Common Law - The People's Assembly
The Revolution may have been affected first in the hearts and minds of the People, but it took shape in our Constitutional Conventions, where the People learned how to hold and wield power for themselves.
– John Adams, 1791
The Commons of England assembled in Parliament declare that the people under God are the origin of all just power, and have the supreme authority of the nation. Whatsoever is enacted and declared law by the Commons alone has the force of law, and all the people are included thereby, with or without the consent of the king.
– An Act to Establish the High Court of Justice, House of Commons, London, January 4th, 1649
Under this proclamation, all lawful authority now resides in the People gathered in an elected Congress and other governmental bodies established by the People under Common Law.
– A Public Proclamation abolishing Crown Authority in Canada, January 15, 2015
Making the Common Law Republic a Working Reality
We begin by recognising that the old regimes and their de facto law are part of a criminal corporatocracy that is hopelessly corrupt and self-serving, and is an oppressive weight on we, the people. It has lost its right to govern.
Growing numbers of people are re-learning their inborn freedom and reclaiming the law and the land for themselves. Great movements of liberation are like a mighty rush of steam, rising from below to topple tyranny and remake the world. And yet without the right piston, that steam is dissipated and lost.
The dream of a sovereign Republic of Equals known dwells for now in thousands of women and men, but it still lacks a great piston to harness and unite these people, and join them with the rest of the country. Such a mechanism to build a new nation from the ground up is the Peoples’ Assemblies.
The Assemblies are lawful bodies that are actively replacing the old regime. They arise from the Natural Law understanding that the People, or The Commons, gathered in elected and self-governing congregations, are the source of all legal, political and spiritual authority; and that whatever they enact is sovereign and binding, and not subject to any other power.
The Peoples’ Assembles are the means by which we can build a new society in the shell of the old. They are citizen-run legislative bodies based in local communities that will increasingly replace existing governments: in effect, a functioning “duel power”.
In the Assemblies, laws are regularly introduced, debated and enacted by the people directly. These Assemblies are in effect schools of revolution and direct democracy, where the people can learn how to make the law and govern themselves in their own name.
By their nature as a replacement of the existing local authorities, the Assemblies are a direct challenge to the legal and political power of the existing governments. Accordingly, from the outset the Assemblies must be protected by the people themselves, organised in a Militia. And since their purpose is to unite people under a new jurisdiction and pass legislation, the Assemblies will give birth as well to common law courts in their communities.
These three aspects – the Assembly, its Militia, and its Courts – are the basic local features of a new common law Republic. All of these three arms of the Republic will work together to reclaim the entire country for all of the people, and develop new rurally based egalitarian communities to embody our sovereignty. In a practical sense, the Assemblies will provide our new young movement with a much bigger “pond” in which to swim and grow, since they will draw into Republican debate and action many more people.
For example, one of the first tasks of the Peoples’ Assemblies, and a popular drawing card for many citizens, will be to reclaim all tax monies and payments presently being sent to Westminster, and other ‘crown’ authorities. Local Republican banks or credit unions will be established by the Assemblies as a repository of this reclaimed wealth of the people: funds that will be used to build up our communities according to the will of the people.
In short, the Assemblies will be a practical means to directly reclaim the wealth and the land of the world for all the people under the authority of the Republic, including by seizing and sharing out the land, bank accounts and properties of the old regime.
Finally, the Assemblies are the skeletal framework for the entire Republic by serving as the means for electing delegates to the national Congress and regional bodies.
A Peoples’ Assembly is established by any group of twelve or more people who covenant to gather regularly according to a Charter issued by the Republic. This body is then self-governing but linked to the Republic through its Executive and delegates.
The Assembly is open without restriction to all women and men in the local community, to debate any issue and introduce, debate and pass any law. All participants must recognise the authority of the Assembly and abide by its procedures and aims.
The Assembly is chaired by an elected Convener and administered by a Corresponding Secretary, who is a liaison with other Assemblies. A common law Sheriff provides security for the Assembly, and is responsible for raising and training a local Citizens’ Militia.
The Assembly will also establish common law courts to enforce and adjudicate the laws that it passes.
The Assemblies must meet on a regular basis in the same visible, public place: one that is conducive to large numbers of people. It is recommended that once established, the Peoples’ Assembly will convene on the first Monday of every month as an entire body, and every week in its Executive capacity. The sessions of the Assembly can last as long as is deemed necessary.
A Constitution will govern the operation of the Peoples’ Assembly and the actions of its officers and Executive. The latter will have the authority to discipline or expel Assembly participants according to this Constitution, and to instruct the Assembly’s Sheriff and Militia to enforce its lawful rulings and any other measures necessary to protect the Assembly.
The Assembly is established as the only lawful, representative body of direct democracy in local communities. As such, it is the alternative local government for all people to join and thereby leave their former ‘crown’ or corporate allegiances, including the police, judges and civil servants.
Accordingly, every effort must be made by the Assembly to win over and deputise the agents of the former regimes and incorporate them into our new Republican institutions of Peoples’ Assembly, Citizens’ Militia, and the Common Law Courts. Yet we must also vigilantly screen these former officials to ensure their commitment and loyalty to our new Republic.