To the People of the United States, 31 October, 2018
As was stated in the first essay, there is an implicit pact between the people of a country and their Sovereign. The People give up ownership of themselves and pledge allegiance to the Sovereign for security, rights, and a fair and efficient distribution of scarce resources throughout society. While many people balk at the idea of losing self “ownership”, it is nonetheless true. This compact the people and their Sovereign is the basis for civilization. Without it, there is only anarchy, war, death and misery.
It has also been stated that there are different types of Sovereigns. The most familiar is the King Sovereign. There is also the Empire Sovereign, the Crown Sovereign, The Emperor (Dictator) Sovereign and the People’s Sovereign. To be sure, there are many different variants that have not been identified herein, but it is not the object of these essays to be exhaustively complete. Suffice it to say that there are many types of Sovereign.
The King Sovereign is one that is based on the Divine right of Kings,and it is not to be confused with the Crown Sovereign, which will be discussed later on. Kings believe they are born and not made, and they receive their calling from a higher order, or so they claim. History has proven that this is an unstable form of Sovereign, and rarely scales through history. The reason for this is simple; If the Sovereign does not respect the people and does not fulfill his duties to the people, there is very little incentive for the people to continue their commitment to the Sovereign. The Sovereign then (usually) utilizes force and brutality to maintain order, leading to greater instability and an erosion of trust. Finally, with their needs and rights not being met, the people commit to revolution, and the despot is overthrown.
Kings of the past believed their sovereignty came from god. This was their greatest mistake and the reason the King Sovereign was unstable. ALL SOVEREIGNS, no matter how they have been derived, achieve their sovereignty from the consent of the people. That consent is given only if the sovereign provides three basic functions to the people. The first is to provide for the safety of the people, maintaining the peace and defending the people from enemies both foreign and domestic. The second is to provide for a fair, equitable, efficient and productive distribution of scarce resources and services to the people. The third, and least necessary, is to provide the people with a set of rights that guarantee each citizen a certain level of personal autonomy.
The reason kingdoms have failed in the past is that the king believes he is the absolute monarch and can do as he pleases. There are no constraints or limits on his sovereignty. The people are his subjects, and he can do as he pleases. France under the reign of the Kings’ Louis believed this to be true. The Romanov’s in Russia also ruled in this manner. These are the two most celebrated examples of tyrannical sovereigns not heeding to the three principles listed above.
The history of the sovereigns of Great Britain is much different. The English nearly went down the road of France And Russia, but survived. Why? The Magna Carta was the strongest factor that shifted Britain from a king Sovereign to a Crown Sovereign. The Magna Carta stated that the Kings’ sovereignty was not absolute. That he could not act with impunity, and that the people had certain rights that must be respected. Mostly, it was the first time that a “contract” was drawn up between the Sovereign and the people. The King gets to be sovereign, but he MUST respect the will of the people.
Thus, the Crown Sovereign was born. The people pledge their devotion to the Crown. The King (or Queen) is the representation of the Sovereign for the people. In today’s Britain, the royal family has no real power over the people, but the people devote a great deal of time, energy and money toward maintaining the royal family. Nearly everywhere you go in England, especially in London, one cannot escape the Crown Sovereign. The media devotes countless of hours of television and lines of coverage to the royal family. They are ubiquitous. The reason? Maintaining the support and the commitment of the people toward the Sovereign helps maintain order and stability within society.
Yet, societal stability is a two way street. The people must pledge allegiance and commitment to the Sovereign, but the Sovereign must provide for their safety, economic fairness and productivity throughout society, while also guaranteeing basic rights to the people.
In our next essay, we will begin to understand the American Sovereign, and it evolution.
Thank you for your time and enjoy the day!