Here are the Blogs in the Theodore Dalrymple category.
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Wednesday, 27 July 2016
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by Theodore Dalrymple Pride is perhaps the worst of sins, for it is often at the root of many others such as anger and avarice. One finds it in unexpected places, for example in an article in the Guardian newspaper about the horrors of pro-Brexit Britain. The author (whom I shall not name to spare ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/27/2016 5:26 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 22 July 2016
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by Theodore Dalrymple The Canadian government, I see, is thinking of issuing sex-neutral identity cards, presumably on the grounds that some people have not yet chosen the sex they want to be. This, of course, is not going nearly far enough. Has the reactionary and highly oppressive Canadian government ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/22/2016 6:55 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 17 July 2016
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by Theodore Dalrymple Arriving in England for the first time after the referendum, I half-expected to find scenes of xenophobia all around me. But there were none, partly, I suppose, because the natives are so heavily out-numbered in the area around St Pancras. In fact nothing much seemed to have ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/17/2016 9:26 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 14 July 2016
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by Theodore Dalrymple Mr Blair’s initial response to the Chilcot Enquiry’s report on the Iraq war was entirely predictable. He said that it had not claimed that he acted in bad faith, with the implication that this in some way justified his actions. The Iraq was but the backdrop to his psychodrama. In ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/14/2016 1:08 PM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 10 July 2016
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Is character destiny, as the ancient Greeks thought, or is it the other way round? Are people made, or do they make themselves? About this question there is still no universal agreement: it is the heart of our mystery, that I believe shall never be plucked out, as Hamlet put it. Richard III is Shakespeare’s ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/10/2016 7:31 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 8 July 2016
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by Theodore Dalrymple Public debate before elections or referenda is seldom notable for its high intellectual level or honesty, and that which preceded the recent referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union was no exception. On both sides names were called and nonsense spoken. Those ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/08/2016 5:25 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Wednesday, 6 July 2016
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by Theodore Dalrymple Some people, no doubt, will have been surprised to learn that the seven young Islamic fanatics who slaughtered 20 customers, mainly foreign, in a restaurant in Dhaka, Bangladesh this weekend weren’t impoverished or downtrodden, like so many of their countrymen. On the contrary, ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/06/2016 8:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 1 July 2016
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by Theodore Dalrymple Her concept of democracy is distinctly odd, too. To call it self-serving would be a very mild way of putting it. When the referendum, to which she had not objected and whose legitimacy she had therefore accepted, produced a result that she did not like (though it is surely very ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/01/2016 5:17 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 30 June 2016
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by Theodore Dalrymple As soon as it was clear that, like bad students in a multiple-choice exam, the British population had got the answer wrong in the referendum about Brexit, it was only too predictable that efforts would be made to nullify the results. For the fact is that plebiscites in ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/30/2016 7:06 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 28 June 2016
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by Theodore Dalrymple All the current nationalist parties of small nations in Europe—the Scots, the Welsh, the Basque, the Catalans, the Flemish—strongly support membership in the European Union, which is dedicated to, and even predicated upon, the extinction of national sovereignty. One would have ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/28/2016 7:15 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Saturday, 25 June 2016
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by Theodore Dalrymple For a long time, Britons who wanted their country to leave the European Union were regarded almost as mentally ill by those who wanted it to stay. The leavers didn’t have an opinion; they had a pathology. Since one doesn’t argue with pathology, it wasn’t necessary for the remainers ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/25/2016 7:17 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 21 June 2016
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by Theofore Dalrymple As soon as I heard of the massacre in the club in Orlando and of the murder of Jo Cox, I knew that within a few hours the candles would be out. And sure enough I was right. Like the ants that appear on my kitchen surface when there is something sweet left about, lit candles ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/21/2016 4:49 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 13 June 2016
