P. S.

Follow up to blog of November 24th – “Works in Progress.”

Those elections last Sunday in Catalonia – that region of Spain of which Barcelona is capital – testified yet again to the decline in power of leaders and the rise in power of followers,

The leader of the ruling party, Artur Mas, who had pushed for a referendum for Catalan independence, suffered a setback. He political position was weakened because in the regional parliament his party lost 12 seats.

But, lest you think this means Catalans voted down the idea of separation from Spain, think again. Rather than handing Mas a victory on this issue, they rejected him personally and politically, opting instead to vote for a party on the left that similarly supports sovereign rights.

The bottom line? Mas himself was publicly humiliated even as his primary policy preference gained steam.

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