I wasn’t going to write anything on this but the current trend amongst progressives/leftists to push the politics of patriotism and nationalism has caused me to rethink that position.
I always thought that progressives valued people as people and not because they thought that birthplace was the foundation for drawing boundaries and instituting governments and government policy. I thought internationalism and inclusion were progressive values and an appeal to blood and soil were the tools of the oppressors of the ordinary person. Race politics is abhorrent, but not in the case of Scotland it seems; this is an exception to that rule.
In their hurry to poke an Imperial Power (even though that ended a long time back) in the eye and in order emancipate a romantic version of what they think the Scots are, a lot of left leaning Canadians are embracing ethnicity and nationalism and claiming that this is somehow progressive.
In doing so they may be trying to create a socialist utopia in Scotland for its 4 million or so inhabitants, but they will definitely be consigning 45 million or so people in the rest of the UK to rule by a right wing government for the foreseeable future. Togetherness seems to be forgotten by these leftists in this case, solidarity be damned in fact. Most of these progressives pushing this ethnicity based effort are pro trades union, but have failed to apply the principles of solidarity and internationalism that they would espouse with their union caps on to the situation in the UK. Why?
Well I’m buggered if I know. Maybe it’s the desire to see the break up of the UK, maybe it’s a desire to create a socialist Utopia for a fleeting moment, maybe it’s out of some misty eyed romantic vision of what Scotland should be. But I can tell you that they are quite prepared to use the people of Scotland as a means to their ends what ever they are. Most of these progressive cheerleaders would abhor the statements of the likes of the UKIP and their reasons for wanting “independence” from Europe, but don’t see the double standard they are applying when it comes to Scotland.
If some of these cheerleaders for a step into the unknown were to pledge to go and live in Scotland and live the life that they are willing upon those people, I’d have more time for them. But they won’t; they’ll just cheer them on and when it goes pear-shaped, and it fucking will, watch as they decry the politics of division that they excused now, tear apart that lovely place.
I’m absolutely stunned that people who claim to be progressive have chosen to support a nationalist party that has no idea what it wants to do or how to do it, except that it wants a Scotland for the Scots. Sounds too much like another rallying cry “Nur fur Deutsche.” That’s the trouble with nationalist politics it’s inherently evil and it saddens me that progressives (whom I generally admire) appear to have forgotten this.