In 2014 the Scots held a referendum concerning the future of Scotland’s relationship with the UK; would it separate or would it remain? It was a close call but in the end the results came back with a unionist victory. Catalan separatists have also been pushing hard for a similar referendum to take place and actually held one the same years as the Scots, but as per the Spanish and Catalan constitutions such a referendum is illegal. Any future referendums would also be deemed illegal, however, another one was unilaterally held on October 1st and it saw a huge victory for the separatists. Of course, Madrid refuses to except such a referendum and now violence has erupted between unionists and the Spanish state on the one hand and Catalan separatists on the other. Across the globe people are taking to social media to decry the Spaniards for not accepting a unilateral declaration of independence from Catalonia. Funny, I doubt the vast majority of these people would have accepted Rhodesia’s UDI!
I have mixed feelings about these separatist movements in Europe. On the one hand, I fully understand the desire of a people to have their own nation-state, but how necessary is that really? The ‘it’s the current year!’ meme is largely false, but, as they say, even a broken clock is right twice a day. If this was 1617 or 1717 I would fully support Scotland or Wales or Vasconia, for example, being separate from the larger entities they are now fully integrated into, but in 2017 it just seems unimportant. Continued advances in Western technology not to mention a few hundred years of political union have made disparate regions incredibly closely connected. Moreover, there is the issue of gargantuan and unwieldy international unions like the EU and NATO hanging over Europe. What is the point in splitting up already small countries if they will only become even easier prey for these predatory internationalist bodies? In the case of Great Britain there is also the fact that it is a small island. Is it really prudent to be splitting up an island?[i] Arguably, given the presence of the Pyrenees to the north and large bodies of water to the east and west, Iberia is also an island, but that is a topic for another time.
Their views on the EU are also questionable and raise in me doubts about this bid for independence. As with Scottish separatists, the Catalans are determined supporters of the EU, but as with the Scots, they don’t seem to understand that they will not automatically become members of EU. Wanting to join begs the question of how much of a separatist one really is. However, the biggest concern I have with these separatists in Catalonia and Scotland and the rest of Spain and the UK, is that they are so incredibly insane on issues of culture and migration. The leading separatist parties in Catalonia are leftist and advocate all the usual views that one would expect from leftist internationalists including increased migration. The same is also true of separatist parties in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Galicia, Asturias and – with the exception of the Partido Nacionalista Vasco (PNV) – Vasconia. Although, in the case of the PNV they are hardly all that right from what I can gather. They are like a separatist version of your run-of-the-mill conservativism inc. style party. It should be noted that there are right-leaning Catalan separatist movements, but like the PNV they are at best conservativism inc.
One is accustomed to a whole range of unconvincing and rather bland arguments in favor of multiracial societies (well at least for Occidental countries, rarely do advocates of multiracialism demand it for the whole world, although I have come across a few so they are out there). I’m sure we’ve all come across them: we all evolved from same ancestor so we are exactly the same, race is just skin colour, historically European nations fought and conquered one another so what does it matter if complete strangers flood in (my personal favourite!), etc. etc. I expect this from internationalists, but nationalists? Evidently, they are no different in their views. Added to that, of course, are other eye-rolling egalitarianist views regarding feminism, homosexuality and republicanism, but these are more expected given the left-wing origins of modern nationalism. But the multiracialism is really quite mind-boggling. What is the point in advocating for the creation of a distinct nation-state centered around a particular language and culture if the people who created and perpetrated said language and culture are beset with a multitude of completely foreign peoples from all corners of the globe? You would think that they at least would understand and support indigenous rights of Europeans even if it was only limited to themselves, but no they have been just as deracinated as any other group of Whites.
What makes it particularly sad is that these regions were often centres of traditional, reactionary conservativism. For example, Wales and Cornwall were both strongly Royalist during the English Civil Wars which pitted the Puritanical, proto-Whigs on the one hand and traditionalists on the other. Jacobitism remained strong in both these regions (more so in Cornwall which almost rebelled became the site of a Jacobite rebellion in 1715) and of course Scotland as well. Non-Castilians – and the Basques in particular – were often found in the ranks of the Carlistas, a traditionalist, Catholic movement which launched three wars against ruling liberal governments during the 19th century. Saunders Lewis, the founder of the Welsh separatist party Plaid Cymru, was very reactionary in his outlook in life, being heavily inspired by Charles Marraus. Similarly, Sabino Arana, the founder of the PNV, was quite conservative. He came from a staunchly Carlist background and only turned towards Basque separatism when he felt that Carlism had finally failed.[ii] Franco’s policies concerning centralization and non-Castilian languages greatly angered many who I’m sure otherwise would not be leftist today. Strangely, for a rightist he adopted policies which were akin to those of French revolutionaries. That said, when it comes to centralization, I suppose that was unavoidable, especially as it was a process begun long before him, but the destruction of native languages wasn’t. Certainly, it has had a major impact in fueling anti-Spanish mentalities outside Castile.
