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Here are the Blogs in the Theodore Dalrymple category.
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Sunday, 16 February 2014
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Every intellectual likes to believe that he is struggling manfully against the hostile zeitgeist, or else what would be the need for intellectuals? His belief that he is not only in the minority but currently losing the battle against the opposing forces of obscurantism and wrongheadedness allows him ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/16/2014 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 9 February 2014
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It is a hard lesson in life that many of the most important things that happen to us are beyond our control. Indeed, a large part of wisdom consists of the willingness and ability to distinguish what is and what is not happenstance. The distinction, however, may be very difficult: and while too little ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/09/2014 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Saturday, 8 February 2014
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One of the great advantages of the ever-increasing plethora of rights conferred upon us by government (except that of keeping the product of our own labor) is that it requires lawyers to adjudicate between them when they conflict, as they so often do. It prevents unemployment among the ever-increasing ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/08/2014 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 6 February 2014
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What would induce the citizens of a prosperous and peaceful country to leave for an increasingly impoverished and violent living hell? Why would anyone exchange France for Syria? The French Ministry of the Interior is concerned that the number of French citizens going to Syria to participate in jihad ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/06/2014 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 3 February 2014
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There is no subject that provokes conspiracy theories quite like the immunization of children. That innocent, healthy creatures should have alien substances forcibly introduced into their bodies seems unnatural and almost cruel. As one internet blogger put it: Don’t take your baby to get a ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/03/2014 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Saturday, 1 February 2014
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Of all the many foolish and inaccurate metaphors, one of the most foolish and inaccurate, it seems to me, is that of prisoners having 'paid their debt to society' on their release. The metaphor is in international use: I saw it recently in a French newspaper.  The article was about ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/01/2014 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 26 January 2014
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Just as a more permissive attitude to cannabis gains momentum in the United States, so does a more restrictive attitude to tobacco. It is as if there were a law of the conservation of prohibition: if one substance is permitted after having been prohibited, another will be prohibited after having been ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/26/2014 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Saturday, 25 January 2014
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A few days ago I visited what is acknowledged to be one of the most beautiful parish churches in England. I was horrified by what the philistines of the Church of England had done to its interior. I won't mention which church it was, for it was by no means the first church I had seen so aesthetically ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/25/2014 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 24 January 2014
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The scenes at the Mark Duggan inquest, in which supporters of the deceased threatened the jurors with violence, were the predictable outcome of a decreasing public appreciation that courts are supposed to dispense impersonal justice, not group psychotherapy by means of the ventilation of feelings. Such ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/24/2014 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 23 January 2014
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I witnessed an instructive but depressing little scene three days ago. I was on an escalator in the Paris Metro at quite a busy time of day when a young man in international slum-costume and face as malign as the late Mark Duggan's who was standing a few steps ahead off me used a spray gun to scrawl ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/23/2014 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 19 January 2014
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France is three or four decades behind Britain in cultural degeneration but is making valiant efforts to catch up. One straw in the wind I noticed a few years ago was the arrival of a tattoo parlor in the small town near where I live when I am in France. This alarmed me. I had mistakenly thought that ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/19/2014 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 17 January 2014
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Should there be any limitation on the freedom of public expression, and if so why, how and when imposed? The question has become acute in France where the Minister of the Interior, Manuel Valls, has declared his intention of seeking to silence a stand-up comedian, Dieudonné M’Bala ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/17/2014 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 14 January 2014
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Some words, printed in red in the Christmas edition of the British Medical Journal, caught my attention:    Being at the receiving end of charity can be stigmatising… And, as everyone knows or by now has accepted as an unassailable orthodoxy, to stigmatise is both morally wrong ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/14/2014 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 12 January 2014
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Scientists are often portrayed as archetypally rational men, mere calculating machines in human form who propose correct new theories by infallible deduction from what is already known. Science cannot possibly advance in this way, however, and the philosopher Karl Popper pointed out long ago that leaps ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/12/2014 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 7 January 2014
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The enormous, even exponential, advance in the understanding of human genetics over the past three decades has so far yielded much less improvement in clinical results than was once hoped. It has proved more difficult than anticipated to translate biological knowledge into clinical benefit. This is ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/07/2014 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 5 January 2014
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Subjects are not necessarily interesting in proportion to their importance and the dullest of matters may be the most crucial. That is why disputes about health economics are both heated and boring, a most unfortunate combination of qualities. One approaches the subject only with a sinking heart and ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/05/2014 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Saturday, 4 January 2014
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Reading about the recent murderous explosions in Volgograd and their Dagestani perpetrators, I could not help but recall my only visit to Dagestan and its capital, Makhachkala. Although the Soviet Union no longer existed, it was not surprisingly still very Soviet in atmosphere: for it has proved easier ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/04/2014 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Saturday, 28 December 2013
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Although I don't practice medicine any more I still read some of the medical journals, including the New England Journal of Medicine. A banal sentence in a multi-authored paper in that august publication caught my attention last week: The first and last authors vouch for the accuracy and completeness ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/28/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 27 December 2013
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There are cheap lies and expensive lies, and the lie that addiction is a disease just like any other will prove to be costly. It is the lie upon which Washington has based its proposed directive that insurance policies should cover addiction and mental disorders in the same way as they cover physical ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/27/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 26 December 2013
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Prevention is better than cure provided (which is not always the case) that prevention does less harm than the disease it prevents. Since obesity is now of epidemic proportions all over the world, and it is estimated that in just over a decade’s time there will be 500,000,000 people with type ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/26/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 24 December 2013
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Last week I went to a dinner for the retired consultants of the hospital in which I had worked. How everyone (apart from me, of course) had aged! I have seen the future and it is death. But let that pass. It was only six weeks from Christmas, and so, in this land where Christmas lasts at least three ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/24/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 23 December 2013
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Ever since Stéphane Courtois published his The Black Book of Communism, there has been a deluge of black books, particularly in France, where the latest is that of Vichy. David Horowitz’s Black Book is that of the American left, which he charges – with a great deal ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/23/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 22 December 2013
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One would hesitate, for the most obvious of reasons, to dispute astrophysics with a Nobel Prize-winning astrophysicist, but the case is quite otherwise with a Nobel prize-winning economist. This at the very least suggests a difference in the intellectual difficulty, rigor, or foundation of the two sciences. ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/22/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Saturday, 21 December 2013
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The late Neil Postman wrote a brilliant book about the deleterious cultural effects of television called Amusing Ourselves to Death. The author maintained that television was an intrinsically trivialising medium, that it made shallow whatever it touched, dissolving utterly the distinction between ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/21/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 20 December 2013
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IT ISN'T often that any government, let alone a British government, takes a far-sighted decision. David Cameron's decision that Britain will spend twice as much on research into dementia from 2015 is therefore especially welcome. If only all the Prime Minister's decisions were as good. ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/20/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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