Catalan ‘independence’: a tool of capital against labour – Gearóid Ó Colmáin

Find historical context here on the emerging declaration of independence by the Catalan region from Spain, by Geróid Ó Colmáin:

“Spain’s rich Catalan region has erupted in violence. After a much-disputed referendum on independence where less than 40 percent of the Spanish region’s inhabitants voted, Catalan’s local government has said it will declare independence this week. Many on the left support Catalan independence. In fact, they claim that those who oppose it  are Francoists and fascists.

Communists understand fascism to be rule by the dictatorship of  financial oligarchy and it is in such a context that one must view events in Spain in terms of the class alliances behind the independence movement. In order to see whether the Catalan independence movement represents the interests of  labour or capital, we need to place Catalan nationalism in the context of  capitalism’s global power configuration.

Eurotopia

In 1992 billionaire and EU activist Freddy Heineken designed a map of a federal Europe. The new map proposed dividing European states up into 75 regions or state-lets under the central control of a European federal government.

The idea came from economist and philosopher Leopold Kohr who taught at the London School of Economics. Kohr advocated a form of anarcho-capitalism. He believed that the smaller the polity, the more democratic its institutions. Kohr proposed a return to Europe’s medieval micro-states as the best way of creating a supranational European federation.

Kohr’s ideas have become extremely influential in European Union policy circles.

Read more at:

http://www.gearoidocolmain.org/catalan-independence-tool-capital-labour/

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