Now granted the Jacobites and Carlists were not nationalists but they managed to tap into the national spirit of the non-English and non-Castilians, respectively. One would be tempted to think that these attitudes would have remained strong for separatists but sadly this was not to be.
A major problem with all these petty nationalisms is that they are far too obsessed with old and seemingly redundant conflicts with their ruling neighbours than they are with anything else. As a result, it does not take much for these separatists to take positions out of spite. The English and Castilians are generally viewed as being more right-wing and so the other inhabitants of the UK and Spain take leftist positions.[iii] Another issue is that the left has long championed an oppression narrative which calls upon national liberation against colonialism. It is an easy narrative to grasp and sympathize with. And finally, we can see impact of the general long march through the institutions that has occurred throughout the Occident. As a result, it did not take long for organized separatist movements to be undermined. For example, some of the earliest members of Plaid Cymru were social democrats and with Lewis’ death Lewis they completely took over. Now they are lead by a woman who clearly is more concerned about pushing an internationalist left-wing agenda than defending the cultures and traditions of Wales. Its why she calls for the destruction of Wales and uses her social media as platforms to falsely connect modern Western political theories with violent faiths that have no concept of left and right.[iv]
The SNP was also quickly undermined because it began life as a merging of a rightist party and a leftist one. It didn’t take long for the leftists to overpower the rightists, especially as it kept attracting former Labourites and Liberals, although it was not until the 1970s-80s that the last rightist elements were finally expunged. They now exist as small, fringe groups like the shadowy Siol nan Gaidheal. In all cases, the leftist views of these separatists have increased dramatically which is why we now have men and women worshiping foreigners and the cult of migration and lending support to every sort of feminist-backed degeneracy under the sun.
This does not hold true, however, for two groups of fairly unknown separatists: English and Ulster Scots. Unlike their counterparts elsewhere in the British Isles, they seem devoid of left-wing politics. Although unlike their counterparts they are not as yet a potent political force as most of these nationalists identify with the continuation of the union.
In the case of Wales and Scotland, the large socialist, working-class cultures that sprang up around their respective industrial areas must also have played a role in the turning of organized nationalism. Although, in the case of Wales at least, the Plaid Cymru grew out of the largely agrarian north away from that culture. However, the bulk of the population is not to be found there and of course in politics it is all about getting as many votes as possible. As such it doesn’t take much for a party to be coopted and radically transformed.
Irish and Catalan nationalisms have, however, a longer history of liberal influences. For the Irish, the biggest problem is the obsession with republicanism and French revolutionary ideals that go back to the United Irishmen.[v] In the case of Catalonia, it would seem industrialization was a key factor. Catalonian nationalism became increasingly liberal during the 19th century as Catalonia industrialised at a faster rate than the rest of Spain and industrial bourgeois class arose which was naturally partial to classical liberalism. It was they who fused traditional concerns regarding autonomy (something the Carlists had been champions in the form of the fuero system) with a general liberal philosophy.[vi] In time, this liberal nationalism would become more popular and with the increasingly radicalisation of politics in the 1920s and 1930s, it moved even further to the left. Catalonian nationalism has only continued this leftward drift in recent decades, as a knee-jerk reaction to Franco’s centralization and language policies. Again, economics plays a role in that Catalonia is generally wealthier than the rest of Spain and this is particularly true of Barcelona which just so happens to be the premier hotbed of leftist politics in Spain – much like New York and Los Angeles in America or Toronto and Vancouver in Canada.
Today, Catalonians are completely pozzed on social issues and they also happen to be a fifth column in Europe for mohammadan invaders. Barcelona is the birthplace of the ‘Refugees Welcome Tourists Go Home’ movement that has now spread across Europe but in particular other parts of Spain. Tourists can be a problem, but nothing like the migrants from Africa and the Middle East flooding in.[vii] Barcelona’s mayor (who is a woman by the way; surprise surprise!) is hellbent on making his city a ‘refugee’ city and is angered at the fact the Spanish government is not as devoted to suicide as he is. Hundreds of thousands of her fellow Catalans seem to agree, as earlier this year they took to the streets to protest the Spanish government not flooding the kingdom with foreign hordes. Nevermind that an open-door policy will only make more people risk their lives to come to Europe or that many of these ‘refugees’ are part of terrorist cells, something Barcelona learned this past summer. Instead, they continue to demand more.
