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  • Delusions of Honesty

    07/18/2007 3:30:26 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 8 replies · 557+ views
    When Tony Blair announced his resignation after 10 years as prime minister of the United Kingdom, his voice choked with emotion and he nearly shed a tear. He asked his audience to believe that he had always done what he thought was right. He would have been nearer the mark had he said that he always thought that what was right was whatever he had done. Throughout his years in office, he kept inviolable his belief in the existence of a purely beneficent essence of himself, a belief so strong that no quantity of untruthfulness, shady dealings, unscrupulousness, or constitutional...
  • The case for mistrusting Muslims

    ARRIVING IN BRITAIN by air the day after two men crashed a gasoline-laden Jeep Cherokee into the main terminal at Glasgow's international airport, and a couple of days after two car bombs were discovered in the heart of London, I was surprised by how calm everybody was. Apart from the prohibition of passenger drop-off and pickup next to the terminal building at Birmingham Airport, everything was as usual. Men and women in Muslim garb mingled in the crowd with perfect tranquillity, expecting neither violence nor even verbal reproach. Was this a sign of the admirable tolerance of British society, or...
  • Why Intellectuals Like Genocide

    07/02/2007 7:47:36 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 20 replies · 1,675+ views
    Seemingly arcane historical disputes can often cast a powerful light on the state of our collective soul. It is for that reason that I like to read books on obscure subjects: they are often more illuminating than books that at first sight are more immediately relevant to our current situation. For, as Emily Dickinson put it, success in indirection lies. In 2002, the Australian free-lance historian and journalist, Keith Windschuttle, published a book that created a controversy that has still not died down. Entitled ‘The Fabrication of Aboriginal History,’ it sets out to destroy the idea that there had been...
  • How the West Was Lost

    06/30/2007 6:11:51 AM PDT · by kellynla · 20 replies · 1,360+ views
    Flying to Rotterdam recently, the largest and busiest port in the world, I was forcibly struck by the aerial view. I doubt there is a sight anywhere that is more eloquent testimony to the power of human intelligence and organization. Indeed, this applies to the whole of the Netherlands: a physically unpromising fragment of land, much of it reclaimed from the sea, has been diligently transformed into one of the globe’s most flourishing regions, whose economic product exceeds that of the whole of Africa. The text accompanying a book of photographs of the Dutch landscape that I was given as...
  • Theodore Dalrymple: Avanti, Dr. Kevorkian

    06/23/2007 11:54:02 AM PDT · by UnklGene · 3 replies · 285+ views
    City - Journal ^ | June 12, 2007 | Theodore Dalrymple
    Theodore Dalrymple: Avanti, Dr. Kevorkian! There may be an overseas market for the doctor’s services. 12 June 2007 It’s strange how even closely allied nations do not take advantage of one another’s complementary strengths and resources. For example, I noticed this month a possible synergy between the United States and Italy: neither, as far as I am aware, has tried in any way to take advantage of it. Jack Kevorkian was released on June 1 from prison, after serving eight years of a sentence for second-degree murder. Kevorkian, popularly known as Dr. Death, is an enthusiast of euthanasia and assisted...
  • Theodore Dalrymple: Breaking Away - An ex-Islamist tells his story.

    06/21/2007 12:55:27 AM PDT · by neverdem · 16 replies · 898+ views
    City Journal ^ | 19 June 2007 | Theodore Dalrymple
    The Islamist: Why I Joined Radical Islam in Britain, What I Saw Inside and Why I Left, by Ed Husain (Penguin Books, 304 pp., Ł8.99) The author of this memoir is a young man of Bangladeshi descent, born and brought up in London’s East End. He went to elementary school with a mixed population and got on very well there, his teacher making unobtrusive efforts to introduce him to English culture. Unfortunately, when he left for high school, his father insisted that he go to a boys-only school, and the only one within range was among the worst in England....
  • Theodore Dalrymple: Global Warning

    06/18/2007 7:44:33 AM PDT · by UnklGene · 15 replies · 1,048+ views
    The Spectator - UK ^ | July 14, 2007 | Theodore Dalrymple
    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...
  • Diagnosing Lear

