Homage to Catalonia independence

Homage to Catalonia independence

homage to cataloniaIs there still hope for the Six Californias initiative of entrepreneur Tom Draper? This year it failed to get enough signatures to make it to the 2016 ballot. The next attempt would be 2018.

If so, hope comes from Catalonia, the region of Spain that just voted 80 percent for independence. Although it was only an “advisory” vote, the centralized autocracy in Madrid insists it never will give Catalonia its freedom.

Like Draper’s Silicon Valley, Catalonia is an economic powerhouse pulling the rest of its territory — Spain or California — behind it. It pays way more taxes than other regions that essentially parasite off it.

There are other similarities. Both California and Spain have a lot of Spanish speakers, a beautiful Mediterranean climate and creative people. For California, as well as for Spain, a centralized autocracy — the California state government in Sacramento or Spain’s in Madrid — sucks the life’s blood out of productive citizens.

California even wants to build a high-speed rail boondoggle like the one that already bankrupted Spain. Thomas Sowell wrote of it:

“Someone once said that government is the illusion that we can all live off somebody else. Spain’s high-speed rail system is not even covering its operating costs, never mind the enormous costs of setting up the system in the first place. One reason is that half the seats are empty in the high-speed trains in Spain.

“That is what happens when you don’t have the population density required for passengers to cover the operating costs. You would need the hordes of Genghis Khan riding the high-speed rail system to cover the additional costs of the rails and the trains.

“An economics professor at the University of Barcelona says that Spain ‘has not recovered one single euro from the infrastructure investment’.”

The Madrid bureaucrats aren’t easily going to give up their cash cow in Barcelona, just as California’s politicians won’t easily give up their cushy jobs and mammoth pensions paid for by the state’s wealthier regions.

But independence is in the air. Even the Scottish vote for independence, which got only 45 percent, shows that freedom from centralized bureaucratic monstrosities are gaining support.

As a famous document once began:

“When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature’s God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation….”

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  1. LetitCollapse
    LetitCollapse 13 November, 2014, 10:32

    Would never happen, John. The ruling class would never allow it. SacTown (in coordination with DC) would kill thousands of citizens in cold blood in the streets before they would relinquish their power and control and authority over our lives. California being divided up into 6 separate states is pure fantasy. Sure, it’s fun to talk about. I like to talk about sprouting wings and flying over the ocean blue. But eventually I return to reality. They let the 80% vote pass in Catolina because it’s only an ‘advisory vote’ with no teeth. When a REAL independence vote happens (like it did in Scotland) the ruling class makes sure it doesn’t pass. You’ve been around the block 4 or 5 times, John. You know that.

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  2. T Mind of your Ted Godhead System
    T Mind of your Ted Godhead System 13 November, 2014, 21:30

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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  3. Ulysses Uhaul
    Ulysses Uhaul 13 November, 2014, 22:08

    Ya………………….wn

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  4. Donkey
    Donkey 14 November, 2014, 06:40

    I was just in Barcelona and saw first hand the nationalism taking place among the local, “viva Catalonia” was in use everywhere we went.

    As for dumb and dumber RAGWUS feeders TCS and Ahual putting in the typical nothing to do with the topic is right on par with their IQ’s. Now quick TCS, pull out one of your sock puppets and paste so lies from your LE RAGWUS. 🙂

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    • LetitCollapse
      LetitCollapse 14 November, 2014, 09:17

      I don’t think TedTard’s had an original thought since the day his momma squeezed him out into daylight. 😀

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  5. Bill Gore
    Bill Gore 15 November, 2014, 20:57

    Leftists LOVE centralization, command/control. This is because they are elitist social engineers. Exhibit 1: Obamacare. Exhibit 2: the USSR, Mao’s China. All failures. The world is, in a contrarian way, under the surface, evolving towards local control, right down to the individual community. The swiss are the model. Voltaire was right, the swiss will have the final word in history.

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    • Donkey
      Donkey 16 November, 2014, 08:48

      BillyGoat, all you have to do is read your local code enforcement regulation and you would understand total local control is here, now. 🙂

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    • LetitCollapse
      LetitCollapse 16 November, 2014, 21:18

      Don’t forget NAFTA, Bill! Ross Perot warned them back in the 1990’s about the giant sucking sound! Both Clinton and Bush 41 laughed at him. I watched that with my own eyes. And Ross was spot fing on!!! History proved him to be correct. Yet they still love Clinton even after the stained blue dress incident!!! Clinton is STILL a media darling even though he was righteously impeached!!! HAH! Americans have no common sense. Really incredibly stupid. They believe anything!!! Like little children!!! HAH! 😀

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      • Donkey
        Donkey 17 November, 2014, 16:14

        Stupid, That’s what the architect of Obamacare called the American citizen also. 🙂

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