Tabarnia is a joke, or a mirror in which the ‘indepes’ are reflected, or a response to the ‘indepes’ with their medicine, or a Spanish attack on the foundations of the Catalan nation or a crude strategy, according to who I value it. But that fashionable territory is something else, because it reflects a trend typical of our time and that will be even more profound in the years to come.
It is true that it can be interpreted in the short term as an element of tension with respect to the Catalan independence movement, because by ensuring that through popular will, secession is possible and desirable as long as a majority supports it, they can not invalidate that argument when it is applied. about that new independent nation and the different parts of its territory. With this legal mechanism Canada halted the increase in secessionism in Quebec, since while it was gaining independence from that part of its territory if there was a reinforced majority, it indicated that the new State could not prevent other parts of its population from deciding to secede. in turn or remain linked to Canada.
Tabarnia or the argument against independence
So yes, all this Tabarnia is linked to the short term, the attempt to combat the independence movement and the production of counterarguments. But it is not simply that.
The world population will end up concentrating in those cities where those who have more resources and need services
According to the report Global Strategic Trends – Out to 2045, carried out by the English Department of Defense, the separatist impulse will increase, and not only because there are regions that demand their exit from the territory that shelters them, but because the big cities will demand special rights , even as independent entities. Cities such as the Tokyo-Sydney corridor (which includes Seoul, Taipei, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore or Jakarta) are developing at a much faster rate than the regions and countries in which they are located and will therefore influence each more time in the policies of those States or they will demand much greater autonomy.
In an environment in which production is concentrating on areas of the planet where wages are ridiculous, the inland areas of many countries, including the western ones, are losing population.
The possibilities of earning a living are much lower, since there is hardly any industry, and agriculture and livestock are in a steep decline. Its inhabitants go to the cities, where employment options are much higher and, as has happened at other times in history, they end up concentrating in those cities where those who have resources and need services live.
By 2045, the report says, 70% of the world’s population will live in large cities.
This rupture between global cities and backward regions is already generating tensions. In a certain sense, Catalonia has a lot to do with this
This is an ongoing process, and responds to a situation that Richard Florida, an urban planner and expert in economic growth, defined well when he spoke of creative classes.
The world was going to be divided in two, in the cities where the financial sector, the creative and the manager are concentrated and in the territories that would be disconnected from the progress that the new professions brought.
There would be a great gap between modern areas linked to global flows and those that remained anchored to customs, land, local commerce and traditional companies.
The global cities (New York, Tokyo, Paris, Frankfurt, Zurich, Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Sydney or Hong Kong) were going to be the beneficiaries in this new context, since they would become the main commercial and financial centers of the world and would collect great part of the capital, of the talent and of the advantages brought by the interconnections. And what has happened is very similar to what Florida predicted.
A double reading
That rupture between global cities and backward regions is already here, is generating new tensions and will cause more in the near future.
In a certain sense, Catalonia has a lot to do with this: the idea of a modern, exporting, entrepreneurial and open nation in the face of an oppressive environment, linked to agriculture and old customs, and clearly backward, as would the Spanish State, has been part of the propaganda ‘indepe’. But it is an idea that would also make sense if it were wielded from Barcelona with respect to the rest of Catalonia.
We are a first class city in a second class country
This type of argument was put on the table by Boris Johnson, the English liberal politician, when he was mayor of London and demanded special rules in emigration and in the tax field, as well as other advantages.
According to Johnson, the special characteristics of his city and the companies that were located there needed a different treatment: in the economic, to maintain the companies and attract others; and in terms of labor, because there was a notable demand for skilled workers in the financial, technological, advertising and fashion sectors who could not be hired if they were nationals of other countries given the restrictions imposed by the United Kingdom.
In addition, in the city there were poorly qualified employees that should be regulated in another way: the surplus had to be disposed of. In that context, the politician who preceded Johnson in the mayor’s office, Ken Livingston, declared that “everything that does not make London a totally independent State is a lost opportunity”. An idea that was substantiated in a strong statement: “We are a first class city in a second class country”.