Here are the Blogs in the Theodore Dalrymple category.
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Monday, 22 February 2021
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple When it came to Hitler, Karl Kraus, the Viennese satirist, said that he couldn’t think of anything to say. This sounds odd, first because Hitler was, and will remain, an inexhaustible subject for biographical and psychological speculation, probably beating Napoleon or ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/22/2021 5:11 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 19 February 2021
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Franz Kafka 1906 You do not defend free speech by demanding it for yourself but by demanding it for others, especially when you reprehend the use to which they put it or what they say. Freedom to agree with yourself is no freedom at all and inevitably ends in tyranny. But ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/19/2021 5:03 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 15 February 2021
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Five years ago in January, a pop singer called David Bowie died. From the scale of the press coverage of his demise, you might have thought that someone of world-historical importance had passed away; and of course, most of the coverage was laudatory. The principle that ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/15/2021 4:16 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Saturday, 13 February 2021
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple The publisher Jonathan Cape used to say that there were only two things you needed to know about publishing in Britain. The first was that books about South America never made a profit; the second was that books about Nelson never made a loss. No doubt there are other ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/13/2021 6:22 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 11 February 2021
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple A pure bureaucracy, which is what the British criminal justice system has become in all but name, will do almost anything rather than solve the problem with which it is presented. It will invent any number of complex procedures ostensibly meant to solve a problem, but really ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/11/2021 6:16 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Saturday, 6 February 2021
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Donald Trump’s last State of the Union address to congress struck me at once as boastful, vainglorious and hubristic. It invited nemesis, which was swifter in coming than expected. To listen to him, you would have thought that everyone was going to live happily ever after ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/06/2021 6:29 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 5 February 2021
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Paris, 1865 It is a matter of speculation how far a person’s political opinions are determined by his temperament, his circumstances and his ratiocination, but it is certainly true that many extremists make their choice young, burn their boats and then cannot return, at ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/05/2021 4:24 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 4 February 2021
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Multiculturalism is the demand that we understand, sympathise with, and accommodate to people of other cultures; but it is also, in logic, the reciprocal demand that they do the same with regard to us. Moreover, if we happen to be more powerful than they, our demand can ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/04/2021 4:33 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Wednesday, 3 February 2021
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Not long ago, I went to a large exhibition in France of portraits by Elisabeth Vigée Le Brun. I was charmed by the first few that I saw, but by the end of the exhibition I experienced a sensation not unlike that of having eaten too many chocolate truffles very quickly. Everyone ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/03/2021 4:48 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 28 January 2021
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Reading one of the first new presidential executive orders—titled “Executive Order On Advancing Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government”—was for me a depressing experience. Even the term “racial equity” sent shivers up my spine; ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/28/2021 6:04 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Saturday, 23 January 2021
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Conspiracy theories about the Covid-19 pandemic are legion and sometimes go like this (I have heard such theories more than once): governments everywhere, avid as governments by their very nature always are, for increasing their power and control over their populations, ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/23/2021 4:46 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 15 January 2021
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Gabriel Matzneff At the beginning of January, 2020 (I was tempted to write “At the beginning of January, 2020 BC,” that is, Before Covid), a book was published in France that caused a great stir. It was written by Vanessa Springora, a publishing executive, and it was called ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/15/2021 6:30 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 11 January 2021
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple It is rarely, said Hume in his essay on the freedom of the press, that we lose our liberty all at once. A kind of nibbling process accustoms us to our loss, so that, before long, we do not even remember any more what we have lost. I was reminded recently of this process ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/11/2021 8:16 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Wednesday, 30 December 2020
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blog preview image We have no sense of the tragic, only of victimhood by Theodore Dalrymple Reading a report on the Guardian website of the death of the Argentine footballer Diego Maradona, I was much struck by two phrases: “addiction to cocaine took hold” and “his private life spiralled out of control”. This ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/30/2020 6:32 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 22 December 2020
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Julie Burchill One of the phrases in the mouth of managers or bureaucrats that indicates almost unfailingly that they are about to commit an act of betrayal is, “We believe passionately in.” The only thing that most managers or bureaucrats believe in passionately is ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/22/2020 7:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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