Spain? What do you mean, Spain?
In another recent article published on the Cubasí digital website, specialist Atilio Borón rightly points out that the grievance is not against Spainor the Spanish people, but with its bourgeoisie, which exploits and bleeds the people both inside and outside of Spain.
It recognizes that the feud between the Argentinean government and the Spanish company Repsol-YPF has unleashed a virulent reaction from ultra-conservative Spanish government officials. Statements by Foreign Minister José Manuel García-Margallo, by the Deputy Prime Minister, Soraya Sáenz de Santamaria, and the Secretary of State of Spain to the European Union, Íñigo Méndez de Vigo, reveal that these royal officials still have not realized the outcome of the battle of Ayacucho in 1824, which finished demolishing the remains of the Spanish empire in that part of the world.
Both their staging --hardened faces full of anger, high-sounding phrases, Garcia-Margallo’s trigger-finger at the ready-- as well as the threatening content of their statements, especially the ones by Mendez de Vigo, saying that Argentina would become an international wicked pariah that would suffer awful consequences if Repsol-YPF’s interests are affected, are a timely reminder that, unfortunately, the worst traditions of Spanish colonialism are still alive and raise their ugly head whenever they feel that one of its former colonies goes astray.
The symbolic violence unleashed over recent days is part of the sordid story present in contemporary Spain, troubled by a deep economic crisis and by the phenomenal reversal experienced in the field of civil rights and civil liberties. Just a few days ago, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced his intention to monitor and local social networks, so that any call for protests or political demonstrations of any kind made published on them will be considered a criminal offense.From this initiative, the Spanish government may prosecute those who, in its dangerous delusions, as described as radical groups involved in brand-new forms of urban warfare.All this in an effort to prevent victims of brutal neo-liberal adjustment plans driven by the Popular Party may resist and fight against the injustice of a project solely and exclusively concerned to safeguard the interests of capital, not the people's welfare.Nevertheless, there are many who still naively confuse a system capable of producing these samples of despotism with democracy.
Spain is not a gang of professional looters, worthy descendants of those who committed in our lands the greatest genocide in history, protected by the evil alliance between the cross and the sword.Spainis not business interests eager to make huge profits, as they have done in Latin America and the Caribbean under the protection of their political patrons, whether they be Felipe González, José María Aznar and Mariano Rajoy. Spain is not that nauseating and parasitic crown sunk in a morass of scandals that the local media tries to hide. For us, Spain is the poetry of Miguel Hernández, Rafael Alberti and Federico García Lorca, Pablo Picasso's paintings, the music of Manuel de Falla and Pablo Casals, the philosophy of Manuel Sacristán Luzón and my unforgettable teacher Adolfo Sánchez Vázquez.Spainis the extraordinary work of its Republicans exiled in Mexico: Wenceslao Roces, José Gaos and Eugenio Ímaz, among others, eminent Spanish translators of The Capital and other invaluable texts of Karl Marx and many other authors of classical thought. Spain, finally, is the indomitable heroism of the Passion Movement and the anarchists and communists who fought against Franco’s barbarism, which Rajoy, Aznar and the PP are the undisputed heirs. These lunatics, late medieval spell survivors, represent the worst of Spain today. They are but the watchdogs of the filibusters in suits and ties who sow misery inside and outside Spain.
Therefore, the struggle is against that Spain, not against the Spanish people, much less against the other noble Spain, with which we feel definitely united.