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The Real Nature of Religion
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As Far As The Eye Can See
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Sir Walter Scott's Crusades and Other Fantasies
by Ibn Warraq
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edited by S.B. Kelly
The Literary Culture of France
by J. E. G. Dixon
Hamlet Made Simple and Other Essays
by David P. Gontar
Farewell Fear
by Theodore Dalrymple
The Eagle and The Bible: Lessons in Liberty from Holy Writ
by Kenneth Hanson
The West Speaks
interviews by Jerry Gordon
Mohammed and Charlemagne Revisited: The History of a Controversy
Emmet Scott
Why the West is Best: A Muslim Apostate's Defense of Liberal Democracy
Ibn Warraq
Anything Goes
by Theodore Dalrymple
Karimi Hotel
De Nidra Poller
The Left is Seldom Right
by Norman Berdichevsky
Allah is Dead: Why Islam is Not a Religion
by Rebecca Bynum
Virgins? What Virgins?: And Other Essays
by Ibn Warraq
An Introduction to Danish Culture
by Norman Berdichevsky
The New Vichy Syndrome:
by Theodore Dalrymple
Jihad and Genocide
by Richard L. Rubenstein
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Here are the Blogs in the Theodore Dalrymple category.
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Friday, 23 January 2015
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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...
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Posted on 01/23/2015 6:39 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 22 January 2015
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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...
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Posted on 01/22/2015 5:26 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Saturday, 10 January 2015
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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...
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Posted on 01/10/2015 6:03 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 9 January 2015
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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...
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Posted on 01/09/2015 6:46 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 8 January 2015
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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...
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Posted on 01/08/2015 10:21 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 5 January 2015
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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...
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Posted on 01/05/2015 6:18 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 30 December 2014
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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...
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Posted on 12/30/2014 7:33 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 25 December 2014
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It is not only in the United States that some people want to kill policemen: such people exist in France, and no doubt elsewhere too. In a suburb of the city of Tours called Joué-lès-Tours, a 20 year-old man, Bertrand Nzohabonayo, born in Burundi and a recent convert to Islam (who thenceforth called ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/25/2014 7:04 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 22 December 2014
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If brevity is the soul of wit, verbosity is often the veil of ignorance. There was an instance of this in a recent article in the New England Journal of Medicine, with the title “Conduct Disorder and Callous-Unemotional Traits in Youth.” At considerable length and with much polysyllabic vocabulary, ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/22/2014 5:48 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Saturday, 20 December 2014
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The truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth: that is what one swears to tell in a court of law. One lies there and then. It is a noble ideal that one swears to, but one that in practice is impossible to live up to. Not only is the truth rarely pure and never simple, as Oscar Wilde said, but ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/20/2014 1:43 PM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 15 December 2014
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Sequels to much-loved novels that are more than a century old are apt to disturb those who have a very clear and cherished picture in their minds of the characters, pictures that are fixed almost like flies in amber. Who wants to read of David Copperfield in the nursing home when he is old and cannot ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/15/2014 5:32 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 7 December 2014
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Civil law in the United States, originally intended to right wrongs and discourage people from committing them in the first place, has long since become an extortion racket that makes the methods of Al Capone seem amateurish by comparison. The system leaves nothing untouched and touches nothing that ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/07/2014 8:27 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 30 November 2014
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What’s in a word? Sometimes, I think, quite a lot. The use of a single word can amount to a subtle lie. Reading French newspapers, I’m struck by how often the word “austerity” appears to discuss current economic policy in Europe, particularly in France. I am not concerned here with whether the policies ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/30/2014 9:02 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Saturday, 29 November 2014
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In my youth the government encouraged people to eat more eggs and butter and drink more milk for the sake of their health. Perhaps it was the right advice after a prolonged period of war-induced shortage, but no one would offer, or take, the same advice today. Nutritional advice is like the weather ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/29/2014 6:50 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Wednesday, 26 November 2014
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Low back pain is a condition so common that, intermittently, I suffer from it myself. It comes and goes for no apparent reason, lasting a few days at a time. Nearly 40 years ago I realized that, though I had liked to think of myself as nearly immune from nervous tension, anxiety could cause it. I ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/26/2014 5:21 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 25 November 2014
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Hope springs eternal, but so do financial crises in hospitals. Once, while researching the history of the hospital in which I was working at the time, I discovered that it had been so short of money in the 1840s that it had been forced to sell some land to a railway company that wanted to build a line ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/25/2014 6:04 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 24 November 2014
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In a village in South Wales, 34-year-old Matthew Williams was recently stunned by a taser discharged by a policewoman. He died soon afterward in police custody. The reason the policewoman tasered Williams was that she had found him in the hotel in which he had been lodging, bent over the prostrate ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/24/2014 5:54 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 17 November 2014
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You might have supposed that trust in the medical profession would have risen as medicine became more effective at warding off death and disease, but you would have been mistaken. In fact, precisely the reverse has happened throughout the western world, but particularly in the United States. Half a ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/17/2014 5:17 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 16 November 2014
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GERMAN philosopher Immanuel Kant thought it was wrong to tell a lie under any circumstance. Even if a murderer asked you the way to his victim he said you should tell him the truth. He allowed no exception. Thank goodness this is not what most people believe let alone how they act. Recent ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/16/2014 8:12 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 13 November 2014
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My favorite title of all the books that I possess is A Brief Introduction to the History of Human Stupidity. It’s by Walter B. Pitkin, and was published in 1932 in nearly 600 closely printed pages. The author promised a 40-volume encyclopedia of the subject. While he never got around to starting, let ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/13/2014 6:06 PM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 9 November 2014
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Scandal delights us because it lends respectability to our prurience and allows us to indulge in the most pleasurable of all emotions: righteous indignation. Scandal also reveals important or successful people to have feet of clay and thereby soothes our resentment at not being important or successful ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/09/2014 9:02 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 4 November 2014
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My wife tells me that I have bees in my bonnet, generally in serial fashion rather than all at once, and the one at the moment is the attack on the rule of law known as parole. The question of parole was brought to my mind once again by the case of a professional footballer in Britain who has just ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/04/2014 4:51 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 2 November 2014
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Loneliness is a terrible state, of course, but speaking personally I have suffered far more from human company than from the lack of it. Hell, as Sartre famously remarked, is other people; but such is the capacity of the human soul for contradiction that so too, in many cases, is the absence of other ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/02/2014 7:40 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 24 October 2014
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Last week I met a pleasant lady who, though she had appeared a few times on television, could hardly be counted a public figure. Nevertheless, she had received many abusive messages on Facebook and Twitter as a result of her appearances, and one man had written to her thousands of times and threatened ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/24/2014 11:29 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 19 October 2014
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The philosopher Mary Midgley tells us that myth is not just an obstacle to thought, or even merely an adjunct to thought, but an essential part of human ratiocination itself. Whether this is actually so or not in the philosophical sense, namely that human thought is completely impossible without the ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/19/2014 6:06 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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