“The extent of US influence engenders the most profound questions of democratic sovereignty, war and peace, and economic and social life. These questions are posed afresh by the post-Cold War decline of US hegemony and its always questionable moral authority. Is there a viable alternative to being a province of the empire?”

After the US: Is Scottish neutrality a viable future?



Take a step back and look at the United States, 2020. Over 100,000 dead from Covid-19, by far the most in the world. Responding to a global crisis by exiting the World Health Organisation, stirring conspiracy theories about how the virus originated and using its Navy to steal global supplies of ventilators in acts of international piracy. […]

A world after the US Empire?


It was interesting to see Troy Deeney, the Watford English Premier League football captain, explain why he wouldn’t be going back into work.  He said: “My problem was in the meeting, I asked very simple questions. “For black, Asian and mixed ethnicities [BAME], they’re four times more likely to get the illness, they’re twice as likely […]

Race, Scotland and Covid-19


In the latest instalment of his series of essays on Scottish independence in the age of Coronavirus, Jonathon Shafi argues that anti-racism was and remains central to the politics of the indy movement, but must be re-invigorated for the new challenges upon us. I was reading recently about the ways in which Coronavirus impacts black […]

Jonathon Shafi: The indy movement and anti-racism in the Covid-19 era