Magazine October 30, 2017, Issue

The Impossible Dream

Demonstrators in favor of Catalonian independence gather in Barcelona, October 3, 2017. (Albert Llop/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
Catalonian nationalism throws Spain into crisis

In 1932, four years before the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War, the philosopher and essayist José Ortega y Gasset declared that the “Catalan problem” was impossible to solve. He is reported to have said: “It is a perpetual problem, which has always been, and will remain as long as Spain exists. . . . It is something that no one is responsible for; it [lies in] the very character of that people; it is its terrible destiny, which drags distress throughout its entire history.” In his view, the best that could be hoped for was that the Catalans, and

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