Author Archives: Francesc Rodríguez Tous

After Life, by Ricky Gervais

Ricky Gervais has produced an amazing piece of art in the form of (for now) six 25-minutes episodes. The show is called After Life, and follows the life of Tony (Ricky), a middle-aged man that has recently lost his partner. … Continue reading

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Saying things in El Pais

Today there is an article in El Pais—in Spanish—where I say some things about the governor of the Bank of England. Mostly I say that he has done great, in particular in terms of managing the increased powers of the … Continue reading

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So you’ve been publicly shamed, by Jon Ronson

My first intention was to start this post by mentioning the Danny Baker affair, and linking it to the book I wanted to talk about: So you’ve been publicly shamed, by Jon Ronson. While the situation is not exactly the … Continue reading

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Why I am not writing, and why it is a mistake

It has been a while since my last post. I have wanted to publish more regularly but it somehow escapes my will. For instance, I have read several books—So you’ve been publicly shamed (Jon Ronson), Letters to a young contrarian … Continue reading

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On Tyranny, by Timothy Snyder

Post-truth is pre-fascism (Timothy Snyder) Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty (Wendell Phillips) Timothy Snyder is a Professor of History at Yale and, in 2017, he published On Tyranny: Twenty Lessons from the Twentieth Century. The timing of the … Continue reading

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Universal Basic Income

Andrew Yang is a Democratic presidential candidate for the 2020 election that has a key policy proposal: a universal basic income (UBI) of $1,000 a month for every American. I have not precisely been a supporter of this kind of … Continue reading

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Extreme Ownership, by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

I was attracted by the notion of extreme ownership because of the tendency of human beings, and me in particular, of blaming bad luck when things do not go our way. I have always been wary about these thoughts. Things … Continue reading

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