    06/06/2007 9:57:14 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies · 1,975+ views
    The New Criterion ^ | June 2007 | Anthony Daniels
    Doctors have been trying to diagnose King Lear for more than two centuries. They haven’t succeeded, of course, for a couple of reasons that are not mutually exclusive: first, King Lear does not exist, and second he is not available for tests or examination. The latest technology, no matter how sophisticated, will never settle the matter. No imaging studies for King Lear: he was born much too soon for them, and now will never be diagnosed properly. Not, of course, that that puts doctors off, far from it. Nineteenth-century mad doctors in Britain and America said Lear’s case was...
  • Theodore Dalrymple: Pope Rosie? Pray for Us

    05/20/2007 12:35:09 PM PDT · by TFFKAMM · 12 replies · 975+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 5/20/07 | Theodore Dalrymple
    As entertainment becomes omnipresent, more people look to celebrities for moral and political guidance. THE CULT OF CELEBRITY is not new, but it is increasing in its scope and effect. At one time, people wanted simply to gawp at the famous, and possibly dress like them. Now, many take their moral and political opinions from them. For example, most young people's view of Africa, insofar as they have one at all, probably derives more from the pronouncements of Bono, U2's lead singer, than from any other source of knowledge about the Dark Continent. As it happens, Bono has boned up...
  • Gillray’s Ungloomy Morality

    05/17/2007 8:39:38 AM PDT · by dighton · 6 replies · 810+ views
    City Journal ^ | Winter, 2002 | Theodore Dalrymple
    Those who admire and wish to propagate the bourgeois virtues—prudence, thrift, industry, honesty, moderation, politeness, self-restraint, and so forth—are sometimes haunted by an uncomfortable question: how would the world be if, as is not very likely, everyone were to adopt these virtues as his own? Would not the world be a duller (though of course a much better ordered) place—a kind of giant Lucerne or Vevey? It is surely not a coincidence that the iconography of hell is so much more vivid and interesting than that of heaven, a location that induces a deadly boredom even as one strains to...
  • There Is No God but Politics

    05/01/2007 8:06:43 AM PDT · by ventanax5 · 7 replies · 587+ views
    In my youth (in which I include my early adulthood), I read a lot of philosophy. In those days, I picked up books of metaphysics with an excitement that I cannot now recapture, and that completely mystifies me, indeed seems to me faintly ridiculous. I still cannot quite make up my mind, however, whether or not I wasted my time. After all, I was a medical student, not someone training to be an intellectual. I doubt that philosophy made me a better person, let alone a better doctor, but I suppose it is possible that it made me a better...
  • The British Way of Murder

    04/10/2007 7:39:19 AM PDT · by RKV · 29 replies · 1,593+ views
    City Journal ^ | 9 April 2007 | Theodore Dalrymple
    Britain is experiencing a spate of murders that suggests a population increasingly unable, or unwilling, to control itself. A recent survey suggested that the British are now more prone to knife-fights than any other people in Europe. Guns have also become fashionable, despite—or is it because of?—stringent laws against them. An emblematic recent murder was that of Krystal Hart, a pregnant 22 year-old, shot with two bullets in the head and then found in her apartment in an up-and-coming part of London, which she shared with her mother. As with any widely publicized murder in Britain these days, an outpouring...
  • Modern Predestination - The dangerous notion that misconduct is genetic

    02/08/2007 4:09:57 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies · 462+ views
    City Journal ^ | 6 February 2007 | Theodore Dalrymple
    How do bad ideas spread and enter the general stock of received wisdom? One culprit is sloppy or uncritical newspaper reporting. For example, a recent small item on the front page of the Sunday Times, the largest-selling serious Sunday newspaper in Britain, insinuated something both false and dangerous to believe. The headline ran: WANT A FIGHT? SCIENTISTS SAY IT’S ALL IN YOUR GENES. The story begins: “Scientists have discovered an answer to one of the most intractable squabbles in family life—argumentative children are born and not made.” According to the article, new research has found antisocial traits to be inherited...
  • On Evil

    01/01/2007 9:10:09 AM PST · by ventanax5 · 113 replies · 1,746+ views
    I have long been preoccupied by the problem of evil. Not being a philosopher, I have no satisfactory explanation of evil to offer, nor even, indeed, a satisfactory definition of it. For me, evil is rather like poetry was for Doctor Johnson: easier to say what it isn’t than what it is. All I know for certain is that there’s a lot of it about - evil, I mean, not poetry. Why? Is the heart of man irredeemably evil, or at any rate inclined to evil? What are the conditions in which evil may flourish? My medical practice, admittedly of...
  • Theodore Dalrymple: The gift of language -

