretation of his views.

The fourth exception, protracted civil war, includes within it a fifth, our subject matter: humanitarian intervention. A case requiring consideration is that of a protracted civil war, in which the contending parties are so equally balanced that there is no probability of a speedy issue; or if there is, the victorious side cannot hope to keep down the vanquished but by severities repugnant to humanity, and injurious to the permanent welfare of the country.

In this exceptional case it seems now to be an admitted doctrine, that the neighbouring nations, or one powerful neighbour with the acquiescence of the rest, are warranted in demanding that the contest shall cease, and a reconciliation take place on equitable terms of compromise. But the examples he provides are suggestive, such as the Battle of Navarino by the three powers during the Greek War of Independence.

Humanitarian reasons, even though subsumed under civil war, can be seen as one of the reasons for intervening.

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But by , as an older and more prudent man, he had his doubts; thus his views come out as they do, perplexing and tentative. But perhaps it is better this way and shows the agonizing dilemma involved until this very day: a very convincing case against intervening can be made, as well as an equally convincing case for intervening in humanitarian plights or internal wars. The introduction chapter depicts a common story of thousands of Black migrants to Canada from various Caribbean islands and territories.

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Redeem Token. Rights and Permissions. Kant, non-intervention and republicanism Kant, the advocate of a cosmopolitan existence, of a cosmopolitan confederation of republican states and of universal human rights, 6 has very little to say about intervention and does not refer at all to intervention for humanitarian reasons. Groom and M. Christopher J.

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