I will be writing about the political situation in the UK, in particular, Scotland and how they are doing things completely wrong. This will be one of those posts.
The Scottish National Party, in its present formation, is actually a very radically left wing political party. Oddly enough, UKIP has come under attack for being too nationalistic when they claim that people in England are having their lives dictated by people in the EU but the SNP has not when they claim something very similar about themselves. The reason for this is because the SNP is so left wing.
In fact, the SNP most closely resembles one of those people’s parties in South America. I think of Hugo Chavez’s party, the People’s Socialist Party, when I think of the SNP. There are a lot of similarities, like the reliance on nationalised oil, accusations of foreign imperialism, etc. I can only hope Scotland rights its course before it is too late and Scotland becomes just like Venezuela, a socialist nightmare.
Let’s look at some of the things the SNP says.
First of all, one thing the socialist Scottish leaders dislike is the way land is distributed in Scotland. 432 people own approximately half the land. This isn’t equitable enough for them, there is no scientific reason for why that isn’t equitable, 432 is a lot of people and they only own half the land, what of the other half? More likely, the issues arises because of who the 432 people are, namely, old landowning families that have had the land for centuries. In part, these people are disliked because of their association with England, having had their land granted to them or won in wars, and in other part because these people have the land simply because they inherited it.
The idea that someone could inherit something is disliked by socialists because to them it seems unearned and yet they feel they are just as deserving themselves but they didn’t get that inheritance. The solution for them seems fair enough, simply confiscate the land because a majority of people don’t have it. But this is no more fair or democratic than how the land came to be owned by some family in the first place, in fact, it is a nearly identical process. Land confiscation is an elitist act. An elite gathers adherents and then performs a confiscation and yet somehow this is more equitable than people inheriting land their families wanted them to inherit. Worse, it tramples over the idea of ownership by removing ownership from people and placing ownership decisions in the hands of leaders of the government.
Granting government so much power is an incredibly bad idea. You will regret it, I assure you.
No country that has become socialist has ever recovered, it completely changes the culture for the worse. Corruption becomes an everyday part of life, laziness and lechery as well. Government offices and officials, once installed in to power, never leave and they continue to grow. Economic growth and an interest in new innovation becomes stifled because of the expense of doing anything new, never to return. Look at Eastern Europe, look at France, Spain, Italy, Greece, and all of South America. These places are absolutely not centres of innovation or freedom, their economic histories have been overturned, their present growth is nil. Don’t become like them. It seems people never learn their lessons from history, each new variation of socialism is presented as a solution that will usher in a new era of splendour, but it never does. It only spells catastrophe for any country that adopts it.
So what will the socialists do with the land they conquered from the old families? What wonderful, new, innovations will they bring that will usher Scotland to modernity? They will give it to farmers. Yes, the great innovation is to begin using confiscated land for one of the oldest purposes known to mankind, farming. I hate to say it but it seems the farming horse has already bolted. There is very little value to the world for new farms. Only if the market demands new farms should there be any. In this case, the farming is going to be done for emotional reasons, because people like the idea of poor farmers finally having their chance, and not because any of it is necessary for Scotland. Since the farms won’t be needed, the government will then require people buy from these farmers by restricting imports and claiming these farms are better because they are regulated and “green” and call the whole thing a success. All it means is that these new farmers, selected by the government, will be made wealthy because the government favoured them, and not for any good economic reason and then they will begin to seem a lot like those old families everyone hates.
Let’s just keep in mind that what everyone wants isn’t necessarily what is best.
Another thing we are told about the SNP is they dislike imperial England. This is a trope heard all over the world, that somehow the imperial England of the past has caused all of these problems for everyone. This is actually just excuse making. Greece is doing something similar right now, claiming that their current financial problems are a result of an agreement they made over war reparations with Germany over 50 years ago that has absolutely nothing to do with their problems collecting tax and overspending on socialist innovations. Scotland is doing the same. It becomes leftist, nothing good happens, so it blames old imperial England for doing something vaguely in the past. Roger Scruton claims the Scots are motivated by revenge on England, I never thought this was true but if it is, if the Scots want revenge on England, then make yourself freer and outcompete them. England’s greatest advantage is its economic freedom. Scotland has the tenacity and talent to be able to put to good use more freedom. Blaming England is just an excuse. Adam Smith used the term “invisible hand” to describe the market, it is fitting that Scotland should be more free and put this hand to use. The quote by Boswell,
The noblest prospect which a Scotchman ever sees, is the high road that leads him to England!”
should be reversed. You can’t do that with socialism.
Lastly, the SNP wants a more equal society. This is such nonsense, such tripe. All this ever means is that laws will be made to favour some people and not others and it will devolve in to litigation, media frenzies, and resentment of each other. There is absolutely nothing to be ashamed of in Scotland, you don’t need more immigrants to make yourselves better, and you don’t need to give Parliament incredibly vast powers to settle silly petty issues between men and women. The best places to live on the planet have continuously moved towards more freedom, Scotland should do the same.
I will repeat, get rid of the SNP, it is not pro Scotland, it is a hateful group that resents Scotland. Left wing politics will never win, you simply can not expect to win by giving power to fewer and fewer hands. Cut your taxes, get rid of the socialists, let the free market sort out who owns land rather than government, and begin anew.