Here are the Blogs in the Theodore Dalrymple category.
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Wednesday, 14 September 2016
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by Theodore Dalrymple It is difficult to say what politicians in modern democracies stand for—other than themselves, that is. At best they seem to be the representatives, or perhaps the lightning-conductors, of the various strains of resentment by which advanced societies are now riven. In power, ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/14/2016 7:48 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 9 September 2016
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by Theodore Dalrymple As anyone who has been a foreign correspondent will tell you, taxi drivers – at least those who speak at least some English – are the fount of all wisdom. I have been to countries of which I learnt nothing more than what the taxi driver told me on the way from the airport – ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/09/2016 7:08 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 5 September 2016
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by Theodore Dalrymple   While driving in France recently I picked up a young hitch-hiker. I give a lift to young hitch-hikers whenever I can as a symbolic means of thanking all those (most of whom must now, alas, be dead) who gave me a lift all those years ago when I was a young hitch-hiker. Needless ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/05/2016 5:42 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 14 August 2016
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by Theodore Dalrymple An article in Le Monde draws attention to the intellectual nullity of the ideas behind the terrorist attacks in France. It is now as if a whole society is being held to ransom or dominated by its worst and most stupid members. This is in stark contrast to the intelligence that ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/14/2016 7:11 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Saturday, 13 August 2016
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by Theodore Dalymple I was in France when a friend told me that a woman had been stabbed to death in Russell Square and five other people injured. He challenged me to guess the origins of the perpetrator. A little later, I looked at a report of the incident on the website of the Guardian newspaper. ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/13/2016 5:40 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 12 August 2016
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by Theodore Dalrymple One of the aims of terrorists is to alter the way of life of the country in which they live and kill: to sow fear, mistrust, and timidity. In this regard, they have just scored an important victory in France. For hundreds of years (dating back to the twelfth century, in fact), ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/12/2016 7:18 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 9 August 2016
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by Theodore Dalrymple What happens when two or more fundamental political principles clash—for example, when the right to the free exercise of religious belief seems to contradict the legal equality of the sexes? An argument starts, of course, and tempers flare. A private swimming pool just north ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/09/2016 7:36 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 8 August 2016
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by Theodore Dalrymple I would rather talk to a taxi-driver than to most intellectuals: usually a taxi-driver has more interesting things to say. Indeed, in my brief and undistinguished career as a civil-war correspondent, I realised that most of what appears in our newspapers about such conflicts ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/08/2016 5:19 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 7 August 2016
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by Theodore Dalrymple No result of an election or referendum in Britain during my lifetime has produced such an excess of rhetoric among those on the losing side as that concerning Brexit. One survey found that nearly half of young people who voted for Britain to remain in Europe either cried or ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/07/2016 7:40 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Saturday, 6 August 2016
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by Theodore Dalrymple Most people sometimes get things wrong—I myself have sometimes mistaken the times of trains—but there are some people who get almost everything wrong. They are tone-deaf to reality, as it were, but they are not entirely useless, especially when they write, as many of them seem ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/06/2016 7:47 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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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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