    11/16/2006 10:10:33 AM PST · by UnklGene · 18 replies · 930+ views
    City-Jpurnal ^ | Autumn, 2006 | Theodore Dalrymple
    The Gift of Language - Theodore Dalrymple No, Dr. Pinker, it’s not just from nature.Now that I’ve retired early from medical practice in a slum hospital and the prison next door, my former colleagues sometimes ask me, not without a trace of anxiety, whether I think that I made the right choice or whether I miss my previous life. They are good friends and fine men, but it is only human nature not to wish unalloyed happiness to one who has chosen a path that diverges, even slightly, from one’s own. Fortunately, I do miss some aspects of my work:...
  • Of Mailer and Murder

    11/27/2006 4:48:20 PM PST · by ventanax5 · 11 replies · 636+ views
    On a recent visit to New Zealand, I happened across a book that I had long intended to read, In the Belly of the Beast, by Jack Henry Abbott. (Before the advent of the Internet, which equalised world prices, New Zealand used to be the best place in the English-speaking world for second-hand books.) The name probably faintly rings a bell. He was a career criminal, and had spent the vast majority of his life in penal institutions of one kind or another. At the time he first wrote to Norman Mailer, he was serving a sentence of up to...
  • Theodore Dalrymple: The Frivolity of Evil -

    11/25/2006 6:16:59 PM PST · by UnklGene · 15 replies · 2,092+ views
    City Journal ^ | Autumn - 2004 | Theodore Dalrymple
    Theodore Dalrymple: The Frivolity of Evil - 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...
  • As alternatives to the NHS are considered...Dalrymple thinks Zairean Model -

    11/19/2006 12:43:42 PM PST · by UnklGene · 4 replies · 531+ views
    Social Affairs Unit ^ | May 5, 2006 | Theodore Dalrymple
    As alternatives to the NHS are considered, which model of healthcare will Britain adopt? The French, the Swiss, the German or the American? Theodore Dalrymple thinks it might well be the Zairean - Theodore Dalrymple May 3, 2006 The Zairean model of healthcare as pioneered by Marshal Mobutu Sese Seko is gradually being adopted in Britain - or so argues Theodore Dalrymple. This model is a simple one - the rulers receive the best healthcare money can buy, the mass of the populace get an aspirin if they are lucky. In Britain, the mass of the populace will do rather...
  • Veiled Threat - Why it may be important to see a woman's face

    11/07/2006 5:01:33 PM PST · by neverdem · 18 replies · 1,729+ views
    National Review via The Manhattan Institute ^ | November 20, 2006 | THEODORE DALRYMPLE
    Not long ago in the hospital in which I once worked, a young male nurse was asked by the administration to remove the ironmongery with which he had recently adorned his face and ears. He was outraged by this assault on his inalienable right to mutilate himself in any way that he chose, which he believed to be narrow-minded. He was, after all, the owner of his face and ears in fee simple; they were his to dispose of as he saw fit. As it happens, he was a decent and dedicated young man, albeit one with the bad taste...
  • More Likely To Be Served A Molotov Cocktail Than Champagne In France Today

    11/06/2006 1:32:39 PM PST · by WmShirerAdmirer · 22 replies · 979+ views
    The Barbarians at the Gates of Paris at City Journal.org ^ | November 6, 2006 | Theodore Dalrymple (article author)
    "Their hatred of official France manifests itself in many ways that scar everything around them. Young men risk life and limb to adorn the most inaccessible surfaces of concrete with graffiti—BAISE LA POLICE, f--k the police, being the favorite theme. The iconography of the cités is that of uncompromising hatred and aggression: a burned-out and destroyed community-meeting place in the Les Tarterets project, for example, has a picture of a science-fiction humanoid, his fist clenched as if to spring at the person who looks at him, while to his right is an admiring portrait of a huge slavering pit bull,...
  • Cultural suicide by Europe and the Democrats (long)

