39 Cornell Int'l L.J. 523 (2006)
Is Global Institutional Reform a False Promise

handle is hein.journals/cintl39 and id is 531 raw text is: Is Global Institutional Reform
a False Promise?
Christian Barryt
Comment on Richard Miller's Global Institutional Reform and
Global Social Movements: From False Promise to Realistic Hope
Introduction  .....................................................  523
1.  Prem ises  .................................................  524
II. Strategies for Addressing Harmful Outcomes ............. 525
Il. Prima Facie Reasons to Seek Global Institutional
R eform   ...................................................  526
A.  Potential  Benefit  ......................................  527
B.  Revealed  Preferences  ..................................  530
C .  V isibility  ..............................................  533
D. The Unattractive Alternative: Bilateral Bullying ......... 534
C onclusion  ......................................................  534
Introduction
In Global Institutional Reform and Global Social Movements: From False
Promise to Realistic Hope,1 Miller tackles the important and difficult ques-
tion of what kinds of political strategies ought to be adopted by those who
find morally unacceptable the extent and depth of shortfalls that persons
currently suffer in their health, civic status, or standard of living relative to
the ordinary needs and requirements of human beings.2 Following Miller, I
will call such people the friends of humanity.3 Miller concludes that
those friends of humanity who currently seek to bring about enduring
changes in social conditions to eliminate, or at least substantially lessen,
severe harms by developing and implementing large-scale reforms of global
institutions will most likely harm those they intend to help:
t Department of Philosophy and Center for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics,
Australian National University, and School of Politics and International Relations,
University College Dublin; cbmaximin@gmail.com. I am grateful to Robert Hockett,
Matthew Peterson, Sanjay Reddy, and Lydia Tomitova for helpful comments and
suggestions.
1. Richard Miller, Global Institutional Reform and Global Social Movements: From
False Promise to Realistic Hope, 39 CORNELL INT'L L.J. 501 (2006).
2. 1 shall refer to such shortfalls as harms or severe harms throughout this
comment.
3. Miller, supra note 1, at 501.
39 CORNELL INT'L LJ. 523 (2006)

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