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It’s worth saying that the sort of internationalist approach advocated in, say, Heads in the Sand (buy the damn book already, you read so much blog and never pay a dime) isn’t just about things like taking the U.N. Security Council mechanism more seriously. As Spencer Boyer points out for the Center for American Progress there’s a whole raft of treaties that the vast majority of countries have signed on to but that Republicans are keeping us out of: “In particular, the Senate should ratify the Convention on the Law of the Sea, the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women, the Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty.”

As he says, none of these things are perfect (what can you expect from a highly multinational negotiating process) but they’re all in our interests on balance, and they’re being opposed primarily because of ideological hostility to the whole idea of international treaties and efforts to create a world organized in a cooperative, positive-sum manner.

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