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  • North Dakota governor signs 'heartbeat' abortion ban

    03/26/2013 11:22:49 AM PDT · by Responsibility2nd · 29 replies
    Reuters ^ | 03/26/2013 | Dave Thompson
    North Dakota on Tuesday adopted the most restrictive abortion law in the United States, as the governor signed a bill that bans the procedure in most cases once a fetal heartbeat can be detected, as early as six weeks. Supporters of abortion rights said they would challenge the measure in court. Governor Jack Dalrymple on Tuesday also signed a bill that bans abortions based solely on genetic abnormalities, the first state ban of its kind, or based on the gender of the fetus. North Dakota is the latest state to pass measures to restrict abortions. Arkansas lawmakers earlier in March...
  • Dalrymple signs N.D. bill repealing Sioux nickname mandate

    11/09/2011 3:29:06 PM PST · by ConservativeStatement · 13 replies
    Grand Forks Herald ^ | November 09, 2011 | Chuck Haga
    BISMARCK -- Gov. Jack Dalrymple signed legislation this afternoon repealing the North Dakota law that mandates use of the UND Fighting Sioux nickname. Earlier, by a lopsided margin almost exactly opposite of the vote they cast to defend UND's Fighting Sioux nickname and logo in February, members of the North Dakota House approved a bill today to repeal their earlier action and clear the way for the nickname's retirement. The vote was 63-31, sending the bill to Dalrymple, who at the start of this week's special session had asked the Legislature to repeal the nickname mandate. The Senate had approved...
  • The Quivering Upper Lip - The British character: from self-restraint to self-indulgence

    10/15/2011 10:04:59 PM PDT · by Cronos · 114 replies
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2008 | Theodore Dalyrmple
    When my mother arrived in England as a refugee from Nazi Germany, shortly before the outbreak of World War II, she found the people admirable, though not without the defects that corresponded to their virtues. By the time she died, two-thirds of a century later, she found them rude, dishonest, and charmless. They did not seem to her, moreover, to have any virtues to compensate for their unpleasant qualities. I occasionally asked her to think of some, but she couldn’t; and neither, frankly, could I. It wasn’t simply that she had been robbed twice during her last five years, having...
  • British rioters the spawn of a bankrupt ruling elite

    08/10/2011 11:20:26 PM PDT · by Murtyo · 24 replies
    The Australian ^ | August 11, 2011 12:00AM | Theodore Dalrymple
    THE riots in London and elsewhere in Britain are a backhanded tribute to the long-term intellectual torpor, moral cowardice, incompetence and careerist opportunism of the British political and intellectual class. They have somehow managed not to notice what has long been apparent to anyone who has taken a short walk with his eyes open down any frequented British street: that a considerable proportion of the country's young population (a proportion that is declining) is ugly, aggressive, vicious, badly educated, uncouth and criminally inclined.
  • British Degeneracy on Parade

    08/10/2011 11:06:11 AM PDT · by yetidog · 28 replies
    City Journal ^ | August 10, 2011 | Theodore Dalrymple
    The ferocious criminality exhibited by an uncomfortably large section of the English population during the current riots has not surprised me in the least. I have been writing about it, in its slightly less acute manifestations, for the past 20 years. To have spotted it required no great perspicacity on my part; rather, it took a peculiar cowardly blindness, one regularly displayed by the British intelligentsia and political class, not to see it and not to realize its significance. There is nothing that an intellectual less likes to change than his mind, or a politician his policy.
  • Whats Really Wrong with WikiLeaks - Theodore Dalrymple

    12/02/2010 5:18:03 PM PST · by Chickensoup · 23 replies
    City Journal ^ | 12.02.10 | Theodore Dalrymple
    We hardly needed WikiLeaks to tell us, among many other things, that Nicolas Sarkozy, the president of France, is a vulgar man with authoritarian inclinations, or that Silvio Berlusconi, the Italian prime minister, is interested in sex. It isnt even particularly reassuring to have our judgments confirmed for us by American diplomatic messages, for if they had said anything different we shouldnt have believed them in any case. After the first slight frisson of pleasure at the discomfiture of powerful people and those in authority has worn off, a pleasure akin to that of seeing a pompously dignified man slip...
  • Sympathy Deformed Misguided compassion hurts the poor.

