I only joined the SNP on retiring, in 2016. I’d been sympathetic to the idea for most of my adult life but working with young people in education, I felt it was unethical to be party member. There is no way that party membership will not affect your thinking and then your teaching and research.
For all of that time my teaching and research was ‘critical’. That meant taking nothing at face value and insisting on evidence and the constant improvement of the pursuit of evidence.
Now, the brutally exploitative nature of imperialism and capitalism in which we all live meant that what I then did, based on the evidence, would be seen by others in the academic world as somehow ‘leftist.’
It was. A leftist solution to exploitation, poverty and war is the only rational one, based on evidence. I’m not talking about the Soviet Union or Communist China before some mentions them, although both did massively reduce material poverty.
There is no perfect example but the social democracies of Northern Europe are the best so far.
Anyhow, back to this astonishing claim.
Here are some of the reasons why I have been able to answer the independence question long before considering the need for our own currency which, I agree, we should just set-up in the first year or so:
- No more military interventions
- No nuclear weapons
- No poverty or homelessness
- No hunger
- Fair taxation
- Land reform
- No private education
- A public health approach to drug abuse
- Carbon-free energy
There are more of course and then, what was thing? Oh yes, our own currency. We’ll need that. Someone set that up.