Ludwig Renn (right), International Brigade officer, with Dutch filmmaker Joris Ivens (left) and Ernest Hemingway (centre) in Spain, 1937
The similar case of Catalonia and California
The Spanish province and the Golden State share the same desire of independence. They do not recognize the legitimacy of the central power for many reasons.
Both are affluent societies. They represent roughly a fifth of the wealth of their respective countries. As such, they consider that they could live on their own.
Both have a strong liberal bias that diverges from other provinces or states. As such, they pontificate those who do not share their values.
Both are oppressive societies. Let it be free speech in campus and technology companies in California or the desire to remain a subject of his Majesty the King Felipe VI of Spain, both are oppressive societies for those who do not share their agenda. Google fired James Damore who questioned the company’s diversity effort on race and gender, and said the company is like a “cult.” (1) Conservative people live as outcasts in Catalonia. Their huge rally in Barcelona in support of national unity counted for nothing.
Both share the desire of replacing white people by minorities who do vote well
Barcelona mayor’s Ada Colau blamed tourist invasion from Nordic countries in June (2), but she was mute when a Muslim commando slaughtered innocent people in the same crowded touristic streets a couple of months later. (3) Thanks to her lax policy in favor of migrants, Catalonia has a substantial Muslim community.
The supremacy of minorities
“The thing we have to fear in this country, to my way of thinking, is the influence of organized minorities, because somehow or other the great majority does not seem to organize. They seem to feel that they are going to be effective because of their own strength, but they give no expression of it.”
Curiously, it was Democratic U.S. candidate Alfred Emanuel Smith who said that; he was defeated by Herbert Hoover in the 1928 presidential race. Ninety years later, the Democratic Party has become the champion of minorities.
Let it be in Catalonia, California, or in Western Europe, nimble and ruthless minorities are imposing their will on the silent and conservative society in many ways. “Ten persons who speak make more noise than ten thousands who are silent.” Said Napoleon Bonaparte.
Blame and destabilize the adversary through a rhetorical attack is their trademark. Anyone who dares to voice a disparaging remark is called a Fascist, a Nazi, or a white supremacist.
Mussolini’s famous quote was, “All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state.” Hitler was a close ally with Mussolini.
On the other hand, Ronald Reagan said, “The most terrifying words in the English language are: I’m from the government and I’m here to help.” He also declared, “I hope we once again have reminded people that man is not free unless government is limited. There is a clear cause and effect here that is as neat and predictable as a law of physics: As government expands liberty contracts.”
Regarding Nazi, it is a deflective and convenient veneer. Nazi is the acronym of the National Socialist German Worker’s Party. The party thrived on its anti-big business, anti-bourgeois, and anti-capitalist rhetoric.
Understand if you will that Fascists and Nazis belong to the extreme-right! Alleged Nazis and Fascists are not the ones who are made into the popular scapegoat but Antifa militants these days.
Concerning the alleged white race supremacy, it is a blatant double standard, enhanced by political correctness, because Black Lives Matter movement encourages violence and killing police officers. The foreboding of white people and Christian believers was tangible in the last Presidential election. They are afraid of becoming a hatred and persecuted minority in the country. Ethnic and religious cleansing is the trademark of the Middle East.
The winner of the Cold War is not what people believe
The fall of the Berlin wall ended the Cold War. A year after the collapse of the Soviet Union, American political scientist Francis Fukuyama wrote the End of History. His point was that the Western liberal democracy was the final form of government. A quarter of century later, it must be noted that the winner is not the Western liberal democracy but Socialism.
The most influential person of the twentieth century was Italian Marxist Antonio Gramsci (1891-1937). He said, “Socialism is precisely the religion that must overwhelm Christianity. In the new order, Socialism will triumph by first capturing the culture via infiltration of schools, universities, churches and the media by transforming the consciousness of society.” It is exactly what happened in the US and Western Europe.
Erasing the past enhances the prospect of a totalitarian society
The fury of toppling Confederate statues in Charlottesville was a disgrace for those who gave their life. Whatever their cause or motivation, dead people are defenseless and mute; as such, they deserve respect. A nation, which cannot face its past, has no future. Let it be good or bad events, a nation has to accept its own history. “The idea that the past can be remodeled is a totalitarian idea.” Said French historian Marcel Gauchet in an interview with the Figaro. (4) More, judging historical events with our own prejudices is an absurdity.
Both Spain (1936-1939) and the US (1861-1865) have gone through a civil war, which is the most damning experience for a nation
Barcelona mayor’s Ada Colau was born in 1974, a year before General Franco’s death. She was raised when Catalonia recovered political and cultural autonomy. However, this freedom went hand in hand with the erasing of the past. The teaching of Spanish Civil War has been remodeled in schools, campus, museums, and media in Catalonia. It has obliterated any responsibility coming from the Republican camp.
The young generation does not know the Red Terror
Spanish Republicans killed 6,832 members of the Catholic clergy. They tortured them in horrible manners. They were taunted for their oath of chastity. Because priests refused to have sexual intercourse with women selected by Republicans, their persecutors cut their sexual organs, and let them bleed to death in front of watchers. A sister from a priest was tied and forced to watch him dying very slowly. She testified her horror in an uncommon documentary.
Republicans desecrated monasteries and churches. Their crimes were carefully planned because the Spanish church was the backbone of the monarchy. Spanish Republicans were neither deviant, nor renegade. They simply applied Gramsci’s guideline. Socialism should eradicate Christianity in order to build a new society! Estimates of the Red Terror range from 38,000 to 172,000 lives.
The socialist propaganda has always ignored the Red Terror, but emphasized ad nauseam the bombing of Guernica by the Luftwaffe that killed 200 civilians on April 26, 1937. Guernica’s painting by Pablo Picasso was commissioned by the Spanish Republic.
The Spanish Civil War was a bad training for anarchist and communist international brigades, which spent more time fighting each other than helping Republicans. British writer George Orwell related his experience in his essay Homage to Catalonia just after his return from Spain in 1938. He served as a private for the Worker’s Party of Marxist Unification. However, he was forced to flee or face death squadron when his party was declared illegal by Soviet experts who unified the Spanish resistance.
On the other hand, the Spanish Civil War was an excellent practice for the Luftwaffe and the Kriegsmarine. Article 181 of the treaty of Versailles of 1919 prohibited building of U-Boot (Unterseeboot or under sea boats). The Reichsmarine was renamed Kriegsmarine in 1935.
The self-absolution of the past is going on in the U.S. where socialism is proliferating in the same institutions targeted by Gramsci.
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