Thursday, June 21, 2012
NATIONALISM AND THE SCOTTISH MARCH TO THE PAST
Nationalism is an "ism" we can all do without. Some people like to argue about different types of nationalism, and, I suppose the case can be made. After all, the national liberation struggle of the Vietnamese is certainly different then the racist nationalism of the German Reich. Still, I could do without any of it.
A few weeks back an avowed Marxist Leninist on a facebook page I used to frequent argued for a strategy of fighting to divide the USA up into various little national regions and then, she figured, communists could infiltrate and take over. Dumb idea. Reactionary idea. Pretty much a similar idea to that floated around by a myriad of white nationalist sects for years.
The past few decades have seen breakups of various multi-national states into ethnic states and enclaves. Hopefully, we are about done with that and we can get back toward moving to the future...a future which includes more of an internationalist flavor and less of an "us against them" one. The real idea, my friends, is to not create your own little national state, the real idea is to SMASH THE STATE. The idea is for the working people of the world to unite and throw off the fetters that bind them. The real idea is for the multitude to replace the Empire of global capital with an alter globalization of themselves, ourselves.
Meanwhile we have this nonsense of an election in Scotland to liberate the nation from the UK.
As in all forms of nationalism, what Scottish nationalism does is subsume class analysis, class consciousness, class struggle, and internationalism into some "Gee, we are all Scots" frame of mind. Well, ye all may be Scots, but some of ye Scots will continue right on exploiting other of ye Scots, stealing the labor power of the working people of Scotland, and probably drift in a rightward direction. Ye folk may get out of the UK but you won't get out of the Empire. Ye folks will have accomplished nothing.
Gee, am I supposed to be all out for that.
I don't think so.
There is so much more I could say, but then I wouldn't have much of a reason to post the following analysis from libcom.