Thomas S. Harrington

Thomas S. Harrington

Thomas S. Harrington is professor of Hispanic Studies at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut and the author of Public Intellectuals and Nation Building in the Iberian Peninsula, 1900–1925: The Alchemy of Identity (Bucknell University Press, 2014).

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The events of the day demonstrated many things to the world. The most self-evident of these is the underlying brutality and lack of imagination of the current Spanish Government led by Mariano Rajoy,   as well as the many other parties (including the supposedly progressive Socialists) and media outlets that have backed his "there's nothing to talk about" approach to the Catalan question. Views
Thursday, October 05, 2017
Last Sunday In Catalonia: Pirates 1, The Invincible Armada 0
One of the many stereotyped images of the Catalans propagated over the years by the Castile-centered Spanish state is that of the freebooting corsair interested, above all, in money, and disposed to doing just about anything to get more of it, a mindset, it is said, that makes them fundamentally...
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Saturday, September 23, 2017
Spanish Centralism or the Self-Defeating Hubris of the Authoritarian Mind
On Wednesday, the Spanish government conducted a number of armed raids upon government ministries in Barcelona, and effectively suspended the charter of the autonomous government to which they belong in order to interdict the circulation of that most dangerous of social threats: ballot boxes and...
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Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Urgent: Forced Takeover of Catalan Government Institutions by Spanish Police
I just got of the phone with Josep Maria Sole Sabaté, my friend and a leading Catalan historian and public intellectual. He was nothing short of breathless as he described the helicopters flying overhead stated flatly that he was in the the midst of a coup being carried out by the Spanish State. He...
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Total Surprise! People Love the Left's Ideas for Progress
I just can't believe what happened in the British elections. I can't get over the fact that that when a politician with real convictions honed over 40 years of political life—generous and forward-looking convictions rooted in an understanding of how social progress for the many has actually been...
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Thursday, December 15, 2016
Burning Down the House: On Democracy and the Post-Trump Democrats
On November 8th, a puerile con-man named Donald Trump turned widespread economic desperation and the civic ignorance quite purposefully engendered by the US media system over the last three decades into a four-year lease on the White House. Were the US the pragmatic, “can-do” nation adduced in the...
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Tuesday, November 15, 2016
The Normalizer-in-Chief
Got an unsavory past? Does a great moral stench attend to you as you go about your daily business? Tired of having people see the things you do as grotesque vulgar and savage? No problem. Call the Normalizer, Barack Hussein Obama. He's cool, or so they say, he's relatively articulate and best of...
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Thursday, November 10, 2016
I Would Love to Share in Your Incredulity
I would love to share, my liberal friend, in your sense of incredulity about the election of Donald Trump to the presidency of United States. I would love to stand with you in the sense of woundedness that, while certainly painful up front, carries with it the secondary compensation of a warm and...
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Saturday, September 03, 2016
The Frog Is No Longer Boiling, It's Dead
The frog of American democracy is no longer boiling, it’s dead. How do I know? By observing the public response to the actions undertaken during the last week by San Francisco 49ers quarterback, Colin Kaepernick. That a certain sector of our country gets upset at the slightest criticism of...
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Saturday, October 10, 2015
US, Russia & Syria: The Problem With Faking It
The great danger of faking your ability to do something in the public square is that someone with an actual desire to the job you are pretending to do might come along and show you up. This is what has just happened to the US in Syria with the entrance of Russia into the fight against ISIL. And as...
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Saturday, October 03, 2015
I'm Surprised
I’m surprised. I'm truly and breathtakingly surprised that another young American has decided to open fire indiscriminately on his fellow citizens in a public space. I'm surprised that another young person living in a country where films are filled with guns and violence and present the killing of...
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