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The time may be upon us, however, when even God's shadow is being vanquished. Thus, the time may be upon us when a different eco-ethic needs to be articulated. One that is not dependent upon a nature that exhibits the regularity of a machine, or provides the comfort of an organic home that can be returned to. One that radically alters how we can think ourselves with respect to nature. "46 These natures do not demonstrate a permanence of form, unity, proportion; they need not be created with humanity in mind; they need not be predisposed to our being nature's shepherd, guardian, or master, thus creating new humanities.
Without the force of a government, or even the existence of some form of society or community, some form of laws, norms, and so on, could the economic units even begin to carry out their business? Isn't there a necessity for society to be, for the most part, peaceful and ordered—that is, must it not at least respect laws of property? 22 Waltz, however, avoids the appeal to values in favor of focusing solely on the structural characteristics of systems. Through his ap- 32 • EXPLORING THE (iNTER)STATE (l): SOVEREIGNTY peal to the free-market economic arena Waltz reaches the conclusion that "international-political systems, like economic systems, are formed by the coaction of self-regarding units.
Why have these communities been excluded? What notions of territory, government, population are excluded from Bull's analysis? In what ways is political thought limited by these exclusions? How might it differ if it were extended into these not-state communities? SILENCING SOVEREIGNTY Despite their different readings of the international system of states, Bull's and Waltz's portrayals of the state are all too similar. Both fit into a long line of Western political theory, dating back to the sixteenth or the seventeenth century, that links the state (and ultimately, politics) to the space of sovereign territory.
Beyond Sovereign Territory: The Space of Ecopolitics (Borderlines series) by Thom Kuehls