Antoni Puigverd 15/07/2020
Forbidden to go well
In these days when the coronavirus is taking the initiative again in Catalonia, I cannot help thinking that we are dominated by a kind of catastrophic fatum. A destiny that drags us to the precipice. With suicidal joy they push the country down, both the citizens, who show signs of unconsciousness and frivolity, and the Catalan authorities, practitioners of that very pure idea of patriotic love: “I killed her because she was mine.”
We have been so long so it causes melancholy to wonder about the causes. The thing may no longer have a solution. Populist politics feeds and flatters the instincts of the mass. Now, this flattery does not empower, as they say, people. Addicts them. In a infantilized society that has been denied the possibility of understanding the distance that something is going to want to achieve, you cannot ask for containment or awareness of the severity of the pandemic. Can anyone who has not been responsible for his actions, who has dared to say that he directs the country vicariously, who shortens or lengthens the time of his presidential administration in accordance not with collective needs, but with partisan interests, ask for responsibility? Can anyone who has proclaimed disobedience to the four winds ask for civic obedience?
Can anyone who has proclaimed disobedience ask for civic obedience?
While we happily flirted with the precipice, there have been elections in Galicia and in the Basque Country that have demonstrated, among other things, that moderantism is for the PP a much more fruitful formula than radicalism. Campaigning in the Basque Country as if ETA had not been defeated seems like a picturesque decision. But it obeys an ideological rigorism that, instead of trying to solve problems with flexibility and a sense of balance, prefers to complicate things. While Feijóo repeats success with an ambiguous formula that embraces Galicianism without opposing Spanishism, in the Basque Country the PP campaign championed (and perhaps longed for) the heroism of the lead years.
ETA was a repugnant murderous response to the Francoist repression in the Basque Country, which voted no to the Constitution. Those who were looking for exits like the ones they are finding now (Ernest Lluch) also fought and died against ETA. The patrimonialization of the fight against ETA gave a great boost to the PP of Aznar throughout Spain, and, by the way, it complicated things a lot in Catalonia. We know where the unitarist Spanish tremendousism leads: to make impossible an exit to the eternal territorial lawsuit. Despite this, we cannot tire of repeating that Unitarianism will only succeed in beating the law (and also the police); you will never get the necessary consensus in all territories (no matter how much you have it in the capital). It would seem sensible, realistic, positive that the PP embraced Feijóo’s flexible formula. We will not be that lucky. The independence fatalism finds its better half in the unitarian fatalism. Cliffs attract.