    09/12/2010 7:18:35 AM PDT · by Inappropriate Laughter · 5 replies
    City Journal ^ | City Journal Spring 2010 | Theodore Dalrymple
    A scramble for rotting fish: decades of foreign aid have not helped Tanzanians. Randy Olson/National Geographic/Getty ImagesTo sympathize with those who are less fortunate is honorable and decent. A man able to commiserate only with himself would surely be neither admirable nor attractive. But every virtue can become deformed by excess, insincerity, or loose thinking into an opposing vice. Sympathy, when excessive, moves toward sentimental condescension and eventually disdain; when insincere, it becomes unctuously hypocritical; and when associated with loose thinking, it is a bad guide to policy and frequently has disastrous results. It is possible, of course, to...
  • Health Care in Hell

    08/10/2010 5:14:41 AM PDT · by Kaslin
    Pajamas Media ^ | August 10, 2010 | Theodore Dalrymple
    A recent article in The Lancet is titled "North Korea’s health system in disarray" — but that implies that it was ever actually in array in the first place. When I was a prison doctor, my patients — the prisoners — would often try moral blackmail. If I did not give them what they wanted, they said, they would kill someone, and then it would be on my conscience. I never gave in to the blackmail, and eventually the prisoners abandoned the attempt. But I always had a niggling fear that they might carry out their threat. The fact that...
  • In Defense of World Cup Enjoyment: A Response to Dalrymple

    07/01/2010 5:03:17 AM PDT · by mattstat · 1 replies
    The much loved, and surely respected, Theodore Dalrymple does not like soccer. He says of soccer fans, Try as I might to expunge the thought from my mind that this enthusiasm is a manifestation of human stupidity, I cannot. However, it appears Dalrymples dislike of soccer is nothing more than a disgust of his adopted homelands national team. Nine-tenths of his essay is given over to picking on the French; nowadays, an all too easy avocation. He reminds us of the French soccer teams on-camera attitude toward the Marseillaise: [They] refused to sing it or accord it any respect. This...
  • Elian Gonzalez case - 10 years later

    04/22/2010 4:31:29 PM PDT · by CounterCounterCulture · 14 replies · 536+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 22 April 2010 | Jennifer Kay & Matt Sedensky
    Elian Gonzalez case - 10 years later When federal agents stormed a home in the Little Havana community, snatched Elian Gonzalez from his father's relatives and put him on a path back to his father in Cuba, thousands of Cuban Americans took to Miami's streets. Their anger helped give George W. Bush the White House months later and simmered long after that. Ten years later, the Little Havana home - for weeks the epicenter of a standoff that divided the United States - is a museum dedicated to Elian's brief time in this country, but visitors are rare. Almost no...
  • * Censorship by Language Reform

    04/05/2010 9:53:00 AM PDT · by AJKauf · 16 replies · 458+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | APril 5 | Theodore Dalrymple
    I have noticed that whenever I used the word Mankind in an article, it emerges in the printed version, without my permission, as Humankind, a word I despise as both ugly and sanctimonious. (In the Oxfam shop round the corner from where I live there is a poster with a slogan that nauseates me: Thankyou for Being Humankind.) The change is made with such regularity, and in so many publications, that the government might as well have decreed it, though in fact it has not. There is, presumably, a monstrous regiment of sub-editors at work, all of like mind. Of...
  • The Fix Is In

    04/03/2010 12:37:09 PM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 5 replies · 482+ views
    City Journal ^ | 22 March, 2010 | Theodore Dalrymple
    Americans would do well to ponder a recent admisssion by a former minister in the Blair government. Lord Warner said that while spending on Britain's National Health Service had increased by 60 percent, its output had DECREASED by 4 percent. No doubt while the spending of Soviet-style bureaucracies like the NHS is more easily measurable than its output, the remark certainly accords with the experiences of citizens, who see no improvement. On the contrary, while the Service has taken on 400,000 new staff members - continuity of medical care has been all but extinguished! Nobody now expects to see the...
  • Self-Esteem vs. Self-Respect

