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:


    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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