The social, political, and economic oligarchy (which has been in power in Spain since before the Transition) has a plan to ensure that the two-party system which sustains it continues to rule the country. After the ‘earthquake’ of the EU elections on May 25th, former president Felipe González says that the PP and PSOE need to follow the German prescription and adopt a greater political ‘understanding’ between their parties.
Society’s discontent has been made apparent in these elections and other mass protests, and the members of the dominant oligarchy know it is important to retouch the ‘make-up’ of the political Establishment that supports them. The dethroning of an unpopular king was just one aspect of this tactic. The resolution of the Nóos Case, Gürtel Case, and ERE Case may be other aspects. In the future, the make-up may even include installing a Republic, albeit a moderate, capitalist one.
The only way society will genuinely change is if the authentic, legitimate owner – the People – is awoken from this dream of “panem et circenses” (bread and games). This superficial appeasement – the creation of public approval through distraction or the mere satisfaction of the immediate, trivial requirements of the People – does not mean excellent public services or true democracy, but perpetual injustice and dispossession. Only when people become aware of this distraction technique of the dominant oligarchy will their situation truly change.
Translated and adapted by Oso Sabio from an article originally seen at http://www.frentecivicosomosmayoria.es/julio-anguita-ya-lo-tienen/