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Independence without borders: foreword to "42 reasons to support Scottish independence"

Adam Ramsay's e-book, 42 reasons to support Scottish independence, is now available from Commonwealth Publishing. This is the foreword, by Hilary Wainwright.

e-book: 42 reasons to support Scottish independence

The e-book, based on a series here on oD, is launched today - get your copy now.

For everyone else in the UK (40 reasons to support Scottish independence: 40)

Scottish independence would release the rest of the UK from post-imperial Britain and create an opportunity to build a new system for themselves too.

Change vs more of the same (40 reasons to support Scottish independence, 39)

Independence offers a rare chance to change a British system built before anything to protect itself.

Scottish nationalism or British nationalism? (40 reasons to support Scottish independence: 38)

For all the problems with Scottish nationalism, is it as bad as British nationalism?

Why stay in a club you wouldn't join? (40 reasons to support Scottish independence, 37)

The risks and downsides of remaining within the union are examined far less than the potential problems of independence. To be rational, we must look at both future paths with equal caution.

A blow to the British class system; look who is on each side (40 reasons to support Scottish independence, 35 & 36)

The British class system is built around Britain, and the most marginalised seem largely to support a yes vote: reasons 35 and 36 of 40 to support Scottish independence.

The Tories and Labour (40 reasons to support Scottish independence, 32, 33 & 34)

Scotland has been rejecting the Conservatives for almost all of the party's history yet has often been governed by them; independence will be bad for the Conservatives, and Labour offer no hope - three more of 40 reasons to support Scottish independence.

Networks defeat hierarchies; a new constitution (40 reasons to support Scottish independence, 30 & 31)

As technology makes the world flat, centralised unions are too cumbersome, while the prospect of the chance to write a new constitution in this new world is too important to reject.

The path to independence is well trodden; the union of 1707 has been replaced (40 reasons to support Scottish independence: 28 & 29)

Many countries have become independent in the last 100 years, few of their citizens regret it; and the union of 1707 has been replaced by larger collaborations as technology has brought the world closer together.

The uncertainty of no; new national stories (40 reasons to support Scottish independence; 26 & 27)

A no vote brings with it constitutional wranglings in which, right now, Westminster is accentuating the positives and hiding the negatives under the carpet; while a yes vote brings Scots the chance to replace some more damaging stories about themselves.

The environmental case for yes (40 reasons to support Scottish independence: 24 & 25)

We can't let Westminster play political games with Scotland's renewable revolution, and Scotland has unique eco-systems, better protected by their own parliament.

Faith, education, linguistics and diverging paths (40 reasons to support Scottish independence: 22 & 23)

There are historic and cultural reasons for differences in attitudes in Scotland and England. As English politics rushes off after UKIP, why would Scotland want to stay in a union with them?

A new nation or an old empire?; Trident: (40 reasons to support independence, 20 and 21)

Independent countries have more voice in the world, and any additional influence Britain has gained came down the barrel of a gun. Also, a yes vote is a chance to abolish Britain's nuclear weapon: 40 reasons to support independence: 20 & 21.

Unleash creative energy; save NHS Scotland: (40 reasons to support Scottish independence: 18 & 19)

Scottish independence will unleash a creative energy and is needed to protect Scotland's NHS from the impacts of Westminster's health care sell-off in England.

If you spend but don't collect taxes, you can't invest (40 reasons to support Scottish independence: 17)

Seperating tax collection and spending means that Holyrood can't invest in growing Scotland's tax base.

40 reasons to support Scottish independence: reason 16: the flotilla effect and why smaller countries are richer

Small European countries tend to be more prosperous than big ones. Their governments can use economic policy more subtly, and they can adapt faster to changing circumstances.

40 reasons to support Scottish independence: reason 15: austerity

A no vote isn't a vote for stability. It's a vote to be part of the new, brutal Britain Osborne is building.

40 reasons to support Scottish independence: 12, 13, 14: the coming British crash

Remaining in the union doesn't mean a stable future, it means shackling Scotland to an economy that's heading rapidly towards the edge of a cliff: Reasons 12, 13 and 14 to support Scottish independence.

40 reasons to support Scottish independence: 9, 10, 11: The West Lothian question & problems with devo-max

9, 10 and 11 of 40 reasons to support Scottish independence - the West Lothian Question needs an answer, devo-max will make it worse and isn't all it's cracked up to be anyway.

40 reasons to support Scottish independence - reasons 7 & 8: interdependence and federalism

Numbers 7 and 8 of 40 arguments for independence: a chance for genuine international co-operation and a potential step towards federalism.

40 reasons to support Scottish independence, 4-6: Westminster, Britain and Better Together

Reasons 4, 5 and 6 of "40 reasons to support Scottish independence" - Westminster, Britain, and Better Together.

40 reasons to support Scottish independence - reasons 1-3

The first three of forty reasons to support Scottish independence - geography, numbers, and sociology...

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