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Childhood’s End
http://www.city-journal.org/2008/18_3_otbie-british_children.html ^ | Theodore Dalrymple

Posted on 08/17/2008 6:52:26 PM PDT by ventanax5

A system of perverse incentives in a culture of undiscriminating materialism, where the main freedom is freedom from legal, financial, ethical, or social consequences, makes childhood in Britain a torment both for many of those who live it and those who observe it. Yet the British government will do anything but address the problem, or that part of the problem that is its duty to address: the state-encouraged breakdown of the family. If one were a Marxist, one might see in this refusal the self-interest of the state-employee class: social problems, after all, are their raison d’être.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Editorial; News/Current Events; United Kingdom
KEYWORDS: anthonydaniels; govwatch; theodoredalrymple

1 posted on 08/17/2008 6:52:26 PM PDT by ventanax5
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To: ventanax5

I was an Anglophile. I loved the Miss Read books and the kinds of strengths exhibited by the British in all sorts of circumstances.

These days watching how the British White subject comport themselves I can begin to understand the distaste the Muslims have for them.


2 posted on 08/17/2008 6:55:45 PM PDT by Chickensoup ('08 VOTING, NOT for the GOP, but INSTEAD, for the SUPREME COURT that will be BEST for my FAMILY!!)
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To: ventanax5

If people look to the govt to “solve” such taxing moral problems that SHOULD be handled by parents, they’re in for a big surprise and disappointment.


3 posted on 08/17/2008 7:08:40 PM PDT by KantianBurke (President Bush, why did you abandon Specialist Ahmed Qusai al-Taei?)
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To: ventanax5

So Mary Poppins wasn’t just fiction - it was a complete farce?


4 posted on 08/17/2008 7:08:56 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: Pelham

Are you familiar with Dalrymple? I think I’ve asked you this before.


5 posted on 08/17/2008 7:26:41 PM PDT by Das Outsider ("Be content to remember that those who can make omelettes properly can do nothing else. "--Belloc)
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To: Chickensoup

What a sad situation...How could the British democracy let it’s standards slip so low that life is so meaningless for children and adults alike?...The British government has removed God from society and replaced God with welfare and worship of money; replaced patience with instant gratification; abandoned the long view for today’s fleeting glimpses of nothingness, and as a result are seeing a generation of godless, unschooled, vulgar and uninspired people grow up..What will become of their children?..Let’s hope this never happens in the USA...


6 posted on 08/17/2008 7:38:40 PM PDT by billmor (Friday:Red Shirt Day- meaning the silent majority is silent no more..Wear yours please..)
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To: billmor
...The British government has removed God from society and replaced God with welfare and worship of money; replaced patience with instant gratification; abandoned the long view for today’s fleeting glimpses of nothingness, and as a result are seeing a generation of godless, unschooled, vulgar and uninspired people grow up..What will become of their children?..Let’s hope this never happens in the USA...

Replace "British" with "American" and you have your answer.
7 posted on 08/17/2008 7:41:17 PM PDT by Das Outsider ("Be content to remember that those who can make omelettes properly can do nothing else. "--Belloc)
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To: billmor
If you ever peruse the Miss Read books you can see the seeds sown for this downfall of culture. You will recognize the States in it. We are heading there a bit slower because we have a more heterogeneous mix.
8 posted on 08/17/2008 7:52:53 PM PDT by Chickensoup ('08 VOTING, NOT for the GOP, but INSTEAD, for the SUPREME COURT that will be BEST for my FAMILY!!)
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To: Das Outsider

Are you familiar with Dalrymple? I think I’ve asked you this before.

I am and he has a great column today at cityjournal and it is posted her on FR


9 posted on 08/17/2008 7:53:53 PM PDT by Chickensoup ('08 VOTING, NOT for the GOP, but INSTEAD, for the SUPREME COURT that will be BEST for my FAMILY!!)
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To: ventanax5

A Dalrymple BTT. The real difficulty is that the social reformers now in power are free to declare their own reality, in which all that is needed to guarantee a positive social outcome is the redistribution of wealth sufficient to support their clients in the manner to which they are accustomed. In a society with sufficient surplus the steady declining returns from this sort of utopian nonsense can be deferred until there is no more surplus. Then it becomes somebody else’s problem. Nice work if you can get it.


10 posted on 08/17/2008 7:55:33 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Das Outsider
Are you familiar with Dalrymple?

Dalrymple might be the most insightful and observant social commentator of our time.

11 posted on 08/17/2008 7:58:25 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: Chickensoup; Pelham
I am and he has a great column today at cityjournal and it is posted her on FR.

