Saturday, June 9, 2012

Individual sovereignty is what should the goal of all change should be.  Individual sovereignty is the identification of the individual person as the sole and ultimate ruler of themselves.  No other person would hold power over any other person and no person would be able to deny any other person their right to their own individual sovereignty.  The idea of individual sovereignty finds its roots in the writings of John Locke[1], a 17th century British philosopher.  John Locke states in his Two Treatises on Government that “[every man] has a right to decide what would become of himself and what he would do, and as having a right to reap the benefits of what he did”.  This principle may be hard for most people to adopt because it is contrary to all previous political belief in human history.  Never before has the individual been allowed to be their own ruler without the aid of an outside source.  Individual sovereignty is not anarchy and would not result in a leader-less society; instead everyone would be the leader of themselves. 

            In this quasi-perfect society, the only true rights are life, liberty and property.  No person anywhere or from anywhere would ever be denied their life, liberty or property.  Every person would have citizenship and no person would ever have power over another.  I say ‘quasi-perfect’ because these rights are already there for the taking, the 13th and 14th amendments to the US Constitution codify the principle and the 14th even says explicitly that “[No] state shall deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.”  Now we only need to truly provide this protection to all persons, regardless of location of residence, national origin, sex, race, or age. 

            The principle of individual sovereignty, when it is finally afforded to all people will result in the creation of a government I call “the Common Law Republic”.  The Common Law Republic will be a government, not only figuratively, but literally be of the People, by the People, and most importantly for the People.  In the Common Law Republic, all people’s voices will carry the same weight.  No matter how crazy, radical, or out of the mainstream someone’s opinion may be, they will at least have the dignity of opinion and have the reasonable expectation of having someone there that will actually listen.  In the Common Law Republic, people will actually be able to decide for themselves; no representatives, no presidents, or kings, or leaders, only themselves.  Only then will War, Hunger, Violence, Poverty and the Conservation of Ignorance cease to exist.  

[1] Lived from 1632 until 1704, known as “The Father of Liberalism”

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