While I've touched on the Catalan independence movement in several recent posts, I want to make one thing clear from the start.
I don't have a strong
opinion on whether or not independence is the right move for the
region and its people. It would be completely inappropriate for me,
a U.S. citizen living in Colorado, to lecture people 5,000 miles
away on how they should organize their political lives.
When it comes to the
issue of voting and referendums, we've entered a topic far bigger
than Catalonia, Spain, or even Europe itself. When it comes to the
issue of political self-determination, we're talking about an
essential human right which should be seen as inherent to all of us,
The time is ripe for us as a species to insist on a transition toward a more voluntary, sane, peaceful and decentralized process of political organization.
This is an idea whose time has come, and I thank the Catalan people from the bottom of my heart for brining it to the fore, and also for conducting themselves in such a noble, courageous and thoughtful manner.
You are leading the way
for the rest of us.
Since Spain is a manmade political creation, this is the modern equivalent of claiming a "divine right of kings," but rather than bestowing this archaic conception on individual rulers, it's bestowed upon a nation-state.
This is not just an absurd position, it's patently anti-human.
As discussed in the post, 'It's Time to Question the Modern Nation-State Model of Governance':
If humans are going to evolve into better forms of political organization rooted in voluntary associations, we must first reject the clear authoritarian nature of our current political environments.
All of us are randomly born into nation-states which we never chose in the first place and told to accept them as eternal structures.
The people of Catalonia
have realized the absurdity of this and are taking a brave stand on
the issue. Anyone who genuinely believes in human rights must stand
with the people of Catalonia and support their right to a referendum
should they choose to have one.
As I've said many times before, ends never justify the means. The means are everything...
Moreover, by exposing the opposition as goons, you foster increased solidarity amongst your neighbors who may have been on the fence when it comes to independence. You also create passionate allies across the world.
The Catalan people have
succeeded remarkably on all these fronts.
This would've been a huge error since while 90% voted for independence, only 40% or so voted.
While such a lopsided result certainly makes the case that Catalans deserve a vote for self-determination, it's not a clear mandate given the low turnout. If the people of Catalonia want to succeed in their push, Madrid must be seen as the unreasonable - and very public - aggressor in virtually every move on the chessboard.
By not prematurely
declaring independence Catalonia pushed the move back into Madrid's
court, which is wise since the government there has a habit of
making really stupid decisions.
Knowing that jail was a possibility, Omnium chief Jordi Cuixart had prerecorded a video message.
It's short, powerful and
If Spain's Prime Minister
Mariano Rajoy goes through with his threat to invoke Article
155 on Thursday should Catalonia refuse to clarify its position on
independence (it won't), it'll be the equivalent of a political
nuclear bomb going off in Europe.
Should the Spanish government activate Article 155, it'll mark the culmination of a perfectly played independence movement by the Catalans.
This isn't to say that the road to independence, or more autonomy, will be smooth or easy from that point forward, but it will create a sense of increased solidarity amongst the Catalan people that wasn't as widespread before October 1st.
Many of those who opposed independence before, or were on the fence, will come around to standing with their friends and neighbors in the face of unacceptable aggression from Madrid.
The road may be a long one, but
invoking Article 155 will mark the beginning of the end for Madrid.
The Catalan struggle represents just one battle in an overall human push for freedom and voluntary associations. It's a fight in a much larger war that absolutely must be won for liberty and progress to blossom on this planet.
A battle between,
You know where I stand...