What are some positive aspects of the rule of the Francisco Franco over Spain?

Jun 2017
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Is there something positive that Franco achieved during his time as the leader of Spain?
 

Chlodio

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Aug 2016
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"Positive" is a values-based term. What one person considers positive, another person might consider negative. Franco kept Spain from becoming Communist. He imposed or enforced conservative Christian values onto society - depending on your viewpoint that could be positive or not. During the second half of his rule, the Spanish economy did very well - in the 1960s economic growth was second only to Japan. I suspect you are already aware of the many criticisms of Franco.
 

betgo

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Jul 2011
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He helped defeat a radical republican government, which became Communist controlled later in the war. He stayed out of WWII. He set up a constitutional monarchy, which probably became more democratic than he intended.
 

Futurist

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May 2014
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He helped defeat a radical republican government, which became Communist controlled later in the war. He stayed out of WWII. He set up a constitutional monarchy, which probably became more democratic than he intended.
Makes one wonder if Spain would have experienced another revolution had Juan Carlos refused to democratize.

"Positive" is a values-based term. What one person considers positive, another person might consider negative. Franco kept Spain from becoming Communist. He imposed or enforced conservative Christian values onto society - depending on your viewpoint that could be positive or not. During the second half of his rule, the Spanish economy did very well - in the 1960s economic growth was second only to Japan. I suspect you are already aware of the many criticisms of Franco.
Spain also had relatively high birth rates under Franco's rule. It was only after his death that Spain's fertility fell into the toilet.
 

johnincornwall

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Nov 2010
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Chlodio put is very well. Trouble is a lot of people compare him with the fascists in Italy and Germany, which he wasn't.

Firstly you have to look at what the alternative might have been - Stalinism and maybe destruction in WWII by the germans. The 20s and 30s were very extreme politically. Then you have to look at the grim disruption, unrest and revolution in Spain over the previous 200 years at least - compared to where Spain is today.

One might contend that today's stability is because of the Franco years, not inspite of it. Accidental though that be.
 

Tulius

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May 2016
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Spain also had relatively high birth rates under Franco's rule. It was only after his death that Spain's fertility fell into the toilet.
Today Western democracies tend to have low fertility rates. Women can choose to buy the pill and take it. Women work outside the family home and have a professional career. Couples are more individualistic; they think more in their own personal objectives. Children get in the way, of their personal leisure time and of their careers. Children are a financial burden until their twenties, since child labour was forbidden and they study until much later. This tends to low the fertility rate. People think twice before having a child.

We can't compare this situation with a the 40's to the 70's in a catholic conservative right wing dictatorship.
 
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Sep 2019
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Slovenia
Franco was also an ally of the west during cold war. His regime was a much smaller problem at that time, than international communism. In Korean war also Spain joined UN and USA troops in fighting against Stalin and Mao and their puppet Kim.
 
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Sep 2019
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Slovenia
And about Spanish economy under Franco. When he was trying to lead the economy in the way of catholic social teachings about corporations the economy was weak. But at the end of 50' Opus Dei encouraged him to introduce capitalism and free market and economy was booming.

Former US President Richard Nixon called Franco a loyal friend and ally of the United States.
 
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