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  • Theodore Dalrymple: Second Opinion -

    12/04/2005 11:14:49 AM PST · by UnklGene · 10 replies · 644+ views
    The Spectator - UK ^ | December 3, 2005 | Theodore Dalrymple
    Theodore Dalrymple: Second Opinion - One of the great advantages of a multicultural society is that it gives you a clear view of the varieties of human evil. If it were not for a multicultural society, indeed, you might be inclined to suppose that all evil was committed by people very like yourself. And how narrow-minded and deeply parochial that would be! For, of course, believing yourself to be the only source of evil in the world is but another form of self-congratulation and aggrandisement. Evil, like misery, is protean, and never greater than when it is committed in the...
  • Theodore Dalrymple: Bonfire of the Vanities -

    11/07/2005 11:31:59 AM PST · by UnklGene · 18 replies · 1,116+ views
    Opinion Journal ^ | November 7, 2005 | Theodore Dalrymple
    Bonfire of the Vanities - By THEODORE DALRYMPLE - November 7, 2005 When it comes to rioting, there's no 35-hour week in France. It may be difficult nowadays to get people in what the French call the Hexagon to work on Friday afternoons, but not to riot, at least not in the "sensitive" quartiers that surround most towns and cities. The productivity of the rioters has been increasing rapidly of late, and France looks like it will be breaking its record for burnt-out cars: 1,295 on Saturday night alone and 750 on Friday night, 500 the night before, and 300...
  • The Barbarians at the Gates of Paris

    11/03/2005 4:44:08 PM PST · by mojito · 181 replies · 8,767+ views
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2002 | Theodore Dalrymple
    Everyone knows la douce France: the France of wonderful food and wine, beautiful landscapes, splendid châteaux and cathedrals. More tourists (60 million a year) visit France than any country in the world by far. Indeed, the Germans have a saying, not altogether reassuring for the French: “to live as God in France.” Half a million Britons have bought second homes there; many of them bore their friends back home with how they order these things better in France. But there is another growing, and much less reassuring, side to France. I go to Paris about four times a year and...
  • Theodore Dalrymple: Wrapping Islam in Europe’s Mantle [Europe and Turkey]

    10/28/2005 10:12:48 AM PDT · by Tolik · 7 replies · 1,612+ views
    city-journal ^ | 24 October 2005 | Theodore Dalrymple
    An artist asks: Should Europe want Turkey; should Turkey want Europe?The power of art to shock, not in the trivial sense of drawing attention to an artist’s craving for notoriety, but of making us acutely and uncomfortably aware of the ambiguities and contradictions of the human condition, remains undiminished. All that is required for an artist to exert that power is imagination, talent, intelligence, and seriousness of purpose.A photograph exhibited at the Istanbul Biennial by the Turkish artist, Burak Delier, captures the existential dilemma confronting both his own country and Europe with brilliant precision. It shows a Muslim woman, heavily...
  • Frontpage Interview with Dr. Theodore Dalrymple: Our Culture, What’s Left Of It

    09/20/2005 7:41:46 AM PDT · by Tolik · 18 replies · 1,841+ views
    Frontpage Mag ^ | August 31, 2005 | Jamie Glazov Interviews Dr. Theodore Dalrymple
    Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Dr. Theodore Dalrymple, a contributing editor to City Journal and the author of his new collection of essays Our Culture, What's Left of It: The Mandarins and the Masses. FP: Dr. Theodore Dalrymple, welcome to Frontpage Magazine. It is a pleasure to have you with us. Dalrymple: Thank you very much for having invited me. FP: It's hard to know where to start Dr. Dalrymple, as your essays evoke so many profound themes. I guess we can begin with your observations on the root causes of many of our social ills. You discuss how in...
  • Theodore Dalrymple: The Veneer of Civilization. Utterly removed.

    09/16/2005 7:49:26 AM PDT · by Tolik · 51 replies · 1,954+ views
    The Manhattan Institute / National Review ^ | September 26, 2005 | Theodore Dalrymple
    The French socialist philosopher who was much ridiculed by Marx as a sentimental petit-bourgeois moralist, Pierre-Joseph Proudhon, is now remembered mainly for his aphorism, so good that he repeated it many times, “Property is theft.” But in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the reverse of this celebrated but preposterous dictum has actually become true: Theft is property. Pictures of the looting that followed the devastation in New Orleans have been flashed around the world. Everyone is, or at least pretends to be, shocked and horrified, as if the breakdown of law and order couldn’t happen here, wherever here happens to...
  • How Free is Britain?

