“Cities, rather than nation states, ‘are the future,'” says Barcelona’s mayor

20 Oct

Ada Colau, Barcelona’s leftist mayor, opposed to Catalan independence, understands and argues that an urban-based cosmopolitanism is the future of human political organization, not what I call the EBNS, the ethnicity-based nation-state.

Perfect that the more leftist your political leanings, if one listens to the debate in Catalonia, the more anti-independence you tend to be.  Certainly shows up Catalan nationalism as a force more reactionary rather than liberating, as many tend to think (see my take on Vargas Llosa’s piece on Catalonia).

Why, as the nation-state eclipses, are we forming new ones?  Is this the last orgiastic swan song of that ideological structure?

HOW CAN THE POINTLESSNESS OF YUGOSLAVIA’S DESTRUCTION NOT BE ENOUGH??!!  A city, Barcelona, and a region, Catalonia, that prides itself on its supposed openness as opposed to the inward-looking casticismo of Spain, opting to separate and isolate itself: is the oxymoron and moronic paradox here not evident to all?

Comment: nikobakos@gmail.com

Screen Shot 2017-10-20 at 6.23.11 PMLas Ramblas, a popular boulevard in the heart of Barcelona. The city is far more diverse than other parts of Catalonia. Credit Chris McGrath/Getty Images

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