Empire strikes back

The footage of Spanish police beating and injuring fellow citizens who participated in a non-binding referendum was unsettling. The Catalan government claimed that 844 people were injured by the end. It looked like a western democratic country was melting down before our eyes. The crisis is more than just a regional cry for independence, but an ideological crisis that will continue to be driven by a deepening financial crisis and austerity. Will authoritarianism destroy yet another democracy?