    03/29/2010 12:02:49 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 10 replies · 546+ views
    In Character ^ | Theodore Dalrymple
    With the coyness of someone revealing a bizarre sexual taste, my patients would often say to me, "Doctor, I think I'm suffering from low self-esteem." This, they believed, was at the root of their problem, whatever it was, for there is hardly any undesirable behavior or experience that has not been attributed, in the press and on the air, in books and in private conversations, to low self-esteem, from eating too much to mass murder. Self-esteem is, of course, a term in the modern lexicon of psychobabble, and psychobabble is itself the verbal expression of self-absorption without self-examination. The former...
  • Surrendering to Barbarism

    02/26/2010 7:52:49 PM PST · by neverdem · 5 replies · 595+ views
    National Review Online ^ | February 25, 2010 | David Pryce-Jones
    Readers of National Review need no introduction to Theodore Dalrymple. Under that byline, or his real name of Anthony Daniels, he is a frequent contributor. There's no one quite like him. He's been a doctor and worked in prisons, really coming to grips with the lower depths. Although he reports terrible things, and sometimes has a little gleam of I-told-you-so when reporting something even more terrible than what's gone before, he refuses to abandon his humane instincts and a belief that it's worth fighting for civilization even if the cause looks lost. His very latest book, just published by Encounter...
  • A Modest Proposal for Curing Back Pain

    01/24/2010 11:08:56 AM PST · by AJKauf · 4 replies · 301+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | Jan. 24 | Theodore Dalrymple
    The latest research from Germany shows that people who are highly indebted are eleven times more likely than others to suffer from low back pain. This is so even when other factors are taken into account and controlled for. Rarely does medical research have such obvious policy implications. As everyone knows, low back pain is enormously damaging to the economy: it has been estimated that it costs the American economy $100 billion per year in lost production. Even in these days when you have to talk in trillions to get anyones attention, $100 billion is not trivial: it is, after...
  • Heart of Darkness

    10/26/2009 4:44:30 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 8 replies · 909+ views
    New English Review ^ | Theodore Dalrymple
    As a doctor and psychiatrist, I spent an awful lot of my professional life trying to change individuals in a direction that I thought appropriate and beneficial for them. I am not under any illusions about how far I succeeded. I think I succeeded very little. At the best, I implanted the seeds of change rather than caused change itself. It was often the case that my patients had adopted grossly self-destructive paths in life, that viewed dispassionately and with a minimum of common sense could lead to nothing but misery, despair and chaos. Indeed, my patients often acknowledged this...
  • Man vs Mutt

    08/08/2009 5:58:30 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 7 replies · 900+ views
    WSJ ^ | THEODORE DALRYMPLE
    In the last few years, I have had the opportunity to compare the human and veterinary health services of Great Britain, and on the whole it is better to be a dog. As a British dog, you get to choose (through an intermediary, I admit) your veterinarian. If you dont like him, you can pick up your leash and go elsewhere, that very day if necessary. Any vet will see you straight away, there is no delay in such investigations as you may need, and treatment is immediate. There are no waiting lists for dogs, no operations postponed because something...
  • Fujimori

    08/05/2009 11:08:33 AM PDT · by AreaMan · 10 replies · 662+ views
    New English Review ^ | Aug 2009 | Theodore Dalrymple
    Fujimori by Theodore Dalrymple (August 2009) Does the end justify the means? This question, difficult to answer in the abstract with a categorical negative or affirmative, occurred to me when I read that Alberto Fujimori, former president of Peru, had been sentenced to seven and a half years imprisonment for corruption, to run concurrently with the twenty-five years he is already serving for abuse of human rights. As it happens, I was in Peru just before, during and after the election that first brought Fujimori to power. His opponent was the world-famous novelist, Mario Vargas Llosa, whom I, like many...
  • Attitude or Gratitude?

    04/17/2009 5:12:55 AM PDT · by rellimpank · 13 replies · 514+ views
    New English Review ^ | 17 apr 09 | Theodore Dalrymple
    A recent Dutch visitor to my house in France was observant enough to notice that I disliked wasting food. He told me that he was very much of the same mind. It occurred to me then to try to find the cause and justification of our dislike of such waste. Where did it, this dislike, come from? What reason could we give for it? (These are not the same questions, of course.) The Dutch are famously parsimonious, but parsimony is neither one of my vices nor one of my virtues and I leave it to others to decide which...
  • The Frivolity of Evil

    02/20/2009 9:55:09 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 4 replies · 392+ views
    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... Yet the scale of a mans evil is not entirely to be measured by its practical...
  • Theodore Dalrymple: The Persistence of Ideology - Grand ideas still drive history.

