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Fascinating article.
I remember watching Franco twirl as they removed the statue of him on his horse from the center of Santander! They lifted him up by crane, it sure was quite the mix of people!
 

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Franco was evil, a butcher, a man who waged a brutal war against his own people,a man who consigned thousands of innocent people to death. But he was not a Fascist. He was an authoritarian, ultra-reactionary Catholic dictator. He manipulated the Falange and used it for its own ends. Small but important point.
I think there is quite a lot of support maybe not for Franco per se but for the 'peaceful' society his harsh policing regime created for the non-political. Some oof it undoubtedly exists in parts of the PP - our Alcalde refers to the 'alleged' crimes of the Franco regime. But a surprising number of 'ordinary' non-political people look back wistfully on the Franco times, when they 'didn't need to lock their doors at night' and 'there was none of this divorce, homosexuality, abortion etc.'.
It's analagous to former Socialist states. There is still a surprisingly high percentage of people who support the former Communist Parties in Poland, Hungary and especially the Czech Republic where Communist candidates can receive double figures in elections and actually succeed in getting candidates elected to Parliament and local governments.
In each case it seems largely the same demographic, that is the poor and elderly and the young, with in Spain a sprinkling of middle-class well-off people and in Central and Eastern Europe those who were part of the state structure and profited handsomely from their positions.
There are also problems of corruption of officials and elected representatives in both formerly oppressive societies.
When you consider the effects of the current crisis, it's not surprising really as these groups have suffered most. The elderly poor fear crime, dislike 'permissiveness', fear for their economic welfare. The young have no jobs, no hope, no future.
I've been banging on about the rise in 'respectable' right-wing extremism for much of the past decade. Left-wing extremism is a nuisance, a distraction as its appeal is limited and people very often 'grow out of it'. I did. But I think right-wing extremism is more insidious because people often grow into it as they get older. That may sound a bit odd..but ponder on it.
Right-wing extremism feeds on basic human instincts and fears which is why its appeal is so dangerous...we live in fearful times.
The answer: I don't know. A better economy would help..

Just an anecdote: I went to our local clinic for the 'aged' for a check-up and was told I had to be interviewed by a psychiatrist..it was 'the rules'. Some of you reading this might consider this a wise suggestion. ;)The interview consisted of me being given an A4 sheet with a list of statements with a Tes/No tick box beside each.
I filled in most of the rather banal questions easily but paused at one, which read something like: 'Do you experience anxiety when you think about the future?'
Now in my mind anyone answering 'No' to such a question is clearly in need of psychiatric help but on reflection I decided that ticking the 'Yes' box might open a can of worms so I duly ticked 'No' and was declared 'normal'.
The times we live in, eh...:rolleyes::rolleyes:
 

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Interesting. No, this government isn't "doing enough", because:

“The PP has many faces. Is it an extreme right party? No. But the extreme right is part of the PP. And they now they have to tender complex electoral messages to different constituencies, including the extreme right.”
So the PP has backpedalled on the Ley de Memoria Histórica passed by Zapatero's government, withdrawn state funding for the exhumation of Civil War victims, and done nothing about the Valle de los Caídos which still remains a monument to fascism. They have fervently resisted any attempt to reverse the war-crimes amnesty. They have strengthened the power of the Catholic Church by reintroducing Religion as a core subject in state schools, and failed to raise the issue of the tax-free status of church property.

But thankfully the far right remain a shadowy, leaderless minority. A totally different situation from France, where Marine Le Pen's party recently polled 24% of the vote. Scary.
 

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