UNCEASING WAVES

Catalonia, Spain, and Franco’s Legacy

Posted in International, Politics by Karthick RM on October 4, 2017

22050364_1319696978139780_8646897719101201698_nAs Catalonia voted for independence, and as Spain unleashed police brutalities on Catalan voters, let us remember the legacy of this gentleman, Francisco Franco. Because it is his legacy that forms a part of Spain’s desire to maintain itself as a unitary state.

Where right-wingers peddle irrational lies, both liberals and the left peddle rational ones. One of the dirtiest lies of the previous century was that WW-II saw the defeat of fascism. Well, German and Italian fascists were defeated for sure, but Spain under Franco was a fascist fortress till the dictator’s death in 1975. Not only was the Generalissimo covertly helped by the US-UK as a buffer against Soviet Socialism, Soviet Socialism’s stooges destroyed the fight against fascism from within by focusing more on eliminating the anarchists than on fighting the fascists. Fascism requires several things to succeed, one of the key things being misplaced priorities of the leftist camp who often score same-side goals.

And it is also interesting to see how little critical literature there is on the Spanish brand of fascism. (Interested to know some good titles if someone can suggest any.) Because I think understanding the victorious brand of fascism in the previous century is more important to critique right-wing movements today rather than lazy reductio ad hitlerum fallacies, i.e., the tendency to equate any despised figure with Hitler, a failed fascist.

Much of Spain’s anti-referendum approach, from right-wingers and liberals alike, stems out of the foundation of Spanish nationalism that Franco cemented. The Catalonian referendum is a challenge to this legacy. Let the will of the Catalan people triumph!

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