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by Theodore Dalrymple I see from the St George’s flags fluttering from the side-windows of cars that it is football-time again – yet again. Apparently it is to last several weeks, though probably not for England who are not usually very good and can be relied upon to put in a poor performance and ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/13/2016 8:48 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Wednesday, 8 June 2016
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by Theodore Dalrymple I took part recently in the annual festival in Hay-on-Wye. You could tell there were large numbers of radical young thinkers present by the prevalence of rings in their noses. I was put up in a very nice early Nineteenth Century house with a magnificent garden. The art in the ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/08/2016 7:13 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 7 June 2016
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by Theodore Dalrymple A lengthy paper in the Journal of Economic Psychology (54 (2016) 64 – 84), lyrically titled ‘“… Do it with joy!” — Subjective well-being outcomes of working in non-profit organisations’ — tries to demonstrate that British workers in the so-called third sector — that is to say, ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/07/2016 7:12 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Saturday, 4 June 2016
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by Theodore Dalrymple There are riots in France every time the government tries to liberalize the sclerotic French labor market to make the country as a whole more competitive. That (considerable) part of the population which benefits from the legal privileges it currently enjoys is either unable ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/04/2016 5:39 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 24 May 2016
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Like vintage wine, high-flown sentiment should be kept for special occasions rather than brought out on every possible occasion, especially when it consists mainly of humbug, as it usually does. We are surrounded by it, in fact, mentally suffocated by it. I picked up a pencil the other day and this ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/24/2016 8:12 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 20 May 2016
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Compassion, it seems to me, is better as a retail than as a wholesale virtue. No doubt there are exceptional individuals who are able to feel genuine compassion toward vast populations or categories of humans, but I think they are few. The more widely a person’s compassion is cast, the thinner it tends ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/20/2016 8:51 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 8 May 2016
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Is the US Treasury anti-Semitic, anti-Italian, anti-German, anti-Polish, anti-Irish, anti-Catholic, anti- many other groups that could be named, none of whose descendants has ever appeared on an American banknote? Hitherto, those that have appeared have all been old dead white males, such as Washington ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/08/2016 7:54 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 5 May 2016
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British doctors now live in fear: not very great fear, perhaps, but it is never entirely absent. They fear their patients might sue them; they fear to say what they think to their managers; they fear that they might fall foul of the Crown Prosecution Service if one of their patients dies unexpectedly; ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/05/2016 7:30 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 26 April 2016
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On arrival in Sydney for a stint with the Centre for Independent Studies, I am ensconced in the bourgeois bohemia of McMahons Point — the kind of area in which it is easier to find langoustines than lavatory paper, or wasabi peas than washing-up liquid. Having arrived from Paris, the first thing I notice ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/26/2016 9:37 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 24 April 2016
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On April 17, Australia’s Sydney Sunday Telegraph carried pictures of the horrific injuries inflicted on 40 year-old prisoner Michael O’Keefe by his 18 year-old cellmate Bourhan Hraichie. O’Keefe is a former Australian army reservist who had boasted of having killed Muslims while on active service. Hraichie ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/24/2016 5:17 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 19 April 2016
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In modern democracies, public discussion of the most momentous matters is bound to be reduced to what the political and media elites believe is the lowest common denominator. Everyone knows what his income is and who foreigners are, so it was almost inevitable that the debate in Britain over its possible ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/19/2016 8:06 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 27 March 2016
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I caught an early flight recently and therefore stayed overnight at the airport hotel. Catching the lift to leave in the morning, the doors opened to reveal two beached human whales within. They gave the lie to the lift's warning notice that it could fit eight people. That might have been true some ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/27/2016 5:46 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 25 March 2016
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As soon as Salah Abdeslam, the presumed leader of last November’s terrorist attacks in Paris, was arrested in Molenbeek, a heavily Islamic quarter of Brussels, his lawyer became an international celebrity. Sven Mary was already well-known in Belgium for his work on several notorious cases. He represented ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/25/2016 5:08 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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