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The Catalan Leadership Is Serious About Independence

• by Thomas Harrington

The article has much to recommend it. In the first part of the piece, Navarro does an effective job of explaining the fundamentally reactionary and stage-managed nature of Spain's much-praised Transition to Democracy following the death of dictator Francisco Franco in 1975, pointing out, among other things, the considerable amount of state violence that was exercised during the country's supposedly exemplary transit from dictatorship to real parliamentary rule.

He also does a good job of describing how the country's new "democratic" electoral system was rigged during the same transitional period to favor both centrist parties and more conservative rural voters, and that this has had a corrosive effect on the quality of democratic representation throughout the state, and from there, the pursuit of social equality.

While perhaps overstating the catalytic nature of the 15-M, 2011 movement of the indignados, he is essentially correct in presenting it as a an angry and much-merited response to the "democratic deficit" described above.