The vote and the pendulum

That? Are we still suffering from an electoral hangover? Politics jam? Well, we have nothing left, now it's time to form a government! In any case, and after the Catalan elections and before we continue with the European ones, perhaps today is a good day, after all the interpretations, information, analysis, minutes and results of yesterday, to tell you, it could be that with some bad idea, that in certain intellectual circles - or assimilated ones - the census suffrage is once again spoken of in a glowing manner, the one that imposes, in order to exercise the right to vote, some prior economic, social or academic training conditions.

Oliver Thansan
Oliver Thansan
13 May 2024 Monday 04:22
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The vote and the pendulum

That? Are we still suffering from an electoral hangover? Politics jam? Well, we have nothing left, now it's time to form a government! In any case, and after the Catalan elections and before we continue with the European ones, perhaps today is a good day, after all the interpretations, information, analysis, minutes and results of yesterday, to tell you, it could be that with some bad idea, that in certain intellectual circles - or assimilated ones - the census suffrage is once again spoken of in a glowing manner, the one that imposes, in order to exercise the right to vote, some prior economic, social or academic training conditions.

The pendulum of history has moved and the old once again seems like the future to some. Universal male suffrage for those over 25 years of age was established in Spain in 1869, after the Gloriosa that dethroned Isabel II, she of sad destinies, although with the Restoration census suffrage was returned (it cannot be that an illiterate person who does not even sign knows has the right to vote!) and, in fact, we will have to wait until 1890 for universal male suffrage to be consolidated. The feminine one had to wait much longer, until the Second Republic. So universal universal suffrage has only existed since 1931. Not even a century ago...

Sagasta's liberals were decisive in approving that universal male suffrage of 1890, despite the opinion against it from Don Práxedes himself, who went so far as to affirm that "universal suffrage means the triumph of ignorance." It could be that today some candidate is thinking something similar or doubting whether compulsory voting, which also exists in some countries, would not be a way to perfect (sic) democracy. Which is still, by the way, the worst system of government, except for all the others. Churchill said. And it is axiom and prophecy.