Skip to comments.A Separate Catalonia? Spain is fascinating because it is not a country, but at least five countries
Posted on 01/03/2017 8:37:10 AM PST by SeekAndFind
I am not Spanish, but I am following in the path of other Americans -- such as Washington Irving, Ernest Hemingway, and Orson Welles -- who find Spain absolutely fascinating. Recently, Spain has revved up its always impressive offerings of Hispanic chaos, and the cacophony has spilled over into France.
Spain is fascinating because it is not a country, but at least five countries, possibly more: the Basque country, Catalonia, Galicia, Andalusia, and the interior where the hated Madrid bureaucrats live. The closest equivalent might be the United Kingdom. If so, the Basque history of armed insurrection finds its closet equivalent with the Irish. The Catalans find their equivalent with the Scots, with a mix of present legal wrangling and a past of armed resistance. Wales might be similar to Andalusia, in that Andalusia, similar to Wales, is not really able to go it alone.
Galicia is quite surprising. It speaks a dialect closest to Portuguese, and claims a genetic heritage with the ancient Celts, before they left for Ireland about 2,000 years ago. There is no equivalent analog to the UK.
Despite centuries of forced centralized intermingling, and Franco's quasi-genocidal policies to force a unified Spanish identity, separatism is alive and well, and threatening not only Spain, but all of Europe.
Right now, Catalonia is going ahead with a referendum for separation in 2017. Unlike Scotland's push for independence in 2014, the Catalans have laid a strong foundation for separation. Thanks to the local school system, the Catalan language has roared back; and Madrid is furious that Castilian Spanish is being successfully contested and de-emphasized.
"Among those under 25, only 3% do not speak Catalan. Those who can speak the language are 84%, while the remaining 13% understand but are not able to speak it." -- Nationalia.info
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If the Catalans support EU Membership, then what’s the point? They’ll just be trading Madrid Bureaucrats for ones from Brussels.
No, Spain and Britain are countries. They have a national identity, a flag and a shared culture, even if there are some regional differences. The idea that they are all seperate countries in a union is a narrative petty nationalists like to push to generate grievance and push the idea of shattering the country into fragments.
Meanwhile, in the Dis-United eStates, Mexican supremacists rabidly insist that all Gringo children must learn the Sacred Spanish language.
Except the version they speak doesn't resemble what you hear in Spain (which is actually pleasant to listen to).
And since ancient Spanish people and ancient Britons are related (the famous Atlantic Modal Haplotype), what to make of Protected Status for "hispanics"? Does this mean that White Britons who happen to have taken Spanish in high school should now qualify for special preferences under Federal Equal Opportunity regulations?
No different than Belgium with the Flemish and Walloons.
If you go to Barcelona and speak Spanish, and they know you’re from Spain, they won’t talk to you. But if they know you’re not from Spain, they’re more than happy to speak Spanish with you.
Spain is a lot like the United Kingdom . . . a union of various historical nations. The only difference seems to be that the language of one is called “Spanish” rather than “Castilian” and the language of the other is called “English” rather than “British.”
the Catalans have unfinished business with the Caudillo.
Sounds like Italy.
‘British’ would be a Brythonic Celtic language similar to Welsh or Cornish. Though most of its dialects no longer exist, other than Northern Welsh and Southern Welsh. The Cornish language is the only other known dialect of the British language, though it is only known amongst academics and is functionally dead.
Where would FC Barcelona play?
However, there are two rival Cornish Language societies that spend all their time arguing over the correct pronunciation and grammar. Only in England!
Don’t forget that the Islamics still call it Al-Andalus and think of it as Muslim land that must be reclaimed. Similar to Israel.
Wilfred the Hairy would be proud.
Belgium is like one of Randy Newman’s Short People - it’s got no reason to live.
Give Wallonia to the French, and the Flemish to the Dutch, and call it good.
And the Muslims will get Brussels.
All too likely.
If George Washington had not defeated Lord Cornwallis in Yorktown we would still be speaking English in this country.
Invasion, riot, african, immigrants
Location: Catalonia, Spain -2015
Heres how they behave once they enter Spain. Assaulting Spaniards and fighting policemen in riot gear. Hitting white people and acting insane. They smash and destroy and ruin a beautiful town.
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