Letras Libres

Spain

Data-driven political marketing and electoral hacking follow a similar principle: focus on the weakest link in the chain, whether susceptible individuals or voting machines in swing states. On what the Cambridge Analytica scandal reveals about the new arts of political campaigning.

The situation in Catalonia is unresolved. The Spanish region’s autonomy has been revoked, pending a new regional election in December. Meanwhile, the region’s now-ex-president, Carles Puigdemont, is in Belgium, where he styles himself ‘head of a government in exile’. Daniel Gascón examines where all this leaves the rights of Catalonia’s residents.

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Intellectuals once mocked clumsy attempts to censor art on ‘moral’ grounds in late-Franco Spain and elsewhere. They’re not laughing now. The shift to identity in politics could give the morality police a new lease of life, argues philosopher José Luis Pardo.