The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, entrenched into the Constitution of Canada in 1982, ostensibly sought to give Canadians individual rights vis-a-vis government. Sadly, the ensuing decades have nonetheless seen a tide of regulation seeking to dictate more and more aspects of citizens’ lives. And, of course, with each new wielding of legislative authority comes the bureaucracy to enforce it, funded by tax dollars, and increasingly in service of an all too powerful corporate sector. We have replaced a society that encouraged the pursuit of individual possibility and entrepreneurship with one in which inequality is at record levels and the majority of people have become stuck in consumerism and debt, and left apathetic and fearful. This may be a significant factor in causing the Interactive Sovereign Society to be founded in Canada in 2010.
The Interactive Sovereign Society is founded on the principle of the sovereignty of the individual. It is therefore crucial that this principle is understood by those with an interest in this society.
A sovereign is an individual (or group) who chooses laws, and over whom there is no greater authority in defining laws. In Canada, which is a “Constitutional monarchy”, the most commonly recognized source of laws is known as the Crown, with the sovereign being the reigning queen or king of the United Kingdom, an individual. In the United States of America, a “Republic”, the Constitution is the most commonly recognized source of laws, with the sovereign being the People of the USA, a group.
In the ISS, each member is recognized as a sovereign individual, thus each is respected as having the capability of choosing their own laws. Those who regard laws as a beneficial part of society commonly agree that laws cannot meaningfully exist without a Constitution. By signing the ISS Constitution, a member is agreeing to choose the principles enacted within the ISS as the basis for the laws to which they will consensually adhere.
Effectively, the act of signing that Constitution is the act of choosing laws for one’s Self. The ISS provides a comprehensive basis for law, upon which its members may all agree, that includes the flexibility of developing principles that may be individually interpreted. Further, this basis also comprises a means of resolution for when members have different interpretations of these principles.
The ISS also employs an electoral system by which the representatives are chosen to define these principles. However, this electoral system is different than other previously used electoral systems in that it allows You to change your vote at any time You wish, instead of only at specified times when an election is called. This is known as an interactive electoral system. This form of election provides accountability, flexibility, and responsiveness to its participants.
As an example of dual consent, it is possible for a citizen of Canada to become a member of the Interactive Sovereign Society without relinquishing status as a Canadian under the authority of the government headed by her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. This would be somewhat like having a dual citizenship. That way, the member would still have a voice in democratically determining the laws for which the sovereign members of the ISS are responsible (since they are not responsible for the laws chosen through the allegedly democratic process of Crown government), but would not have to compromise allegiance to her or his queen.
We welcome your participation, as each new member may make contributions to help Us bring our Selves to a higher standard of lawful conduct, which is our goal as mutual members of a society.