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23 February 1981: King Juan Carlos Becomes A Spanish National Hero

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I only know about this at the level of a Wikipedia article. Or maybe a short newspaper article. Some of you doubtlessly know more. Some Spanish military officers, pining for the certainty of a fascist authortarian state, assaulted the Congress of Deputies in 1981. They held the deputies hostage. Some showed real physical courage. The prime minister and deputy prime minister refused to sit down when ordered so, despite having guns pointed at them. I'd like to conclude that, despite this failed coup attempt, Spain is a thriving democracy today. But I think political parties today are addressing problems more connected with austerity after 2008 than with nostalgia for Franco. I conclude with a couple references about violence in politics. Hannah Arendt. 1969. On violence. In Crises of

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I only know about this at the level of a Wikipedia article. Or maybe a short newspaper article. Some of you doubtlessly know more.

Some Spanish military officers, pining for the certainty of a fascist authortarian state, assaulted the Congress of Deputies in 1981. They held the deputies hostage. Some showed real physical courage. The prime minister and deputy prime minister refused to sit down when ordered so, despite having guns pointed at them.

I'd like to conclude that, despite this failed coup attempt, Spain is a thriving democracy today. But I think political parties today are addressing problems more connected with austerity after 2008 than with nostalgia for Franco. I conclude with a couple references about violence in politics.

  • Hannah Arendt. 1969. On violence. In Crises of the Republic New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich.
  • Georges Sorel. 1950. Reflections on Violence (Trans. by T. E. Hulme) London: Collier-Macmillan.

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