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David Hood

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Scottish Independence: confidence, courage and ambition

Scotland, one of the oldest, yet newest, Nations on earth is moving towards an epoch and deciding whether to become Independent. It needs considered reflection to enable it to make this momentous decision, before the Independence Referendum in autumn 2014.

For far too long, and despite the reality of what Scots have given to humanity, our small Nation has been developing a 'cant do' persona. Other Nations have managed to adapt and pursue freedoms and self-respect and progressively moved to a natural, independent state. Its time we did the same.

Strangely, we live within the UK state that is continually discredited. The UK lacks the ability to work on behalf of Scotland and its interests; the UK cannot behave as either a 'good world citizen' or in line with the aspirations of the people of Scotland. Indeed, in the UK, it is arguably the only modern 'democratic' state that tells its own people that they are too stupid, small and impoverished and should not be in charge of their own affairs.

That is not simply the fault of the UK powers-that-be. We allow ourselves to be oppressed into thinking of ourselves as second class citizens within our own 'united' kingdom. We suffer indeed, arguably, from a national 'Stockholm Syndrome' in a captive and dysfunctional UK.

What we need is a real, immediate, and concentrated dose of self-respect, courage, and with it, ambition. Ambition to join the rest of the naturally organised nation-states. Ambition to put right the old wrongs. Ambition to act as a good citizen of the world - and find our age-old guts and determination to make the best of it. We also need friends, family and thinkers from outside of Scotland to stand with us and show us what can be achieved.

For centuries now, many countries have broken free of the 'British' constraints - and none have looked backwards since. Its up to us - and we'd like to hear from you!....


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    Mar 4 2013: "Some scholars argue that the Act of Union in 1707 made the Scots part of a larger and more advanced nation and opened the way to the Scottish Enlightenment of David Hume, Adam Smith, and other scholars. And perhaps those modern ideas and the connection with England made possible the achievements of the inventor James Watt, the architect Robert Adam, the road builder John MacAdam, the bridge builder Thomas Telford and later Scots such as Alexander Graham Bell and Andrew Carnegie.

    But whatever the benefits of union might have been in 1707, surely they have been realized by now. And alas, the land of Adam Smith has become one of the poorest and most socialist parts of Great Britain. So maybe a libertarian shouldn’t look forward to Scottish independence. On the contrary, I think it’s easy for Scotland to whine and demand more money from the British central government. An independent Scotland would have to create its own prosperity, and surely the people who produced the Enlightenment are smart enough to discover the failures of socialism pretty quickly if they become free, independent, and responsible for their own future.
    Scottish Independence"
    By David Boaz for the Cato Institute
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      Mar 4 2013: Hi Theodore,

      Some scholars may agree or disagree with what the union brought or did not. Its a moot point, kind of like saying 'would the south states in the USA have survived or flourished better if there wasn't a union'. That there was only one history - that of a union here in the UK - is obvious and we cannot and should not debate whether 'it was hood for us or not'. It simply *was*.

      Right now though, it is failing and has been for decades. Being anti-socialist and falling for the 'subsidy' myth isn't helping - its adding to the prevailing lie. What I have asked for here is an insight into helping nourish confidence, courage and ambition. It is apparent that this is what we need, not I'll informed regurgitated propaganda from an indifferent state or misinformed opinion.

      We need inspiration, not lectures; especially as we have and such a profound influence on the modern world - and now need to join is as is our right.

      So again I simply ask - can we have some inspiration rather than assumptions or assertions that all is right with the UK state. It isn't working, we in Scotland want to go our own way, we are almost there and have developed this by majority consensus. Almost every UK policy is neither voted for or wished for by the people of Scotland. All we are doing is exercising that democratic right - that unfortunately is forgotten about in all the noise.

      Again, can I have some enlightenment about nurturing ambition, please? Without it there would be no USA, Canada, Australia, etc etc.... if its all right for everyone else, its all right for us too.

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