    02/24/2005 12:32:34 AM PST · by ijcr · 143 replies · 8,160+ views
    Social Affairs Unit ^ | Feb 22 05 | Anthony Daniels
    A former colleague of mine was involved as an expert witness for the defendant in a civil case not long ago. A short time thereafter, he bumped into the judge at a golf clubhouse, who half recognised him. "Are you a doctor?", he said. "Yes", replied my colleague. "And weren't you a witness in a case recently?" "Yes". The judge then asked him what he thought of the outcome. My colleague replied: "I think that the defendant would have received a fairer hearing in a kangaroo court run by generals in a South American military dictatorship". I need hardly say...
  • The nation is quite drunken enough (The underclass in UK Cannot Control Their Alcohol Use)

    01/03/2005 6:13:22 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 41 replies · 1,515+ views
    Telegraph ^ | 4 January 2004 | Theodore Dalrymple
    That the British are now a nation of drunken brutes, justly despised throughout the world wherever they congregate in any numbers, is so obvious a fact that it should require no repetition. A brief visit to the centre of any British town or city on a Saturday night - or indeed, almost any night - will confirm it for those who are still in doubt. There they will see scenes of charmless vulgarity, in which thousands of scantily clad, lumpen sluts scream drunkenly, and men vomit proudly in the gutters. The Government, whose solution to any social problem is to...
  • Les Intellos Speak: For French elites, Bush’s re-election signals the start of fascism in America.

    11/11/2004 5:43:19 PM PST · by quidnunc · 28 replies · 811+ views
    City Journal ^ | November 11, 2004 | Theodore Dalrymple
    The French press has greeted the re-election of President Bush less than enthusiastically. On the morning after the result became known, the left-wing daily Liberation’s headline was L’EMPIRE EMPIRE: THE EMPIRE GETS WORSE. (The day before, it ran a picture of George Bush on its front page, with the headline, THE MAN TO BEAT.) The liberal Le Monde’s reporting was more measured, but its editorial began: “It goes without saying that the re-election of George Bush is bad news.” These are the only two newspapers that count for les intellos, the intellectuals, in a country with the lowest readership of...
  • Theodore Dalrymple: The Frivolity of Evil

    11/08/2004 11:45:36 AM PST · by quidnunc · 35 replies · 871+ views
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2004 | Theodore Dalrymple
    When prisoners are released from prison, they often say that they have paid their debt to society. This is absurd, of course: crime is not a matter of double-entry bookkeeping. You cannot pay a debt by having caused even greater expense, nor can you pay in advance for a bank robbery by offering to serve a prison sentence before you commit it. Perhaps, metaphorically speaking, the slate is wiped clean once a prisoner is released from prison, but the debt is not paid off. It would be just as absurd for me to say, on my imminent retirement after 14...
  • If you think this one's bad you should have seen his uncle -

    08/29/2004 11:54:06 AM PDT · by UnklGene · 26 replies · 1,113+ views
    The Telegraph - UK ^ | August 29, 2004 | Anthony Daniels
    If you think this one's bad you should have seen his uncle - By Anthony Daniels (Filed: 29/08/2004) There is no leader in the world who more deserves to be overthrown than Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, the President of Equatorial Guinea for the last quarter of a century. By rights, his brutality, corruption and venality should not go unpunished; yet I doubt that the mercenaries who planned to overthrow him, and whom Sir Mark Thatcher is accused of having backed financially, were motivated by a burning ambition to bring democracy and clean government to the volcanoes of Fernando Poo and...
  • Theodore Dalrymple reviews Therapy Culture by Frank Furedi

    11/16/2003 4:15:15 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 11 replies · 4,671+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | 15 November 2003 | Theodore Dalrymple
    In a matter of only a few decades, counselling has replaced fortitude as our culturally approved way of confronting misfortune. A large number of my patients ascribe their current unhappiness to the fact that they were not offered counselling at the time of an unpleasant occurrence, such as a surgical operation or the death of a friend or relative. Every form of human suffering, it seems, is susceptible to the magical powers of therapy. It is the superstition of our age. Frank Furedi, a professor of sociology, examines this curious, and by no means harmless, phenomenon in some detail. Only...