    11/03/2006 7:57:08 AM PST · by Jakarta ex-pat · 26 replies · 914+ views
    renewamerica.us ^ | 3/11/06 | Fred Hutchinson
    This essay asks two questions: Are Europeans in the throes of passive cultural and political suicide as they ignore the threat of fanatical Muslims in their communities? And if so, have the leaders of the Democratic Party in America joined the Europeans in sleepwalking towards a precipice? My main source for answering the first question is a book review titled Suicide of the West, by Theodore Dalrymple which appeared in the Clairmont Review of Books, Fall 2006. Dalrymple reviewed three books in pursuit of his theme of the "Suicide of the West" — namely, Why the Continent's Crisis is America's...
  • Dalrymple on Decadence, Europe, America and Islam

    09/18/2006 9:19:28 PM PDT · by neverdem · 22 replies · 1,203+ views
    The Brussels Journal ^ | 2006-09-16 | Paul Belien
    Published on The Brussels Journal (http://www.brusselsjournal.com) Dalrymple on Decadence, Europe, America and Islam By Paul Belien Created 2006-09-16 23:50 An interview with Theodore DalrympleAnthony Daniels is a 57-year old recently retired psychiatrist. He began his career in Africa and worked for many years as a hospital and prison doctor in Birmingham before he moved to the South of France in 2005. Using the pen name Theodore Dalrymple he writes about the collapse of Western civilization in Europe, analyzing the social pathologies of our time. When he chose his pen name, he says, he opted for a name that would evoke...
  • Britain has been left a poisonous legacy

    09/15/2006 2:34:52 PM PDT · by neverdem · 4 replies · 479+ views
    Globe and Mail via The Manhattan Institute ^ | September 13, 2006 | THEODORE DALRYMPLE
    One of the longest-running soap operas in Britain is that of the supposed mutual antagonism of Tony Blair, the Prime Minister, and Gordon Brown, the Chancellor of the Exchequer. As is traditionally the case, one of these office-holders lives at No. 10, and the other at No. 11 Downing Street. Mr. Brown is said to want to swap No. 11 for No. 10, but Mr. Blair is said to be determined to stop him from doing so. Now it looks as if Mr. Brown is about to triumph. It is not unknown for next-door neighbours to exhibit hostility toward one...
  • Vox Populi - Were Britons unreasonable to refuse to fly with Muslims?

    08/24/2006 1:14:35 PM PDT · by neverdem · 40 replies · 1,764+ views
    City Journal ^ | 24 August 2006 | Theodore Dalrymple
    British passengers on a flight from Malaga to Manchester did a little impromptu terrorist profiling recently. Some already on the aircraft got off, while those waiting to get on refused to do so, until the flight crew removed from the plane two apparently South Asian young men who seemed to be talking Arabic. The press has widely condemned the action of the skittish passengers. After all, the two young men had gone through searches like everybody else. Besides, there are many Muslims and very few suicide bombers. The passengers would no doubt have argued—rightly—that security services have not always been...
  • The Terrorists Among Us

    08/20/2006 2:06:52 PM PDT · by neverdem · 6 replies · 1,078+ views
    City Journal ^ | Summer 2006 | Theodore Dalrymple
    While I was on a visit to Toronto recently, police arrested 17 men, the oldest of them 43 but most much younger, on charges of plotting a terrorist attack. They wished, apparently, to blow up the parliament in Ottawa and publicly behead the prime minister. Cops caught them in the process of buying three times as much material for explosives as Timothy McVeigh used in the Oklahoma City bombing. Reporting the arrests, the New York Times called the men “South Asians”—though one of them was an Egyptian, two were Somali, and most had been born in Canada—thus concealing by an...
  • Real Crime, Fake Justice (England)

    08/19/2006 3:05:06 AM PDT · by dirtboy · 26 replies · 727+ views
    City Journal ^ | Theodore Dalrymple
    For the last 40 years, government policy in Britain, de facto if not always de jure, has been to render the British population virtually defenseless against criminals and criminality. Almost alone of British government policies, this one has been supremely effective: no Briton nowadays goes many hours without wondering how to avoid being victimized by a criminal intent on theft, burglary, or violence. An unholy alliance between politicians and bureaucrats who want to keep prison costs to a minimum, and liberal intellectuals who pretend to see in crime a natural and understandable response to social injustice, which it would be...
  • A Little Social Experiment - On a London street, “social” housing encourages antisocial egotism.

