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A planned chaos and the spring of Pasión de Illa

A planned chaos and the spring of Pasión de Illa

Ludwig von Mises (1881-1973), liberal and main exponent of the Austrian School of Economics, wrote in 1961, in “Planned Chaos”, that “what is characteristic of this era of dictators, wars and revolutions is its anti-capitalist inclination. “Most governments and political parties are eager to restrict the sphere of private initiative and free enterprise.” More than sixty years later there are dictators –Putin, Maduro, Kim Jong-un, Xi Jinping and some more–, wars –Ukraine and Gaza among others– and revolutions –orange, velvet or #MeToo–, whether political, social or technological. In all cases, private initiative and free enterprise are among the victims. The same thing happened with the so-called “procés” that Pedro Sánchez and his co-workers considered liquidated, but it is still there, latent for the moment. The surveys seem to detect a decline in the independence movement, undoubtedly due to fatigue and boredom, but it may resurface. Carles Puigdemont, a fugitive in Waterloo, was a lost soul in the corridors of the European Parliament until Spanish electoral arithmetic and Sánchez’s parliamentary needs once again turned him into a character who, in addition, boasts of “dragging” the State Spanish.

Salvador Illa, leader – because the tenant of La Moncloa wanted him – of the Catalan socialists (PSC), heads the demographic prophecies for the Catalan elections. He starts with an advantage, large but insufficient. He is far from the absolute majority, to which the sum of the “indepes” of ERC, Junts and the CUP would be closer. Illa will win at the polls, barring surprises, but to govern he would need some support, from Junts or ERC, that is, from Puigdemont or Junqueras, which now seem utopian. The socialists will implore having won the elections, as Feijóo did in the general elections. Nobody wanted to recognize the success of the PP and facilitate the government of those with the most votes and now Salvador Illa is likely to have to swallow the same bitter medicine, in what could be his Spring of Passion, while in Genoa – Madrid headquarters of the PP – they believe they are about to see the corpse of their adversary Sánchez pass by, who insists that he will exhaust the legislature. His former proto-advisor Iván Redondo also assures this, in a country without Budgets, in a Catalonia in the same situation and with an interventionist central – and some regional – Government that puts spokes in the wheel of not only economic freedom. A “planned chaos” that restricts, among others, private initiative and free enterprise as von Mises warned.