Anarcho-independence, by Ernest Folch


How has it deflated an enthusiastic and majority movement which, between 2012 and at least 2015, was able to overcome several times the brutal figure of two million people? How and why did the greatest revolt of this century in Europe lose so quickly its spectacular initial impulse? There are many factors, but it helps to answer this complex question the recent meeting that sectors of the independence movement of the ANC, Junts and the Consell de la República recently had with ultra-identitarian forces of the extreme right, such as the Front Nacional de Catalunya, in Sant Cugat, in the so-called ‘fourth way’ of independence. The meeting seems anecdotal but, in reality, it explains very well the self debugging that the independence movement has suffered and that runs the risk of sending it directly to the margins. Because there is a sector that flirts with less and less shame with the essentialism, which is actually the prelude to supremacism. What defines this increasingly pronounced trend is precisely the anti-politics: the majority parties, even though they are pro-independence parties, are all traitors, and their politicians, all alike, ‘botiflers’ who work in a kind of ginghamas they call it in an increasingly conspiratorial and paranoid language.

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