Catalonia is no longer inflamed, by Ernest Folch

The amplified linguistic conflict with a lonely child in Canet has caused Pablo Casado compare Catalonia with South Africa and demand the application of a 155 linguistic to Pedro Sánchez. But the news is no longer that the head of the opposition dared to speak of “linguistic apartheid” in Catalonia but rather that such wild statements have not even provoked the reaction they were looking for. Unionism, like independence, speaks only for its acolytes, and the poor and used child of Canet, a supervening and ephemeral star in the radical press of Madrid, is only the last thermometer to measure who is more patriotic in the fierce race to the extreme right that PP, Cs and Vox decide on a daily basis.

In principle, there was nothing better to fuel low passions than pouring gasoline on the tongue, but it has already been done so many times, and it is seen coming from so far, that the effect is more and more innocuous. In his particular fireworks of barbarities, Casado recovered the conscious lie that Castilian is persecuted in Catalonia, that slogan with which Cs and Albert Rivera began to inoculate the virus of discord. It is the same fiction as always, but simply with other actors. What is relevant, then, is not the Canet incident but the desperate attempt of certain speakers in the capital who paradoxically also live off the nostalgia of that October 2017, when they could shout “for them” without shame and without opposition. But although some make it appear that they have not found out, we are no longer in 2017, and In the same way that Canet no longer serves radical unionism, neither does it serve magical independence, that it does not find a significant reception to the theories that say that Catalan is on the way to extinction. True, the State is incapable of feeling the wealth of Catalan as its own, and the parties of the extreme right, rather than defending Castilian, seem to attack Catalan, with the aim of collecting the usual votes. But independence does not seem to necessarily guarantee the improvement of linguistic health, and look at Andorra, a state in which Catalan is the only official language, but with a health equal to or worse than that enjoyed in autonomous Catalonia.

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Neither the Castilian is persecuted, nor the Catalan, who certainly lives in a situation of inferiority, is in danger of extinction: the linguistic diagnosis hardly admits apocalyptic readings. All this is recognized by an overwhelming majority, and that is why Canet’s warm embers no longer ignite: for the simple reason that, outside of Twitter, the frigid winter of the pandemic and rampant social inequality cools everything outside of it. perimeter and leaves in the background what once seemed so transcendent. Canet only burns Madrid ultra and a small portion of sovereignty: the two are actually looking for a confrontation that is increasingly finding it difficult to feed back. The mini language war of these days is in fact an expression of the final agony of the ‘process’, from which only the nostalgic people of that 2017 live that, like any past, will no longer return. One of the conclusions of that story is that unlike times not so distant, Catalonia no longer burns up today. Maybe because tweets are no longer confused with reality, the prisoners, with or without amnesty, sleep at home, and ERC and PSC, sitting in the center of the board, have already certified in the last elections that it is more profitable to agree than to break.

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