If Dorothy Had Not Had Toto to Pull Back the Wizard’s Curtain: The Fabrication of Human Rights as a World Religion
Valparaiso University School of Law
May 18, 2010
Valparaiso University Law Review, Vol. 44, 2010
This paper examines the increasing penetration and control of nations by amorphous ideas of human rights, touching upon the symbiotic relation between global capital and human rights, the anti-democratic nature of many rights, the radically political nature of positive rights, the frequent absence of national self-esteem and the consequent yearning for supranational approval, the belief that judges and their surrogates are priests speaking for God, the search for validating judicial will as replacement for a dead God, loss of judicial confidence in reason, and banal judicial vanity. These lead to the creation of the last and greatest Leviathan, a mortal god that can never be dethroned.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 16
Keywords: Human rights, international human rights, United Nations, civil religion, rights antinomies, global governance, cultural imperialism, cultural hegemony, rights as religion, world religion
JEL Classification: B30, B31, D63, D64, H41, J17, J18, K1, K14, K19, K39Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: May 18, 2010 ; Last revised: May 20, 2010
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