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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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Thursday, 6 October 2016
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by Theodore Dalrymple There was a time when taking the pledge meant abjuring strong drink, but members of the Labour Party will soon have to take a different pledge: to abjure strong language online. Apparently Labour MPs have been inundated, or whatever the correct term for it is, by abusive electronic ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/06/2016 5:41 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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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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