Scottish Independence Referendum

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I am a federalist, and very much in favor of individual countries coming together voluntarily in federations/confederations leading ultimately to some sort of world confederation. This should end wars and lead to the establishment of some sort of world security force to protect the population from would-be dictators and those who would commit atrocities and genocide.

Having said that, every country has the right to independence. Also groups of states or countries have the right to break away from a bigger federation. Therefore the American Civil War was quite unjustified because the Southern states which formed the Confederate States of America had every right to break away from the Union. This is regardless of their policies on slavery, etc. which was a separate issue. You cannot deny a state/states independence because you don’t agree with some of their policies. In any case, like South Africa, eventually slavery and segregation would have been abolished in the Southern states anyway.

I still regard the break-up of the Soviet Union and the Yugoslav federation as tragic, as I feel there was great potential for them to become more democratic once they got rid of their bureaucratic dictatorships. No doubt some states would have left these federations, such as the three Baltic states (Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia) annexed after the Second World War.

So why am I in favor of Scottish independence? For several reasons. Firstly, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, to give it the correct full title, is not a democratic federation. Unlike the United States, for example, there are no state legislatures in every country of the UK with devolved powers. England has no state legislature for example, and the Welsh Assembly has less powers that the Scottish one or Stormont in Northern Ireland. Secondly, I am a republican, so reject the monarchy and therefore the whole idea of a United Kingdom. Thirdly, Northern Ireland should be re-united with the Irish Republic. When the Irish Free State (as it then was) was granted independence the northern province of Ulster was carved up so the six counties with a Protestant/Loyalist majority were kept in the UK, while three provinces of Ulster joined the rest of Ireland. This was gerrymandering of the worst kind, and led to the troubles which followed for decades.

We now have the European Union, which is like an embryonic federation. It has some of the elements of a federation such as a flag, an anthem, a parliament and a single currency in some of the member states. It must surely develop into a fully fledged federation or else eventually be disbanded as a failure, like the short-lived United Arab Republic. The problems with the Euro just indicate how impossible it is to have a single currency in many different independent states each with their own fiscal policy. There has to be central control at a federal level and a uniform structure on prices and wages. Imagine the chaos if some of the wealthier states in the USA had to regularly bail out the poorer states because they ran up huge dollar debts. The federal control over the economy insures this cannot happen.

Scotland has every right to vote for independence if it wishes, as do the other countries of the UK, though with Northern Ireland it would make more sense for it to re-unite with the rest of Ireland. Even counties like Cornwall and the Isle of Wight which have nationalist movements have the right to independence if they wish it. Since the Scottish parliament was established, Scottish politics have been markedly different from those of the government in Westminster.

For me the biggest question at the moment is the British government’s intention to  replace the Trident submarine-based nuclear weapons system, which is totally useless as well as being an illegal weapons system of mass destruction targeting civilian populations alive now and yet unborn. It has not deterred anyone, and most countries feel no need of such a so-called ‘deterrent’. It certainly did not deter General Galtieri from his adventure to capture the Falklands/Malvinas, nor did nuclear weapons prevent the USA from losing the Vietnam War or the Soviet Union from having to withdraw from Afghanistan. Even the two atomic bombs on Japan did not end the Second World War in the Far East – that was only achieved after Emperor Hirohito was allowed to remain on the throne and avoid a war crimes tribunal.

Trident is the only last vestige of the so-called British independent nuclear deterrent, which is neither British, independent nor a deterrent. It relies on the USA for much of the obscene technology, and they could pull the plug at any moment despite the Burghfield/Aldermaston establishments in Berkshire desgining the new warheads.

The sole reason for keeping the obsolete, militarily useless and obscene ‘nuclear deterrent’ is to give the British government a permanent seat in the undemocratic UN Security Council and a permanent veto of democratic resolutions of the UN General Assembly. The five original nuclear powers (the Russian Federation representing the old USSR), have this permanent membership and veto, the other four being the UK, France, the People’s Republic of China and the USA.

If Scotland opts for independence it will still have the Trident nuclear submarine base stationed at Faslane on the Gareloch, far too close to Glasgow for comfort. This will not give any Scottish Prime Minister a permanent seat at the UN Security Council, even if they wanted one. So an independent Scotland has two options: to charge the UK government for keeping the base on Scottish soil or, and this is what I would hope and expect to happen, telling the UK it must close the base down. Practically this would mean the UK government abadoning Trident replacement, which is the best reason I can think of for us to support Scottish independence at this time, saving the UK taxpayers £100 billion at a time of drastic public spending cuts.

In the longer term, I see no reason for keeping the mish-mash which is the United Kingdom which has no written constitution and no proper federal structure. The various countries of the British Isles (excluding the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man) are already member states of the EU, so if this eventually becomes a federation the individual member states have the option whether to join the federal structure or stay outside.

