Here are the Blogs in the Theodore Dalrymple category.
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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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Wednesday, 9 December 2020
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple There is now an infernal merry-go-round in Paris. Illegal encampments of homeless migrants and refugees from countries such as Afghanistan and Syria appear in different places in the city: in squares and under flyovers and bridges. The police clear them away, but they soon ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/09/2020 6:10 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 6 December 2020
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple A group of artists and architects has called upon the Museum of Modern Art in New York to remove the name of Philip Johnson from all public mention on its walls or spaces, and if the recent record of cultural and educational institutions is anything to go by, they will soon ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/06/2020 7:32 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Saturday, 5 December 2020
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple It is difficult to say whether a regulation does more harm when it is enforced than when it is disregarded. The harm done when it is enforced is more tangible than when it is not; but intangible harms are still harms and may be very great. During the first lockdown ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/05/2020 6:50 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 30 November 2020
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Cant, or humbug, is far worse than hypocrisy: for if by hypocrisy, we mean a failure to live up to our professed moral ideals, most of us are hypocrites, and thank goodness for it. A society in which everyone lived up to his moral principles unswervingly would be intolerable, ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/30/2020 5:14 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Wednesday, 18 November 2020
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Shortly after the results of the Brexit referendum were declared and Mr. Cameron resigned as Prime Minister, the French newspaper, Le Figaro, published a little cartoon. Two French peasants are looking across the Channel towards England, and one says to the other (or words ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/18/2020 5:08 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 12 November 2020
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Hope springs eternal in the Dow Jones Index. It is not surprising that it rose very sharply on the announcement of an effective vaccine against COVID-19 – effective, that is, in raising the share price of its manufacturers. Whether it will prove effective in the more ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/12/2020 6:51 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Wednesday, 11 November 2020
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple The ease with which Kujtim Fejzulai, the young North Macedonian terrorist responsible for the recent terrorist outrage in Vienna, was able to deceive psychologists, police, and other supposed experts into believing that he had abjured Moslem extremism, would have been funny, ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/11/2020 7:10 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 9 November 2020
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple There is a threat of creeping totalitarianism in western societies that comes from health and climate activists. Who (except unfeeling monsters) could possibly be against the saving of human life or the preservation of the planet from future catastrophe? Often the two strands ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/09/2020 6:25 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 3 November 2020
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blog preview image How Islamism burrowed almost unopposed into Europe’s fabric. by Theodore Dalrymple Terrorist attacks, like troubles, rarely come singly. They are subject to their own version of the Werther effect, so called after the hero of Goethe’s novel, who killed himself for unrequited love, the publication ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/03/2020 5:17 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 20 October 2020
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Tomorrow, or the day after, I return from France to England, where I shall be in quarantine for two weeks. I shan’t mind this in the least because I have been in quarantine, or estivation, for about three months and have missed what is usually called normal life hardly at ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/20/2020 7:08 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 15 October 2020
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blog preview image And, he suggests, only fascists would question the move. by Theodore Dalrymple In France, curiously enough, anti-clericalism seems to have long outlived its enemy, clericalism. The Catholic Church has not been a political force, even a social one, for a long time. In the mouths of the enlightened, ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/15/2020 8:52 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Wednesday, 14 October 2020
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple There are some people whom one recognises at once as frauds or impostors, not as a deduction from their conduct or words, but from their manner or because they emanate bogusness as other people emanate menace. Among these is Tariq Ramadan, grandson of the founder of the ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/14/2020 6:55 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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