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Threats of Pain and Ruin
by Theodore Dalrymple
The Oil Cringe of the West: The Collected Essays and Reviews of J.B. Kelly Vol. 2
edited by S.B. Kelly
The Impact of Islam
by Emmet Scott
Sir Walter Scott's Crusades and Other Fantasies
by Ibn Warraq
Fighting the Retreat from Arabia and the Gulf: The Collected Essays and Reviews of J.B. Kelly. Vol. 1
edited by S.B. Kelly
The Literary Culture of France
by J. E. G. Dixon
Hamlet Made Simple and Other Essays
by David P. Gontar
Farewell Fear
by Theodore Dalrymple
The Eagle and The Bible: Lessons in Liberty from Holy Writ
by Kenneth Hanson
The West Speaks
interviews by Jerry Gordon
Mohammed and Charlemagne Revisited: The History of a Controversy
Emmet Scott
Why the West is Best: A Muslim Apostate's Defense of Liberal Democracy
Ibn Warraq
Anything Goes
by Theodore Dalrymple
Karimi Hotel
De Nidra Poller
The Left is Seldom Right
by Norman Berdichevsky
Allah is Dead: Why Islam is Not a Religion
by Rebecca Bynum
Virgins? What Virgins?: And Other Essays
by Ibn Warraq
An Introduction to Danish Culture
by Norman Berdichevsky
The New Vichy Syndrome:
by Theodore Dalrymple
Jihad and Genocide
by Richard L. Rubenstein
Spanish Vignettes: An Offbeat Look Into Spain's Culture, Society & History
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Saturday, 14 September 2013
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Schopenhauer would have enjoyed the spectacle of grand rounds in academic hospitals: his theory that people argue for victory more than for truth would have found confirmation there. In grand rounds a physician presents a complex or enigmatic case to the other physicians of the hospital, who then discuss ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/14/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 10 September 2013
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The habitual silence and tranquillity of my household was shattered recently by the arrival of two small children aged 3 and 4. As was only to be expected they brought their toys with them and at once began to make a terrible noise with them, by comparison with which a thunderstorm is grateful on the ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/10/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 9 September 2013
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For once the House of Commons has performed its function of restraining the executive branch of government. Such is the intellectual probity of our political class that if Mr Brown had been re-elected most of the Labour MPs would have voted for intervention in Syria and most of the Tories against, but ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/09/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Saturday, 7 September 2013
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Even non-hypochondriacs such as I sometimes worry fleetingly about their health when, having reached a certain age, some of their friends and acquaintances fall foul of a disease, namely (in this case) cancer of the prostate. But my anxiety does not last long and so far I have managed successfully to ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/07/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 5 September 2013
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The human urge to punish is probably more or less a constant, and if it does not attach to one kind of behaviour it will attach to another. Even the Guardian, in general an enemy to severe punishment for most crimes, calls for harsh retribution for conduct that it most strongly reprehends. A retired ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/05/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 3 September 2013
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The major medical journals of the world receive far more papers than they can ever publish, and so it is rather surprising when dull, trivial or bad work appears in them. This must mean either that the editors of the journals, like Homer, sometimes nod, or that the general standard of the work submitted ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/03/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 1 September 2013
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Research has shown that those who attend to the news in the morning are more miserable for the rest of the day than those who don’t. Nevertheless, I remain partial to my morning newspapers and feel bereft without them. When for some reason I am deprived of them (as recently I was for a week because ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/01/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 29 August 2013
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For most of my life I have had no difficulty in sleeping, rather in staying awake. But whether because of a physiological ageing process, or of a guilty conscience aware of a life of cumulative sin, I now experience periods of insomnia. Occasionally I do what I once swore as a young man never to do: ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/29/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 27 August 2013
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We do not know what Shakespeare really believed, save that he liked money and feared the mob: for he was a stern creditor, and whenever a mob appeared in his plays it was sure to be foolish, fickle and stinking, at the mercy of the last orator it heard. So it is in Julius Caesar: the mob first believes ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/27/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 26 August 2013
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I never see the International Herald Tribune except in airport lounges or in the lobbies of hotel where it seems to be given away like improving literature or left as missionaries were once said to leave tracts on trains in the hope of converts. And thus it was, the other day, that I happened upon a ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/26/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 25 August 2013
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I write this on the deck of a boat that has pulled into Stavanger harbour in Norway. The contemplation of the city gives me satisfaction of a kind. Norway, as everyone knows, is the richest country in Europe (as well as the most expensive). Its sovereign fund has invested something like $100,000 per ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/25/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Saturday, 24 August 2013
