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Thursday, 21 May 2015
I abominate smoking and I do not grow or sell tobacco, nor do I have any shares in tobacco companies. During my medical career, I discouraged (not very successfully, I fear) all my patients from smoking, using all the usual arguments.
Nevertheless I was startled by a figure in a recent article ...Read More...
Posted on 05/21/2015 5:21 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Tuesday, 19 May 2015
Perhaps this is the only true law of political economy: Memories are short and lessons are never learned. At any rate, I thought of it as soon as I saw a front page advertisement in the Irish Times, taken out by the Irish Civil Public and Services Union (CPSU).
It showed a woman, using her two hands ...Read More...
Posted on 05/19/2015 7:37 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Thursday, 7 May 2015
General elections in modern democracies bore much of the population—perhaps most of it. They even seem to many a form of slow torture by means of constant and inescapable publicity and propaganda in favor of the nonentities who stand for public office. Nevertheless, it is dangerous to despise practical ...Read More...
Posted on 05/07/2015 7:22 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Friday, 1 May 2015
After I posted an article highly critical of the new Whitney Museum building in New York on City Journal’s website, a commentator kindly suggested that readers turn to a review in the Guardian by its architectural and design correspondent, Oliver Wainwright, for “a more balanced” view of the building, ...Read More...
Posted on 05/01/2015 7:26 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Thursday, 23 April 2015
On a recent visit to New York City, I had the opportunity to walk around the exterior of the new Whitney Museum, built at a cost of $442 million. It is a monument of a kind: to the vanity, egotism, and aesthetic incompetence of celebrity architects such as Renzo Piano, and to the complete loss of judgment ...Read More...
Posted on 04/23/2015 8:03 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Sunday, 19 April 2015
According to an article in the Guardian, two 'ordinary Yorkshire lads' went on holiday to Turkey, from whence they travelled on to Syria, presumably to join ISIS. Their names were Hassan Munshi and Talha Asmal. What is ordinary in Yorkshire has evidently changed out of all recognition in my lifetime. ...Read More...
Posted on 04/19/2015 5:01 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Friday, 10 April 2015
Whatever else may be said about Andreas Lubitz, the pilot who deliberately crashed his Germanwings jet into the French Alps, killing himself and 149 passengers, he did not lack medical attention: he as under treatment for a good proportion of his relatively short adult life. To judge by the terrible ...Read More...
Posted on 04/10/2015 7:29 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Sunday, 29 March 2015
‘Men,’ said Marx in his 18th Brumaire of Louis Napoleon, ‘make their own history, but they do not make just it as they please; they do not make it under self-selected circumstances, but under circumstances already existing, given and transmitted from the past.’ This is true, despite its provenance; ...Read More...
Posted on 03/29/2015 8:25 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Tuesday, 24 March 2015
The founder of the independent city-state of Singapore, Lee Kwan Yew, who has just died at 91, was undoubtedly the most intelligent and capable world leader of the past half-century. This is not the same, of course, as having been universally loved: but he was intelligent enough to know that universal ...Read More...
Posted on 03/24/2015 7:21 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Monday, 23 March 2015
It’s received wisdom that France does not reform except by violence. Since I heard my French brother-in-law repeat this wisdom recently, I believe that it must be true.
The French government is currently involved in a life-and-death struggle to pass a law that would introduce a few minor economic ...Read More...
Posted on 03/23/2015 4:59 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Thursday, 5 March 2015
The greatest regret of my life is that I was born too late to be a bohemian. But by the time I was old enough to be one, respectability had almost died out, and bohemianism is parasitic on respectability for its attraction. When everyone is a bohemian, no one is. Besides, property prices had risen so ...Read More...
Posted on 03/05/2015 6:21 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Monday, 2 March 2015
No word is so misused as the word “cowardly.” Terrorist attacks are often said to be cowardly, when in fact the terrorists who carry them out for the worst of ends are sometimes extremely brave. They risk their lives and even intentionally lose them by their acts. At the very least they risk long and ...Read More...
Posted on 03/02/2015 5:13 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Sunday, 1 March 2015
While there was nothing even slightly amusing about the recent attacks in Paris on the journalists of Charlie Hebdo and the customers of a kosher supermarket, there was an element of dark humor in an article that appeared in Le Monde on February 16 about Amedy Coulibaly, the young man of Malian descent ...Read More...
