You’d think a libertarian anarchist like myself would be thrilled at seeing a country possibly vote in favor of independence from the control of a centralized government.
But in the case of Scotland, the situation brings to mind Mel Gibson’s comment from The Patriot. “Why should I trade one tyrant 3,000 miles away for 3,000 tyrants one mile away. An elected legislature can trample a man’s rights as much as a king.”
And Scotland’s elected legislature is worth taking a second glance at. Earlier this year they voted on a new law assigning an individual government overseer to each child in the country. While 15 abstained, not one representative voted against this bill.
Inasmuch as I support secession movements wherever they may occur, how much freedom will the average Scot attain from this vote? Will the Scottish legislature promote liberty better than the British Parliament?
Secession is a dicey thing; the whole point is to be more free than you were prior. There’s no point in freeing yourself of one ruler only to be oppressed by another ruler who is located closer to where you live.
I could be wrong, but this isn’t a horse I’d bet on.
I’m afraid all this vote will determine is where their oppressors will reside, in London or Edinburgh. While I’m sure William Wallace would be proud to see the Scots vote “yes” tomorrow, the Battle of Bannockburn this election is not.
I admittedly know nothing about Scottish politics or the current geo-political climate in the country itself (some who do seem to know don’t have much good to say about it). But one has to wonder if the Scots vote “no” on Thursday because they know any change will be purely superficial.