Perspective On Sovereignty

The choppy political waters which prevail in Europe and the USA are the result of the resurgence of sovereignty.

Since history was first recorded, conflict over boundaries and territories has been endemic. The issue of sovereignty has been central to all disputes. Empires have been built on the vanquished sovereignty of peoples. Empires have been overthrown or dismembered as a result of the resurgence of the sovereignty of individual nations.

Sovereignty is the essence of nationhood because it identifies language, customs, culture, history and heritage with a specific group of people. As such, sovereignty is precious and sensitive. It opposes infiltration and overthrow. It is wary of elements that fail to assimilate and to subscribe to its specific social ethos.

Globalism is a direct threat to sovereignty – from national identity to social compatibility to economics. This was patently obvious in the Brexit vote. British people saw the European Union as usurping their national sovereignty by the progressive subordination of their  parliament  to Brussels. They also demanded the right to determine immigration policy, correctly sensing that being swamped by alien migrants would erode and ultimately destroy their British heritage.

Donald Trump’s inauguration address expressed similar sentiments. He saw his inauguration as the transferring of power from Washington DC back to the people. January 20, 2017, he stated, would be remembered as the day the people became the rulers of America again. “From this day forward it is going to be America first… We will follow simple rules: buy American, hire American…. the bedrock of our politics will be total allegiance to the USA.”

Marine Le Pen in France emphasises sovereignty when she states that “globalism is built on the negation of the values on which France was built. Those who come to France are to accept France; not to transform it to the image of their country of origin.”

In all three cases, the labels of left and right, as Le Pen states, “have outlived their usefulness.”  As both the Brexit and the Trump vote showed, people on both sides of the political aisle voted for sovereignty. Cries of racism and discrimination against those of other religions or cultures thus have no credibility and are meant merely to intimidate, obfuscate and confuse.

The swing of the political pendulum to sovereignty inevitably clashes with decades of conditioning by globalists. Cross roads are always hazardous. Ultimately, what is required is recognition of the onset of a cycle of history that is as old as history itself.

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