Alessio Gentile: #ScotRef could spell the end of the British state for good

Activist Alessio Gentile outlines an anti-capitalist vision for an independent Scotland

SO, the horse has finally bolted from the box, the hyper-acceleration of British nationalism and a "red, white and blue" Brexit has finally come back to bite the British state back in the arse.

Finally, we can bring an end to a state who’se empire enslaved half of the world and pillaged nations for their own benefit. Finally we can rid ourselves of Tory rule as dicated to by the south west of England. Finally, the attack dog of the American interventionist and imperialism can be put to sleep.

Finally, we can see dissolution of what has been an overarching symbol of British inequality, the monarchy, and establish a socialist republic. And finally we will have the chance to utterly smash the capitalist system - no more reforms of capitalism, which have failed numerous times throughout the last century.

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However, independence doesn't guarantee any of the stated above. If we want a socialist republic, then the moment the British state is smashed we must then put the fires onto the feet of our Scottish capitalist class and not accept their reforms, refuse to "take the centre ground" to those who would exploit and divide us in a heartbeat. 

If we want a socialist republic, one that works for the millions instead of the millionaires, then there cannot be compromise with the capitalist class, regardless of what rag they wrap themselves in.

For every effort we make in getting rid of the British and their capitalist class will be in vein if we allow the capitalists to adopt the saltire as opposed to the union jack to continue their exploitation, which has bred perpetual warfare, environmental terrorism, racism, sexism and bigotry: the symptoms of capitalism and the disasters it thrives upon. 

But I stress again, independence will mean nothing, utterly nothing, unless we overthrow the ruling classes and redistribute their wealth and land.

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This up and coming referendum must be more radical than it ever was, we need to loudly shout from the rooftops this is a chance for a fundamentally different society where the movement of capital does not hold society to ransom and where criminal bankers and market manipulators face jail instead of praise.

This is a chance for Scotland to withdraw from aggressive foreign policy and send doctors and food to help those facing terror, as opposed to currently producing stockpiles of weapons for the British and being a haven for nuclear weapons rented from the Americans.

This is a chance for us to aggressively pursue those who aggressively dodge tax, which destroys our public infrastructure due to their scrounging nature.

This is the chance for the ending of racist and classist British immigration policy where we see families torn apart everyday, students who are victims of dawn raids who are then deported.

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Scotland has its racists and is far from perfect, but I am confident that in an independent Scotland we will treat people with humanity instead of painting "GO HOME!" on vans to drive around.

Regardless of how you voted in the EU ref, this isn't about if you were a remain or leaver, I personally voted to leave as I agree with the anti-capitalist case against the EU. However, this referendum is not about that, this is about democracy, as yet again Scotland did not get what it wanted for in a supposed "union of equals", much like the case has been the entirety of my adult life.

Everything Better Together and the No campaign said in 2014 was a lie, a complete and utter desperate lie that was used to cling onto Scotland. But this should be no surprise - the British state has lied to us time and time again, from Thatcher and Hillsborough to Blair and the illegal Iraq war. 

The British state has no credibility and everything its ministers and officials come out with should be taken as a lie.

Picture courtesy of Paul Sableman

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