We’ve discussed before about how the
British Brutish left have a blind eye to the Celtic Nations of this so called United Kingdom.
But it’s worth re-visiting this subject from a slightly different angle.
I remember George Galloway visiting Aberystwyth as part of his UK tour, probably in 2004.
After his eloquent tirade against American Imperialism and denunciation of the Iraq War a brief Q & A was held. Someone asked a question about Welsh and Scottish Independence, and in his response he said that travelling from Scotland through England to Wales he didn’t see himself as crossing any genetic divides. We were all the same people, and why should we draw up barriers between each other.
This seems to be a stock answer by people on the Brutish left (ironic coming from Galloway, considering his support for Brexit, but that’s another matter altogether).
There’s this peculiar combination of One Peopleism, breaking down barriers, and a visceral hatred of US Imperialism.
Talk to members of Momentum about who their heroes are; what causes they’ve supported; what marches they’ve been on. Time and again, you’ll hear about Cuba, Ché Guevara, Castro, Nicaragua, the Sandinistas, Venezuela, Ortega, Bolívar, Allende, Victor Jara, Hugo Chavéz and many others in Latin America.
The Latin American liberation movements are always high on any of the left’s list of heroes and inspirations.
These people and movements fought for the liberation of their small countries against the tyranny of capitalism and the United States. Or so the Brutish left sees it. In their minds eye they are the sons and daughters of Ché Guevara and Símon Bolívar carrying on the good fight against oppression and tyranny.
Sadly, they’re not. In fact they’re part of the problem. By being members of the UK Labour Party they prop up the tyrannical system.
Because what these people fail to see is that these movements headed by Símon Bolívar, Fidel Castro, Daniel Ortega, Salvador Allende and others were not only Socialists who fought for equality and justice, with democratically elected Governments, but they were above all Nationalists.
It’s this that the Brutish left just don’t understand.
Castro, Guevara, Cienfuegos, and their 26 July revolutionary comrades didn’t fight Batista in order to become fully recognised as the US’s 51st State, under the belief that they were One People. They fought to liberate Cuba from the US’s imperial meddling, getting rid of the US’s Cuban puppet in order to improve the lives of Cubans.
Note that point: to improve the lives of Cubans.
Not the people of the Americas.
Not the rest of the world.
But Cuba and Cubans.
They believed that they could build a better country in Cuba and become a beacon for the rest of the world to follow. Think global, act local.
Símon Bolívar, one of Hugo Chavéz’s great heroes – fought to liberate South America from Spanish rule and create several new independent sovereign states – Venezuela, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Panama.
Whisper it quietly but Hugo Chavéz was also a Nationalist fighting off the imperial meddling of the US and putting the people of Venezuela first – not the wealthy aristocrats, or the oligarchs of other Nation States who might have wanted to settle there as they did in Cuba in the 1930s, 40s and 50s or as they’re doing in the UK today. As an enlightened nationalist he also used Venezuela’s then considerable oil wealth to assist other countries who needed assistance. But he didn’t give up his nation’s sovereignty to another. He was first and foremost a Venezuelan.
And so, to Wales.
We face the same battle here today as Chavéz, Castro, and Bolívar faced in Latin America. We’re controlled by an outside Government with no interest in the wellbeing of our people and who use every possible means to extract as much wealth as possible out of the country and from the people.
We have amongst the highest levels of poverty in northern Europe. Food insecurity is the worst in the EU, and over a quarter of our children live in poverty. The wealthy use us as a playground. Life expectancy in our poorest areas are amongst the lowest in northern Europe.
And the Labour Party – Corbyn’s Labour Party – want to see this unequal, unjust system continue, in the name of One People. The belief that we are all the same is far more important to them than creating a fair and just society that could influence our neighbours. The illogicality is astounding. Here they have an opportunity to build a nation state of equals. But instead they rather maintain a failed UK State of unequals – the most unequal State in the world. Instead of putting their faith in hope, they’ve opted for fear. Afraid of what might be. Better the devil you know, even if is the Tories.
We are governed by a toxic combination of an aristocracy and plutocracy. This is how it’s been since the end of feudalism. This is how it’s going to remain until we have our own revolution.
And the Brutish Labour left are completely blind to this, and are part of the system that maintains this state of inequality in the name of One Peopleism. This serves the Brutish Aristocracy/Plutocracy well.
Nationalism isn’t about supremacy and division. Supremacy is the ideology of Unionism and division is its main tool to enforce the plutocratic order – dividing people by pitting them against each other – immigrants verses natives; town verses country; ill verses healthy; black verses white; etc
Nationalism – Guevara’s Nationalism, James Connolly’s Nationalism, Mandela’s Nationalism – this is a love of the people, all people, and the belief that all people have the right and the ability to prosper and play an equal part in building the nation to become the best it can be, a beacon for others, a symbol of hope.
So the message to those on the Brutish left who see themselves as the heirs to the revolutionary struggles of Latin America: you can be their heirs. Join in the liberation movement right on your doorstep. Fight for an independent Wales, so that we can build a country which respects everybody and allows everybody to be an equal member.
It’s all well and good to look back in anger at the treatment of the people of Latin America, and shake a fist at the CIA’s meddling. But if you really, truly, want to learn those lessons, and say that you were part of a revolution, then join us in the fight to liberate the people of Wales.