defining sovereignty for understanding
The Meaning and Understanding of Sovereignty ~
Defining the word Sovereignty as a jurisdiction rule.
Sovereignty is understood to convey an autonomy, independence, self-government, self-rule, home rule, self-determination, a freedom; which makes a democratic republic equal and equitable to a Sovereignty.
"Sovereignty at its best is a Democratic Republic; where self-rule, is the mode of decision-making, based on expert witness..."
Defining the Notion of Sovereignty
Sovereignty as addressed in Wikipedia
Sovereignty is the quality of having supreme, independent authority over 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. The concept has been discussed, debated and questioned throughout history, from the time of the Romans through to the present day, although it has changed in its definition, concept, and application throughout, especially during the Age of Enlightenment. The current notion of state sovereignty was laid down in the Treaty of Westphalia (1648), which, in relation to states, codified the basic principles of territorial integrity, border inviolability, and supremacy of the state (rather than the Church). A sovereign is a supreme lawmaking authority.
There exist vastly differing views on the moral basis of sovereignty. A fundamental polarity is between theories that assert that sovereignty is vested directly in the sovereign by divine right or natural right, and theories that assert it is vested in the people. In the latter case there is a further division into those that assert that the people transfer their sovereignty to the sovereign (Hobbes), and those that assert that the people retain their sovereignty (Rousseau).
▪ Democracy is based on the concept of popular sovereignty. Representative democracies permit (against Rousseau's thought) a transfer of the exercise of sovereignty from the people to the parliament or the government. Parliamentary sovereignty refers to a representative democracy where the Parliament is, ultimately, the source of sovereignty, and not the executive power.
▪ The republican form of government acknowledges that the sovereign power is founded in the people, individually, not in the collective or whole body of free citizens, as in a democratic form. Thus no majority can deprive a minority of their sovereign rights and powers.
Given this understanding it is reasonable to conclude that there is a ways to go get the actual best utility out of the concept of sovereignty and its democratic and republic notions.
We might let the groups be democratic wards and the decision making be by the republic's voters in mass given the definitions above.
This would make the system be the most inclusive, selfless and civil by integrating the diversity of the population into a forum for unification and balance of need for equality and equity; any other means will bias the location of the fulcrum for balancing the lever of justice in accordance with the people's will, to whom the Sovereignty belongs.
Now lets look at a progressive example of what this concept can accomplish if given an opportunity of support to succeed:
Food Sovereignty: The Fundamental Approach: http://www.foodfirst.org/progs/global/food/finaldeclaration.html go here for more on this example...
The article contrasts the proposed International Alliance Against Hunger, which is worse than "more of the same medicine", it's the unifying concept of Food Sovereignty as the umbrella under which an outline for actions and strategies that are needed to truly end hunger.
It addresses: What is Food Sovereignty? Food Sovereignty is the RIGHT of peoples, communities, and countries to define their own agricultural, labor, fishing, food and land policies which are ecologically, socially, economically and culturally appropriate to their unique circumstances. It includes the true right to food and to produce food, which means that all people have the right to safe, nutritious and culturally appropriate food and to food-producing resources and the ability to sustain themselves and their societies.
The article addresses what Food Sovereignty requires:
• Placing priority on food production
• Ensuring fair prices for farmers,
• Access to land, water, forests, fishing areas and other productive resources
• Recognition and promotion of women's role i
• Community control over productive resources
• Protecting seeds, the basis of food and life itself,
• Public investment in support for the productive activities of families, and communities
Food Sovereignty means the primacy of people's and community's rights to food and food production, over trade concerns.
To achieve Food Sovereignty:
• We will strengthen our social movements,
• We will struggle to realize genuine agrarian and fisheries reform, rangeland and forestry reform, and achieve comprehensive and integral redistribution of productive resources in favor of the poor and the landless
• We will fight for the strong guarantee of the rights of workers to organize, bargain collectively, have safe and dignified working conditions and living wages
• We will struggle for the equal access of women to productive resources
• We will fight for the right of Indigenous peoples
• We call for an end to the neoliberal economic polices such as the FTAA and NEPAD
• We demand the removal of agriculture from the WTO
• We will fight to stop genetic engineering and the patenting of life
• We demand an end to the passing off of GMO food in food aid
• We demand an immediate stop to the war on people and the land around the world and an end to the repression of peoples' movements, as well as an immediate end to the illegal occupation of Palestine, the embargoes of Cuba and Iraq and the use of food as an instrument of blackmail
• We call for a Convention on Food Sovereignty
Finally, "one size fits all" policies like those emanting from the World Bank, WTO and IMF must be replaced with a vision of "one world with room for many worlds," where strength and human dignity are built through solidarity and respect for diversity, and all countries and peoples have the right to define their own policies.
Further understanding will be made of this concept as it might be applied as a Global means for a way to world peace and prosperity...
These tenants are the sort of grass root issues that have suppressed the evolution of humanity...