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Out Into The Beautiful World
by Theodore Dalrymple
Unreading Shakespeare
by David P. Gontar
Islam Through the Looking Glass: The Collected Essays and Reviews of J. B. Kelly, Vol. 3
edited by S. B. Kelly
The Real Nature of Religion
by Rebecca Bynum
As Far As The Eye Can See
by Moshe Dann
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
Anything Goes
by Theodore Dalrymple
The Left is Seldom Right
by Norman Berdichevsky
Allah is Dead: Why Islam is Not a Religion
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Here are the Blogs in the Theodore Dalrymple category.
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Friday, 7 March 2014
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Twenty years ago I published a novella in which a purported serial killer, using all the arguments of liberal or radical criminology, proved to his own satisfaction that not only that he was as good as the average citizen, but better. To my surprise an eminent critic thought that my character expressed ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/07/2014 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 6 March 2014
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I think others must know something about me that I don't. Yesterday, for example, a newspaper called me to ask for my comment on the claim of some Finnish researchers to be able, by means of blood tests alone, to estimate statistically who was likely to die in the next five years. ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/06/2014 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 4 March 2014
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How quickly the human mind turns to paranoia! The majority of what doctors call insults to the brain, either physical or chemical, can uncover man's underlyingly suspicious attitude towards the world, his ur-belief that others, real or imagined, must be plotting against him or ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/04/2014 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 2 March 2014
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I was out of the country when T G Rosenthal died, and so missed the news. He wrote a beautiful book about L S Lowry whose work he championed against the philistines of the Tate Gallery, who for long could barely bring themselves to hang any of Lowry's paintings on their walls. Rosenthal ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/02/2014 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Saturday, 1 March 2014
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Modern medicine’s ability to save life – to keep people alive who would once have died – gives rise to an increasing number of ethical dilemmas. An article in a recent edition of the New England Journal of Medicine discusses the case of Quelino Jimenez, a Mexican illegal ...Read More...
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Posted on 03/01/2014 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Wednesday, 26 February 2014
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It is rarely that I go to my local cinema, for the films shown there are generally atrocious. However, I let myself be persuaded to go last night by my neighbours, though the film turned out to be just as atrocious as I had feared, shallow, sentimental, narcissistic, kitsch and boring. My neighbours ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/26/2014 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 25 February 2014
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For five centuries before the Enlightenment, animals were sometimes put on trial in Europe. Pigs were the most frequent defendants, followed by rats, but even insects were not immune. Edward Payson Evans’s classic The Criminal Prosecution and Capital Punishment of Animals, published in 1906, ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/25/2014 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 23 February 2014
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Le Figaro recently ran an article predicting that, by 2030, the British economy would be the largest in Europe. I felt a momentary spike of patriotic optimism: then I pulled myself together, and thought 'If this is really true, so much the worse for Europe.' I suppose that having ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/23/2014 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 21 February 2014
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One of the first psychiatrists who ever taught me exclaimed, after a patient he had just examined left the room, “A psychopath of the first water!”. It was a phrase that I never forgot, and if ever there were a psychopath of the first water, it is Joanna Dennehy, the 31-year-old woman who ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/21/2014 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 20 February 2014
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Many medical papers nowadays have such complex statistics that not one in a hundred doctors understands them fully, and the rest have merely to hope or take it on trust that the authors’ conclusions really do follow from their data. I am afraid I hold to the rather crude view that, if results ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/20/2014 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Wednesday, 19 February 2014
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Only once have I hit my wife and that was by accident. I was driving in Naples and a motor scooter swerve in front of my car, causing me to stop. At that moment a young man, a pedestrian, opened the rear door and grabbed my wife's bag sitting, vulnerable, on the back seat. I turned to give him a ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/19/2014 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 17 February 2014
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The Times of 29 January led with a story about National Health Service managers who received large redundancy payments and then found employment in the service immediately afterwards. The article was at pains to point out that the individuals involved had done nothing illegal, without fully grasping ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/17/2014 12:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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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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