    02/08/2009 10:31:43 PM PST · by neverdem · 26 replies · 1,151+ views
    City Journal ^ | Winter 2009 | Theodore Dalrymple
    In 1960, the sociologist Daniel Bell published The End of Ideology, in which he argued that ideologyunderstood in the sense of a coherent, single-minded philosophical outlook or system of abstractions intended as much as a lever to change society as a description to explain itwas dead, at least in the West, and in the United States in particular. A combination of democracy and mass prosperity had solved the political question that had agitated humanity since the time of Plato. There were to be no more grand and transformative, if woefully erroneous, ideas; all that remained was public administration, with, at...
  • When Hooligans Bach Down: Strike up Johann Sebastian and watch them scatter

    01/30/2009 4:35:24 PM PST · by mojito · 35 replies · 1,393+ views
    City Journal ^ | 1/29/2009 | Theodore Darlrymple
    Staying recently in a South Yorkshire town called Rotherhamdescribed in one guidebook as murky, an inadequate word for the placeI was interested to read in the local newspaper how the proprietors of some stores are preventing hooligans from gathering outside to intimidate and rob customers. They play Bach over loudspeakers, and this disperses the youths in short order; they flee the way Count Dracula fled before holy water, garlic flowers, and crucifixes. The proprietors had previously tried a high-pitched noise generator whose mosquito-like whine only those younger than 20 could detect. This method, too, proved effective, but the owners abandoned...
  • The Decay and Fall of the West

    12/10/2008 1:27:14 PM PST · by AJKauf · 4 replies · 602+ views
    Pajamas Media ^ | December 10 | Bernard Chapin
    Is our society losing its way? An interview with psychiatrist and thinker Dr. Theodore Dalrymple. Bernard Chapin: In your essay, The Roads to Serfdom, you refer to a famous quote by George Bernard Shaw, who said, We are all socialists now. Are we all on the brink of becoming socialists once again? Why do you think, given the oppressive and pernicious nature of this method of governance, it remains politically viable? Dr. Dalrymple: I think it more likely that there will be an increase in corporatism than in socialism. America will not be socialist, but it might be corporatist (there...
  • The Quivering Upper Lip -- The British character: from self-restraint to self-indulgence

    11/30/2008 6:16:36 PM PST · by SirJohnBarleycorn · 36 replies · 1,493+ views
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2008 | Theodore Dalrymple
    When my mother arrived in England as a refugee from Nazi Germany, shortly before the outbreak of World War II, she found the people admirable, though not without the defects that corresponded to their virtues. By the time she died, two-thirds of a century later, she found them rude, dishonest, and charmless. They did not seem to her, moreover, to have any virtues to compensate for their unpleasant qualities. I occasionally asked her to think of some, but she couldnt; and neither, frankly, could I. snip What, exactly, were the qualities that my mother had so admired? Above all, there...
  • Theodore Dalrymple: Planet Obama

    11/26/2008 4:05:10 PM PST · by neverdem · 29 replies · 1,124+ views
    The American Conservative ^ | December 01, 2008 | Theodore Dalrymple
    Global euphoria is better than the disrepute of the Bush years, but so far our new president’s appeal is entirely symbolic.By Theodore Dalrymple Like it or not, the election of Barack Obama to the presidency of the United States has done an immense amount to restore American prestige in the world. Not since the destruction of the Twin Towers has there been dancing in the streets anywhere on the planet to celebrate events in America. It is to be hoped, of course, that it is not the same people doing the dancing.In Delhi, Indians kissed Obama’s photo. Parties spilled into...
  • The Triumph Of Evil

    09/02/2008 8:36:43 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 7 replies · 179+ views
    It is one of the evils of evil tyrannies that they seek to implicate everyone in their system, by means of spying, the granting of privileges, etc. But it is not only tyrannies that do this: modern bureaucracies, even in liberal democratic states, do this also. For example, in the British state hospital system (and no modern state does entirely without public hospitals), doctors undergo a compulsory annual appraisal by a colleague, decreed and designed by the administration, without any evidence that it improves performance in any way whatever. Its purpose is not to improve performance; it purpose is to...
  • Childhoods End ("Britain worst country in Western world to be a child") [Smash-mouth op-ed]

