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Which “us”, which “them”?

“There are five million of us in Scotland, but sixty million in the rest of Britain. We’ll always be in a minority. That’s why we’ll never get the government we want.”

That’s the SNP case for a ‘yes’ vote on 18 September. Anyone who has attended referendum debates will have heard this argument – word-for-word – from SNP MSPs.

Even if not always expressed in exactly the same terms, that’s also the argument being fired back on the doorsteps by people who are saying that they will vote ‘yes’ on Thursday of next week.

The case for a ‘yes’ vote in the Scottish independence referendum on 18 September is inherently nationalist.

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Reduce borders, don't raise them!

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Borders divide the working class more than they divide capital. That is the core socialist argument for voting no to separation in Scotland’s referendum on 18 September.

The core argument can be overruled where one nation is conquered and ruled to ruin by another. Then, the national oppression creates divisions as evil as any border. Separation lifts the oppression. Workers are better united by a common struggle in which the workers of the oppressor nation side against their own ruling class’s sway over others.

Borders divide the working class more than they divide capital. That is the core socialist argument for voting no to separation in Scotland’s referendum on 18 September.

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Support the Scottish socialist republican campaign!

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Pauline Bradley

The arguments on Scottish independence are simple and clear for me. There is just one question on the ballot paper “Should Scotland be an independent country?” The answer is, yes or no.

Salmond wanted a third way/more devolution (devo max) option but Cameron refused this. Now the Tories are panicking and offering all sorts of goodies if Scotland votes “no”. We don’t believe they will deliver.

An alternative viewpoint on the Scottish independence referendum.

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Monbiot, Scottish independence and cod-psychology

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Dale Street

On 3 September the “Guardian” carried a truly dire article by George Monbiot entitled “Scots voting no to independence would be an astonishing act of self-harm – England is dysfunctional, corrupt and vastly unequal. Who on earth would want to be tied to such a country?”

Monbiot begins by inviting his readers to “imagine the question posed the other way around”, i.e. what if Scotland were independent and the referendum were on whether to “surrender its sovereignty to a larger union.”

Scots who vote no to independence are, says Monbiot, self-deluding imbibers of ruling class ideology.

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Vote No to Scottish independence!

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On 18 September the people of Scotland will decide whether or not to become an independent state.

Latest polls show 47.6% against Scottish independence with 41.6% in favour, and 10.8% undecided. Opinion against independence has dropped, numbers undecided have dropped, and support for independence has risen. Discounting the undecided, 53% are against and 47% are for independence.

Scotland is not an oppressed nation. Independence for Scotland would remove no real oppression. The “rule of Westminster” that many in the Yes campaign (even socialists) claim oppresses Scotland is in reality the oppression of the working class throughout all of England, Scotland and Wales.

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Scottish independence will weaken global ruling class? A critique of "Critique"

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Dale Street

Oh dear.

The magazine “Critique” – formerly a “Journal of Soviet Studies and Socialist Theory” with a specific focus on Stalinism, but now an all-round “Journal of Socialist Theory” – has decided to back independence for Scotland!

“Critique” has always prided itself on having a better grasp of Marxism, a deeper understanding of the nature of the transitional epoch, a clearer analysis of the decline of the law of value, and a more profound insight into the application of the Marxist method and political economy than the rest of the left.

Critique magazine, self-styled sophisticated Marxists, backs independence for Scotland.

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