The Radical Independence Campaign – ‘Emancipation & Liberation’ specials

We are posting a new link to an electronic version of the special issue of Emancipation & Liberation the RCN produced for last year’s Radical Independence Conference. This will provide some basis for assessing the changes which have occurred in the political situation in Scotland over the last year, and how RIC has met the…

Michael Marra – A Tribute

Mary McGregor, who lives in Dundee, has written the following tribute to the acclaimed singer songwriter, Michael Marra, who died on October 23rd. Every obituary and tribute to Michael Marra seems to begin with I met Michael in… or I have known Michael since … and when I sat down to write about him, I…

What is happening in Greece and why

Lina Christou, who lives in Athens, explains the background to the current crisis in Greece. Greece has been chosen by the ‘graduates’ of the Chicago school as a country in which the ‘Shock Doctrine’ approach could be applied in the way this is described in Naomi Klein’s book[1]Naomi Klein (2008) The Shock Doctrine: the Rise…

Ireland and the broader consequences of the 2014 Scottish Referendum

Jim Slaven of the James Connolly Society highlights some of the publicly unacknowledged features of the 2014 referendum, how they fit into the British ruling class strategy to maintain its rule over these islands, and a new challenge to this in Ireland. The deal between Alex Salmond and David Cameron on the arrangements for the…

The Slippery Slope

Murdo Richie explains the consequences of the SNP conference decision on NATO. We are being deceived into thinking that we are safe with NATO-friendly nationalists when instead we have a disgraceful pretence,[1]The SNP and its leadership are taking us for fools claims Lord NATO alias its former General-Secretary and former UK Defence secretary, George Robertson.…

Imagining Radical Independence: Learning from the Venezuelan Experience

Ewan Robertson, who currently lives in Venezuela, writing for Venezuela Analysis, asks us to imagine what radical independence could look like. With two years to go until the SNP puts an independence referendum to the Scottish people, the likelihood appears that the form of independence on offer will look more like devolution-max; ditching any policy…

For a Socialist and Feminist Republican Scotland: Gender Equality and Beyond

Susan Dorazio places Scottish independence firmly within the struggle for global emancipation and liberation against capitalist and patriarchal exploitation and oppression. A Socialist and Feminist Republican Scotland would establish equality for women, but it wouldn’t stop there. Scots, no matter how gender-identified, would recognise that liberation and justice for one is liberation and justice for…

The Declaration of Calton Hill, 9th October 2004

The Declaration of Calton Hill, 9th October 2004   We the undersigned call for an independent Scottish republic built on the principles of liberty, equality, diversity and solidarity. These principles can never be put into practice while Scotland remains subordinate to the hierarchical and anti-democratic institutions of the British State. We believe these principles can…

For an independent Scottish Socialist Republic

The Republican Communist Network supports the creation of an independent Scottish Socialist Republic as a significant step towards communism. We look to and would support a Federation of European Socialist States. Our support is for a genuinely independent Republic, not a sham façade that presents a Scottish nationalism that settles for symbols, not substance. A…