    08/19/2008 3:59:46 AM PDT · by yankeedame · 24 replies · 144+ views
    City-Journal ^ | Summer 2008 | Theodore Dalrymple
    Theodore DalrympleChildhoods End Britain, land of bleak houses and low expectations Growing up in todays England is far from the idyll depicted in this nineteenth-century lithograph. NB: This is a fairly long article. I have taken the liberty of skipping the first half --except the two opening lines-- as it deals chiefly with horrific examples of modern day British "childhood". I urge the reader not to skip it.--YD] Britain is the worst country in the Western world in which to be a child, according to a recent UNICEF report. Ordinarily, I would not set much store by such a report;...
  • Theodore Dalrymple: Childhood's End -

    08/19/2008 1:06:03 PM PDT · by UnklGene · 4 replies · 555+ views
    City-Journal ^ | August 17, 2008 | Theodore Dalrymple
    Oh, to be in England. Theodore Dalrymple: Childhoods End - Britain, land of bleak houses and low expectations Growing up in today's England is far from the idyll depicted in this nineteenth-century lithograph. kate greenaway/Victoria & Albert Museum, London/Art Resource, NY Growing up in todays England is far from the idyll depicted in this nineteenth-century lithograph. Britain is the worst country in the Western world in which to be a child, according to a recent UNICEF report. Ordinarily, I would not set much store by such a report; but in this case, I think it must be rightnot because I...
  • Paradise Lost Smyrna 1922: The Destruction of Islams City of Tolerance by Giles Milton

    06/15/2008 2:37:54 PM PDT · by forkinsocket · 21 replies · 507+ views
    Timesonline.co.uk ^ | June 15, 2008 | William Dalrymple
    For centuries, the great city of Smyrna was a European foothold on the Anatolian coast. The British Levantine Company had had a factory there since 1667, trading in raisins and carpets, and even then the place was renowned for its lively social life. Francesco Lupazzoli, the priapic Venetian consul, lived on a diet of fruit, bread and water and a few slices of unseasoned meat, yet survived until the age of 114, and fathered 126 children on his five wives and innumerable Smyrniot mistresses. By the end of the 19th century, Smyrna had grown into one of the largest, richest...
  • Theodore Dalrymple: Oh, to be in England - A Confusion of Tongues

    05/31/2008 10:04:13 AM PDT · by UnklGene · 13 replies · 770+ views
    City - Journal ^ | Spring 2008 | Theodore Dalrymple
    <p>Acting recently as an expert witness in a murder trial, I became aware of a small legal problem caused by the increasingly multicultural nature of our society. According to English law, a man is guilty of murder if he kills someone with the intention either to kill or to injure seriously. But he is guilty of the lesser crime of manslaughter if he has been sufficiently provoked or if his state of mind at the time was abnormal enough to reduce his responsibility. The legal test here is a comparison with the supposedly ordinary manthe man on the Clapham omnibus, as the legal clich has it. Would that ordinary person feel provoked under similar circumstances? Was the accuseds state of mind at the time of the killing very different from that of an average man?</p>
  • Theodore Dalrymple: Delusions of Virtue

    04/04/2008 5:50:56 PM PDT · by UnklGene · 12 replies · 816+ views
    City Journal ^ | April 3, 2008 | Theodore Dalrymple
    Theodore Dalrymple: Delusions of Virtue - We should hope Hillary Clintons Bosnia tale was a lieand not a fantasy. 3 April 2008 Nietzsche, in one of his disconcertingly piercing aperus, wrote: I have done that, says my memory. I cannot have done that, says my pride, and remains adamant. At lastmy memory yields. Hillary Clinton seemed to reverse the Nietzschean order of things when she misspoke: I cannot have done that, said her memory. I must have done that, said her pride, and remained adamant. At lasther memory yielded. Was she lying? A journalist called and asked my opinion as...
  • State of Humbug (Dr. Theodore Dalrymple, aka Anthony Daniels)