Posted on 03/01/2015 10:28 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Wednesday, 18 February 2015
Twisting language is generally the easiest way to evade unpleasant truths. The Guardian, the British liberal-left newspaper, offered a good example, in the wake of the Islamist killings in Copenhagen. Under the heading SCANDINAVIANS VALUE FREE SPEECH, BUT NOW THEY NEED TO BE PRACTICAL, Andrew Brown ...Read More...
Posted on 02/18/2015 6:44 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Sunday, 15 February 2015
In the past, medical journals, pharmaceutical companies and researchers themselves have been criticized for publishing selectively only their positive results, that is to say, the results that they wanted to find. This is important because accentuation of the positive can easily mislead the medical ...Read More...
Posted on 02/15/2015 6:20 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Thursday, 12 February 2015
For those disinclined to believe in coincidence, the date of the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo, January 7, and that of the publication of Michel Houellebecq’s latest novel, Soumission (Submission), in which a Muslim is elected President of France, were linked in some unspecified way, though it will ...Read More...
Posted on 02/12/2015 5:12 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Monday, 2 February 2015
Life is a long succession of vested interests, though we are inclined to see everyone’s but our own. The term now having mainly a negative connotation, we usually think of some interests—namely those of a pecuniary nature—as being more vested than others. A money-interest is widely thought to be more ...Read More...
Posted on 02/02/2015 4:20 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Monday, 26 January 2015
Medical history is instructive, if for no other reason than that it might help to moderate somewhat the medical profession’s natural inclination to arrogance, hubris and self-importance. But the medical curriculum is now too crowded to teach it to medical students and practicing doctors are too busy ...Read More...
Posted on 01/26/2015 5:37 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Friday, 23 January 2015
Steven Emerson, the expert on terrorism, has caused a sigh of relief among the bien pensants of the Western world. By making inaccurate and false claims on Fox News, he has enabled them to pour righteous scorn on him and thereby avoid thinking about uncomfortable social realities.
Emerson claimed ...Read More...
Posted on 01/23/2015 6:39 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Thursday, 22 January 2015
Political correctness is an informal system of partial censorship but it is not nearly as recent as we are inclined to imagine. It has always existed. If birds of a feather flock together, so do intellectuals of like opinion; and while intellectuals think of themselves as fearless seekers after truth, ...Read More...
Posted on 01/22/2015 5:26 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Saturday, 10 January 2015
The shots in the Paris street that were seen and heard around the world killed Ahmed Merabet, a Muslim policeman going to the defense of Charlie Hebdo: a reminder that by no means all Muslims in France, far from it, are France-hating, Allahu-akbar-shouting fanatics, and that many are well-integrated. ...Read More...
Posted on 01/10/2015 6:03 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Friday, 9 January 2015
How long would it take for a Western journalist to blame the Charlie Hebdo murders on French colonialism and journalistic insensitivity to the feelings of Muslims? Not nearly as long, I suspected, as it would take a journalist in the Muslim world to blame them on the legacy of Mohammed and Islam.
And ...Read More...
Posted on 01/09/2015 6:46 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Thursday, 8 January 2015
Shostakovich, in his memoirs (whose authenticity some have disputed), describes a minister in the Soviet Union praising a great Soviet cultural event, such as (says Shostakovich) the closing of a theater. Not very long ago, the medical director of the hospital in which I used to work sent an e-mail ...Read More...
Posted on 01/08/2015 10:21 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Monday, 5 January 2015
The relation between morality and law is (or ought to be) complex and subtle: the two are neither identical nor entirely separate. Once upon a time everyone seemed to understand this, as if by instinct; but the instinct, if it ever existed, has been lost. When someone says, by way of excuse for his ...Read More...
Posted on 01/05/2015 6:18 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Tuesday, 30 December 2014
It is easier to advise than to have or to retain a sense of proportion, especially when it is most needed. I have never known anyone genuinely comforted by the idea that others were worse off than he, which perhaps explains why complaint does not decrease in proportion to improvement in general conditions. ...Read More...
Posted on 12/30/2014 7:33 AM by Theodore Dalrymple