Every normal man must be tempted, at times, to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin slitting throats. –H.L. Mencken
…for, as long as a hundred of us remain alive, never will we on any conditions be subjected to the lordship of the English. It is in truth not for glory, nor riches, nor honours that we are fighting, but for freedom alone, which no honest man gives up but with life itself.
Unfortunately this was not actually the case.
For the next 400 years there was an on again, off again relationship between Scotland and England. Wars, intermarriages, and Oliver Cromwell meant the Scots were never truly free of the English. Sometimes the King of England was also the King of Scotland and sometimes vice versa. The crowns remained separate, but in name only.
In 1707 the Scottish Parliament adopted the Treaty of Union, an economic agreement which replaced Scotland’s currency, tax law, and regulations with English ones.
Next Thursday, September 18th, the Scots will vote on “independence” from the British Empire. I put independence in quotation marks because it remains to be seen whether, even if the referendum passes, there will be true independence.
If the vote is “yes” there will still be 18 months of “negotiation”, a long time for the Brits to weasel their way back in. That combined with the fact that the idea of voting about such things makes my skin crawl made me initially ambivalent about the issue, but Aaron nudged me in the right direction.
And, since I seem to be stuck in a numbered list rut anyway, here are 5 reasons to support Scottish secession.
…along with all the other British masters of the universe including Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg, the Labour Party’s Ed Miliband, and Bank of England Governor Mark Carney.
Politicians lie. Always. Even when the truth would serve their evil purposes better.
When Cameron tells the Scots how awful life will be if they are no longer subject to the tyranny of British rule, you know it’s a lie.
In fact, the opposite is true as he admitted in his speech on September 10th:
If the UK lost Scotland it would be diminished – be in no doubt about that.
If a politician is opposed to something, it’s probably good for you, the normal person.
In the same speech, Cameron also admitted that:
Our defence would be severely weakened. Trident would almost certainly be lost. Britain’s role as the second largest military force in the EU would be gone and, with it, many of our close ties to the United States
By “defence” he means England’s ability, like the US, to wage perpetual, pre-emptive war on other countries.
It would likely also mean the Trident nuclear missiles would be moved out of Scotland and into England.
Although I think destruction of the weapons is a better idea, I see no reason to be upset here.
Yup, that’s how much loot is stolen from the Scots every year and sent to the thugs in London, a total of 9.1% of British tax “revenue”.
Imagine stripping that away from the monster. This is approximately equivalent to the states of either Texas or New York discontinuing US Federal tax payments.
Arguments that Scotland receives more from London than it pays ring hollow, as all good economists know that money spent by individuals is far better allocated than when the central planning board gives it to cronies for political motives.
Of course they can just print up more if they need it, but at least that will help hasten the demise of the pound.
In fact, since the “yes” vote has overtaken the “no” the pound has already started to take a nose dive.
Scotland can finish the job.
I know it’s a long shot, but if they embrace free markets and reject European socialism, membership in the EU, and usage of the Euro, they might have a fighting chance. The British war on Scottish poverty has been just as successful as the American one, with 16% of Scots still living in poverty.
Perhaps they will jettison British gun control and see their violent crime and drug use rates fall.
As Lew Rockwell pointed out, the real solution to all statism is individual secession. Scottish secession won’t come that close, but as Aaron reminded me, smaller states are preferable to larger ones. Every secession is a step in the right direction.
So until our anarchist utopia is realized, let’s support every defiance of and secession from the state, including Scotland’s.