    08/12/2006 10:49:40 PM PDT · by neverdem · 11 replies · 1,061+ views
    City Journal ^ | 10 August 2006 | Theodore Dalrymple
    On a London street, “social” housing encourages antisocial egotism. An interesting experiment took place on the London street where I have an apartment. A few years ago, the borough council permitted a developer to build six apartment complexes across from my building, on the condition that he reserve three of them for “social”—what Americans would call public—housing. The architecture of the buildings, while deeply undistinguished, is far from the worst of the genre and certainly does not suffer from the gigantism that was once the vogue. The street remains leafy, and edges on a fashionable area. A two-bedroom apartment in...
  • Theodore Dalrymple - Subsidized Stupidity (the BBC)

    08/01/2006 4:33:13 PM PDT · by UnklGene · 10 replies · 486+ views
    City-Journel ^ | July 21, 2006 | Theodore Dalrymple
    Theodore Dalrymple - Subsidized Stupidity Rather than elevate the culture, the BBC degrades it—at public expense. 21 July 2006 For a license to receive television broadcasts in their homes, British households must pay an annual fee of about $200 (soon to rise), which subsidizes the once famous but now increasingly infamous BBC. This broadcasting system exemplifies two of the guiding principles of contemporary British public life: the active promotion of vulgarity and the shameless looting of the public purse. Conservative Party head David Cameron recently sat down for an interview on the BBC with Jonathan Ross, whom the organization values...
  • Failure of Intelligence - If stupid hurt, we’d all be in a world of pain. Well, ow.

    07/07/2006 1:09:12 PM PDT · by neverdem · 10 replies · 733+ views
    National Review Online ^ | July 07, 2006 | Denis Boyles
    July 07, 2006, 7:46 a.m. Failure of IntelligenceIf stupid hurt, we’d all be in a world of pain. Well, ow. By Denis Boyles Surely, after Christmas, the July 4th weekend must be the Internet equivalent of August in Paris. Nobody’s around but us tourists. So you may have missed the results of a poll published in the Daily Telegraph last weekend showing “Most Britons see America as a cruel, vulgar, arrogant society, riven by class and racism, crime-ridden, obsessed with money and led by an incompetent hypocrite.” Such is the fury of an ex-, I suppose, but it’s good...
  • Vanishing Decencies

    06/01/2006 12:07:57 PM PDT · by untenured · 9 replies · 1,277+ views
    City Journal ^ | Spring, 2006 | Theodore Dalrymple
    Strolling with my dog down the road in the village in North Wales where I have been staying for the last month, I passed a small boy aged about six, dressed in a green school uniform, who was walking on the top of a stone wall, his hands outstretched to form airplane wings. His mother was behind him, watching. “That’s a nice little dog,” he said in a strong Welsh accent. “Yes, he is,” I replied. “My dog’s black and white and a little smaller than yours,” he said. “What’s he called?” I asked. “Jack,” he said, and laughed, returning...
  • Theodore Dalrymple: From stiff upper lip to clenched jaw -

    05/14/2006 11:56:10 AM PDT · by UnklGene · 10 replies · 504+ views
    The Australian ^ | May 6, 2006 | Theodore Dalrymple
    Theodore Dalrymple: From stiff upper lip to clenched jaws - Youthful embrace of human rights is destroying British dignity and decorum May 06, 2006 WHAT a human catastrophe is the doctrine of human rights! Not only does it give officialdom an excuse to insinuate itself into the fabric of our lives but it has a profoundly corrupting effect on youth, who have been indoctrinated into believing that until such rights were granted (or is it discovered?) there was no freedom. Worse still, it persuades each young person that they are uniquely precious, which is to say more precious than anyone...
  • Theodore Dalrymple: Growing up British - The sordid is all too typical

    04/30/2006 3:47:06 PM PDT · by UnklGene · 5 replies · 727+ views
    City - Journal ^ | April 28, 2006 | Theodore Dalrymple
    Theodore Dalrymple: Growing Up British - The sordid is all too typical. 28 April 2006 Not long ago, a defense lawyer asked me to prepare a medical report on a young woman, aged 18, who had nastily assaulted an elderly relative, with whom she was living. She had been drunk at the time, and in fact was already an alcoholic of some six years’ standing. She told me that when she and her friends were 12, they would ask adults to buy alcohol for them, since they could not legally buy it themselves. Apparently, many of the adults they asked...
  • Theodore Dalrymple: It's this bad - -

