The Butterfly Effect

Our growing hope of national self-determination is no longer grounded, as it was in centuries past, in a sense of our subjection to foreign domination. Scottish political union with England in the colonial and mercantile ventures of Great Britain, albeit a clever legal fiction, has had benefits for Scotland and some of Scotland’s people. Unlike a nation which has been overrun by another, more powerful, neighbour bent on destruction and the ethnic cleansing of its population, Scotland has been part of a political union where there has been a level of coöperation and mutual participation in commerce, empire building and statecraft. It has never been a union of equals, however. The English state and its establishment have dominated the agenda and have always enjoyed the lion’s share of the benefits. At Westminster decisions are made which have always been driven by an Anglocentric understanding of the British project. From the earliest days of the union the assumption of the larger partner has been that Scotland, as a distinct nation and state, was simply absorbed by England. Scots do not, by and large, feel enslaved, oppressed or conquered by England, and nor should they. Our present political and economic realities, the status quo, are of a different nature of oppression. It is a relationship of national rather than personal dependence.

Reduced to pound and pence value, all of the creativity of Scotland, each penny harvested by taxation, every single item of production and the totality of its natural resources; a vast sum of wealth, is delivered up to a government in London. Nothing, not a farthing, is left unaccounted. From all that is given a portion, a ration, is handed back to Scotland by means of the mechanisms of the Barnett Formula to ensure the effective governance of our country. Conveniently this gift is treated as a ‘hand-out’ to the dependent party, be it Scotland, Wales or the north of Ireland. Implicit in the acceptance of this reality is the Westminster British ownership of the wealth of other nations including our own. This is the status quo and the root of Scotland’s dependent status and oppression. It may not be the oppression of the very poorest people in the world, or their cruel victimisation by others, but it is the oppression of a people who have no control over their own wealth. Other people in other nations, as autonomous states, do not require the consent of others to use their own wealth. This is dependency, and such a state of affairs ensures that Scotland is limited in the care that it can give to the people of Scotland – the very people who create the wealth of the nation.

Our hope is in the mathematical certainty that nothing remains unchanged forever. Over the past three centuries the memory of Scotland’s statehood, distinct from any other nation, has been kept alive in the culture and history of the people. It has been preserved as a future hope by nationalists and romanticists, these being sometimes one and the same. In recent years there has been an awakening over Scotland that has, in other ways, reminded us of the pressing need to sever this dependent relationship with Westminster. It is an awakening that has been infused by a growing sense of our unique national identity, but which has never been limited by it. This is the awareness of the changing reality within Great Britain – the ‘big state.’ Scottish requirements and needs have been overlooked, neglected even, by the concerns of a state that has placed brand reputation on an international scale before the people and nations who fund it. Social and healthcare needs, along with education and inward investment, have taken second place in a grander strategy of international military and commercial domination. These are changes which have had a profound and detrimental effect on millions of people in Scotland, as well as England, Wales and the north of Ireland. Lives have been lost as the big state has drained funds from the weak to fund the dangerous ambitions of a powerful establishment over which the weak have no control.

Stirrings of discontent have been met by a systematic and ruthless programme of punitive cuts, tighter security measures and the privatisation of the public sphere by state and commercial interests. The very instruments of popular resistance have been targeted and demolished. Now there are more surveillance cameras in Scotland, England, Wales and the north of Ireland than in any other state in the modern world. What has been built up around us is a watchtower that would have been the envy of the Soviet Union. We are told that these measures are for our security and safety, yet few in this cage will admit to feeling any safer. All such big states become less democratic. Democracy does not suit the ambitions of the powerful few. Increasing levels of poverty and social hardship alienate those on the peripheries from political engagement, from having their say in how their land operates, and effectively gives increasingly fewer people an increasingly greater say in how things are done.

More and more people across the so-called United Kingdom have railed against these changes and so the butterfly effect has come into action. A different type of political engagement has emerged as people have found different ways of communicating ideas of democracy and freedom. In Scotland this has resulted in the greater realisation that the status quo leaves the Scottish people powerless to affect meaningful change in a parliament over which they have never had a decisive say. Oats, haggis and tartan have been put aside in an attempt to alleviate the worsening social conditions of Scotland as it becomes clear that this inner transformation is impossible within a big state which exists only to enrich its architects. The most powerful dynamism at work in this national awakening is not one of national isolationism and simple separatism, but a prophetic consciousness that has ingested the idea that the salvation of the many is not conceivable unless the awakened nation saves first itself. In every part of Scotland’s independence movement this dialogue is present either openly or as a directing undercurrent; a sign that the cat is out of the bag. Over the next number of years, as this notion is more fully worked out, the more explicit it will become in the character and actions of the nation. Miniscule alterations, rising from a common intuition, are already making waves powerful enough to break big states.

