Juan Milián, September 2, 2019
Born in Morella in 1981. Political scientist and politician. Expert in the ‘procés’ out of obligation. Mediterranean by vocation. I have written several books.
“How the insecurity will not increase in Barcelona and its surroundings if the ideological climate and the crisis of authority are what they are?”
They promised to become Denmark in the South through the Slovenian route. They made a human chain like the Baltics and took advantage of Russian fake news. They demanded a referendum like the one in Scotland, while saying that Spain was like Serbia. They also looked towards Kosovo, while brandishing a false sentence from The Hague. Quebec was another reference, but the support came from Flanders and the “Padania”. They shared tax xenophobia and the occasional slogan. They said they were the most Europeanist in the Union, but they were photographed with the europhobes of Finland. They could be Israel, and also Palestine, it all depended on who the interlocutor was. They liked Maduro, but for Venezuelans. For them, the capitalist Switzerland. They call the British Prime Minister crazy while idolizing the “sane” of Waterloo. Today they say they should act like the Democrats in Hong Kong, but yesterday they sold themselves to China. And now, the final ending, they are so excited with the events in Papua New Guinea.
They claim to be one thing and the opposite. Just as they swear they will do again what they perjure not to have done. And, in this way, when they return from summer holidays they will elaborate a “strong unitary response” to the Supreme Court ruling. So far they have already proposed: dialogue and confrontation, putting candles on Montserrat and assaulting Parliament, early elections and exhausting the legislature, implementing the 1-O result and broadening the social base, a motion of confidence to Torra and the investiture of Puigdemont, a “concentration government” with the commons and strengthening the Consell per la República, vetoing Pedro Sánchez and supporting Pedro Sánchez. There you have it, postmodernity in its purest form. Catalan pro-independence sectors will not be separated from the rest of Spain, but they have already done so with truth and coherence, because they do not respect their own lies. Relativism synchronizes perfectly with narcissism, Michiko Kakutani says in The Death of Truth. And nationalism is a collective and augmented narcissism. Thus, the nationalist sees no contradiction in denouncing the “unbearable oppression of the State” while sunbathing on a yacht or having a gin tonic on the terrace of a hotel. From the Costa Brava to Paseo de Gracia, the facts do not matter if they can make a good selfie.
“Bogged down” was the title of Joan Coscubiela referring to the Catalan situation. And messed, I would add. Between delirium and disorientation, nationalism has installed Catalan institutions in discredit and paralysis; and that, in times of technological revolutions and at the doors of a new economic crisis, means decay, bitter decay. How insecurity will not increase in Barcelona and its surroundings if the ideological climate and the crisis of authority are what they are. However, and although they seem lost and divided, let’s not fool ourselves, they hold political power in Catalonia and, at the end of the day, nationalist associations, parties and small groups will unite to keep it. The media bubble makes them unpunished.