January 2, 2017

 


 

Neo-sovereignism (also neosovereignism) comprises a political, social and economic ideology wherein the principles of the agora form the basis of governing a community or a society. By organizing public gatherings, debates and forums, on city squares and municipal public markets for instance, the participating citizens discuss and determine the community’s or society’s policy and guidelines regarding the governance of their respective municipal, city or country and the relations with outside interests, contacts and representatives.

Neo-sovereignists also believe that governments should be as much decentralized as possible and that no person can be punishable at any time for opposing and not conforming with, for instance, laws, guidelines and conclusions concerning taxation, while people who do support and contribute to a taxation model or system, entirely voluntarily, must be rewarded accordingly for doing so.

In a neo-sovereign society freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom of press, freedom of expression and freedom of determination are absolute and not just merely irrevocable rights.

Neo-sovereignism is different from sovereignism – as in sovereignty enjoyed mainly by nations and governments instead of by citizens individually – in that neo-sovereignism puts the power to govern a region in the hands of the population itself through the latter’s consent instead of allowing a centralized government rule and act at will, even if through a representational body such as a parliament that arguably represents the population. Neo-sovereignists are, thus, of the opinion that the sovereignty of the individual is superior to the sovereignty of the state.

Neo-sovereignism can exist in countries, cities, municipalities and smaller communities while allowing the very same communities themselves, as whole entities, be sovereign as well relative to other countries, cities and smaller communities.

In recent times, prior to the founding of IRIS, a striking and popular example of neo-sovereign activity can be found in the actions of the Nuit Debout movement in France where citizens, outside of the conventional political and governmental system, have been attempting to rewrite the French constitution, albeit from a socialist perspective.


 

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