Regarding the Oct. 31 editorial “If Europe crumbles”:

Some 230 years ago, people in London would have read similar warnings about a small upstart country just across the Atlantic. As with Scotland today, that country was resource-rich and filled with potential but was held back by a distant government in London. Somehow, that small country overcame the odds to become one of the most powerful nations in the world. As an American who works for a leader of the Scottish National Party, I know that an independent Scotland would be a successful nation that would contribute much to the world.

While many things in your editorial missed the mark, I was most troubled by your assertions regarding smaller nations in the European Union. Your contentions that more equal national and regional representation in the E.U. would make it less stable and that increasing European democracies somehow weakens democracy run afoul of core American beliefs.

The United States is not perfect. But one thing we tend to get right is democratic representation, and I doubt that any American would want to see his or her representation decreased or independence denied. Why should others be denied what we treat as an inalienable right?

Christopher Mullins-Silverstein, London

The writer is an adviser to Angus Robertson, a Scottish National Party member of the British Parliament.