Friday, 28 November 2014

From The Liberty Wall – Nations without States Debate (2) – How Can Self-Determinists Force Governments To Give Us Our Freedom?
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Catalan nationalists demonstrate in support of independence

NATIONS WITHOUT STATES seeks to highlight the plight of peoples who aspire to nationhood.  These might be based on peoples or tribes based within a state or even across borders that may or may not have been independently organised in the past.  They might have a linguistic or historical separateness from their neighbours or fellow citizens. All will aspire to recognition, autonomy or independence.

And as self-determinists we support the right of all such peoples to determine their future whatever they wish that to be.  This includes for example the Kurds, Flemish, Sikhs and Tamils.

However, when it comes to obtaining any form of self-determination, the reaction of the ‘powers that be’ can be wildly different.  One only has to take a look at three cases in Europe to see this.

The first example is that of Czechoslovakia.  On 1 January 1993, this artificial state (created after World War I) split into the Czech Republic and Slovakia.  This act of self-determination became known as the Velvet Divorce, and it also saw the end of the rule of the centralist and unionist Communist Party of Czechoslovakia – CPC.

Czechoslovakia remains an example of where the authorities bowed to ‘people power.’  Here popular demonstrations and strikes – staged by students, dissident activists and ordinary working folks – forced the leadership of the Communist Party to resign.  The authority of the CPC had been ursurped and they were forced to accept the reality of situation.

The second example is that of Scotland.  Here a referendum on Scottish independence was held earlier this year on 18 September.  Here 2,001,926 (55.3%) voted against independence with 1,617,989 (44.7%) voting in favour.  This was on a massive turnout of 84.6%.

Although UK Prime Minister David Cameron likes to portray himself as a ‘cool dude’ who’s in favour of referendums (after all he keeps promising one on Britain’s EU membership!) many self-determinists feel that he wouldn’t have sanctioned the referendum if it wasn’t for the existence of a devolved Scottish Parliament based at Holyrood.  The parliament itself is controlled by the Scottish National Party, which has advocated independence since its formation in 1934.  It could be argued that without these factors, Cameron would have had to been dragged kicking and screaming to negotiating table.

The last example is that of Catalonia.  On 9 November more than 80% of the electorate voted for independence.  Here, more than two million people – out of an estimated 5.4 million eligible voters – took part in the ballot.

However, the referendum (or “non-referendum consultation” as it was termed) had no legal basis as Spain’s constitutional court had ruled that out.  Indeed, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has said that the vote was illegal and Justice Minister Rafael Catala dismissed the vote as “fruitless and useless”.

It seems that Catalonia’s position is very similar to that of other captive nations, whereby various ‘super states and Empires simply sit in denial.  With this – and our three examples – in mind, our question for this debate is: How can self-determinists force governments to give us our freedom?

This debate will be held on the Nations without States facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/184919468292372/

• CHECK out the first Nations without States Debate: http://nationalliberal.org/from-the-liberty-wall-%e2%80%93-nations-without-states-debate-1-%e2%80%93-why-do-our-oppressors-hate-the-concept-of-self-determination
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Think Globally – Act Locally!
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WHEN it comes to politics, the exact origin of the phrase “Think globally – act locally” has been disputed. However, what is not in dispute is the validity of the slogan.

But with the recent production and distribution of one new leaflet – and the continued distribution of an existing leaflet – the National Liberal Party has took this famous slogan to a new level!

When it comes to thinking globally, our new leaflet deals with self-determination and has been jointly produced by the National Liberal Party and Nations without States. It states the importance of self-determination:

“Self-Determination is a universal human right! It’s the right to determine one’s own destiny. This includes the right of nations and peoples to choose their own political status as well as their own form of economic, cultural and social development. This choice should always be put to a referendum.”

The leaflet also notes that as well as supporting national self-Determination, the NLP supports political self-Determination. Thus we ““support civil and religious liberties for all and would like to introduce see Swiss-style referendums, citizens’ initiatives and recall. All elected representatives should serve the people – not the other way around!”

And when it comes to acting locally, the National Liberal Party is leading the way in its support for local shops, businesses and the self-employed!

Our ‘Shop Local’ campaign has been running for a very long time now but we’ll soon be moving up a gear with a new national leaflet and poster. However, we’ve still got a few of our very popular Stand & Deliver! Leaflets left.

Stand & Deliver! refers to the way that the banks rob shoppers and shop holders alike. It argues that to kick-start the economy Britain needs to revive its local shopping areas:

“To do this the banks should provide interest-free loans to local shops, small businesses and the self-employed. They must be interest-free loans because normally the banks just create ‘credit’ out of nothing and then charges interest on this! This means that you pay much, much, more back to the bank than you actually get from them.”

If you agree with our opposition to the fraudulent banking system – and you support local shops, businesses and the self-employed – then help us promote our message by distributing as many of our Stand & Deliver! leaflets as possible!

• THINK GLOBALLY! 100 copies of the new NLP/NwS self-determination leaflet costs just £5.00. Distribute them to any friends, family or workmates who’re interested in self-determination.

• ACT LOCALLY! 100 copies of the NLP Stand & Deliver! leaflet costs just £5.00. Distribute them to your neighbours and local shop keepers. Support local shops, businesses and the self-employed!

• TO GET HOLD of your leaflets, simply visit our PayPal facility here: http://nationalliberal.org/the-party-organisation/donate Don’t forget to mention that your donation is for leaflets. You can also send a cheque/Postal Order (made payable to the ‘National Liberal Party’) to National Liberal Party, PO Box 4217, Hornchurch, Essex RM12 4PJ, England.

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