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Sovereignty is fashionable.

Sovereignty is fashionable. It is the cornerstone of Matteo Salvini’s speech. The Lepenism claims it. Prevails in the ultra-right wing Polish party PIS1. Donald Trump’s policies revolve around the pivot of sovereignty and his ex-guru, Steve Bannon, organises, along with Lega2 of Salvini, the Germans of Italy, a post-fascist party, and other extreme right-wing families, an international sovereignty platform (worth the oxymoron) just before the next European elections. They enthusiastically proclaim their sovereignty, how otherwise, domestic nationalisms. And, the strangest thing is, that even the little left groups, such as those headed by Alamany3 and Nuet4, accuse the Comuns5 (of which they were members until not so long ago) to abandon sovereignty.

Steve Bannon defends the sovereignty of Italy against Europe and the return to Jewish-Christian values. “America first, America first,” Donald Trump proclaims to the four winds. Victor Orbán, the Hungarian Prime Minister, is the elder brother of an order of Templars ready to defend Europe from the infidel’s invasion. “God, honor and motherland,” claim the Polish sovereigns. Closer, VOX6 proposes to suppress autonomy, repeals the laws of gender violence7 and historical memory8, deport immigrants and suspend the Schengen, among other measures. Pablo Casado, from the PP, competes with him in patriotism. And Rivera, attentive to the call of the nation, also follows the same path.

Since ancient times, the puppies of Jordi Pujol and himself demanded sovereignty, such as his brother-in-law, politically speeking, Juan José Ibarretexe, claimed for the Basque10 lands. They have sovereignty in their DNA, as well as, ERC, Omnium, ANC and, in general, the galaxy that is out of orbit around the Catalan nationalism. They agree to interpret Catalonia as a sovereign object and, as a result, they claim their right to do and undo in the name of Catalonia, very typical of sovereignty.

Until here, more or less familiar. The strangest thing is when sovereignty becomes just left-wing-sovereignty, trying to mimic the conceptual mess that was called “left-wing nationalism” (esquerra abertzale was defined in Euskadi14). This is the case, for example, of Ada Colau, when questioned about her position towards sovereignty, she dodges the question, saying yes, that they are sovereign in everything: sovereign energy, sovereign food … and, of course, National sovereignty. National sovereignty of Catalonia. Thus, she left proof of her political positioning, belonging to or her proximity to nationalism, but somewhat diluting it, or, on the contrary, she used confusion to justify her nationalism. Nothing strange, then, that Nuet, Alemany and friends, enthusiastically join sovereignty, even if it has a narrow path, especially when it is by promising good salaries.

Finally, let’s see how the Catalan Republicans of last minute do, including left-wing, make up for the Phrygian cap, barretina15 or whatever, with the sword and pastoral cane of Leviathan of Thomas Hobbes, the biblical monster of extraordinary power. However, since the content of the word sovereignty has been so dimmed and deformed and is, therefore, a cause for doubt, uncertainty and confusion, Catalan sovereignty, with it’s clerical touch, may be inclined to what postulated by the abbot Sieyès16, for whom sovereignty lies in the nation and not in the people.

But, in reality, and as Montse Álvarez17 said in an interview with EL TRIANGLE: “Apart from Cognac18, can anything else be sovereign in something?”.

1 PIS. Law and Justice. A national-conservative, Christian democratic political party in Poland. Right wing political party.

2 Lega Nord, whose complete name is Lega Nord per l’Indipendenza della Padania (Northern League for the Independence of Padania), is a right-wing political party in Italy.

3 Alamany. Elisenda Alamany, husband of Barcelona’s major (Ada Colau) and member of “BComú”, Catalan political party.

4 Nuet, Joan Josep Nuet, leader of EUiA (Esquerra Unida i Alternativa », Catalan political party)

5 Comuns. Catalan political party.

6 VOX. Spanish right-wing political party

7 Gender Violence. Organic Law 1/2004, of December 28, on Comprehensive Protection Measures against Gender Based Violence

8 Historical memory. It is a Spanish law. Law 57/2007 that recognises and broadens the rights and establishes measures in favour of those who suffered persecution or violence during the Civil War and the Dictatorship

9 PP. Spanish People’s Party

10 Basque lands. An autonomous region in the north of Spain, bordering with France Basque region and who also enjoys its autonomy.

11 ERC. Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya, a left-wing political party presided by Oriol Junqueras.

12 OMNIUM, is a Catalan association based in Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain. It was, originally created in the 1960s to promote the Catalan language and spread Catalan culture. Over the years it has increased its involvement in broader social issues; in 2012 it committed itself to Catalan independence,specifically demanding the right of self-determination for Catalonia.

13 ANC, Catalan National Assembly”; ANC by its Catalan acronym) is an organization that seeks the political independence of Catalonia from Spain. Secondarily, it also promotes the reunification of the Catalan Countries.

14 Euskadi (The Spanish Basque country in basque language)

15 Barretina, is a traditional hat that was frequently worn by men in parts of the Christian cultures of the Mediterranean sea such as Catalonia, the Valencian Community, the Balearic Islands, Provence, Corsica, Sicily, Sardinia, part of Naples, part of the Balkans and parts of Portugal.

16 Sieyes, Emmanuel Joseph Sieyès[a] (3 May 1748 – 20 June 1836), most commonly known as the abbé Sieyès, was a French Roman Catholic abbé, clergyman and political writer. He was one of the chief political theorists of the French Revolution, and, also played a prominent role in the French Consulate and First French Empire.

17 Montse Alvarez, Representative of Federalist Communists in the National Council of “Catalunya en Comú” (Catalan political party)

18 Cognac, in Spain there is one brandy (cognac) brand named SOBERANO (Sobereign)



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