It’s a tale not of two cities or two lands, but of two worlds. Not a clash of nations, but a clash of notions, paradigms, ways of understanding democracy and civil rights. The independence movements that swept through the Americas (from the British colonies that would become the United States to Colombia and Argentina), or Gandhi’s movement for the independence of India were more about dignity, fairness and self-government (Gandhi’s swaraj) than about any exclusionary ‘nationalism’. So it is now with the pro-independence movement in Catalonia, with its ongoing mass demonstrations in cosmopolitan ...


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