Self-determination of WHAT TO DETERMINE would not be just a "natural right" for the Catalans

Thursday, October 30 2014 @ 03:33 AM JST

Contributed by: Y.Yamamoto

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Catalonia Update November 6:

It seems Artur Mas' "watered-down" plan has been thwarted once again by the Constitutional Court. It's a déjà vu of the failed attempt of the Basque people six years ago. Just like the Basques did in 2010, the Catalans will hear "the European Court of Human Rights" repeat the same nonsense that the Spanish government had not violated the European Convention on Human Rights. Once again this will discredit the legitimacy of the entire European Union.

But I'm reasonably sure it doesn't make a bit of difference to Catalans' quest. The Mediterranean canaries will never forget the song they sang under the rule of Francisco Franco.


Catalonia is like Scotland, but Spain is not like Great Britain.
   - Josep-Lluis Carod-Rovira, Former Vice President of the Catalan Government


On October 14 Catalan President Artur Mas announced the vote planned for November 9 would be downgraded to a legally nonbinding "public consultation" in response to the ruling by the Spanish Constitutional Court that the previously planned referendum on independence was unconstitutional,


Catalans demanding a referendum on independence

Tens of thousands of stupid students in Hong Kong have
started "Umbrella Revolution" defying the teaching of
Mr. Mao that a revolution is no picnic

In mid-September so many outsiders were up to pointless discussion over the Scottish referendum on the secession. Now the same ignorant people are saying essentially the same thing about where the Catalans are heading.

What I've heard from these self-styled political analysts and makeshift economists is split in two ways.

While some of them knowingly say Catalonia as an independent state would not be a viable economy, some others argue that the November 9 vote will certainly be rigged by the Madrid government because the financial crisis facing it would further deepen if the pro-independence Catalans should win.

To these thinking-disabled eunuchs, what's going on between Madrid and Barcelona is little more than a neighborhood squabble between a married couple who are on the verge of filing for divorce.

You may call their distorted view American cynicism. But I'm inclined to call it premature senility, the intractable mental illness caused by the total absence of creative mind.

However they may look to be divided over the issue, it all comes down to one and the same self-fulfilling prophecy projected to the Catalans: "Nothing will happen in November or any other point in time, in Catalonia or anywhere else." This is the same, old Zeno's nightmarish world of dichotomy which made them brush it aside when I wrote about a new sociopolitical model. They didn't give me a single specific reason why they thought it was a pipe dream to envision something that even the empty-headed punk named Mark Zuckerberg could have done in a matter of a year or two.

From generation to generation, they have taken it for granted that the American way of thinking, or to be more precise, shuffling information on an ear-to-mouth basis, should prevail all over the world. Since their childhood, they have been indoctrinated to believe in the immutable truth of the post-WWII regime which is embodied in the Charter of the United Nations. Actually I see a clear manifestation of a fatal birth defect in the 69-year-old U.N. constitution which is filled with empty promises about "the principle of equal rights and self-determination of peoples."

It's incredible to see more than 190 nation-states still keep dancing with the dead body as if to sanitize and authenticate their collusive allegiance to the U.S. government and the brain-dead people who have chosen to support it by their inaction.

Hong Kong is the most recent example although it isn't directly represented in the U.N. Having lived under the 1.5-century-long British rule, the Hong Kongers have been colonized to the marrow. In March 2013, a stupid guy named Benny Tai Yiu-ting founded an organization childishly named Occupy Central with Love and Peace. If I understand it correctly, the goal the OCLP single-mindedly seeks is the introduction of universal suffrage in the process for the election of Hong Kong's chief executive. (How modest!) They blindly believe in the crap which Americans and their minions call democracy.

The most important thing to note is that Catalonia is not a Hong Kong. There's absolutely nothing in common between the two regions.

Hong Kongers in and around the OCLP aren't seeking independence from the world's second largest economy. They know there's no such thing as an independence movement that isn't unconstitutional, but it's out of the question for these mentally inert and physically lazy kids to take painstaking steps to go extra-constitutional.

