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Tuesday, 14 January 2020
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Sir Roger Scruton, the British conservative philosopher who was preeminent for nearly half a century, died on January 12, after an illness that he had borne for six months. He was 75. He showed great moral courage throughout his career, swimming against the intellectual ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/14/2020 6:12 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 31 December 2019
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple There is no lower age limit for political correctness. Give us a child for seven years, the Jesuits of the new orthodoxy might say, and he is ours for life. In America, a little girl called Rhythm Pacheco, aged nine or ten (reports vary as to her age) refused to do a ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/31/2019 6:31 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 30 December 2019
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple In politics, myth is at least as important as reality, and sometimes more important. In England, as Nigel Lawson, Mrs. Thatcher’s Chancellor of the Exchequer, once put it, the National Health Service is the closest thing we have to a religion. He did not mean this as a compliment ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/30/2019 5:28 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 29 December 2019
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple The Journal of Medical Ethics recently had a paper with the title “Transwomen in elite sport: scientific and ethical considerations.” Interestingly, my computer, which underlines in red words that I misspell, did not do so when I entered transwomen, which I suppose means ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/29/2019 7:03 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 27 December 2019
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple The comedian Ricky Gervais has committed heresy by mocking a modern (and very recent) orthodoxy of the right-thinking intellectual: that a man who takes hormones, has surgery, and behaves like a woman actually is a woman in all respects, no different from women born female. In ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/27/2019 7:34 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Wednesday, 11 December 2019
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Perhaps I am hypersensitive to the misuse of language, but I cannot altogether rid myself of the idea that the way people put things reveals something about their underlying view of the world and their way of thinking. Three men in Birmingham, England, who lodged together ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/11/2019 6:24 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 5 December 2019
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blog preview image Another terrorist attack reveals Britain’s delusions about rehabilitation. by Theodore Dalrymple If the most recent terrorist attack in London had been an episode in a novel by a social satirist, it would have been dismissed as too crude or absurd to be plausible. Nothing like it could ever ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/05/2019 7:59 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 12 November 2019
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blog preview image A U.K. Green Party candidate is acquitted of criminal damage because of her concerns about climate change. by Theodore Dalrymple One of the perpetual criticisms of Western legal systems is that they apply one law to the rich and another to the poor. Magistrates in Cambridgeshire, England, ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/12/2019 7:18 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 7 November 2019
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple One of the most glorious principles of our civil law is that one should always sue the person with the most money rather than the person who bears most responsibility, morally-speaking, for the alleged harm done. After all, there is little point in suing someone who can’t ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/07/2019 6:30 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Saturday, 26 October 2019
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blog preview image Three novels written in the year of the author’s birth provide insight into how England has changed. by Theodore Dalrymple The past has always interested me more than the future. This backward-looking tendency has only been reinforced by reaching, somewhat unexpectedly, the age of 70. I can’t ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/26/2019 5:27 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 17 October 2019
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple A paradigm shift is a sudden change in fundamental assumptions about, or way of looking at, the world. Senator Elizabeth Warren illustrated one of the most startling ones of recent years with the answer that she gave to a question put to her recently on television. “How ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/17/2019 7:17 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 8 October 2019
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Negative interest-bearing bonds—now a quarter of the world’s bond market—hardly represent a resounding vote of confidence in the economic future, though as ever, some people may eventually make money from them. But overall, they are like an umbrella to protect us from an ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/08/2019 7:31 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Wednesday, 25 September 2019
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Ursula von der Leyen Whenever anyone speaks of “our way of life” in contradistinction to all others, I begin to feel uneasy. What is it that defines its uniqueness? What is it that we, whoever we may be, all share that others do not? While most of us know what we mean by ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/25/2019 4:30 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 12 September 2019
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Magna est veritas et prævalet—“Great is the truth and its prevails”—is one of the few Latin phrases that I remember. Unfortunately, I do not think that it is altogether true, nor is it true even in its often misquoted form, Magna est veritas et prævalebit, “Great is the ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/12/2019 6:41 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Saturday, 24 August 2019
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Ursula von der Leyen It is sometimes easier to coin slogans than to avoid using them. When I read the headline of an interview with Ursula von der Leyen, the newly appointed President of the European Commission, entitled “In Europe, we must stop speaking in slogans,” I ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/24/2019 5:35 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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