The Catalan crisis has set in motion several thorny paradoxes. The government in Madrid now plays the low turnout at the “illegal” polls for the referendum for independence as a political statistic, where it had done all it could to make it a military one. If the consultation had not been carried out among the violence deployed by an occupation force (inevitably perceived by all as such), then the political thermometer could have indicated the actual temperature of Catalonia (probably no secessionist fever).
Now, it cannot be denied that the attitude of the Spanish state toward the Catalans (both for and against independence) has proved to be deaf and repressive. The Bourbon king confirmed it in his speech that actually reconfirms the traditional Catalan Republicanism.
The background of the Catalan issue is the management of police activities, a widespread evil of our time: the abandonment of the political ground in favor of the courts, of the processes and social contradictions in favor of “legality.” The issue is not whether something is right, but only if it is “legal.” It is the triumph of legal formalism, but it was not so hypocritical to fill its mouth with “values” and ethical principles like those that have made the rule of law the rule of state law.