On the contrary, the Catalan separatists, like any other like-minded people in a nation-state, are NOT PROTESTING against anything. That's why they don't expect anyone to approve, let alone disapprove, their aspiration.

As I've said many times before, one's creative endeavor always involves two steps. The first thing he's got to do is to dissociate himself from the old link. Only then he can establish a new association. And that's what the Catalans are doing right now.

Maybe their goal has something to do with self-determination. But the real question is exactly WHAT they want to determine on their own and specifically HOW they are going to pursue it. As is often true with the pursuit of a creative goal, even the pro-independence Catalans don't seem to know the answer themselves.

In this connection, some American visitors to my website still owe me their answers to my questions. One of the questions I've asked them is how the Americans can claim to have the moral authority on which to label these Jihadists of the ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) "terrorists" just because they beheaded some Western hostages. Their ancestors killed at least 24,000 Britons to liberate themselves from the British rule. And in the last seven decades, they have lived easy lives on the heaps of millions of Japanese, Vietnamese, Afghan and Iraqi corpses.

They certainly know how to sidestep a serious challenge such as mine. Most typically they make believe they didn't hear me. But sometimes they resort to the absurd myth that just like Mahatma Gandhi, alone, could make India an independent state in 1948, Martin Luther King, Jr., alone or backed by the entire black population, could bring about what Americans wrongly call "equality" and "justice" with his highly-touted nonviolence principle.

I don't think there's a good reason to believe a cultural revolution should always be bloodless. Who knows if someone in his right mind stakes his life on an artistic creation or extralegal advocacy?

By now I have tentatively concluded that political or economic independence of the Catalans is the smallest part of their bid. (See NOTE.) They are well aware that since there already are 200 too many "modern" nation-states in this world, it doesn't make a bit of sense to add another micro-nation to the list. Presumably that's why Artur Mas thinks the symbolic vote which will most probably take place on November 9 will still make a significant difference to the lives of the 7.5 million Catalan individuals.

NOTE: This needs a further discussion. But in the interim, I think it's theoretically possible for you, for instance, to be a French politically and at the same time a German economically. In reality, too, the multiple nationality of this kind has already proved workable to a certain extent in Europe. Most importantly, if we intended to fully exploit the leading-edge web-based technologies, we should be able to change our nationality back and forth between two or more with a single click of the mouse. The only problem lies with the fact that people are scared to death of real change.

Obviously one of the things the pro-independence Catalans are concerned about is the fact that their ethnic identity has started to wane as the Catalan language is quickly becoming obsolete in schools or elsewhere. This is quite natural because a language is the most important vehicle on which to share different ideas among community members.

At least in that respect, the same problem faces the Okinawans. Recently UNESCO has stepped up its drive to prevent ethnic languages around the world from going extinct. To that end the international body has added the standard Ryukyu language and its six dialects (奄美語, 国頭語, 宮古語, 八重山語, 与那国語, 八丈語) to the long list of "endangered languages."

The Japanese, who are known for their insatiable desire for international recognition, must have appreciated the move at UNESCO had it not been for the fact that their government has been trying to exterminate these languages, in order to expedite assimilation, since the annexation of the Rtykyu Kingdom in the 1870s.

Beware, though, we should keep in mind that these busybodies in UNESCO are virtually on the payroll of Washington.

As I have repeatedly warned in this website since 2008, ideas and words are inseparable twins. There's no such thing as a creative idea expressed in worn-out words, or brilliant words to express a mediocre idea. UNESCO's effort to preserve the endangered languages just for preservation's sake is yet another cheap trick to contain the colonials in the status quo of Pax Americana.

You can't keep the language alive if you've kill the thought beforehand. That is why I didn't bother to go over the long list to find out if the Catalan language, which is a branch of Romansch, was considered to fall on that category.

