In Scotland today it’s true that there is a struggle – as there is in England, Wales, Ireland, or rest of the world for that matter. But the struggle in Scotland is not, as the Scottish National Party would have us believe, the struggle for home rule, self-government, self-determination, or self anything. The struggle in Scotland, as in the rest of the world, is a class struggle: the struggle between the working class and the capitalist or owning class.
The SNP tell us, the workers, that independence from England and the
control of our own purse strings will cure all our problems. What they
do not seem to realise is that the problems they are going to try to
solve are an integral part of the capitalist system, and history has
shown beyond a shadow of a doubt that within this system there is no
satisfactory solution to these problems apart from Socialism.
The SNP talk about the Scottish culture and the Scottish way of life.
But in what way is the life of a Scottish wage slave basically different
from that of an English, an American, or for that matter a Russian wage
slave? There is no basic difference in the way of life of the world’s
working class because we all suffer from the same problems such as
poverty and insecurity. Independence from England will not cure the
poverty and insecurity of the Scottish workers, because they will still
be the wages labour and capital relationship.
There is no truly independent country in the world, because
international capitalism has made sure of this, and our own experience
here in Britain, especially since 1964, should have brought it home to
us. The past few years should have shown us just how independent Britain
is, when foreign "bankers" tell the British government how to spend
money, and how it must not spend money, in order to keep the
international capitalist class happy.
Independence for Scotland therefore is a myth put about by the
Scottish National Party, which further confuses the Scottish section of
the working class and blinds them from the real struggle – the class
The outcome of the class struggle is the abolition of capitalism and an
end to poverty, insecurity and the ever-present threat of war.
Socialism is a sane society, where the means of life will be owned in
common by the whole of the world socialist community. By the means of
life we mean the land, mines, factories, railways, and the like – in
short, the means of production and distribution. In Socialism the rule
of life will be : from each according to his or her ability, to each to
according to his or her need. There will be no need for buying and
selling, just a free world for a free people. It could be like that now,
so why not do something about it ? The world is ours for the taking. So
why not take it ?
WORKERS OF THE WORLD UNITE FOR SOCIALISM!
From Socialist Standard No. 779 July 1969
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