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Yes, this is the point I was trying to make, and is the definition of polarized pluralism in a nutshell.  The archetype of polarized pluralism is Germany during the 1930s.  

The idea is that the polarization of the electorate into right and left ensures that radical solutions (aka Catalan independence vs. banning the public use of the Catalan language) are on the agenda instead of more moderate ones (enhanced regional autonomy) which depend upon a solid center.

Eventually this leads to politics spilling out of electoral conflict, into the street.  The ensuing chaos forms the basis for a rejection of politics in favor of a Caesarian solution, aka Hitler or Franco.  

And I'll give my consent to any government that does not deny a man a living wage-Billy Bragg

by ManfromMiddletown (manfrommiddletown at lycos dot com) on Tue Oct 21st, 2014 at 09:36:39 AM EST
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