    01/30/2008 1:56:23 PM PST · by neverdem · 7 replies · 521+ views
    The American Spectator ^ | 1/25/2008 | Bernard Chapin
    Dr. Theodore Dalrymple (aka Anthony Daniels) is a retired English psychiatrist who spent most of his career working on the grounds of an urban prison, an experience that he chronicled in a regular, haunting column for the London Spectator. He recently retired to France but continues to write voluminously for outlets such as the Daily Telegraph, the New Criterion, and the City Journal. He is the Dietrich Weismann fellow at the Manhattan Institute and author, most recently, of the slender, devastatingly argued volume In Praise of Prejudice: The Necessity of Preconceived Ideas (Encounter Books). BC: Dr. Dalrymple, would you say...
  • Separation Anxiety

    01/01/2008 7:51:22 PM PST · by Hank Kerchief · 6 replies · 110+ views
    City Joural ^ | 27 December 2007 | Theodore Dalrymple
    Separation Anxiety Divorcees are bad for the environment. Do environmentalists care?27 December 2007A small item in the British Medical Journal recently caught my eye. It was a brief digest of a recent paper in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on the environmental impact of divorce. Researchers from Michigan found that people in divorced households spent 46 and 56 percent more on electricity and water, respectively, than did people in married households. This outcome is not all that surprising: marriage involves (among many other things, of course) economies of scale.One of the interesting questions that this little piece...
  • The Pleasures of Assassination

    12/30/2007 8:35:43 PM PST · by ventanax5 · 64 replies · 363+ views
    When President Bush described the assassination of Benazir Bhutto as cowardly, he chose precisely the wrong word. (He was not the only person to do so, but he was the most important one to do so.) In fact, it was a very courageous act: for it requires great courage to assassinate someone in the middle of a large and volatile crowd favourable to that person, and above all then to blow yourself up just to make sure that you have succeeded. Not many people have that degree of courage: I certainly dont. The two Islamic militants whose telephone call was...
  • Anthony Daniels: The false prophet (Kahlil Gibran's new age kitsch debunked.)

    12/02/2007 11:32:11 PM PST · by neverdem · 25 replies · 203+ views
    The New Criterion ^ | December 2007 | Anthony Daniels
    For self is a sea boundless and measureless. We shall never understand one another until we reduce the language to seven words. Kahlil Gibran Among my mothers books was a copy of The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran. I remember still the cream color of the cover, adorned with a soft-focus drawing of a young man with a thin moustache staring, Svengali-like, into some kind of philosophical infinity. Althoughor was it because?The Prophet was so popular at the time, selling by the million worldwide, I resisted reading it. I suspected that its profundity, or rather its straining after profundity, was bogus,...
  • What the New Atheists Dont See, To regret religion is to regret Western civilization

    11/28/2007 7:54:23 PM PST · by Coleus · 4 replies · 159+ views
    cerc ^ | 2007 | THEODORE DALRYMPLE
    The British parliaments first avowedly atheist member, Charles Bradlaugh, would stride into public meetings in the 1880s, take out his pocket watch, and challenge God to strike him dead in 60 seconds. God bided his time, but got Bradlaugh in the end. A slightly later atheist, Bertrand Russell, was once asked what he would do if it proved that he was mistaken and if he met his maker in the hereafter. He would demand to know, Russell replied with all the high-pitched fervor of his pedantry, why God had not made the evidence of his existence plainer and more irrefutable....
  • Theodore Dalrymple: No Security -

    11/25/2007 3:24:44 PM PST · by UnklGene · 5 replies · 599+ views
    City-Journal ^ | November 20, 2007 | Theodore Dalrymple
    Theodore Dalrymple: No Security - Britain is failing in its most basic duty to its citizens. 20 November 2007 For millions of its inhabitants, Britain is a failing state. It assumes responsibility for education and health care without regard for results; and it fails in its most basic duty, to ensure that its inhabitants can go about their business with reasonable security. A recent incidentthe assault of a 96-year-old manhas brought home to the British public just how little it can rely on the state for protection. The assailant, 44, was frustrated that the elderly man was in his way...
  • A Strange Alliance

