Yes: The Radical Case for Scottish Independence by James Foley, Pete Ramand

By James Foley, Pete Ramand

The uk faces a ancient turning aspect in 2014. A 'Yes' vote within the referendum on Scottish independence could see the break-up of the 300-year-old union, including a constitutional challenge to a deep monetary crisis.

An available polemic written for progressives either north and south of the border, definite argues that independence can reinvigorate campaigns opposed to austerity throughout Britain and deal a blow to the imperialist pursuits of the British state.

An pressing and invigorating political intervention, sure argues that whether the referendum result's 'no', a revolutionary independence crusade will regulate the political panorama. Written by means of top activists from the novel Independence crusade, certain can be a different contribution to the referendum debate.

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12 Marx emphasizes the suitableness, not the falsity, of ideas in capitalist society in both his early works, where he writes as if capital is right on schedule in nursing its proletarian executioner, and his later works, where he writes as if capital keeps overcoming every objective limit it meets, so that the ripe moment for revolutionary thought and action recedes further and further into the distance. For reasons too intricate to lay out here, it is in the history of Marxism after Marx that we see the falling fortunes of “base and superstructure” and the rising fortunes of “false consciousness and true understanding,” as Marxists revise their categories to accommodate the failure of objective crises of capital to incite working-class criticism and rebellion.

Nevertheless, the emotional charge of nationality cannot be understood in isolation from the dynamic of capital as Marx describes it. Nor is our view of the epic vigor of ethnic and national identities surer than Marx’s view of their poignant impermanence. The third conundrum of Marx’s universalism is empirical. To what extent does the more developed capitalist country show the less developed the image of its own future? In the preface to the first German edition of Capital, Marx issues his notorious warning that if “the German reader shrugs his shoulders at the condition of the English industrial and agricultural labourers .

Indeed, we can extrapolate a promising strategy for thinking critically about nationalism from his famous contrast between the Hegelian idea of an Abstract Subject and the material existence of actual human beings. ”16 A sequel, but not a repetition. 17 He criticizes religion, in contrast, for offering the popular masses fantastical solace for their real suffering, leaving the worldly sources of that suffering intact. 18 In declaring the Nation a collective subject—a declaration initially by intellectuals but for the masses—is nationalism a sequel to the religious illusion too?

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