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Originally published in French by Lundi Matin on Oct. 1st, 2017. Translated from Catalan into French by Alèssi dell’Umbria. Here we present our translation into English. Although we may not agree with a position that advocates for another republic or voting, we share this to deepen the understanding of this present moment in Catalonia. Further reading and listening on this in English can be found here and here.

 

by Santiago López Petit

Santiago López Petit is Catalonian, a chemist and philosopher. 

There are situations where reality becomes simple. The time has passed to test the veracity or falseness of arguments of those who pretend to defend the Spanish union or proclaim Catalonian independence. It is also no longer necessary to look back at the year 17141, nor to go searching in the more recent discontent. When the call is made for “Law and Order,” all of the sudden, everything becomes clear and each position appears perfectly defined on the field of play. Then, in a visceral fashion, those of us who have remained silent know where to situate ourselves: we will always be those who confront those who would call again for the reestablishment of authority. We know very well a phrase coined in France during the revolution of 1848 that says: Legality kills.

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