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Most Likely to Secede?


Vilafranca del Penedès, Spain— Performers known as correfocs dress as devils and light fireworks on September 10 in the lead-up to National Day in Catalonia. The festival commemorates September 11, 1714, when Barcelona fell to Spanish troops after a long siege and Catalonia was integrated into Spain. An autonomous region in northeastern Spain, Catalonia has long flirted with independence, although support appears to have waned in recent years. In September, the Catalan government started its official campaign for a referendum to secede from Spain, which the government in Madrid says is illegal.

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INSANE IN THE MEMBRANE During the 2016 election, conservatives turned on the principles that had once animated them. Somehow a movement based on real ideas,such as economic freedom and limited government, had devolved into a tribe that valued neither principle nor truth; luminaries such as Edmund Burke and William F. Buckley Jr. had been replaced by media clowns such as Ann Coulter and Milo Yiannopoulos. Icons such as Ronald Reagan, with his optimism and geniality had been supplanted by the dark, erratic narcissism of Donald Trump. With anger and bravado, Trump declared war against Reaganism during the 2016 campaign and some people loved him for it.