Not for the first time, I break a long silence. Perhaps my longest silence ever.
In the past, I’ve written about being busy, lots of excuses for not writing, etc. All the experts on blogging say it is an error to not post regularly. I am in error.
This time, my silence has been for a deeply emotional reason. I have been overwhelmed by the events around me. I have wanted to write so much that I have been paralyzed, and unable to say a word.
Events in the United States, not just the presidential election, but all of what has been going on there the last few years in terms of polarisation, (lack of) gun control, blindness to climate change, exclusion of voters, return of increasing racism, etc. have bothered me, since the U.S. is such an important force in the world, despite efforts of its current leaders to ridicule itself.
Even more serious, from my personal point of view, are events going on in Catalonia, where I pass about half of my life (Barcelona). The conflict between Catalan independence supporters and the Spanish government is rife with stupidity on both sides. But the actions of the Spanish government defy belief, and border on fascistic tendencies. I do not use this word lightly. I usually criticise people who tend to call anyone who does something they don’t like a fascist. I do mean it seriously with regard to the Spanish government. The problem is, though I can assemble lots of evidence, it is too overwhelming to do so in print. What we are living as daily life in Barcelona is both “normal” (business goes on as usual) and “oppressive” in that every attempt by a major segment of the population (you can argue if it’s a majority or not, but you can’t deny that it’s significant) is systematically suppressed by a judiciary that is in no way independent of politicians, and is manipulated by a cynical central government that only knows how to crush its opposition, not to negotiate or understand.
This blog is about communication and information. I state clearly, and from personal knowledge, that the Spanish government is not only lying to its own people and the international community, it is manipulating the Spanish media to control the message Spanish people receive, building hatred against Catalans while accusing Catalans of “hate crimes” against Spain. People who wear a yellow ribbon, symbolising support for political prisoners, are arrested for “hate crimes,” and sometimes beaten up in the street, while those who paint Nazi Swastikas on walls go uncharged, not even for graffiti.
The media in Europe and North America have begun to realise how they have been duped, but the depth of the corruption and authoritarianism that we are seeing here is not getting out.
All of this makes me sad and silent, and I apologize. I should have something useful to contribute. Mostly, I’m doing it elsewhere than in this blog.