The “old” socialism is not dead. Or at least, A group of intellectuals wants to make this clear. in view of the drift that they believe the current PSOE is experiencing in the hands of its Secretary General and incumbent Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez. For this reason, various cultural and political figures, some of whom are linked to the founding of Ciudadanos – such as Fernando Savater, Francesc de Carreras, Gabriel Tortella, Francisco Igea, Elvira Marcos or Andrés Trapiello – They propagate a “social democratic” “party project” that is conducive to a grand coalition and to strive for large state pacts with the two major parties. Its name: “the Third Spain”.
“From Rationalism and conservation instinctLet us contribute to building a social democratic left-wing party, let us appeal to the Third Spaintoday is orphaned of representation, and let us avoid the self-immolation to which the game of the current parties drives us,” explain the signatories, who also include Francisco Sosa Wagner, Iñaki Ezkerra, Gabriela Bustelo, Álvaro Delgado-Gal, Adolfo Azcárraga or Gloria Quiroga.
“In the current situation Something fundamental is missing from our political structure: a non-populist and non-personalist left party, a modern party, social democratic, European and, pardon the redundancy, with transparent, democratic and non-hierarchical behavior that allows Spanish voters to recover the practices and values and institutions of the Spanish transition, which was universally admired and which produced the longest period of harmony, prosperity and development in our recent history,” say the signatories of the text to which THE OBJECTIVE has had access.
And in his opinion “the Spanish right seems content with the task of repairing the damage” while the left “has delivered an unprecedented display of falsehoods over the last five years.”, contradictions, incompetence – except when it comes to propaganda – and a cult of the personality of their general secretary. A situation that has worsened because, this group of intellectuals continues, “the two national parties”. have given in to identity and tribal blackmail through nationalisms Catalan and Basque, by placing them at the center of public debate rather than confronting them together.
Given this situation that they directly describe as a “democratic anomaly”.Savater, Carreras and other intellectuals are committed to a party project that they want to call “The Third Spain.” In their program outline they propose, among other things, the following: “The separation of powers must be protected in our legislation”“reduce the advantages of politicians”, “correct the unfortunate spectacle of MPs using surreal formulas to swear or promise their position” or “review the privileges of the position”.
Of course, at the moment there are no relevant names of historical socialists, apart from a few former PSC activists, but the theses put forward by the signatories are largely in line with those of the PSC old guard the PSOE. In addition, we have in the last few days Key socialist figures such as Felipe González and Alfonso Guerra have raised the tone against the negotiations between the government and the independence supporters for the investiture, which would include a supposed amnesty. Specifically, the former vice president was the harshest, even going so far as to call the incumbent head of the executive branch “disloyal” and “dissident” and attacking the amnesty, saying it would distort history and turn “criminals” into democrats.
Economy and education
On an economic level This possible new social democratic party would rely decisively on the market economy, in addition to the call to improve the image of Spanish businessmen and companies. “The market economy has historically been the most effective means of promoting economic development, as evidenced by the fact that several communist countries, particularly China, eventually adopted it with great success,” they say. On the other hand, they affirm that “in Spain there is prejudice against private companies”. “It must be clear that this prejudice has negative consequences for the economy itself.”
At the educational level They are committed to restoring the culture of effort and avoiding linguistic immersion in communities where it occurs due to co-official languages. “Education at its three levels must be valued for what it is: a path to social advancement through a meritocratic system, not a three-level kindergarten,” they explain, also pointing out that “the fight against the Spanish language “ in which separatist communities blur and endanger Spain’s image in the world.
Additionally, the document, to which THE OBJECTIVE had access, states: point out other important suggestions for their project, such as reducing Size of government or even commitment to direct democracy. “Elefantiasis is due to the need to put the leaders of the parties that support the government at our expense, to give just a few examples: discrediting our country’s food production, denigrating our businessmen or blowing up reservoirs. “in complete drought. “3. “Spain aims to limit the number of ministries to what is absolutely necessary,” it says.
“In accordance with the strict principles of democracy, Tercera España also undertakes never to take any action of significance or transcendence which were not previously included in their election manifesto or were not approved in a referendum», it says finally