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 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.
Use of Neo-Sovereign Terminology
The use of neo-sovereign terminology can be found in a varied set of texts, publications and productions where the term and ideology neo-sovereignism is understood to refer to the sovereignty of the individual being superior to that of the state and to governance through consent following the principles of the agora; or where the term and ideology neo-sovereignism and its respective terminology refer to new (more recent) governance entities and regional powers, for instance the European Union in Europe and Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State in the Middle East; or where neo-sovereignism and its respective terminology refer to non-state sovereign entities such as multinational organizations and corporations of which the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is an example – for it sets standards that are recognized and implemented by all national governments yet it is not a (neo-)sovereign entity in the sense that countries and national governments are perceived to be.
Examples of Neo-Sovereignism
In recent times 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, are rewriting the French constitution.