Beyond the Scotland 2014 referendum:
the struggle for democracy
Thursday 13 November
Simply paste the link into your browser and follow the instructions to join in. Use headphones or ear buds to keep interference down. You can join from 6.45pm.
Four short presentations will set the scene, with plenty of time for discussion and debate:
- Gordon Asher & Leigh French (editors of Variant)
A selective reflection on positions taken around the Scotland 2014 referendum, including: testing validity claims for 'social justice' under the 'new constitutionalism' proposed for an 'independent' Scotland; the undertow of 'economic patriotism' in the reconfiguration of a crisis of democracy as a crisis for bureaucracy; and the stubbornly Romantic fallacy of national protectionism even as state intervention subjects society to the economic as the index for all action.
- Richard Gunn (author of Post-referendum Scotland: New Priorities)
Here and now and in the future, our priority should be to build up and support emancipatory social movements. This means looking beyond the bewitchments and mystifications of nation-based thinking. Whatever may be the value of national independence as a strategy, it has a danger: nation-based thinking tends to infect our dreams.
- Penny Cole (A World to Win co-editor)
The Scotland referendum exposed the crisis of British state legitimacy which cannot be reversed. The status quo is decaying in the wake of the global financial crisis. But directing the strength of the YES movement into old forms – support for the nationalist SNP, or some new leftist party focused on electoral politics – would lose momentum. As capitalism spawns new formations – like UKIP for example – we must also be developing new bodies to struggle for democracy.
- Steve Freeman (Republican Socialist Alliance)
There is a need for a Republican movement in Scotland and a republican party. The gap between what is happening in Scotland and what is taking place in England is huge. There are many political dangers as a result.