K NEG SECURITY ANDY 40 - WNDI 2010 Andy & Jimi 1...

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WNDI 2010 1 Security K Security K Security K 1NC (1/3) The 1AC logic of security is the dominant western ontology of being - the metaphysics of security permeates all understanding of international relations. James Der Derian , Professor of International Relations (Research) at Brown University and Professor of Political Science at UMASS/Amherst 1995 “The Value of Security: Hobbes, Marx, Nietzsche, and Baudrillard” On Security) Yet the center , as modern poets and postmodern critics tell us , no longer holds . The demise of a bipolar system, the diffusion of power into new political, national, and economic constellations, the decline of civil society and the rise of the shopping mall, the acceleration of everything —trans portation capital and information flows, change itself— have induced a new anxiety. As George Bush repeatedly said —that is, until the 1992 Pres identia election went into full swing—” The enemy is unpredictability The enemy is instability” One immediate response, the unthinking reaction, is to master this anxiety and to resecure the center by remapping the peripheral threats. In this vein, the Pentagon prepares seven military scenarios for future con flict ranging from latino small-fry to an IdentiKit super-enemy that goes by the generic acronym of REGT (“Reemergent Global Threat’). In the heartlands of America, Toyota sledge-hammering returns as a popular know-nothing distraction. And within the Washington beltway, rogue powers such as North Korea, Iraq, and Libya take on the status of pariah- state and potential video bomb-site for a permanently electioneering elite. There are also prodromal efforts to shore up the center of the International Relations discipline. In a newly instituted series in the International Studies Quarterly , the state of security studies is surveyed so as to refortify its borders .3 After acknowledging that “the boundaries of intellectual - disciplines ate permeable” the author proceeds not only to raise the draw bridge but also to caulk every chink in the moat.4 Recent attempts to ‘broaden the concept of” security” to include such issues as global environmental dangers, disease, and economic and natural disasters endanger the field by threatening “to destroy its intellectual coherence and make it more difficult to devise solutions to any of these important problems.” 5 The field is surveyed in the most narrow and parochial way: out of 200-plus works cited, esteemed Third World scholars of strategic studies receive no mention, British and French scholars receive short shrift, and Soviet writers do not make it into the Pantheon at all. .3 t.9 Ll_1 The suthor of the essay, Stephen WalChas written one of the better books 00 alliance systems;6 here he seems intent on constructing a new alliance within the discipline against “foreign” others, with the “postmodernist” as arch-alien. The tactic is familiar: like many of the neoconservatives who have launched the recent attacks on “political correctness,” the “liberals” of
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