Samuel Johnson & James Boswell

A Journey to the Western Islands of Scotland and the Journal of a Tour to the Hebrides

 

Divided in two very different parts: the first one told by Johnson; the second by Bowell, it has things to entertain and amuse both types of audiences. The one quality that is shared by both is the amiability. Each one has a very different way of telling about their travels, but both are interesting because of each one seems to be enjoying it very much, and I different ways. Johnson in an amiable way focuses on the vicissitudes of the trip, the scenery, provides the sociologist's eye, the curiosity of the foreign traveler. Boswell, in a more humorous way, is interested in Johnson, and introduces the Scottish islands and its people through the interaction of these with Johnson. The excitement felt by Boswell when about to bring Johnson in contact with some native personage is successfully conveyed to the reader. I could imagine Doctor Watson doing something of this sort with Sherlock Holmes if they were to travel together to Watson's own neck-of-the-woods. The book's light and friendly tone makes up well for the -perhaps lack of other exciting happenings.

"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

NINOTCHKA,

O EL DISCRETO DESENCANTO CON EL SOCIALISMO 

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

Historia de la Segunda República.

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

Finales de enero, 1939, Barcelona cambia de piel

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