Spain doing Fine: There’s No Government like No Government

Posted: October 14, 2016 in Uncategorized

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For more than nine months, Spain has existed without a traditional national government. In the face of this lack of central authority and planning, Spaniards have done ”the impossible”: they have thrived without a government.

The Free

Spain Hasn’t Had a central Government for the Last 9 Months — and People Love Itno-government

Only 2.3 percent of respondents in a July poll by Spain’s Center for Sociological Investigations considered the lack of government the country’s major problem, and the figure is getting even smaller.”

adapted from a  Derrick Brose post in TheAnti-Media.org.. with thanks

For more than nine months, Spain has existed without a traditional national government. In the face of this lack of central authority and planning, Spaniards have done ”the impossible”: they have thrived without a government.smash-capitalism

Spanish politicians warned the people that allowing the national government to fade away could have disastrous effects. However, as the New York Times notes, “the crisis seems to have offered a glimpse of life if politicians simply stepped out of the way. For many here, it has not been all that bad.”

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  1. auntyuta says:

    This is an interesting concept. But how does it in practice actually work?
    Maybe I better go to the original post and find out a bit more.

  2. auntyuta says:

    ”Despite the lack of government, life goes on without interruption. Welfare recipients in Spain are still receiving their benefits, and basic government employees are still paid. The streets are not littered with trash, and public trains and buses continue to operate.“
    After two boring national elections in six months, and with a third vote possible in December, no party has won enough seats or forged the coalition needed to form a government and this country of 47 million people has a caretaker government.”

    Well, they do have a caretaker government. I think, this is different from having no government at all!

  3. I’m really impressed by the example of the Zapatistas in Mexico and the Machute in Chile. Both are autonomous self-governing people who have never received any benefit from central government (who was more inclined to drive them off their land and shoot them). So now they do for themselves – and arm themselves to keep the central government from taking their land off them.

    In my experience central government mainly benefits the corporate elites at the expense of common people. It’s main purpose it to launch wars and to maintain prisons and a police force to protect property rights. One of the first acts of the central states that arose following the Renaissance was to pass Enclosure Acts that drove our ancestors off our communal lands and created the concept of “private property.” Before they stole our communal land, there was no need for police, prisons or territorial wars.

    Here are two great videos about the Zapatistas in Mexico: https://stuartjeannebramhall.com/2016/10/07/mexicos-experiment-with-direct-democracy/

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