The Revival of Republicanism

November 11, 2014

On October 31, 2010, shortly before the mid-term elections of that year, an analysis published by Finfinne Times argued for republicanism to take back America. One of the arguments made in the analysis is that the long running trajectory of social progress project and its contributions to humanity’s collective progress thus far “are the guiding lights that should be guarded and defended by a collective civic virtue.”

On January 2, 2012, Finfinne Times argued that republicanism was on trial in the United States of America as most Americans reportedly thought that the country was headed in the wrong directions. It argued that once established, republicanism was taken as “a robust model that benefits a society’s collective progress.”

To the extent that republicanism is defined as popular sovereignty and that popular sovereignty avails channels through which democratic ideals have better chances of flourishing, the defense of republicanism by the civil society should go without saying. No society has had a perfect past nor can it expect to have a perfect future. However, experiences about which model and trajectory have worked the best for a collective social progress are plenty for all interested societies.

Nonetheless, after nearly 2,500 years since the start of democracy in ancient Greece, nearly 230 years since the writing of the United States constitution, after two world wars, almost 70 years since the establishment of the United Nations, and after an unknown number of years since the invention of the Gada system in Ethiopia, popular sovereignty has arguably not become global yet.

As a matter of fact, republicanism appeared to be on trial in the United States of America in recent years until November 4, 2014, when the American voters overwhelmingly elected republican law makers and enabled them to become the majorities in both houses of Congress.

This revival of republicanism has the potential to spur a momentous projection of democratic ideals that have yet to get grips in far too many places around the world and among various communities that have not yet become fortunate enough to enjoy the fruits of liberty due to dictatorship practices that come out of ignorance. As our vast globe has become a small village due to technological advancements that have sprung for the most part in the fertile lands of liberty, an achievement of borderless popular sovereignty globally is more likely to guarantee that republicanism may not be put on trial again.

To the extent that the United Nations was formed to represent the nations of the world, it probably should be the ideal global institution that could be the guarantor of popular sovereignty and terminator of dictatorship in every nation. If popular sovereignty is its guiding principle, perhaps, it should ask if those in its assembly are legitimate representatives of the nations and states that they claim to represent by having a mechanism in place that ensures that the claimed legitimacy is reasonable.

The establishment of a popular constitution by every member state in the United Nations and assumption of power according to the popular constitution may be a reasonable mechanism that the United Nations could put in place and adhere to in order to ensure that those in its assembly are legitimate representatives of the nations that they claim to represent. That legitimacy can be ensured by allowing fair and free elections, a mechanism that has a better chance of encouraging all leaders of the world to serve their people instead of expecting the people to serve their unearned, illegitimate, and false sense of significance.

This chain of mechanisms (demand of legitimacy by the United Nations and allowing constitutionally sanctioned fair and free elections by the nations of the world) are likely to pave the way to end tyranny from the face of the earth. This in turn is likely to lead to providing any human being the chance for fair justice in any nation state worthy of its name.

As the contemporary French philosopher Bernard Henri-Levy recently noted, humanity is at a momentous era when we have disputes between the democrats and non-democrats and between enlightenment and autocratism and that this battle concerns the world at large even if the societies that are affected directly are at the forefront.

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