    11/01/2007 8:26:07 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 4 replies · 104+ views
    It used to be said that one should not talk of sex, religion or politics in polite company. So much the worse for polite company, I thought in my days of adolescent enjoyment of disputes for their own sake; and certainly there are subjects that a journalist should avoid if he wishes to avoid an angry response whatever he says about them. In my experience, which admittedly is limited, those subjects are modern art, chronic fatigue syndrome and religion: but of these, religion is the greatest. I havent written much about religion, but I have been surprised by the vehemence,...
  • What the New Atheists Dont See

    10/28/2007 3:39:04 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 43 replies · 149+ views
    The British parliaments first avowedly atheist member, Charles Bradlaugh, would stride into public meetings in the 1880s, take out his pocket watch, and challenge God to strike him dead in 60 seconds. God bided his time, but got Bradlaugh in the end. A slightly later atheist, Bertrand Russell, was once asked what he would do if it proved that he was mistaken and if he met his maker in the hereafter. He would demand to know, Russell replied with all the high-pitched fervor of his pedantry, why God had not made the evidence of his existence plainer and more irrefutable....
  • Theodore Dalrymple: Crooks, Cameras and Deterrence -

    10/17/2007 2:33:51 PM PDT · by UnklGene · 6 replies · 114+ views
    City Journal ^ | October 16, 2007 | Theodore Dalrymple
    Theodore Dalrymple: Cameras, Crooks, and Deterrence - Constant surveillance seems to have had little effect on Britains sky-high crime. 16 October 2007 After the North Koreans, the British are probably the most highly surveyed people in the world. Around 10,000 publicly funded closed-circuit television (CCTV) camerasto say nothing of the private oneswatch London every day. The average Briton, you often hear, winds up photographed 300 times a day as he goes about his business, even if his business is crime. Whenever a brutal murder is committed in a public place, the police announce that they are examining the video evidence:...
  • How the West Was Lost

    10/16/2007 4:21:51 AM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 21 replies · 139+ views
    The American Conservative ^ | June18, '07 | Theodore Dalrymple
    It's Europe's doom that Walter Lacqueur explores in this clearly written book. He doesn't say anything others have not said but he says it better. There are three threats to Europe's future. The first comes from demographic decline. Europeans are not reproducing. The second threat comes from the presence of a growing immigrant population, a large part of which is not interested in integration. As the population ages, the need for immigrant labor increases, and the sources of such labor are North Africa, the Middle East, Pakistan and Bangladesh. When I recently drove to Antwerp from the South of France,...
  • Islam, the Marxism of Our Time

    09/18/2007 6:02:46 AM PDT · by kellynla · 22 replies · 149+ views
    City Journal ^ | 17 September 2007 | Theodore Dalrymple
    From an Islamist point of view, the news from Europe looks good. The Times of London, relying on a police report, recently observed that the Deobandis, a fundamentalist sect, now run nearly half of the 1,350 mosques in Britain and train the vast majority of the Muslim clerics who get their training in the country. The man who might become the sects spiritual leader in Britain, Riyadh ul Haq, believes that friendship with a Christian or a Jew makes a mockery of Allahs religion. At least no one could accuse him of a shallow multiculturalism. According to Le Figaro, 70...
  • How To Hate The Non-Existent

    09/04/2007 1:36:23 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 19 replies · 665+ views
    New English Review ^ | September 2007 | Theodore Dalrymple
    By nature and inclination I am an aesthete: I can hardly think of Venice or Siena, for example, without an excess of emotion. And yet I have spent a great deal of my life among the utmost ugliness, both physical and moral. Moreover, I must confess that the problem of evil has preoccupied me. One of the reasons for this, perhaps, has been literary ambition. It is far easier to make evil interesting than good. Depictions of good people are inclined very soon to decline into mawkishness, and make their objects as dull as they are unbelievable. Too much good...
  • Another side of Paradise (or, All Over The Road)

    09/02/2007 12:52:21 PM PDT · by dangerfield · 6 replies · 826+ views
    The New Criterion ^ | September 2007 | Theodore Dalrymple
    Not long ago, I tried to have a suit made of gray flannel, but was told that, being a thick and heavy cloth, flannel was no longer in demand. Buildings are so well-heated these days, said the tailor, that flannel is uncomfortable to wear in them. Here was an indisputable consequence of global warming. My attitude to gray flannel has changed over the years. Since my first school uniform was of that material, I associated it for a long time with immaturity and a position of subordination to others. Then, as a young doctor, I came under the spell of...
  • How Societies Commit Suicide Scots and Italians Surrender to Islam

