Here are the Blogs in the Theodore Dalrymple category.
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Thursday, 23 February 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple We like to consider totalitarianism a thing of the past, at least in Western countries, but its temptations are permanent and its justifications never very far away. Since no man is an island, no human action concerns only the actor himself. John Stuart Mill’s famous principle ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/23/2017 7:03 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 20 February 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Public life has never been more public than it is today, and the lives of famous people are examined as never before. Gone are the days when a President’s polio or marital infidelities were passed over in silence by a compliant press corps. A rhinoceros hide is required ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/20/2017 5:09 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 7 February 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple The circuses division of our bread-and-circuses regime is certainly in rude health. Opinions vary as to the health of the bread division off that regime: one can find everything from predictions of imminent collapse to those of vigorous growth and expansion. For myself, ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/07/2017 7:33 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 6 February 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple It’s curious how people’s beliefs about matters of fact often follow their political opinions, rather than the other way around. Those who believe in an active regulatory state are much more likely to believe in man-made global warming than those who want to reduce the role ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/06/2017 6:59 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Wednesday, 1 February 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Now that French president François Hollande has decided not to run for a second term, he can devote himself to doing good works, without consideration of the electoral consequences. The first was a pardon for a 70-year-old woman named Jacqueline Sauvage. News of Hollande’s ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/01/2017 10:39 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 27 January 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple One of the most curious political phenomena of the western world is the indestructible affection in which the British hold their National Health Service. No argument, no criticism, no evidence can diminish, let alone destroy, it. The only permissible criticism of it is that ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/27/2017 5:24 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 23 January 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple In the second section of the Guardian for 16 January, there is an article about a building in Peru that has ‘just earned… the title of best new building in the world.’ As the awarding body was the Royal Institute of British Architects, it was only to be expected that the ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/23/2017 5:30 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 20 January 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple When I asked my young patients what their best qualities were, they would almost invariably reply: “I am tolerant and non-judgmental.” “If you don’t judge people,” I would ask, “how can you be tolerant?” They did not grasp at once what I meant, so I would explain: “If ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/20/2017 5:39 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Saturday, 14 January 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Archaeologists are interested in the rubbish left by past civilizations: by their detritus shall ye know them. What people throw away reveals as much about them as what they buy in the first place. But we don’t need to await the passage of three millennia before the study ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/14/2017 5:53 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 13 January 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. —Matthew 7:14 In Russia in 1839, Custine wrote that Tsar Nicholas I was both eagle and insect: eagle because he soared over society surveying it with a sharp raptor’s ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/13/2017 7:47 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 10 January 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple I usually give a few coins to beggars in the street. I know that some people think that this encourages beggary and even fraud, but I would rather be duped sometimes than never to trust anyone. And even the beggar who asks for alms when he could perfectly well earn his living ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/10/2017 7:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 8 January 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple The Bourbons, said Talleyrand, learned nothing and forgot nothing. Sometimes it seems as if our modern liberals are just like the Bourbons. Here, for example, is a headline from the U.K.’s hard-line liberal newspaper, the Guardian: far-right party still leading in dutch ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/08/2017 6:13 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 6 January 2017
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by Theodore Dalrymple A single word – there will be no prizes for guessing which – caught my eye in the following headline, published by the news service of one of my internet servers: ‘Katie Hopkins makes statement after writing series of mistruths in Mail.’ Mistruths? What is a mistruth? ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/06/2017 2:03 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 1 January 2017
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by Theodore Dalrymple A moment used to be defined as the amount of time between a Mexico City traffic light turning green and the sound of the first car horn, but now it might be defined as the period between a terrorist attack in a Western city and the first public appearance of a candle. Every ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/01/2017 5:41 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Wednesday, 21 December 2016
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by Theodore Dalrymple No time or society, I imagine, is entirely without its ironies or contradictions. For example, we are horrified by the sexual abuse of children but all our social policy over the last fifty years has been to maximise it. We would, in practice, be far more horrified by attempts ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/21/2016 5:43 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 20 December 2016
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by Theodore Dalrymple A man charged with a crime has the right to the best defense he can make, but his lawyer ought not to offer preposterous arguments in mitigation when he is convicted. Michael Coe was a violent and persistent criminal, who, under the influence of a jihadist, converted to Islam ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/20/2016 1:33 PM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 19 December 2016
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by Theodore Dalrymple “Whereof one cannot speak,” said Ludwig Wittgenstein at the end of the Tractatus, “thereof one must be silent.” Speaking of his Nobel Prize for Literature, Bob Dylan said that it “was truly beyond words.” There are, of course, different senses in which things can be beyond words. ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/19/2016 5:31 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 12 December 2016
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by Theodore Dalrymple   My computer tries to improve my style by automatically underlining in blue what it believes to be clichés or redundant phrases. If I type in order to, for example, the blue wavy line appears unbidden under the three words. In so far as is another phrase that, schoolmarm-like, ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/12/2016 5:15 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Saturday, 26 November 2016
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by Theodore Dalrymple Most people vote in elections for the candidate they dislike the least, and perhaps this is as it should be: positive enthusiasm for candidates and politicians in general is likely to give them an inflated idea of their own importance and thereby promote the politicization of ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/26/2016 6:05 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Wednesday, 23 November 2016
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by Theodore Dalrymple The best way to avoid disappointment is to have low expectations—they can almost always be met. In that sense, the Clinton-Trump debates did not disappoint. No one really expected them to be an intellectual feast. Their interest, such as it was, could be said to be more in the ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/23/2016 6:06 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Saturday, 5 November 2016
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by Theodore Dalrymple If I had my time again I’d have less to do with people and even more to do with books than I had the first time around: but I would have to come back in the past rather than the future, because the book as an artefact seems to have ever less importance in our culture. There ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/05/2016 4:51 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 30 October 2016
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by Theodore Dalrymple An extremely interesting little item in the New England Journal of Medicine caught my eye recently, if that is not an unfortunately expression in the circumstances. Two women, aged 22 and 40, were referred to Moorfields Eye Hospital complaining of recurrent transient blindness ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/30/2016 5:22 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 23 October 2016
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by Theodore Dalymple The House of Commons wants to strip Sir Philip Green of his knighthood because it alleges that he is a spiv. I am perfectly prepared to believe that he is a spiv, though I cannot claim to have followed his career closely. At the very least he seems to be a man given to vulgar ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/23/2016 6:40 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 10 October 2016
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It takes a certain gift to combine cliché with error, but Mrs May – to judge by her recent big speech to the Conservative Party Conference – appears to have it in full. In so far as the speech did not consist of the most hackneyed and empty phrases, it could have been delivered by any Labour leader ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/10/2016 7:59 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 9 October 2016
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by Theodore Dalrymple What’s in a word, and how much can it express? Sometimes quite a lot, if it’s just the right one. The other day I had an example of how much a single well-chosen word can convey. I was at a conference to give a talk; it was held in a hotel in the country, not an old inn or ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/09/2016 5:48 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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