The Kingdom of Spain

It’s just diversionary propaganda, interpersonal conflict accessible to know-nothing Communications Professionals, but as far as Chavez and the King of Spain go:

Juan Carlos, the King of Spain betrayed the Spanish military fascists by surprise transferring his royal imprimatur to liberal democracy when Franco died. So the fascists in Spain hate Juan Carlos and he’s had to live with that.

Since Spain has been a liberal democracy since 1975, the Left has increasingly called for an end to monarchy. You could interpret that as ingratitude–if you were a liberalista.

Now Chavez calls Aznar a fascist. As we all should know, fascism is the authoritarian, militaristic, business-friendly liberal opposite of social democracy. Fascism is an extreme within capitalism. Nixon said of the fascist Franco, “General Franco was a loyal friend and ally of the United States” (New York Times. “Nixon Asserts Franco Won Respect for Spain.” November 21, 1975, Friday, page 16). Today the fascist-liberal US supports Musharref in Pakistan, among many, many other tyrannical military dictators over the years.

Why should Chavez owe Aznar or Juan Carlos dissembling deference? Juan Carlos isn’t the arbiter of progress. At a certain historic point, after decades in which Franco had forcibly secured capitalism in Spain, Juan Carlos enabled a more moderate form of liberalism than fascism. That did take leadership at that time. But, sorry Fukuyama, history’s not over. More moderate liberalism does not under many global political-economic conditions, oppose fascism.

His self-righteousness and inherited privilege inflamed by capitalist consensus, Juan Carlos recently had a diplomatic meltdown, and I can understand why. A liberal monarch in Spain today is under a lot of pressure from both Right and Left. Que sera sera. At least Juan Carlos can console himself with the caviar, fine wines, cars, servants, estates, etc.

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