– Ùr-Fhàsaidh
Jason Michael, Ayrshire
Blog Contributor


6 thoughts on “The Butterfly Effect

  1. As stated we aren’t bound by UK as no contract exists so just shut the door for the No lot the term promises are made to be broken see it now join us now life is a risk the moment you awake


  2. Our inertia between campaigns worries me. I read the lies about oil reserves being exposed. I read the Fracking carve up that will make personal millions for so called independant experts, and Osbornes family. I see this because I voted Yes and I remain engaged. We should be campaigning now. We know who voted No, we should continue to knock those doors and make sure they know how they have been fooled. We have to keep talking to them, we have to change minds now. The media covers these outrages to democracy now but it won’t as we get nearer to any vote.


  3. So much information to take in after the sad day the YES vote did not win through automatically. I see change coming but will it be enough. I am concerned by this latest buffoon of PM now saying he is giving us all our income, at what the expense of all the oil revenue. Let us all be clear, the only reason we are not independent an a nation is our oil. Remember the 1974 McCrone report.

    I feel heart felt sorrow for the fight Alex Salmond made and the compelling case for SCOTLAND that UK PLC undermined by the scaremongering that even with that failed brown fae fife that thought he could lend his weight to the better together.

    Its is reported that oil and gas revenue is dwindling, I don’t think so there are huge untapped resource to be explored and UK PLC know that.

    Scotland needed Alex Salmond to remain at the helm to see it through to get the job done. I firmly believe Nicola Sturgeon is a solid person, may be she is the person to land this all once and for all.

    Being a Scot is something to cherish, oh how I want to be seen as country that is not UK on any online booking engine. More than that we hold the power of establishment in Scotland for the Scots not also ran’s feeding from UK PLC hand outs. I want it all, and I want it now.


  4. “Scottish requirements and needs have been overlooked, neglected even, ”
    More than that you have been oppressed. Just as all us %99 are being oppressed all over the world.
    And after the City of London has sucked the last drop of oil from Scottish land and fracked the last gasp of gas from the Scottish heartland… then they will privatize the renewables.
    The monster can never be sated.
    Some revolutionary poetry and video from the ongoing Egyptian Revolution. Warning contains nudity.

    “For we are in a Revolution”


  5. Am dropping this in here “under the radar” in the hope that you will be able to pass this on to the organisers of the Rally this Sunday in St Georges Square. Especially if there is a radical contingent intent on claiming the Sq. beyond the end time.
    The following may be of use fro propaganda purposes 😉

    Keeping ourselves Occupied
    cc @Radical_Indy @Butterfly_Reb @occupyglasgow @Occupyglasgow1 The following was composed before I was aware of the Hope over Fear Rally Sunday 12th Oct George Square Glasgow.
    Hopefully it may be of *urgent* use w.r.t. the event and subsequent occupations/ rallies.
    I note in passing that @OccupyScotland is still available as an account 🙂

    Given that the Occupy Central (Umbrella Revolution) is focussing peoples’ desire for real democracy. And given that the act of aggregating into crowds is in itself an act of self empowerment.

    Perhaps its time to pull together the old Occupy movement.

    However let’s be practical about this. Winter is approaching and tents are cold. But we could do a few practice runs.

    1/ Inform the police of the following and the expected reprisal. This makes you the good guys and -as we shall see- pays extra dividends.
    2/ Announce a Yes flash mob to congregate in a public space eg. St. Georges Square. In solidarity with the Occupy Central movement.
    3/ Arrange for street entertainment, guest speakers. A (re)introduction to Consflow and consensus democracy. Do I see any Jazz hands here?
    4/ Arrange for an escape route and train up stewards with the responsibility for a safe evacuation of the space.
    5/ Wait for the thugs to turn up. And they will…
    6/ Start the evacuation: children and innocents; whilst ramping up the confrontation with the thugs – along a frontline of *your* choosing.
    7/ Once you have sufficiently enraged their pea like brains: surrender the space to them.
    8/ Cue lots of Nazi salutes and Union Jacks.
    9/ Don’t forget to leave behind a Saltire for them to burn 🙂
    10/ Document the spectacle. Live stream, pictures and video. Share on public media. Meme: “No = Nazi”
    11/ Let the polis make a few arrests. Which makes them happy.
    12/ Repeat on a regular basis until you run out of thugs…

    I would suggest once a month until spring sets in. Then set up for the long haul.
    A permanent Occupation or set of Occupations across Scotland until Independence.
    With the polis onside for once!

    Job done.

    “Hope is our Duty”

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