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See Individuality
Sovereignty is about knowing who "I Am".

"Over himself, over his own body and mind, the individual is sovereign." (J.S. Mill, On Liberty, 1859)

Sovereign individual paradigm is explained by the following U.S. Supreme Court case:

"The individual may stand upon his constitutional Rights as a citizen. He is entitled to carry on his private business in his own way. His power to contract is unlimited. He owes no such duty [to submit his books and papers for an examination] to the State, since he receives nothing therefrom, beyond the protection of his life and property. His Rights are such as existed by the law of the land [Common Law] long antecedent to the organization of the State, and can only be taken from him by due process of law, and in accordance with the Constitution. Among his Rights are a refusal to incriminate himself, and the immunity of himself and his property from arrest or seizure except under a warrant of the law. He owes nothing to the public so long as he does not trespass upon their Rights." Hale v. Henkel, 201 U.S. 43 at 47 (1905)

"Sovereignty itself is, of course, not subject to law, for it is the author and source of law; but in our system, while sovereign powers are delegated to the agencies of government, sovereignty itself remains with the people, by whom and for whom all government exists and acts." – US Supreme Court Decision, Woo Lee Vs. Hopkins 118 US 356

"As sovereignty resides in individuals. The individual, and not the state, is the source and basis of our social compact and that sovereignty now resides and has always resided in the individual." Colorado Anti-Discrimination Comm'n v. Case, 151 Colo. 235, 380 P.2d 34 (1962)

See Also

7.5 - Successive Moments
I Am
Law of Assimilation

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