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A Response to ‘Preston on the Catalan Conflict’ by the Foro De Profesores

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  1. Copy of a letter to the editors sent today in response to this piece:

    08.02.2019

    Dear Editors,

    I just saw the piece on the Beaver online. While thanking you for the publication, the note in bold at the front is frankly besides the point, and will confuse readers.

    A referendum is often consultative in a parliamentary democracy (example: the Brexit referendum in Britain). To insist, as you say professor Preston does, on a distinction between voting in “consultative processes” and in “referenda” is essentially to play a game with words.

    The misquotation that you impute us was rather meant to turn Professor Preston’s assertion into an open question – it was intended for his benefit and does not alter the divisive nature of what he asserted in the interview: “let them vote”. So this is more playing with words, but I hope not an instance of the manicheism purportedly the hallmark of Spanish intelectual life.

    Yours sincerely,

    _______________
    Prof. Dr. Mauricio Suárez
    Centre for Philosophy of Natural and Social Science (CPNSS),
    London School of Economics and Political Science,
    Lakatos Building, Houghton Street,
    London WC2A 2AE

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