Dr. John Fonte discusses Philadelphian Sovereignty and American Foreign Policy

October 11, 2012  |  PAST EVENTS

On Thursday, October 4, Dr. John Fonte, Senior Fellow and Director of the Center for American Common Culture at the Hudson Institute, spoke about the major themes outlined in his book Sovereignty or Submission: Will Americans Rule Themselves or be Ruled by Others? in an event sponsored by IWP's Center for Culture and Security

He warned that the American idea of sovereignty, defined as rooted in the people of a nation-state and exercised through a set of rules expressed in a Constitution, which he termed "Philadelphian Sovereignty," is being threatened by elite-driven transnationalism, which he terms "supranationalism" to distinguish it from "internationalism" which impicitly recognizes the existence of sovereign nations.  Supranationalism, by contrast, advocates the superior jurisdiction of an alleged "global rule of law," which not only lacks any democratic legitimacy as defined by America's Philadelphian tradition, but is in direct violation of long-established Westphalian principles of internationalism which are predicated on recognition of national self-determination.   Dr. Fonte warned of increasing support for supranationalism from liberal academics, and specifically both past and current members of the Obama administration.

For a more detailed overview of his ideas, see http://www.fpri.org/enotes/2011/201110.fonte.sovereignty.pdf

-William Rector