|THE SEVEN PRINCIPLES OF SOVEREIGNTY
The following article by Alistair McConnachie appeared in the February 2003 issue of Sovereignty.
Sovereignty -- authority over one's own existence -- can apply to the individual, the community and the nation-state.
It is the purpose of this journal to develop the philosophy and policies related to a sovereign existence.
In this article, we lay out the seven key principles of sovereignty, which provide a guide for proper action, and from which appropriate policies can be derived.
For an organism to be considered sovereign, it must establish these principles in reality.
We are not here considering the range of internal social and constitutional matters which concern a nation, such as health, education, law and order, industry, transport, devolution and so on.
These all depend upon the establishment of the key principles of sovereignty, and flow from them
For example, it has been suggested to us that a manufacturing base is a principle of sovereignty since it creates wealth and allows the nation to sustain itself. However, the existence of a manufacturing base depends, firstly, upon the establishment of the principle of Economic Sovereignty. Without it, the manufacturing base is destroyed -- as we have witnessed in this country, over the last 40 years.
GET THE FRAMEWORK RIGHT AND EVERYTHING ELSE FALLS INTO PLACE
So it is with a nation and its guiding principles. Get the framework right and all the other pieces will click into place.
These seven principles are the framework. They are all inter-related and complement each other. They are essential for the functioning of the nation as an organic unit. Establish them, and the other issues will tend to sort themselves out in time.
1 - POLITICAL SELF-DETERMINATION
Chambers 20th Century defines it as "the power of a population to decide its own government and political relations or of an individual to live his own life."
In a national context, therefore, self-determination means the ability of the people to govern themselves without outside interference -- the ability to make our own laws in response to our own needs, and to reject laws which are neither needed nor wanted.
This journal endorses the value of the nation state as a fundamental political unit.
We believe that national policies should be framed and debated primarily in terms of the national interest and not in terms of what is in the best interests of Europe as a whole, or what is in line with some idealistic interpretation of the interests of "the global community".
While the latter concerns can be important, they should not be given primacy in policy-making decisions.
Membership of the EU is incompatible with the principle of Political Self-Determination.
2 - ECONOMIC SOVEREIGNTY
This involves keeping its own currency, trading with whom it chooses, controlling imports and exports, and regulating its currency to protect against speculation, if necessary.
Membership of a single currency is incompatible with the principle of Economic Sovereignty.
The economic theory of "globalisation" and much "free market" theory is also incompatible with the principle.
Economic Sovereignty requires ...
3 - BORDER CONTROL
Elements on both the Left and the Right of politics are opposed to the control of borders.
Some left-wingers want a world without economic and physical borders because they want to see the destruction of the nation-state.
Some right-wingers want a world without economic and physical borders because their "free market" economic theories demand it. These people have elevated a means -- an economic theory -- into the end in itself and they follow it wherever it leads … even to national dissolution.
Some "Green" people, who would normally claim to support a sustainable environment, cannot bring themselves to advocate physical Border Control, even though Open Borders and Immigration-Invasion destroy both a sustainable population level, and the environment.
However, Border Control is a Green principle -- as are all Seven Principles of Sovereignty -- since it ensures the maintenance of a sustainable population level and protects the environment.
Border Control should be advocated at the same time as Economic Sovereignty, and Localisation, in order to ensure each nation is able to develop its own economy, for its own people, in response to its own needs.
4 - LOCALISATION, NOT GLOBALISATION
The alternative -- "globalisation" -- is an economic theory which destroys the ability of individuals, communities, and nation-states to determine their own existence. It destroys their sovereignty.
Globalisation has been defined as:
Globalisation means de-regulating trading conditions and taking power away from governments and peoples.
Localisation has been defined as:
Localisation is not about restricting the flow of information, technology, trade and investment, management and legal structures which further localization, indeed these are encouraged by the new localist emphasis in global aid and trade rules. Such transfers also play a crucial role in the successful transition from globalization to localization. It is not a return to overpowering state control, merely governments' provision of a policy and economic framework which allows people, community groups and businesses to rediversify their own local economies.
Localisation means discriminating in favour of the local and ensuring Economic Sovereignty lies with governments and peoples.
5 - FOOD AND WATER SELF-SUFFICIENCY
EU and WTO rules are destroying Britain's Food Sovereignty, and increasing its dependence upon others.
6 - ENERGY INDEPENDENCE
It should be the goal of a nation-state aspiring to sovereignty to achieve energy independence.
A nation which is unable to achieve energy independence may become perilously reliant upon outside sources, or may even need to develop imperialistic policies which threaten other nations.
We advocate a Sustainable Energy for National Self-Reliance programme.
7 - SELF-DEFENCE FOR SELF-DETERMINATION
A sovereign individual, community or nation needs to be able to defend itself. If it cannot defend itself then its way of life may be destroyed by a stronger power.
If you don't believe it, or would rather not accept it, then ask yourself why the powers-who-misrule-us are threatening Iraq rather than North Korea? Simply put: North Korea's got The Bomb!
A progressive society needs to be able to defend itself from those who oppose its existence.