Spain and its complexes in the face of nationalism

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We Spaniards generally hold a negative and hopeless view of our nation’s history and capabilities. This deep and serious national problem, of which little is said, damages our self-esteem as a people, undermining our self-confidence and giving us an undeserved sense of inferiority regarding other countries. The reasons for our low self-esteem are varied, but …

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Spain’s Freedom and Democracy under attack

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Recently appointed Socialist President Sánchez has been quick to show his extremism as he expressed his wish to resume his totalitarian proposal to reform the Historical Memory Law, which I criticized in these same pages on February 15, 2018. The proposal, backed by all the subversive parties in Congress, literally includes the creation of a …

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Times of change

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Although political alternation is almost always healthy (except in disastrous cases…), Saint Ignatius advised that it’s best not to move in times of tribulations – and Spain is in deep political tribulation. Pedro Sánchez, our incoming president-by-surprise due to Rajoy’s unexpected loss in a confidence vote in Congress, wins his party’s primaries but loses general …

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Spain, 2018: To prison for expressing an opinion?

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In his classic novel 1984, George Orwell described a sinister totalitarian society of the future supported by three large bureaucratic structures. One of these was the Ministry of Truth, in charge of falsifying historical facts in order to back up the version approved by the Government. Brandishing the slogans “Freedom is Slavery”, “Ignorance is Strength” …

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Environmentalist deceptions: the polar bear’s fairy tale

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One of the icons of today’s environmental movement is the polar bear, supposed victim of the ice melting in the Arctic: its image, isolated on a tiny, sinking ice sheet, has become an effective path to well-meaning individuals’ wallets. The astute journalist, later professional politician Al Gore sensed this in his famous documentary An Inconvenient …

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