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When doctors knew nothing and could do even less (if actively harming patients with their treatment counts as doing less than nothing), they hid their ignorance and therapeutic impotence by the use of impressive-sounding Latin terminology. Even when they spoke in the vernacular, they did their best ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/24/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 23 August 2013
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In private health-care systems, rationing of health care is by price; in public health care it is by waiting lists and administrative fiat. Both have their defenders, usually ferocious and bitterly opposed, but the fact remains that there are some treatments that have to be rationed however much money ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/23/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 22 August 2013
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The only emotion that can last a lifetime, that is impervious to all experience, and never fails in its function, is resentment. Few of us, I suppose, have never savoured its sour satisfactions, but most have us mature beyond it to a certain point of equanimity. Not everyone, though; and maturity has ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/22/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 18 August 2013
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There are some names that do not seem suited to ring down the ages with literary fame, however worthily their possessors write, and Percy Robinson probably is one of them. But his play, To What Red Hell, first performed in 1926, was successful and twice made into a silent film, one of them with Sibyl ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/18/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Wednesday, 14 August 2013
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There is a certain kind of person, usually intellectual and fundamentally well-meaning, who believes that he is courageous when he attacks what no one will defend, or when he becomes more-strenuous-than-thou in proposing the means by which to suppress an acknowledged evil. The Church of England, which ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/14/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Saturday, 10 August 2013
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Ugo Betti (1892 – 1953) was the son of a doctor who was the director of the hospital in Parma, and is widely considered to have been the second most important Italian playwright of the modern era after Pirandello. In 1955 three of his plays were to be seen on the London stage, though he seems ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/10/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 4 August 2013
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One of the consequences of living in an information age is that we are made instantly, and constantly, aware of the disasters around the world, both natural and man-made, and of the enormous suffering that they cause. There are no more far-away lands of which to know nothing, to quote Neville Chamberlain, ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/04/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Saturday, 3 August 2013
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It is a truism that travel these days is not the pleasure it was once reputed to be, largely because of conditions at airports. They are horribly overcrowded and to the prospect of jet lag has now been added the experience of security fatigue and irritation. Still, airports are not without their interest ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/03/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 2 August 2013
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In 1912, aged 24, Joyce Cary, who was later to become famous for his novels of Nigeria and bohemian artistic life (a strange but autobiographical combination), went out to Montenegro to be a stretcher-bearer for the British Red Cross in the First Balkan War. He was fearful that if he did not take the ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/02/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 1 August 2013
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The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg has granted, by 16 votes to one, an appeal by three men in England who have been sentenced to life imprisonment without the possibility of release. These sentences, the men claimed, breached their human rights according Article 3 of the European Convention ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/01/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 30 July 2013
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Doctors are often appalled by their patients’ unhealthy habits, as much for aesthetic as for health reasons. They are also irritated by the refractory nature of those habits and the failure of patients to do anything about them even when repeatedly advised to do so. Such repetition serves a purpose, ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/30/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 29 July 2013
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My wife was in her family house in Corsica when the Tour de France passed by about 25 miles from where it had set out. First, though, came the enormous cavalcade of sponsors, revealing the real raison d’être of the whole affair (as cynics might say who think that the real meaning of everything ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/29/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 28 July 2013
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The relationship between economics on the one hand and disciplines such as history, psychology, and sociology on the other is much disputed and seems to me a little like that of couples who live in a state of hostile dependence: they cannot live together but cannot live apart. Are there rules of political ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/28/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 26 July 2013
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Dealers in antiques often scatter leather-bound volumes, usually of small value, around their shops to create an atmosphere of elegant learning. Recently in one such shop, I picked up a volume, the Justice of the Peace Reports, Vol. LXII, for 1908. It fell open at page 467 and I was, as addicts so ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/26/2013 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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