Here are the Blogs in the Theodore Dalrymple category.
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Sunday, 20 September 2020
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blog preview image British drama students are unhappy with George Bernard Shaw’s offstage opinions. by Theodore Dalrymple Students at Britain’s Royal Academy of Dramatic Art have demanded that the name of its theater be changed. At present, it is named for George Bernard Shaw, who left a portion of his royalties ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/20/2020 5:13 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Saturday, 19 September 2020
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple As I write this introduction to Brian Lee Crowley’s book, the full effects on the western world, both economic and social, of the COVID-19 epidemic have yet to be revealed, but there is already no shortage of calls for a thorough change in economic and social models. The ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/19/2020 7:19 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 17 September 2020
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blog preview image The annual Vanenburg meeting of the Center for European Renewal was online this year. Below is Theodore Dalrymple’s 24-minute speech from the porch of his French country house addressing the topic of human rights. ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/17/2020 7:29 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 6 September 2020
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple In 1977, the French essayist, Jean-François Revel, published a tract with the title The Totalitarian Temptation. In it, he condemned the western intelligentsia’s faiblesse, which was at the same time dishonest, posturing, stupid, and evil, for Stalinist-style dictatorships. One ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/06/2020 4:32 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Wednesday, 26 August 2020
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Few people, I imagine, would deny that the political temperature, not only in the United States but elsewhere in the world, has risen of late, though few of us would admit to having been in any way responsible for this other, far more dangerous, kind of global warming. It ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/26/2020 6:57 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 16 August 2020
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple The tradition of all dead generations weighs like a nightmare on the brains of the living. --Karl Marx, The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon The idea of the past as nothing but a nightmare, specifically one of injustice, is probably the prevailing historiographical ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/16/2020 6:39 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 31 July 2020
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple The dream of a society so perfect that no one will have to be good (as T.S. Eliot put it) is a beguiling one for intellectuals, perhaps because they think that they will be in charge of it, as a recent article in the Journal of the American Medical Association titled “The ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/31/2020 7:17 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 12 July 2020
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple In his 2007 book, Shakespeare the Thinker, A. D. Nuttall says: We know what Milton thought about many things. He didn’t believe in the doctrine of the Trinity; he thought the execution of Charles I was morally right; he thought that married couples who didn’t get on ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/12/2020 7:50 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 9 July 2020
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple The main square of the town that is nearest to my house in France, Les Vans, is called the Place Ollier, named after Léopold Ollier. This name will conjure up very little in the minds of 9,999 of 10,000 people, but Ollier was a great man, the most important orthopaedic surgeon ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/09/2020 6:35 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 3 July 2020
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple The orgy of riot and looting that followed the killing of George Floyd was accompanied by an orgy of self-righteous sentimentality among the opining classes. They detected a straightforward causative link between the killing of the victim and the looting of stores in Fifth ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/03/2020 4:50 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 25 June 2020
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blog preview image Dealing with your bank online makes the Labyrinth seem like a Roman Road by Theodore Dalrymple Everyone knows what a nightmare it is to deal with banks beyond the simplest operations: if it can be called dealing with them, that is. After all, the phrase “deal with” implies some kind of interaction, ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/25/2020 7:19 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Wednesday, 24 June 2020
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blog preview image The young flock to cafés, but the old remain cautious. by Theodore Dalrymple Paris is slowly coming back to life. It is even possible to see the exhibition of Turner watercolors at the Musée Jacquemart-André, provided that you book in advance, have your temperature taken as you enter, wear ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/24/2020 9:36 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 21 June 2020
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blog preview image Being killed by a brutal policeman does not change a man’s life from bad to good. by Theodore Dalrymple When I first saw the mural of George Floyd with large angel wings, I assumed that it was a satire on his sanctification – effective, perhaps, but not in the best of taste. Shortly afterwards, ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/21/2020 7:32 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 18 June 2020
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple What do people mean when they demand justice for George Floyd? I shall return in a moment to this question. Let me first sketch my own attitude to his death, which is not very different, I imagine, from that of most people. He was killed by a policeman behaving in a brutal ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/18/2020 6:09 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 15 June 2020
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Lewis Hamilton, the six-time world champion British Formula One driver, recently criticised his colleagues in the sport for saying nothing in the wake George Floyd’s death. If any answer to this accusation were required, a reasonable one might have been that it was not ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/15/2020 4:32 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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