As a Socialist it could be argued that we should not be in favor of a capitalist federal Europe, but the nature of the European Union could change in time. Alternatively there would be nothing to stop  a group of states from breaking away from the EU and forming a United Socialist States of Europe, or some similar new federation.

So Scottish independence yes, but I would hope like most of the rest of Europe we would all come together eventually in a European federation or federations which would draw us closer together and insure wars never again break out in our continent and engulf the globe in any more world wars. That, more than anything, is why I am an internationalist in favor of independent states voluntarily joining with others in federations/confederations leading ultimately to some sort of world government.



The New Rationalists

Rationalism is the logical analysis of the universe/multiverse based on scientific study and experiment, as opposed to superstition and religion. I prefer the term to atheism or even agnosticism or humanism, as all convey very negative messages; i.e. there is or probably is no God/god, no afterlife, no meaning to life at all, it is just a complete accident which was helped along by evolution and natural selection. Atheism/agnosticism/humanism are all based on a materialist view of everything.

This approach is now outdated. Long ago physics discovered that solid matter is a complete illusion, and now Quantum Physics shows that even the building blocks of matter, i.e. sub-atomic particles, are based on wave-function and revert to this when there is no conscious observer.

The new rationalists are all over the Internet and YouTube, but are at present given no space in official scientific journals in the UK, though some have been published abroad.

What do I mean by ‘new rationalists’? I coined the term to mean the scientific approach to understanding the nature of things, rejecting superstition and religion, but at the same time not following the pseudo-religion of orthodox science.

The correct scientific method is to keep an open mind and build theories based on mathematics and experimentation. Unfortunately orthodox science has become a materialist religion, and it is considered heresy to question it. Orthodox scientists relying on university funding and wishing their theories and experiments to be published in official scientific journals are not allowed to even investigate anything at present considered ‘paranormal’. Dean Radin of the Institute of Noetic Sciences calls this the ‘woo-woo taboos’ of orthodox science. The Institute of Noetic Sciences was established by ex-NASA scientist and moon-walking astronaut, Dr Ed Mitchell, and it specializes in investigating these ‘woo-woo taboos’ scientifically, such as ESP, precognition, telepathy, after-death communications, etc.

The Campaign for Philosophical Freedom, headed by rationalist Michael Roll, promotes the secular case for the afterlife based on the experiments and theories of scientists past and present. These include many of the pioneers of radio and television, such as Sir William Crookes, Sir Oliver Lodge, Edison, Marconi, John Logie Baird, etc. who all felt the afterlife dimension was on another frequency.

Instrumental TransCommunication or ITC is also being investigated and refined by experimenters around the world, and remarkable messages have been received from the afterlife on televisions, computers, fax machines, tape recorders, telephones, radios and other electronic equipment. Of course orthodox scientists are not allowed to investigate any of this, and the official media, controlled by the straitjacket of organized religion on one side and orthodox materialist science on the other, either ignore all these experiments or treat them as a spooky joke along with ghosts, mediumship, UFOs, etc.

The new rationaists realize that the ultimate reality is consciousness. More and more scientists are coming to that conclusion, and Quantum Physics also backs this up. A new rationalist would not talk about ‘god/God’, but would use a more scientific term to describe the universal consciousness behind everything.  Rationalist scientist Ron Pearson calls it the intelligent ether or i-ther.

Alfred Russell Wallace, whose theories on evolution and natural selection prompted Charles Darwin’s ‘Origin of Species’, has been virtually whitewashed from history because he accepted the evidence for an afterlife. It seems obvious to me that if consciousness is the ultimate reality, then this is what is guiding evolution. Natural selection just separates the designs which work best from those which are inferior or outdated. There is quite obviously intelligent design behind the complex organs of human and animal bodies, but this seems to be a trial and error method as different adaptations are experimented with. The crux of the matter is that consciousness is a form of energy which creates and organizes matter, but it is a learning process. There was never an all-knowing God who planned everything from the very beginning. If anything god-like now exists, it has evolved and is still evolving, and we and all living things are part of it. Pearson’s i-ther, the universal consciousness, or whatever you like to call it.

The illusion of matter also creates the illusion of individuality and the illusion of time and space. The ultimate reality is this universal consciousness outside of time and space. Therefore it is pointless to talk about any beginning or any end; everything is now, everything is eternal. Past, present and future only have meaning in our virtual reality universe where we seem trapped in a one-way journey from past to the future.

It is inevitable that eventually, probably this century, our present orthodox science and organized religions will be swept away and the new rationalist science which includes universal consciousness as the ultimate reality will take their place. The various physical universes are the products of this conscious energy, created so it can evolve. Pearsonian science, or something very like it, must replace Einsteinian science which has led us into a cul-de-sac of absurdity upon absurdity, none of which are compatible with Quantum Physics or, indeed, with reality.