This is an odd article. It started out as a quick reply to a comment posted by “Roger” on my blog and grew into something far more substantial. I expected to write one or two hundred words. I wrote over five thousand.
It’s as if I started out intending to take a trip to the 7-11 to pick up some milk and wound up in Singapor. I was diverted. It’s not the journey I’d planned and expected, but it was kinda interesting, just the same.
The article starts with a conflict over the concept of individual sovereignty as viewed by the Supreme Court in the Chisholm vs Georgia case of A.D. 1793 and the Wong Kim Ark case of A.D. 1898:
Wong Kim Ark, quoting State v. Manuel: The sovereignty has been transferred from one man to the collective body of the people…
Exactly, and the members of this sovereign “collective body of the people” are what Chisholm v. Georgia calls “sovereigns” (plural) “without subjects”, by virtue of their being “joint tenants in the sovereignty”.