Recent Spanish history

As I argued in previous posts, Spain is an ancient place. A political entity born centuries ago. What is not so old, however, is the Spanish democracy. We’re a young country in many ways. Let’s remember this moment from 1975:

… the death of Francisco Franco, the dictator. During his rule, one could argue that quite a lot of oppression happened. Catalonia and the basque country were cracked down upon. Starting at that time the new government decided to transition the Spanish kingdom into a liberal democracy.

This process was not without victims. During this time Spain suffered under the actions of 3 terrorist groups: ETA, Terra lliure and GAL. I can recall some of the killings and executions. In one occasion one of these groups tied a couple to chairs and they attached bombs to their chests making them explode in their living room.

At this point the “constitutional assembly” created the new fundational law of the Spanish state. And, right there, just under the first article, we have the acknowledgement of the “historic regions”. And then, we knew that such recognizement was a ticking bomb waiting to explode at any minute.

Democracy

During my childhood years government was synonymous with the Socialist Party. For 15 years they keep the parliament and the senate. Until this happpened:

… and that’s an interesting video. As I said in previous posts due the Spanish election law, the nationalistic parties have a surprising amount of representation in the Parliament, making them fundamental to pass certain laws, like the national budget[1]. In the 90s it was clear that something was going on in Catalonia. And let me illustrate with an example:

… that, my friends is a Catalonian dub of “Dragon Ball”. When I was 13 years old I could watch the daily show only if the weather was sunny and the mountains didn’t block the transmission. And that’s how I learnt Catalonian. Years after I understood that this made no sense. Why restrict the broadcast of such a content to a single region and a minority language? Well, the answer is pretty obvious. It was a tool, an instrument, to teach kids the “neo lingua”.

9th November 2014

This not the first time the Catalonians do this show. Let’s bring our sight back and remember what happened in 2014:

… another referendum. Same validity, meaning, none. And again our state let unsung civil heroes to burn and crash alone: let’s remember the lone school principal that was sacked after refusing to open her school to perform an illegal act. Spain is packed with Quixotic figures. We fight windmills, and we die alone.

Friends and relatives

The population of Catalonia is one sixth of the Spanish citizens. Every Spaniard has contact with some Catalonian, that’s unavoidable. And … in their view, they’re heroes. They’re fighting the good fight. Their motivations seem so pure, so prudent, so righteous, that it’s difficult to oppose them. But I have. It’s time to stop, it’s time to reflect, and to come to terms with reality.

This is the time of open borders. And great opportunities wait for us. The national identity discourse is irrational and silly. I’m not proud to say this but we’re living in a “global society” and, believe me, no one cares about Catalonian exceptionalism.

About corruption

We Spaniards are famous for being considered lazy (I can’t count the number of jokes regarding naps I heard during the last 5 years) and, a tad corrupt. And, sadly, that is true. The Spanish Government is involved in, at least 3 major cases of corruption and theft.

The Catalonian government is critizicing this heavily, while at the same time they’re involved in equally severe corruption cases, as was sufficiently proven during the 3% cases, or the infamous money packed suitcases.

  1. Arguably the only law that matters, really.