Here are the Blogs in the Theodore Dalrymple category.
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Friday, 28 April 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Unleashing Demons: The Inside Story of Brexit is one of the worst books on any subject that I have read in a long time. It is a blow-by-boring-blow account of David Cameron’s referendum campaign, principally in the media of mass communication, to keep Britain in the European ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/28/2017 7:26 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 20 April 2017
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blog preview image What does it mean when no one talks about a brutal murder? byTheodore Dalrymple As every married person knows, silences can be pregnant with meaning, even if the meaning is not immediately clear. The silence in the French press about a recent startling event in Paris is surely pregnant with ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/20/2017 4:56 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 2 April 2017
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blog preview image The numbers don’t tell the story. by Theodore Dalrymple Statistically speaking, I am much more at risk of being killed when I get into my car than when I walk in the streets of the capital cities that I visit. Yet this fact, no matter how often I repeat it, does not reassure me much; the truth ...Read More...
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Posted on 04/02/2017 7:24 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Wednesday, 29 March 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple The object of political correctness is to make the obvious unsayable, or at least sayable only under the threat of a torrent of criticism or abuse. This does violence to the mind and spirit: those who refrain from objecting to the false pieties of political correctness (which ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/29/2017 5:32 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 26 March 2017
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blog preview image What a criminal trial of two soccer players says about British society. by Theodore Dalrymple A single case can illuminate a whole society, as a flash of lightning lights up a landscape on a dark night: not that the case of Ched Evans told us anything about British society that we did not ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/26/2017 4:55 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 16 March 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple There was a time in my life, many years ago, when people were not expected to boast about their accomplishments: indeed, they were expected not to boast about their accomplishments. Self-praise was regarded as no praise; indeed, someone who praised himself was thought to ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/16/2017 1:08 PM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 13 March 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Modernist architecture is inherently totalitarian: it brooks no other, and indeed delights to overwhelm and humiliate what went before it by size and prepotency, or by garishness and the preposterousness which it takes for originality, and which turns every townscape into ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/13/2017 7:32 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 10 March 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple A friend of mine, of a profession different from my own, received a letter the other day from his professional licensing authority – that is to say, the authority without whose approval and permission he cannot practise at all. ‘Dear Colleague’ the letter began, all nice, ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/10/2017 6:39 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 27 February 2017
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blog preview image Thoughts on the surgeon general’s report on addiction by Theodore Dalrymple Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General’s Report on Alcohol, Drugs, and Health begins with the modern American equivalent of the Catholic Church’s nihil obstat, the ecclesiastical certification that the book ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/27/2017 5:53 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 26 February 2017
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blog preview image From forced marriage to alcoholic excess, Britain’s airports display the symptoms of cultural rot. by Theodore Dalrymple My wife recently sent me a photograph of a police notice in bright red on the inside of the women’s lavatory at the provincial English airport from which she was flying ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/26/2017 5:57 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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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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