I was thinking more of Dalrymple's "Our Culture" and his contributions to The American Conservative.
12 posted on 08/17/2008 8:01:06 PM PDT by Das Outsider ("Be content to remember that those who can make omelettes properly can do nothing else. "--Belloc)
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To: okie01
Dalrymple might be the most insightful and observant social commentator of our time.

Have you read his "Romancing Opiates?"
13 posted on 08/17/2008 8:02:39 PM PDT by Das Outsider ("Be content to remember that those who can make omelettes properly can do nothing else. "--Belloc)
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To: Das Outsider

I don’t believe I have.


14 posted on 08/17/2008 8:03:06 PM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: Das Outsider

His book on the Underclass was quite good about this subject. Romancing the opiates also gives a good glimpse.


15 posted on 08/17/2008 8:04:50 PM PDT by Chickensoup ('08 VOTING, NOT for the GOP, but INSTEAD, for the SUPREME COURT that will be BEST for my FAMILY!!)
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To: ventanax5
This nonjudgmentalism surely helps explain why British youth are among the Western world’s leaders in such indicators of social pathology as teenage pregnancy, violence, criminality, underage drinking, and consumption of illicit drugs. The Brits need welfare reform - big time.
16 posted on 08/17/2008 8:08:12 PM PDT by GOPJ (If Hillary steals the nomination, blacks will sit home - GOP will take it all. Go for it Hillary.)
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To: okie01
I don’t believe I have.

As an M.D. and psychiatrist, Dalrymple--better known as Anthony Daniels in an earlier life--, wrote on psychopharmacology, the so-called addiction bureaucracy, and the inability of APA types to effectively deal with opiate addiction.
17 posted on 08/17/2008 8:20:55 PM PDT by Das Outsider ("Be content to remember that those who can make omelettes properly can do nothing else. "--Belloc)
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To: ventanax5

The spine and spirit of Europe was killed off in the two great wars of the 20th century. They committed meritocide on their own society. You can’t kill tens of millions of your best young people and expect no consequences.

The weaklings that were left made sport of destroying what was left. They voted themselves fat pensions and then had to import aliens from inferior cultures to pay off the debt. They sold off their future, now their future is tomorrow morning.


18 posted on 08/17/2008 8:22:19 PM PDT by Steely Tom (Without the second, the rest are just politicians' BS.)
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To: Chickensoup
His book on the Underclass was quite good about this subject. Romancing the opiates also gives a good glimpse.

I'd agree on both points. I'll give him this: the old man can write, and he has enough of a background to provide some interesting insight.
19 posted on 08/17/2008 8:23:07 PM PDT by Das Outsider ("Be content to remember that those who can make omelettes properly can do nothing else. "--Belloc)
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To: Das Outsider

I’ve seen a few of his essays over the years. IIRC he’s a British physician and Dalrymple is his pen name.


20 posted on 08/17/2008 9:24:06 PM PDT by Pelham (Press 1 for English)
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To: ventanax5
Don't worry, the Islamists will set everything straight.
21 posted on 08/18/2008 5:10:49 AM PDT by varyouga ("Rove is some mysterious God of politics & mind control" - DU 10-24-06)
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To: Das Outsider
I've a pretty good idea how he'd treat the subject -- with well-founded contempt.

At some point, the children of the sixties became adults (and psychiatrists). As a result, the solution to all the anxieties of everyday life may be found in a pill bottle.

22 posted on 08/18/2008 7:41:52 AM PDT by okie01 (THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA: Ignorance on Parade)
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To: billmor; Amos the Prophet
Let’s hope this never happens in the USA...

Look around you.

23 posted on 08/18/2008 8:48:19 AM PDT by sionnsar (Impeach Obama |Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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To: Pelham
I’ve seen a few of his essays over the years. IIRC he’s a British physician and Dalrymple is his pen name.

Correct on both counts. Once in a blue moon, he'll appear in The American Conservative.
24 posted on 08/18/2008 7:36:24 PM PDT by Das Outsider ("Be content to remember that those who can make omelettes properly can do nothing else. "--Belloc)
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To: okie01
I've a pretty good idea how he'd treat the subject -- with well-founded contempt.

There's quite a bit of that in "Romancing Opiates," but not without sufficient support. If you're familiar with Dalrymple's style of writing, this one won't shock you.


25 posted on 08/18/2008 7:42:19 PM PDT by Das Outsider ("Be content to remember that those who can make omelettes properly can do nothing else. "--Belloc)
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