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Theodore Dalrymple: Global Warning
The Spectator - UK ^ | July 14, 2007 | Theodore Dalrymple

Posted on 06/18/2007 7:44:33 AM PDT by UnklGene

Theodore Dalrymple: Global Warming -

I was sitting in a train recently, wondering why everyone’s mobile telephone conversations, except my own, were so utterly banal, when a young black man sitting two rows behind me answered the irritating wail of his instrument of the devil. He began to speak, and I wished that I had learnt shorthand.

‘Hancock’s definitely put in a plea,’ he said. ‘Moran’s in the early stages. I’ve got to go back next week, but for the moment I’m on bail.’

As is often the case, his telephone rang non-stop.

‘There was a lot of negotiation going on while we worked out a plea bargain,’ he said.

He was quite well-spoken, more Nigerian swindler than Jamaican mugger, I should imagine; and since he seemed so little ashamed of whatever it was of which he stood accused, and had clearly done, I was half-inclined to ask him what it was. Since he had so pleasant a manner, I hoped it was something of which I could approve, or at least not disapprove.

It is a sign of the times, I suppose, that there are crimes of which I approve.

The train on which I was travelling was from a formerly prosperous and even rather grand industrial town whose centre had been comprehensively ruined, architecturally, by the construction of a strategically placed ring road, as so many English town centres have been so ruined; and ruined economically by failure to adapt to changing world circumstances. The smell of fast food hung over it like a pall: vinegar and stale fat that had launched a thousand chips.

A lot of men appeared to have nothing to do in the town, except prop up the walls of 1960s public buildings, including a College of Design so hideous that it reminded me of the psychological technique of paradoxical intention. In this technique, the therapist advises the patient to do exactly the opposite of the desired result, for example an insomniac is told to try to stay awake at all costs. Such is the perversity of Man that it often works; and so one must hope that those who study at the College of Design thereby sup full of the horrors of ugliness and produce only beauty.

No doubt the proppers-up of walls were deemed sick rather than unemployed: that is to say were in receipt of a sick note from their doctors though there was nothing whatever wrong with them. They were performing the invaluable work of keeping the unemployment rate low; and thus, by a single lie, is the population, the medical profession and the government corrupted.

In the midst of all this wretchedness was a series of advertisements, sponsored by the authorities, warning recipients of state aid that they risked prosecution and imprisonment if they worked on the side and earned a few quid extra.

Long familiarity with recipients of such aid has led me to rejoice whenever anyone cheats the system in the fashion warned against. These are the people who keep their dignity intact, despite the best efforts of the state to destroy it. The ones who don’t cheat are what the inhabitants of the camps used to call Muslims, the submissive ones, who turned their face to the wall and died.

When dignity requires illegality, there is something rotten in the state.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Foreign Affairs; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: anthonydaniels; dalrymple; theodoredalrymple

1 posted on 06/18/2007 7:44:34 AM PDT by UnklGene
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To: UnklGene
The smell of fast food hung over it like a pall: vinegar and stale fat that had launched a thousand chips.
2 posted on 06/18/2007 7:46:15 AM PDT by UnklGene
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To: UnklGene; Killing Time; Beowulf; Mr. Peabody; RW_Whacko; honolulugal; SideoutFred; Ole Okie; ...


FReepmail me to get on or off
Click on POGW graphic for full GW rundown
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GREENIE WATCH



3 posted on 06/18/2007 7:47:26 AM PDT by xcamel ("It's Thompson Time!")
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To: UnklGene

You got the title wrong, I’ve asked the mod to fix it.
Should be warNing, not warMing. Big dif. :-)


4 posted on 06/18/2007 7:47:50 AM PDT by pillut48 (CJ in TX --Soccer Mom, Bible Thumper and Proud to be an American! RUN, FRED, RUN!!!)
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To: pillut48

Thanks. I was wondering what the heck this article had to do with Global Warming.


5 posted on 06/18/2007 7:49:51 AM PDT by what's up
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To: what's up

yeah, thinking the same my self.....


6 posted on 06/18/2007 7:52:09 AM PDT by chaos_5 (1-800-882-2005 Amnesty Hot-line!)
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To: pillut48

Yeah, like Gorebal warning.


7 posted on 06/18/2007 7:52:37 AM PDT by Paladin2 (Islam is the religion of violins, NOT peas.)
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To: UnklGene
When dignity requires illegality, there is something rotten in the state.

Well put.

8 posted on 06/18/2007 7:54:20 AM PDT by Logophile
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To: UnklGene

Errr...What has this got to do with global warming?
Did I miss something?


9 posted on 06/18/2007 7:55:48 AM PDT by AlexW (Reporting from Bratislava, Slovakia. Happy not to be back in the USA for now.)
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To: Paladin2
I think you've almost got it!

Howsa 'bout=

GOREBULL WARMING!

10 posted on 06/18/2007 8:03:10 AM PDT by Young Werther ( and Julius Ceasar said, "quae cum ita sunt." (or since these things are so!))
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To: UnklGene
When dignity requires illegality, there is something rotten in the state.

What a concise message!

And a recognition of this state of affairs forces one to infer that the state's motives might not be so noble; the consequences just might not be unintended.

11 posted on 06/18/2007 8:03:23 AM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: UnklGene

“The smell of fast food hung over it like a pall: vinegar and stale fat that had launched a thousand chips. “

Dalrymple (aka Anthony Daniels) is sooo good! I’ve read most of his books. The collection of essays “Our Culture, What’s Left of It: The Mandarins and the Masses” is brilliant, if incredibly depressing:
http://www.amazon.com/Our-Culture-Whats-Left-Mandarins/dp/156663721X


12 posted on 06/18/2007 8:06:35 AM PDT by Ozone34
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To: Paladin2; xcamel

Yeah, like Gorebal warning.

Worth repeating.......


13 posted on 06/18/2007 8:28:07 AM PDT by Robert A. Cook, PE (I can only donate monthly, but Hillary's ABBCNNBCBS continue to lie every day!)
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To: Ozone34

Anthony Daniels? Like C3PO Anthony Daniels?


14 posted on 06/18/2007 8:49:13 AM PDT by pillut48 (CJ in TX --Soccer Mom, Bible Thumper and Proud to be an American! RUN, FRED, RUN!!!)
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To: pillut48

“Anthony Daniels? Like C3PO Anthony Daniels?”

No. This Anthony Daniels:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theodore_Dalrymple


15 posted on 06/18/2007 9:02:26 AM PDT by Ozone34
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To: chaos_5; pillut48; Paladin2

Sorry folks, of my meds this am. Shudda been “Gerbil Warming.”
Don’t have any idea how Dalrymple got that title. Thomas Sowell wrote about his writings as Daniels, but what the difference?


16 posted on 06/18/2007 7:21:05 PM PDT by UnklGene
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