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. . .ches of government, differs only from that of the United States in that all judges are appointed and not elected.

Each of the fourteen Provinces of the Republic has its own Constitution, which cannot be in conflict with the Federal Constitution which provides a necessarily limited degree of autonomy in the government of the Provinces. The Federal Constitution prohibits the State Government from usurping such functions of the Federal Government as entering into treaties with foreign Powers, enacting laws affecting interstate or foreign commerce, navigation, citizenship, naturalization, the coining of money, or the establishment of custom houses. The organization of its tribunals and the creation of its own laws and forms of procedure is an absolute State right; but the Federal, Civil, Commercial, Penal and Mining Laws are in force throughout the Republic, the Custom Houses and Tariffs being also under the supreme control of the Federal Government. These re. . . Read More

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Rosas a Sarmiento: why are you so obsessed with me?

Demoré muchísimo en terminarlo pero me pasaba algo raro. Cuando lo leía me parecía grandioso. No quería dejarlo. Quería saber que pasaba con Rosas y Facundo. Además el estilo de escritura me pareció fascinante. Algunas partes leía en voz ala y le daba el tono que pienso que Sarmiento le quiso dar. E

“La pampa es pobre de dotes naturales […] tenemos nosotros que continuar la obra.de la creación cubriendo de árboles y de simiente ese pedazo de tierra que quedó a medio hacer.”

Para Sarmiento, barbarie no es tan sólo ignorancia de lo que el civilizado sabe, es también sabiduría de lo que el civiliz

200 años de antiperonismo

Hace años que sé que muchos consideran al Facundo de Sarmiento como el libro seminal de la literatura argentina, que perdió contra el Martín Fierro el cetro de libro nacional y que Echeverría le ganó de mano con su Matadero. Lo sabía hace años pero recién ahora, a mis 44 dec

There are relative few works of politics and history that can be regarded as great literature. Offhand, I can think of Herodotus, Thucydides, Plato, Tacitus, Gibbon, Brazil's Euclides da Cunha -- and now I must add to this list Domingo Faustino Sarmiento, scholar, educator, and one-time President of

What a gallery of rogues is presented here, more than enough to make anyone thank their lucky stars they were not born in Argentina in the first half of the 19th century...and what a fascinating picture Sarmiento paints, of the life of the gaucho on the pampas, contrasted with cities like Cordova -

Sarmiento makes some cool points. He plays a huge role in Argentine history and is responsible for many wonderful aspects of Argentine culture, but ultimately I get the feeling he was just kind of a snobby old racist who hated anyone who wasn't a white european wannabe.

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