- Paperback: 224 pages
- Publisher: Catalonia Press (February 19, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 161150032X
- ISBN-13: 978-1611500325
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,513,974 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What's up with Catalonia?: The causes which impel them to the separation Paperback – February 19, 2013
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As a collection of articles there is some repetition but it is an easy read and the articles do try to cover various different aspects of the topic.
The book presents a positive and realistic face of the conditions previous and after the case of reaching the independence.
In general it is very suitable for all people who wanted to know more about Catalonia and the independence process under a balanced and rigorous point of view.
While present-day Catalonian society is indeed very diverse -few places in Europe have seen their population double in the space of fifty years due to an influx of population from other places -southern Spain, but also North Africa, South America and Eastern Europe in the case of Catalonia- even Yannis must admit that Catalan society is remarkably cohesive in spite of its plurality. So while approximately 20% of the population feels exclusively Spanish, a high percentage of the population of non-Catalan origin has joined the mainstream grass-roots movement of civil society for independence. This movement -which is unprecedented in scale and drive in recent European history- is fuelled by a peremptory need for dignity, fair treatment, and equal representation as citizens of a free state. This runs against the course of events in the history of the Spanish State, still today dominated by a Castilian oligarchy permeating all spheres of power and holding a supreme disdain for the Catalan identity, language, and socioeconomic structure. The illusion of a plural, federal, democratic Spain has vanished over the last thirty years as it has become gradually more evident that Catalans are nearly absent from the Central Government, the judiciary, the military, the extractive elite at the head of the major corporations created after the privatisation of former state monopolies, the industrial-military complex, and the major banks -all based in Madrid, except for La Caixa.
While the Spanish parties on the left (PSOE) and the poorer Spanish regions have been bought out by these extractive elites with enormous investments of public funds -including EU aid of which Spain as a whole, but not Catalonia, has so far been a net beneficiary-, the entrepreneurial and middle classes in Catalonia have been starved of funds, left out in the cold with obsolete infrastructures, and to add insult to injury, accused of insolidarity and of being lacking in patriotic feeling. Coming from the ruling class of the wealthy megalopolis Madrid has become over the last 30 years, this is cynicism to the utmost degree.
Rather than the 2008 economic and financial crisis, the present situation in Catalonia is the result of the lack of recognition as a distinct nation with cultural, linguistic, and political rights, as well as of 30 years of systematic looting amounting to 8% or 9% of its annual GDP by the Spanish Government, and the humiliation of seeing the very modest Statute of Autonomy of 2006 struck down in 2010 by the Spanish Constitutional Court after it having been approved by the Catalan and Spanish Parliaments and by the population in a referendum.
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