A Harm Reduction Approach to Territorial Sovereignty

In this paper I argue that none of the foundational justifications of territorial sovereignty are successful. To the extent that there are grounds for affirming the practice of territorial sovereignty, they are radically non-ideal, having to do with the moral and other costs of dismantling a system that presently structures so much of our lives, even though its historical origins are contingent, and its normative foundations doubtful.