Nothing lasts forever, especially in politics. Spanish leaders mark today the 200th anniversary of the enactment of the first Spanish Constitution, in 1812 by the Cortes of Cádiz. Two relevant aspects emerge from the text: first, the recognition of the “Spanish Nation” (capitalized in the original) as the holder of the sovereignty, and secondly, the territorial boundaries of Spain, extremely diminished since. Continue reading
I know that I am beginning a blog on a very controversial thing – what is a nation? Lots of answers have been given, and trying to list all or many of them would be absolutely outside the scope of this blog. But I want to be honest with you – I want you to know, from the very beginning, what I am thinking about when I speak about «nations». I’m not going to give a definition myself now, but instead I am going to quote some people that know a lot more than me, whose views on the issue usually inspire me (especially the last two people).
First, as you can guess from the name of this blog, I should quote Renan’s observation, not because I like all of Renan’s thought (I don’t), but because I want to stress his views on the need to permanently work for the nation’s existence and for the well-being of their members: Continue reading