Here are the Blogs in the Theodore Dalrymple category.
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Wednesday, 22 November 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple A cocktail party is an odd place, perhaps, to discuss the rule of law, but I have no small talk and neither had my interlocutor. Our views on this subject were, fortunately for the flow of conversation, somewhat at variance. My interlocutor asked me whether I believed ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/22/2017 6:08 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 19 November 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple If there were one word that we should expunge from the political lexicon, it would be “cowardly.” This is not because there are no acts or deeds to which it can rightly be applied, but because our politicians and officials have lost the ability to use it aptly. They fail ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/19/2017 4:20 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 5 November 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple There are many subjects on which decent people may disagree and some subjects on which a person may not entirely agree with himself, in so far as he can see both sides of an argument at the same time (assuming there to be only two sides, when often there are more). One ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/05/2017 5:06 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 29 October 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple The other week there was a town meeting at which our local Police and Crime Commissioner spoke. First he explained what he did in return for his £100,000 a year, though I cannot now remember what exactly it was. Did he commission crime? This is a very important role, for ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/29/2017 5:36 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 27 October 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple France’s Jean-Luc Mélenchon gives a speech in the European Parliament. Populism—the politics of resentment—is generally regarded as a right-wing phenomenon. Populists supposedly appeal to the lowest prejudices of the unintelligently disgruntled, such as unskilled workers ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/27/2017 5:52 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 26 October 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Waiting for a flight in Istanbul Airport recently, two policemen with a large black muzzled Alsatian dog walked by at a distance of perhaps twenty yards. ‘That dog is useless,’ said a Turk in his mid-twenties sitting next to me. He spoke excellent American-accented English; ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/26/2017 7:03 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 23 October 2017
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blog preview image The rat is an intelligent, flexible and determined creature, that is difficult to eliminate by Theodore Dalrymple A rat’s not called a rat for nothing, and — as we are repeatedly told — we are never very far from one. Certainly not in Paris, where I sit, which has seen a great increase in ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/23/2017 4:46 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Saturday, 21 October 2017
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blog preview image An acerbic Gallic take on Hillary Clinton’s book by Theodore Dalrymple The life of Man being but three score years and ten, nothing on earth would induce me to read Hillary Clinton’s memoir of her electoral defeat, short of an assurance that I had two millennia rather than only two years to ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/21/2017 9:42 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 20 October 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple I was recently consulted in the prison in which I work by an inmate who was the proud father of two children. I asked him whether he still saw them: continued contact with their biological offspring being something of a rarity among the imprisoned paternal community. Instead ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/20/2017 8:11 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 19 October 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple A friend of mine, an academic researcher in what at least 99.9 per cent of the population would find an arcane area of human knowledge, recently brought to my attention the form he was obliged to sign in order for a particular learned journal (owned by a publishing conglomerate) ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/19/2017 5:43 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 17 October 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Some words in the press are used not only for purposes of shorthand but also as Pavlovian bells to get the ideological saliva running. They have only to be printed or uttered for thought to cease, and since thought is often painful and poses the danger of arriving at unwanted ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/17/2017 6:08 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 15 October 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Montaigne: A Life by Philippe Desan translated by Steven Rendall and Lisa Neal Princeton, 832 pages, $39.95 When faced with a biography that could as well stop a door as fill a shelf, one’s first question is always, “Does the subject merit this exhaustive treatment?” ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/15/2017 4:56 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 9 October 2017
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blog preview image Saudi Arabia gives women license to drive. by Theodore Dalrymple I happened to be near the Saudi border, in a small country in the Gulf, when the historic announcement was made that women would henceforth be issued drivers’ licenses in Saudi Arabia. The friends with whom I had been staying, ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/09/2017 7:43 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 8 October 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Some people think that life can or ought to be lived as an open book, with nothing hidden and nothing left unsaid. This is certainly not my opinion, and it was not Shakespeare’s either, and he knew a thing or two about psychology, despite never having studied it at university ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/08/2017 5:41 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 5 October 2017
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blog preview image We’ll never find satisfying explanations for Stephen Paddock’s evil, though it is human nature to try. by Theodore Dalrymple When someone kills 59 people at random and injures more than 500 (presumably with the intent to kill them), it is only natural to ask why he did it. But what answer ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/05/2017 7:01 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Wednesday, 4 October 2017
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blog preview image On learning English from the North Koreans by Theodore Dalrymple Many people were surprised when the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-Un, called Donald Trump a “mentally deranged dotard.” Not by his insulting tone, of course, but by his use of the word dotard, which is not exactly in current ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/04/2017 7:50 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 1 October 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple You would not normally expect pointed social commentary in cartoon form in the Bahraini English-language daily newspaper, but I was pleasantly surprised to find precisely such a cartoon when, on a recent visit to that small kingdom, I opened the newspaper (the Gulf Daily ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/01/2017 7:22 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Saturday, 30 September 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Kwame Nkrumah, the first president of independent Ghana, was known to have said, “Seek ye first the political kingdom.” Nkrumah sought and found it, and within a few years his formerly prospering country was bankrupt, obliged to spend several decades trying to recover from ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/30/2017 7:58 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 21 September 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple At Nîmes station, you pay 80 centimes to go to the lavatory (it recently went up from 70 centimes). What do you get for your money? The facilities have recently been refurbished. There is now an automated entrance machine, into which you pay your fee: though the supervising ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/21/2017 4:51 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 14 September 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Recently invited to Canada to give a paper at a conference, I had to apply for a travel document on-line. When it came to gender (not sex, of course), I was given a choice of three possibilities: male, female or unspecified. I was outraged. Only three? Surely, if there ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/14/2017 7:39 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 12 September 2017
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blog preview image Those who say they feel shut out of Parisian life might be shutting themselves out. by Theodore Dalrymple Some weeks ago, an article in Le Monde, the French newspaper of record, caught my attention and has remained with me ever since. Its title was “Paris ‘inaccessible’ for the suburban young.” ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/12/2017 5:18 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 7 September 2017
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blog preview image What paintings from Lenin’s Russia and Depression America tell us about turbulent times by Theodore Dalrymple Had it not been for the cataclysmic First World War, Vladimir Illich Ulyanov, a.k.a. Lenin, would have remained as he should have remained: an obscure, exiled scribbler of dull, intolerant, ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/07/2017 7:25 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 24 August 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Recently, Amsterdam’s city council forbade the use of the locution “Ladies and Gentlemen” within its halls and precincts. This was not in the interests of strict accuracy: Many women, after all, are not ladies, and many men are not gentlemen. Rather, it was to avoid upsetting ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/24/2017 6:58 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 21 August 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Even before reading it, I knew in outline what the article in the June 8 New England Journal of Medicine would say. This could be seen from its title: “Heath Effects of Dramatic Societal Events—Ramifications of the Recent Presidential Election.” Still, I was taken aback ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/21/2017 5:15 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Wednesday, 9 August 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple The rule of law is not at all the same thing as the rule of laws, or the preeminence of law in our lives; indeed, they are almost opposite, insofar as one of the objects of the rule of law is to make the legally permissible and impermissible knowable to the citizen in advance. ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/09/2017 5:06 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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