    08/23/2007 3:44:49 AM PDT · by T.L.Sink · 14 replies · 1,334+ views
    City Journal ^ | Aug. 17, '07 | Theodore Dalrymple
    In an effort to assure that no Muslim doctors ever again try to bomb Glasgow airport, bureaucrats at Glasgow's public hospitals have decreed that henceforth no staff may eat lunch at their desks or in their offices during the holy month of Ramadan, so that fasting Muslims shall not be offended by the sight or smell of their food. This kind of absurdity is what happens when the highly contestable doctrine of multiculturalism becomes a career opportunity for the semi-educated and otherwise unemployable products of a grossly swolen university system. Meanwhile, the highest court in Italy was confirming an appeals...
  • Heroin addiction isn't an illness...and we should stop spending millions 'treating' it

    08/19/2007 7:34:56 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 75 replies · 2,986+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 08/18/07 | Theodore Dalrymple
    Drug-addiction services have also grown massively. In our society, every problem calls forth its equal and supposedly opposite bureaucracy, the ostensible purpose of which is to solve the problem. But the bureaucracy quickly develops a survival instinct, and so no more wishes the problem to disappear altogether than the lion wishes to kill all the gazelle in the bush and leave itself without food. In short, the bureaucracy of drug addiction needs drug addicts far more than drug addicts need the bureaucracy of drug addiction. The propaganda, assiduously spread for many years now, is that heroin addiction is an "illness"....
  • Theodore Dalrymple: How Societies Commit Suicide -

    08/19/2007 11:28:23 AM PDT · by UnklGene · 28 replies · 1,505+ views
    City Journal ^ | August 17, 2007 | Theodore Dalrymple
    Theodore Dalrymple: How Societies Commit Suicide - Scots and Italians surrender to Islam. 17 August 2007 In an effort to ensure that no Muslim doctors ever again try to bomb Glasgow Airport, bureaucrats at Glasgows public hospitals have decreed that henceforth no staff may eat lunch at their desks or in their offices during the holy month of Ramadan, so that fasting Muslims shall not be offended by the sight or smell of their food. Vending machines will also disappear from the premises during that period. Apparently the bureaucrats believe that the would-be bombers were demanding sandwich-free offices in Glasgow...
  • The Question Of Islam

    08/02/2007 7:11:58 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 31 replies · 1,184+ views
    It is the best of faiths, it is the worst of faiths. It is the faith of tolerance, it is the faith of hate. Opinions of Islam in the world could hardly be more diverse or more opposed. However many times one hears it said that Islam is not a unitary phenomenon - that the Sufis are as different from the Salafists as chalk is from cheese - almost everyone, after pronouncing this caveat, proceeds to speak or to write as if Islam were a unitary phenomenon. This is the great achievement of the Islamists: they have turned the nastiest...
  • A Culture of Lies

    07/28/2007 1:34:27 PM PDT · by Harrius Magnus · 21 replies · 877+ views
    The Brussels Journal ^ | 07-26-2007 | Fjordman
    A Culture of Lies By Fjordman Created 2007-07-26 19:09 The always excellent writer Theodore Dalrymple, one of the most astute observers of Britain and indeed of the Western world today, has assessed the ten years under the leadership of former PM Tony Blair. According to Dalrymple, “Many in Britain believe that he has been the worst prime minister in recent British history, morally and possibly financially corrupt, shallow and egotistical.” One of the reasons for this negative view is the rapid growth of insecurity, ironically combined with the even more rapid growth of surveillance: “The typical Briton finds himself recorded...
  • Cutthroats in White Coats

    07/25/2007 10:23:08 PM PDT · by ventanax5 · 5 replies · 490+ views
    The question of whether doctors are more or less likely than others to involve themselves in violence is similar to the question of whether they are more or less likely than others to be great writers. Certainly they are more likely than dentists; but the question is a difficult one to answer definitively. However, speaking personally, I was not at all surprised by the involvement of doctors in Islamist attempted violence in Britain. Osama bin Ladens deputy, after all, is a surgeon. George Habash, the founder of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, and a man of unstintingly...