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thanks for posting this
Ping. I hope you keep up with Theodore Dalrymple, also.
Wow. This guy has some interesting observations. What a breath of fresh air.
Outstanding article by Dalrymple. Thanks for posting.
I've been a big fan since I first encountered his stuff in '99 in City_Journal.org.
Nevertheless, one of these days I'm simply going to HAVE to ask him if he took his pen name "Theodore Dalrymple" so as not to be confused with Anthony Daniels, the voice of C3PO in the "Star Wars" movies.
His "Life at the Bottom" eloquently described the universal psychological/moral destruction that the welfare state wreaks on human beings, whether American Indians, Australian Aboriginies or lily-white Londoners.
As a humerous aside, for you hipsters, I think of my favorite episode of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" (on the FX channel) where Dee and Dennis decide to take advantage of unemployment benefits to spend a few months on self-improvement and pursuing their dreams of making it in Hollywood. Instead, they become crack addicts...
BFL. its late
Exposing the bankrupt sociology of the Left - to provide all biological needs from cradle to grave does not set people free to invent themselves. Instead, they are bereft until they find something greater than themselves to which to contribute.
It is not only individuals but whole cultures which must aspire to something greater - the culture as a whole needs purpose or it will suffer and decay.
This interview covers so much ground about Western society in amazingly few words. Theodore Dalrymple understands the world from a social and structural rather than a strictly political perspective; I always enjoy his pieces in NR.
Interesting point. I think that if one examines Islam, a lot of it is based on fear of/desire for dominance over women. If you're a Muslim male, things are just fine: you can have multiple wives (unless you're poor, in which case you can't have any at all because the richer Muslims have taken them all), you can sleep with anything that moves and have 20-minute "pleasure marriages" with prostitutes, and your women basically have to stay in your home and tend to you when you decide to favor them with your presence. And this is not because of anything you've done to merit it, but simply because you're male. Mohammed's entire system is almost obsessively based on the subjugation of women. Very weird.
I read somewhere that labor is considered demeaning to many Muslims. They do not want to be viewed as belonging among those decendents of Adam and Eve who were condemned to toil, according to Genesis, when mankind was thrown out of Eden.
According to the author, some Muslim foreign college students in the US, who need to earn money, will choose a low-paying clerical job over a high paying job which involves significant labor.
TD: There certainly is a section of the population in which it has undermined this sense of purpose. Obviously it is not the majority of the population. However, a substantial proportion of the majority in the lower classes feel that if they work they are not very much better off than if they do not work. Therefore they actually resent working, in a sense understandably if you are no better off when you get up and go to work every day than when you donât. You can understand why people would feel bitter.
Well stated.....a very insightful piece.