Arthur Herman

The Cave and the Light, Plato versus Aristotle, and the Struggle for the Soul of Western Civilization


As entertaining and educational as pointless. I just finished the book without figuring out what it was about, that is, besides pointing out the redundancies of both Plato and Aristotles philosophies along 2500 years of history. And a history it is, in spite of the author's introductory comment telling the reader otherwise. A history of the West, of its politics, economics, arts, and everything that can be claimed to have happened under the ineluctable influence of the aforementoned duet.

I chose this book having read others by the same author and having come off with more than a fine impression. I leave this one off today with a nagging voice in my head telling me I've been wasting my time, even though, i got my entertainment share. But I wasn't expecting a history the size of this one, 500+ pages. I was expecting, and hoping till the end, a thesis, a proposition put forward, some kind of analysis that could go straight to today's life and world. But no. This was just good old schooltime. A good time to learn about all those philosophers from the pre-Socratics to today's global-warming prophets of doom. A long story indeed.

Not one single politically incorrect sentence in the whole book. My man, this I do not forgive. When I read, right at the end of the book, that corny sentence, "to save the world", as a nice hope this book and its lessons entailed, I felt a little embarrassed and thanked the Lord Jesus it was the last page I had to read.

Well, this is your change to learn about the West and forget about the rest. You never had it so easy. It wasn't just the book for me at this day and time.

"Es cierto que el Romano es libre de hacer todo lo que quiera. Pero también lo es que tiene que soportar las consecuencias de sus actos. No importa que se haya equivocado, que le hayan engañado o incluso forzado: un hombre no se deja forzar: etiamsi coactus, attamen voluit. Es libre; pero si distraído, imprudente o atontado, prometió pagar una determinada cantidad y no puede pagarla, se convierte en esclavo de su acreedor."

Rudolph von Ihering

“Slavery, protection, and monopoly find defenders, not only in those who profit by them, but in those who suffer by them.”

Frédéric Bastiat

On the true nature of the Castro Revolution in Cuba: "The revolution was a cover for committing atrocities without the slightest vestige of guilt ... we were young and irresponsible. We were pirates. We formed our own caste ... we belonged to and believed in nothing -no religion, no flag, no morality or principle. It's fortunate we didn't win, because if we had, we would have drowned the continent in barbarism."

Jorge Masetti -In the Pirate's Den

La anarquía, es decir, la ausencia de fuerza estatal, no es una forma de Estado, y cualquiera que acabe con ella por el medio que sea, el usurpador nacional o el conquistador extranjero, rinde un servicio a la sociedad. Es un salvador, un bienhechor, porque la forma más insoportable de Estado es la ausencia de Estado.

Rudolph von Ihering

"El envidioso está afligido no solo por sus males propios, sino por los bienes de los demás."  -Hipias

[la norma de conducta de los progres] "No hacer nada que alguien pueda envidiarme." -Hipasos




Seguimos a la espera de la reedición de este importante libro del gran escritor español José Pla

Historia de la Segunda República.


También a la espera de este importante libro del genial Rafael Abella.

Finales de enero, 1939, Barcelona cambia de piel


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