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Multilingual

The Putin interview I mentioned a couple of days back reminded me that when I spent quite a long time in Spain a decade ago, I could read Spanish quite easily, and also write it, and I could speak Spanish … Continue reading

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Trying (and Failing) to Understand Rousseau

My attention was drawn in an email from RdM to a book about socialism by Igor Shafarevich.  In his foreword to the book, Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote: The doctrines of socialism seethe with contradictions, its theories are at constant odds with its … Continue reading

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Cultural Fragility

Following on from yesterday’s Living In A Time Of Madness, I’ve been thinking how culturally fragile human civilisations are. I don’t mean this so much in the modern sense of sustainability (e.g. Peak Oil resource depletion), but rather how easily … Continue reading

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