You may have never heard the name Enric Duran Giralt, but if you advocate for the pursuit of alternative forms of governance outside the current coercive enterprise paradigm, you might want to get to know this man. The so-called “Catalan Robin Hood” sat down with Dorian Batycka of Truthout to talk about what he does and why he does it.
Though some of his methods are controversial, one thing can be said about the man, he lives the ideals he espouses.
|The Catalan “Robin Hood”: In Conversation With Activist Enric Duran Giralt|
Known as the “Catalan Robin Hood,” Enric Duran Giralt has for nearly two decades been at the center of promoting greater autonomy and self-organization in the newly ceded Catalan Republic. As a founding member of the Catalan Integral Cooperative(CIC) and FairCoop, projects which aim to create greater consumer and labor autonomy away from corporate interests, Giralt has become an influential member of the Catalan underground anti-capitalist resistance largely through pioneering new, creative forms of civil disobedience.
In 2008, he publicly announced that he had swindled dozens of Spanish banks to the tune of nearly $500,000 as part of a political action to denounce what he called the “predatory capitalist system.”
Over a span of two years from 2006 to 2008, Giralt took out a total of 68 commercial and personal loans from 39 banks in Spain on everything from cars to mortgages, which Giralt used to fund several initiatives and grassroots projects, including a newspaper called Crisis, which deconstructed the economic and political conditions that led to the 2008 financial meltdown.
With no intention of ever paying the loans back, nor with any guarantees or physical property given to the banks as collateral, Giralt’s action mirrored the financial system that teetered on the brink of collapse in 2008, after it was revealed that large investment banks like Lehman Brothers possessed no ability to refinance themselves in short-term debt markets, resulting in the massive liquidity squeeze that Giralt saw well in advance of the global financial collapse.
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