Perhaps one of the more enlightening chapters so far, this reading goes further in laying out the new ground rules all social scientists must now ponder when thinking about world politics. Mittelman holds no punches in his analysis and does not merely deem the state less relevant, like Strange did, but also relegated to the role of ‘courtesan’. Brilliant.What better way to describe entities who continually allow themselves to be used by the highest bidder and yet still try to exude a sense of legitimacy?
The role of the Transnational Corporations as criminal elements is hardly new. Yet, while comparing them to actual criminal syndicates, like the Triads, on the basis of they operate across jurisdictions, often with impunity, the author reaches the conclusion that the state’s former claims of territoriality should be called into question. Obviously the author himself has already done so, but the answer is still elusive. Another question that needs to be addressed is whether the state should be upgraded from mere ‘courtesan’ to “accomplice” and perhaps even to criminal levels. The current “War On Terror” is an example of a state, the US, acting like a transnational and operation across traditional jurisdictions. In fact, pioneering the extent to how much a state can operate on the global stage… all in the name of security.