I enjoyed reading this link but there is nothing new in it that has not been discussed on here over the years by forum members who know and love Spain.
The difficulty in fundamental political change is that so many are resistant. That is a natural human response as the lecturer points out but in Spain it runs much, much deeper. Very little real political reform has ever been done and the country is essentially still feudal. Spain is a conservative country it’s not radical. Even the young express little desire for political radicalism unlike sections of France, Germany for example.
I know we see the few demos on TV and sit in’s etc. but they don’t organise themselves into any cogent alternative political force which will last.
In place of landowners and the catholic church who used to run Spain there are now the two political parties who simply swap power every so often. The status quo is always preserved because it’s in all their own interests so to do and maintaining that grip on the system is unlikely ever to change. The last time they tried that resulted in a civil war.
Political reform means the weakening of power both for individuals and political parties. Vested interests see their hold over economic advantage slipping away so consequently they do all is necessary to prevent it.
Feudal Spain it really is because it’s unaccountable, hierarchical and lacks transparency other than the details they wish to be seen through the veneer they create. The media in Spain are fairly useless at exposure because in essence they are all a part of the same thing.
I enjoyed the comparison the brave lecturer made between a middle class suburb of similar size of Philadelphia and Madrid. The differences are profound. Imagine any Spanish local authority publishing it’s annual spending program’s on the internet for public scrutiny. They would need to have a section entitled ‘brown envelope payments’. 🙂
Even this economic crisis will not fundamentally change Spain. In about 10 years time it will all return to business as usual.
Memories are short anyway and if folks start to find work and life gets brighter they will all say “who cares”.