Catalan Secessionism And Freedom

Today I am not going to talk about dull ballot boxes, the ballot box that broke while it was being carried to the Industrial School of Barcelona, the origin of the 2.5 millions of votes, the 20% thresold valid for ANC and other things that are an example of democracy for the world.

Neither Constitutions and Courts will be addressed. Rather than talking about democracy, we will talk with respect to liberty rather than democracy. Despite of the belief of some people, it’s more important.

In the libertarian movement, it’s common to draw Catalan independendence as a libertarian utopia. That pro-secession movement is represented as a reaction against an illiberal and centralist Spanish system, remembering to the Confederacy Heroes in the practice. The real part of this case is a Spanish state that every day loses more positions in economical freedom index and increases tax burden and regulations, …

But, is part of that thesis false? Yes, Catalan secessionist movement is not a reaction against economical interventionist. Whatsmore it’s in part responsable of those problems that stalk Spanish politicians and maybe would be more serious in a Catalan Republic.

To begin with that, what’s the political situation in Catalonia? I am going to focus on sociological and electiral aspects, taking as a basis the latest general and autonomical elections. We have to keep in mind in last regional elections economical and social policies were not very trascendental because the main pro-secession and nationalist parties, Esquerra Republicana de Catalunya -ERC- and Convergència Democràtica de Catalunya -CDC- (now reconverted into Partit Democràta Europeu Català -PdeCAT-) made a new political group (Junts pel Sí -JxSí-). That made possible a concentration of pro-independence vote, but partially because Candidatura de Unidad Popular -CUP- run aside.

In spite of that distortion, an analysis of these election results can suggest an statist political spectrun in Catalonia. JxSí won the elections, though if we look to general results elections of two parties that composed that candidature, we can deduce (approximately) the 56’58% of votes came from ERC voters and the 43’32% from CDC voter, splitting that group into their “parent” paties”, we would have the following results in percentage of votes:

Those parties can be classified as follows. ERC is a communist party (well known are its founder -Francisco Maciá- contacts with USSR leaders whereas its spokesman in Congress of Deputees, and probably the most mediatic member is a convinced marxist and its latest economic program includes left-wing populism measures: public bank, fees on cash extractions, new taxes, raisement of special taxes, …). CUP defines itself anti-capitalists and Podemos is excessively known.

Some Catalunya Sí Que Es Pot voters bet on pro-Constitution left-wing parties because of the opacity in secessionist issue. This party -Podemos-, named “En Comú Podem”, won general elections in Catalonia.

Leaving aside issues regarding vote distortion, we can clasify the autonomic elections results in the following way:

  • Communists parties would have obtained around 40% so as the new Communism has become the main movement in Catalonia. I’ve considered there ERC, CatSí and CUP.
  • Followed by communism, there are the social democratic parties, with a 38% approximately. In this group I’ve included PP, CDC/PDECAT and PSOE.
  • Finally, centrists and demochristians: C’s and Unió.

Simply, this analysis suggest the panorama for the fight for freedom it’s more distressing than in Spain (if we look the composition of national parliament, that’s neither pleasant for defenders of freedom and property).

In relation to the tax income it should be highlighted Catalonia is second highest and lowest top ratest while, according to libertarian think-tank Civismo report on Fiscal Liberation Day, this septentrional region is the last in that ranking. It’s also the region with more own incomes, among them, those applied to sugared drinks and environmental risk.

Likewise the guaranteed income is higher than in other Autonomous Communities (550 euros) and might be increased (to 660 euros). Thus, it’s evident the Catalan political trend towards a fierce economical interventionism. So then, it’s clear this hypothetical country will not be “Mediterranean Switzedland” neither freer than Spanish economy.

On the other hand, we must have clear it’s not a process of natural secession, but a result of social engineering (a variant of socialism). Catalan regional government has taken advantage in education to indoctrinate new generations of Catalans in secessionist thesis as well as financing exorbitantly and managing a public television (TV3) , giving subsidies to private media favorable to so-called “procés” as in other means of political propaganda.

To sum up, we must not let Catalonia to become “Mediterranean Cuba”, despite of the fact it might be the rigid will of the 51 per cent of Catalan people.