In case you haven’t been keeping up with the happenings of the United Kingdom, tomorrow, September the 18th, Scots are going to the polls to vote on whether they want to end 300+ years of British rule and re-establish their own sovereign nation. Yeah, sure…do it the EASY way and VOTE…on this side of the pond we had to actually FIGHT for our independence.
The more I’ve watched of Scotland’s run up to the vote the more I see a parallel between the “Unionists” (those who wish to stay part of the UK) and gun controllers here in the US.
Most evident is the fear mongering that both unionists and gun controllers like to spout forth.
“You can’t do that because bad things will happen”
“We must protect the children”
“Blood will run in the streets”
“The nation will fall into chaos and ruin”
These are sentiments being put forth by the unionists in attempts to scare those who may like the idea of having and independent Scotland from voting for it.
It is the same tactics that gun controllers like to use to scare those who may like the idea of supporting the 2nd Amendment but who don’t yet really understand what that means.
Take for example the decades long fear mongering campaign by gun controllers with so called “assault weapons.” For years, gun controllers used that to leverage fear against the 2nd Amendment by convincing the uninitiated that there will be automatic fire on every street corner daily in America. All the prognostication by the controllers was bogus of course, even the New York Times has come around to admit that. And now, so too are the unionists using the same tactics to try and keep Scotland chained to the yoke of British rule. Because honestly…the power of the UK resides in London; the Northern Irish, Welsh and Scottish are just along for the ride.
Paul Krugman, left wing loon and gun control zealot unabashedly put fear mongering front and center when he wrote an article for the NYT’s that stated this:
I have a message for the Scots: Be afraid, be very afraid. The risks of going it alone are huge. You may think that Scotland can become another Canada, but it’s all too likely that it would end up becoming Spain without the sunshine.
The areas in which Krugman and unionists back in Britain have been harping on can be simplified by putting it in layman’s terms:
Stupid Scots, don’t you understand you are not smart enough to exist without London taking care of you. You need the UK government to control you because you are a bunch of kilt wearing savages who cannot govern yourselves.
That, once again, hearkens to the idea that law abiding citizens cannot be trusted to defend themselves and therefore must be disarmed.
This entire site is basically dedicated to disproving that fallacy so you can read up on that at your leisure.
Let’s focus back on Scotland. The fear mongerers are saying that Scotland’s economy will fall because it can’t support itself. They are saying that not having the British pound as it’s currency will doom it to failure. They say that investor’s will flee the country if they split and that Scotland will be a barren wasteland rocked back into a depression reminiscent of the US circa the 1930’s.
To that I turn to Nobel Prize Winner in Economics and advisor to Scotland, Joseph Stiglitz:
There is, in fact, little basis for any of the forms of fear-mongering that have been advanced. Krugman, for instance, suggests that there are significant economies of scale: a small economy is likely, he seems to suggest, not to do well. But an independent Scotland will still be part of Europe, and the great success of the EU is the creation of a large economic zone. Besides, even small political entities, like Sweden, Singapore and Hong Kong have prospered, while much larger entities have not. By an order of magnitude, far more important than size is the pursuit of the right policies.
And what about that currency nonsense:
There are many currency arrangements that would work. Scotland could continue using sterling – with or without England’s consent. (The argument that if it were done without their consent, Scotland would have no say in monetary policy is hardly convincing: even if it had some voice, monetary policy would be dominated by England.) Because the economies of England and Scotland are so similar, a common currency is likely to work far better than the euro – even without shared fiscal policy. But many small countries have managed to have a currency of their own – floating, pegged or “managed”.
Stiglitz hit’s the nail right on it’s head when he poses the REAL question before the Scottish people tomorrow:
The difficult question that Scotland has to face is thus not about arcane issues about monetary arrangements or economies of scope, about the minutiae of the short run gains and losses, but whether Scotland’s future – its shared vision and values, a shared vision and values that has increasingly departed from those dominant south of the Border – will be better achieved through independence.
After all the fear mongering and naysayers and prognostication of economic ruin, the question that ultimately befalls Scotland remains: “Is it better to be free?”
Freedom comes with risks, liberty offers no safety guarantees…but is it worth it? You better believe it.
And the Scottish people have known this for nigh a millenia.
In 1320, the Declaration of Arbroath was written and is arguably the most important document in Scotland’s history.
Firstly, it set the will and the wishes of the people above the King. Though they were bound to him ‘both by law and by his merits’ it was so that their freedom might be maintained. If he betrayed them he would be removed and replaced. Secondly, it affirmed that man has a right to freedom and a duty to defend it with his life. The truth once spoken cannot be checked, the seed once planted controls its own growth, and the liberty which men secure for themselves must be given by them to others, or it will be taken as they took it. Freedom is a hardy plant and must flower in equality and brotherhood.
Somehow, 307 years ago Scotland forgot this notion and agreed to form a Union with England and in doing so lost something of itself.
Now, after 3 centuries of London rule, the people of Scotland have a chance to take back their independence in a way most former British subjects (ie America, India, Ireland) do not. They get to VOTE for it. They don’t have to ask and they don’t have to fight…they simply have to WANT it.
Want it and abate the fear that the opposition would throw at them.
I hope they choose wisely and bravely.
And my message to the people of Scotland is drawn directly from the Declaration of Arbroath:
For as long as but a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be brought under English rule. It is not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom — for that alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.
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