It goes without saying that in music or any other art form, there is the same interdependency between the message and the medium with which to convey it. And from a broader perspective, we can see a similar relationship between the end and means practically in all human activities, including science, business and politics.

Two weeks or so ago I hit another gold vein in the Google junkyard. When I was looking around for pieces of information that would help me understand what's really going on in the half-autonomous region of the Kingdom of Spain, I came across dozens of videos of a 19-year-old multi-instrumentalist and vocalist named Andrea Motis as exemplified at the bottom of this post.

I was struck by Motis, but at the same time I was deeply impressed by another multi-instrumentalist named Joan Chamorro who has been mentoring Motis since she was in her early teens.

I have also been acting as a self-appointed adviser to half-a-dozen young musicians, including members of the band organized by my biological son since I called it a career some eight years ago.

Like I've said many times, creativity creates itself when dissociative spontaneity meets associative discipline in a person. And the single most important role for a mentor to play with his mentee is to expedite this process.

Time and again I've learned easier said than done in this country. As you may know, in the last one-and-a-half centuries, constant bastardization of Western ideas at all levels has turned this country into a cultural junkyard.

With all this in mind, I viewed Motis videos in the chronological sequence. And now I've found out that this mentor-mentee relationship between the two gifted musicians might not have developed the way it did had it not been for the cultural climate of Catalonia. Now I knew this is exactly what Catalan's bid is all about.

If you are an American, you may say, "This young lady plays fairly well these musical pieces written by American composer Jimmy McHugh. But her English pronunciation is not always perfect."

I'm afraid you are mistaken. This is Catalan jazz and the words are sung in standard Catalan English which sounds greater than "Japlish" or even American English.

It's about time you should know the American Century is long over now. Outside the Pacific-rim region, not a few people, who "go on creating themselves endlessly" as Henri Bergson would describe them, have already chosen to break away from the orbit around the Planet of the Apes. Eventually that will leave the East Korean macaques all by themselves desperately clinging to the path to ruin.


Andrea Motis at the age of 17

Andrea Motis at the age of 13


POSTSCRIPT October 31: Cuckoo Clock or Bloodshed

I think only a small number of people have understood the idea behind the tricky title of this post. That is quite natural because to Americans, the meaning of the word "self-determination" is unequivocal. It's always used to tell whether or how far their government cedes the authority to a satellite nation such as Japan. In fact, though, the most important thing about self-determination is what for or how the other side uses the newly gained autonomy because most of the time it's been more or less emasculated before the handover.

A famous line spoken by Orson Welles in the 1949 British film The Third Man goes like this: "You know what the fellow said - in Italy, for thirty years under the Borgias, they had warfare, terror, murder and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci and the Renaissance. In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, they had five hundred years of democracy and peace - and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock."

My interpretation is that Graham Greene who wrote the screenplay wanted to say that the people of an independent or semi-independent country have only two options for their survival strategy: act like the Italians under the Borgias' tyranny or live an ostrich-like reclusive life as the Swiss still do today.

But times are changing. Now self-respecting and innovative people such as the Catalans are seeking a third way.

An American individual known to my audience by his handle "Diogenes" is certainly aware of the new undercurrent. In response to my post, he alerted us to a fascinating video. I'll embed it at the bottom of this postscript because I think this one is perhaps more convincing and relevant to the issue at hand than those I've already inserted in the post.

If you look at the blue Mediterranean sea, salivating seafood and irresistible sweets, exhibits of the works of Picasso, Gaudi, Salvador Dali, and among other things, these faces shining with their creative spirit, you will know what underlies Catalans' aspiration for "a nation without a state.

Okinawa is still one of the places I wish I had visited in my lifetime. But I'm afraid its people may have already been assimilated too far into this cultural wasteland to possibly restore their ethnic identity and pride.

It's October 31 today. People across the nation are celebrating the bastardized version of Harowin. Soon this will be followed by the festivities of Kurisumasu. Now they seem to have "self-determined" to indulge in the manufacturing of their cuckoo clocks until the end of time.

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