Today is the Scottish vote — exciting history! Yet this issue will really tell us nothing more about the nation-state than so much more in our news.
At the bottom of this post is a great interview with Noam Chomsky where he uses the Scottish vote issue to discuss several of the deep, complex political phenomena feeding this vote. Chomsky puts today’s event in perspective to the rest of the world, as is his specialty. He is brilliant.
Noam Chomsky (wiki) has taught me much through the years. I haven’t always agreed with him, but then that means nothing. His last line from the interview was one of my favorite. He made it after many, far-from-subtle attempts by his clearly leftist interviewer to get him to give a aphoristic nugget of socialist wisdom.
“there are no illuminating single phrases that capture the complexity of human life”
Oh I loved that. And among his many anarchist insights he also discusses:
- the tension between regionalism & centralization
- the inherited disaster of imperialist borders
- how Capitalism would be an improvement over what we have today, but still inferior
Pic source: amttravel.com