What Does Independence Mean?

Source:: Random Public Journal What Does Independence Mean? Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael EVERY INTRODUCTION TO PSYCHOLOGY course begins, or should begin, with the twisted tale of Pavlov’s dogs.  This is a grim and cruel story of the most awful kind of animal experimentation. It goes without saying, then, that students love it. This Nobel Prize winning Russian scientist, Ivan Pavlov, wasn’t exactly a dog lover. In order to better understand conditioned behaviour, so the story goes, he locked a group of dogs in a room with… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal What Does Independence […]

Treating Independentistas as Suspected Terrorists

Source:: Random Public Journal Treating Independentistas as Suspected Terrorists Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael ON ROUTE TO BELFAST, after speaking to Scottish independence supporters in Fife, I was called aside by a police officer at Cairnryan ferry terminal for a “random security check” as I waited to board my sailing. The officer asked for my identification, my name, date and place of birth, my home address in Dublin, and the reason for my trip to Scotland. Once the officer was happy with my answers, I was allowed to… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Treating Independentistas […]

Sectarianism and Scotland

Source:: Random Public Journal Sectarianism and Scotland Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael MANY OF US IN SCOTLAND were raised on the familiar – yet entirely false – narrative that “religion is the cause of all wars.” Sure, religion and religious people have caused their fair share of social and political strife. Human institutions, especially those intricately connected to politics and power, have and do instigate tensions which have and do often lead to violence and war. Organised religions, as very human institutions, are no exception to… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Sectarianism and Scotland

The Grave of Wolfe Tone

Source:: Random Public Journal The Grave of Wolfe Tone Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael “YOU HEADING OFF ON PILGRIMAGE?” my friend asked sardonically when I told her I was on my way down to County Kildare, to the churchyard at Bodenstown, to visit the grave of Ireland’s patriot hero Theobald Wolfe Tone. “No, nothing like that,” I lied, before attempting to explain my reasons for seeking inspiration from beyond the grave. It wasn’t that I had lied as much as it was that I hadn’t yet realised that… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal The Grave […]

Brexit’s Neon-Nazis

Source:: Random Public Journal Brexit’s Neon-Nazis Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael EACH REVOLUTION MAKES every road possible, and so when the Gilets Jaunes or the “Yellow Vests” movement first sprang to life in France many on the political left looked on with genuine excitement. In early December 2018 the so-called radical left in Ireland was gushing over what it perceived to be the beginnings of a true people’s revolution. On the Rebel website the Socialist Workers Party activist James O’Toole recited Fiona Ferguson’s script on… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Brexit’s Neon-Nazis

Ireland Can Show Scotland the Way

Source:: Random Public Journal Ireland Can Show Scotland the Way Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael THIS IS NOT ABOUT POKING the Scottish National Party or the independence movement, rather it is quite the opposite. The truth of the matter is that Sinn Féin – whatever we think of it and the dark and painful history of political violence in Ireland – has been at this exact game far longer than the SNP. The struggle for Irish freedom has been, from its beginning, a struggle against a Britain unmasked of… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Ireland […]

Prepare Yourselves for the Worst

Source:: Random Public Journal Prepare Yourselves for the Worst Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael HAD WE BE INFORMED that we had just 43 days left until we would be forcibly separated from our families and friends, dismissed from our employment, compelled to eat less, and do without essential medicines, how long would it take us to organise resistance? If a significant number of people in the country were faced with this threat – plainly put into these terms – then by tomorrow afternoon barricades and other hastily prepared… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Prepare Yourselves […]

What is Wrong with Ross Thomson?

Source:: Random Public Journal What is Wrong with Ross Thomson? Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael What sort of person, apparently suffering from too much work-related stress, gets drunk and possibly smacked off their head on cocaine in a bar crowded with colleagues and starts sexually assaulting the people around them? Reading this report, the reader would be entirely right in assuming these to be the actions of someone who has taken complete leave of their senses. These are not the actions of a well-balanced individual. Psychologists – criminal psychologists… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal What […]

Trusting Liars

Source:: Random Public Journal Trusting Liars Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael WELCOMING PEOPLE TO YES is all-important. There is no doubt that winning a Yes vote for independence in another referendum will depend entirely on our ability to win No voters to the idea of independence and making them welcome within the embrace of the independence movement. But, in acknowledging this, we are faced with the question of the welcome we should extend to so-called high-profile unionists. Of course, and without equivocation, we must welcome… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Trusting Liars

Scotland: The Case for Agitation

Source:: Random Public Journal Scotland: The Case for Agitation Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael NICOLA STURGEON IS CORRECT when she says that Scotland is moving to the inevitable goal of independence. Aside from the active social and political campaign for Scottish independence, Scotland and England are diverging. These two nations have, as we have seen over the past five decades of what passes in the United Kingdom for parliamentary democracy, very different sets of attitudes, priorities, and outlooks, and – as Professor Tom Devine has rightly acknowledged –… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Scotland: The […]

Get Up Off Your Knees!

Source:: Random Public Journal Get Up Off Your Knees! Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael ANOTHER CANCELLED DATE. Just off the phone with an organiser of a prominent and active Glasgow Yes group. She was explaining she was gutted with the decision they were forced to make, the area in which their group campaigns for independence is “wall-to-wall with tories” and that hosting a speaker like me would have “serious repercussions” for members of the group who have employment and businesses in the community. Once again the union, with… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Get Up […]

The BBC Troll Station

Source:: Random Public Journal The BBC Troll Station Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael BEING AN EXTRA IS SERIOUS business. An “extra,” for those not acquainted with the heady world of showbusiness, is a kind of living prop – someone employed by a television or film production team to add texture and life to the background of a scene. Living in Ireland, the home of Braveheart, Vikings, Game of Thrones and the original Fair City soap opera, of course I have friends in “the industry.” It is rather quite… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal The BBC Troll […]

Radical Independence?

Source:: Random Public Journal Radical Independence? Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael WHENEVER THIS WORD ‘radical’ is introduced to the discussion of independence people become suspicious, and rightly so. Back in 2014 the Socialist Review published a review of James Foley and Pete Ramand’s book, Yes: The Radical case for Scottish Independence, in which the “radical case” was said to cover a “wide range of topics including the rise of neoliberalism in Scotland, mainstream parties, British nationalism, and Yes Scotland’s and Better Together’s respective referendum strategies.”… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Radical Independence?

Why Are We Still in Westminster?

Source:: Random Public Journal Why Are We Still in Westminster? Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael IT IS AN ENDLESS SOURCE of embarrassment to me that Scotland’s independence supporting elected MPs take up their seats in Westminster; a parliament that by its very constitution and arithmetic exists to serve the interests of England over and against those of Scotland, Wales, and the occupied counties in the north of Ireland. It comes as a surprise, one must admit, that there are still voices in the independence movement – a majority even… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Why […]

Getting on With the Day Job

Source:: Random Public Journal Getting on With the Day Job Tweet Follow @RPJblog By Jason Michael IT IS CLEAR that it is a matter of policy for the Scottish National Party to distance itself quickly from any and all sources of criticism and controversy arising from the British establishment media. By no means is my treatment by the SNP in the past few days unique. Rather, as we can all see from the pattern that has formed, I am but the latest casualty in a media war campaign right now… Read the full article:: Random Public Journal Getting […]