Tim Cope

On the Trail of Genghis Khan

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What an odissey! This is a great travel book. A young man sets out to travel on horse from East Mongolia all through Asia to the Danube in Hungary. Three and a half years go by, and how many adventures, people met, stories of all kinds, cultures, perils, beaurocracy to deal with, extreme weather conditions to fight, thousands of miles to ride out, hunger and thirst to battle, scenic wonders to contemplate, surprises good and bad to meet... One really feels like riding along with this modern day nomad, with his 3 horses and a lovable dog to boot.

What makes this one travel book stand out from the rest is, aside from the caliber of the feat accomplished itself, is the reserved, soak-it-all-in attitude of this man, Tim Cope, humble observer as can be. Even though he set out with basically no knowledge of horse riding and no experience, his resolute attitude and his passion for the nomad life and the Asian steppe becomes truly contagious. It sure made a difference when after some 100 pages he met his dog Tigon. The book might have been as good but never could it have reached out into the heart of the reader as it has done. Traveling with animals, a man and his animal family, alone against the unforgiving weather conditions and, many times, the even more dangerous human encounters.

The political situations of each country they traveled through are seen only from the eyes and opinions of the folks met on the way: they can be no guarantee of accuracy. In fact, they convey accurately only a description of the people themselves who give out those opinions. The author does not support or deny any of the claims he is being told, just listens to them; he takes note and wisely moves on. It was very intriguing for me to realize how wrong the opinions and beliefs of most people that Tim met on his way were regarding their political situations in their own countries. People, generally, have no clue as to what is going on in the larger picture of their own country. Every piece of news has been sifted so many times before getting to the individual citizen that it all but gets to him distorted. But Tim Cope, luckily for us, does not fall for any particular view. He is not interested in taking sides in political or racial disputes.

I didn't understand at first all this interest about nomad life to the point of traveling such immense distance and undergoing so many difficulties and perils. But by the end I came to realize what is so magic about the nomadic life as opposed to the sedentary life that we know and take for granted as the only one possible. Nomadic life is living the present, trying to survive one more day the inclemencies of the weather and the geography. The nomad knows well what he is up against when it comes to weather and nature; but what are we, sedentarians, up against? When life is not an issue to fight for, what is there to do? Nothing, really, but fight each other.


"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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