It should also be noted that it is hardly as if the rest of Spain is really all that much better. Support for migration seems to be almost as high in the rest of Spain as in Catalonia,
A recent BBC World Service poll also found Spain the most welcoming of all countries, with 84 percent of the population agreeing to take in Syrian refugees. Along with this accepting attitude of immigration, Spaniards appear less fearful of terrorism inspired by Islamic extremism, a cultural attitude political scientists say stem from its own experiences [with far-left Basque terrorism]… A 2013 study by the Migration Policy Institute, a migrant think tank in Washington, also attributed Spain’s immigration attitudes to three factors: a belief that immigration both bolsters economic growth, a perception that it is representative of democracy, and the low visibility of immigrants, which makes them less of a perceived threat to national identity.[viii]
Demographically, it would seem Spain as a whole is about as badly off as any European state, but I guess that is not enough for the altruistic Catalans! On social issues, Spain has a long history of supporting leftist campaigns like gay marriage and abortion, because since Franco Spain has largely been ruled by socialist parties. Again, it would seem that this is still too ‘reactionary’ for those progressive Catalans! The revolution has no end!
It is a sad twist of fate that those who should be the most concerned about the impacts of the mass movement of peoples so completely alien from Europeans are the same ones pushing for greater migration intakes. Said individuals should also be wary of leaving one type of union for an even greater one which has more ominous views on Europe’s future. But then again, these separatists are Western and the Occidental world today is also one which promotes every form of degeneracy, for unfortunate souls to become ‘trans’, and of course the continued destruction of Christianity and our civilization more generally. The Occident truly is reaching peak clown-world.
It remains to be seen if Catalonia will become independent but if it does I suppose the best we can hope for is that this sees a rightward shift in the overton window in the rest of Spain and that Catalonia’s continued march down the leftist path will lead to a sharp volte face once it becomes glaringly obvious how untenable it is.
Post Script: Although this article is concerned with Spain and the UK, I feel I would be remiss if I did not mention my kinsmen in Breizh. The Bretons were some of the staunchest opponents of the French revolution, indeed Brittany was one of the view regions of France to actively rise up in defence of tradition. Throughout the 18th and 19th centuries Brittany remained a staunchly Catholic and royalist region, something which republican governments were concerned about and tried to stamp out. Breton nationalistic movements of the early 20th century were also largely to the right, however, there has been a ‘quiet revolution’ of sorts in Brittany, much as elsewhere in the West and as such Breton nationalism is now akin to what we see with the parties described above. In the case of Brittany this change is not only because of the same forces of leftist colonization of the commanding heights of society; and not only because of the successful connection of the Breton national struggle with that of a more general leftist victim/oppression narrative; but also because of connections between the Breton national movement and the Germans during the Second World War. Of course, any connections with Hitler’s Germany, no matter how superficial and no matter how unrelated to his anti-Semitism or campaigns in Eastern Europe, is a death-sentence post-1945. There is still at least one ethno-nationalist party in Brittany, Adsav, but it is very much over shadowed by leftist ones.
[i]The same could yes also be said of Ireland. However, my support for Irish unionism comes with an asterisk. Namely, the cult of republicanism needs to go and so too does the romantic idea of having a four province Ireland. Unless the Ulster Scots are going to be forced out they will always be a fixture of the emerald isle. Some type of accommodation should be made for them, allow them their own devolved communities in Ulster.
[ii]He was also a hardcore racist, thinking that even non-Basque Spaniards were sub-human!
[iii]This is pretty amusing in terms of the English when we remember that they were the leading proponents of liberalism for much of the preceding few centuries. Moreover, they are hardly that much more conservative than the Scottish or Welsh. When it comes to immigration, for example, the Welsh don’t seem to be all that thrilled about greater migration levels.
[iv]And of course, she does not receive any flak for this. Instead, she doubled down on her nonsense because she can; the entire political system is a nexus of socialist and neoliberal ideologies. Even the most nominally of rightist politician receives great scrutiny for what they say and do. Only critiques Wood and other separatists get is that they are not supporters of the union. There is no reason to criticize them for anything else because they believe in all the ‘correct’ things. They are products of the new left’s long march through the institutions of Western society as much as their unionist counterparts in the press, universities and bureaucracy.
[v]Although I’m sure the likes of Wolfe Tone and even James Connolly would not have stood for the open borders madness we see now (although I can’t imagine they would have cared much about the continued march of atheistic nihilism). Certainly, Padraig Pearse would not have cared much for the cult of migration and worship of the other; nor would he have cared much for the attacks on the family.
[vi]On a side note the first two presidents of the First Spanish Republic were Catalans: Estanislao Figueras and Francesc Pi i Margall. Margall is interesting in that he was heavily influenced by anarchism and attempted to enact an extreme decentralization policy in Spain which ultimately backfired.
[vii]Most of them aren’t even refugees but the EU seems to have given up any pretense of being concerned about refugee rights. Its become too obvious that they are pushing for mass migration from Africa so they’ve admitted to it, shrugged off the criticism and carried on with their ethnic cleansing immigration policy.
[viii]Just look at how far Spain as a whole has fallen if a majority believe those first two factors. The last point is interesting: the low visibility of immigrants. So perhaps that simply means Spain’s welcoming attitude is because they are not ‘diverse’ enough yet to know any better.