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01-26-2011 - Sovereignty

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The idea of sovereignty traditionally applies to territory and nations. It can also be applied to individuals.

Sovereignty is the quality of having supreme, independent authority over a geographic area, such as a territory. It can be found in a power to rule and make law that rests on a political fact for which no purely legal explanation can be provided.

Self-ownership (or sovereignty of the individual, individual sovereignty or individual autonomy) is the concept of property in one's own person, expressed as the moral or natural right of a person to be the exclusive controller of his own body and life. According to G. Cohen, the concept of self-ownership is that "each person enjoys, over himself and his powers, full and exclusive rights of control and use, and therefore owes no service or product to anyone else that he has not contracted to supply."

Although folks have been using individual sovereignty in creative ways (search "world citizen" or "admiralty and maritime law" or "freeman in court"), this content concerns the concept as it applies to global politics. Individual nations and a one world system both have their various arguments. The basis for any argument is the assumption that your view has merit. If it has merit, it must be, in some way, beneficial to a person, group, place or thing. This fundamental property of an argument naturally limits the argument's scope. This is why some folks will never agree; their ideologies and preferences do not overlap within the context of the argument. But, I digress.

In this case it might be wise to look at the requirements of each scenario. The requirements of national sovereignty are, for the most part, self-evident. The manner in which national sovereignty is achieved and maintained varies by country and political ideology. To successfully administer a one world system with no national or regional sovereignty would require an administration, bureaucracy and enforcement arm capable of asserting its will upon the global population. Such an entity would be anathema to those who realize that individual freedoms would necessarily be secondary to the need to maintain the sovereign right to global control. We see this trend in our national governments today; bigger government and more control at the expense of individual freedoms. Imagine this on a global scale.

I look forward to the day when the entire planet can work towards the same goal without being coerced or taken advantage of by those allegedly trying to help. We could achieve amazing things if we were free to apply all our efforts to a single goal, or vision. Until that day, concentration of power should be something to avoid.

National sovereignty results in a situation similar to the US in that nations form a loose conglomeration of state-like entities. This results in a type of fluid checks-and-balances system. The ability of people to go where the way of life, political machinery and religious options match their preferences is also worth considering, although it is becoming increasingly difficult to afford relocation as well as jump through the hoops of the governments involved.

Ultimately, we do not have a solution, but we can maximize our choices and the implementation of same. A localized government, properly restrained, can remain manageable in terms of size, influence and the ability, or inability, to enforce its will upon the people within its territory. Moderation in government and viability on the world stage can put a nation at odds with itself due to the force requirements of a sovereign nation. This is not necessarily so, but having a well-balanced government is an increasingly remote possibility considering global cultural and economic realities. This includes rising dissatisfaction within nations' own populations.

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