    04/22/2006 11:30:48 AM PDT · by UnklGene · 9 replies · 713+ views
    City - Journal ^ | Theodore Dalrymple
    It’s This Bad - Theodore Dalrymple Returning briefly to England from France for a speaking engagement, I bought three of the major dailies to catch up on the latest developments in my native land. The impression they gave was of a country in the grip of a thoroughgoing moral frivolity. In a strange inversion of proper priorities, important matters are taken lightly and trivial ones taken seriously. This is not the charming or uplifting frivolity of Feydeau’s farces or Oscar Wilde’s comedies; it is the frivolity of real decadence, bespeaking a profound failure of nerve bound to have disastrous consequences...
  • It’s This Bad [Outsanding from Dalrymple on England's descent into liberal hell]

    04/19/2006 5:32:55 PM PDT · by Uncledave · 85 replies · 2,303+ views
    City Journal ^ | 4/18/2006 | Theodore Dalrymple
    It’s This Bad: Theodore Dalrymple Returning briefly to England from France for a speaking engagement, I bought three of the major dailies to catch up on the latest developments in my native land. The impression they gave was of a country in the grip of a thoroughgoing moral frivolity. In a strange inversion of proper priorities, important matters are taken lightly and trivial ones taken seriously. This is not the charming or uplifting frivolity of Feydeau’s farces or Oscar Wilde’s comedies; it is the frivolity of real decadence, bespeaking a profound failure of nerve bound to have disastrous consequences for...
  • Minding Our Manners - Egalitarianism’s assault on class aims to make us all equally rude.

    04/06/2006 4:45:12 PM PDT · by neverdem · 19 replies · 615+ views
    The American Conservative ^ | April 10, 2006 | Theodore Dalrymple
    My parents had conflicting views about the nature and origin of good manners. My father took the Romantic view that they were the expression of man’s natural goodness of heart and that they therefore emerged spontaneously—that is, if they emerged at all. If they didn’t, it was because of the social injustice that inhibited or destroyed natural goodness. My mother took the classical view that good manners were a matter of discipline, training, and habit and that goodness of heart would, at least to an extent, follow in their wake. The older I grow, the more decisively I take my...
  • When Islam Breaks Down

    04/02/2006 12:53:12 PM PDT · by KDD · 42 replies · 3,093+ views
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2004 | Theodore Dalrymple
    My first contact with Islam was in Afghanistan. I had been through Iran overland to get there, but it was in the days of the Shah’s White Revolution, which had given rights to women and had secularized society (with the aid of a little detention, without trial, and torture). In my naive, historicist way, I assumed that secularization was an irreversible process, like the breaking of eggs: that once people had seen the glory of life without compulsory obeisance to the men of God, they would never turn back to them as the sole guides to their lives and politics....
  • The striking idiocy of youth: French students should go back to class to learn some economics

    03/30/2006 5:05:03 AM PST · by billorites · 22 replies · 688+ views
    Times of London ^ | March 30, 2006 | Theodore Dalrymple
    THE SIGHT OF MILLIONS of Frenchmen, predominantly young, demonstrating in deep sympathy and solidarity with themselves, is one that will cause amusement and satisfaction on the English side of the Channel. Everyone enjoys the troubles of his neighbours. And at least our public service strikers just stay away from work, and spend the day peacefully performing the rites of their religion, DIY, and not making a terrible nuisance of themselves. In fact, many of them are probably less of a public nuisance if they stay at home than if they go to work. Of course, demonstrating in huge numbers is...
  • Viva Voltaire

    02/14/2006 2:45:05 AM PST · by Tom D. · 18 replies · 841+ views
    City Journal ^ | February 10, 2006 | Theodore Dalrymple
    Viva VoltaireIn the cartoon controversy, it’s the French who’ve been courageous, the Americans and British spineless. 10 February 2006 This time, the French have put the British and Americans to shame. From the outset of the crisis over the Danish caricatures, they have vigorously defended the right of free expression, unlike the British and Americans, whose pretence that they “understand” Muslim outrage has fooled no one and given the fanatics the (correct) impression of weakness and lack of conviction—and thus encouraged them. Two French satirical weeklies with Voltairean aplomb, Le Canard Enchaîné and Charlie Hebdo, have published a series of...
  • Theodore Dalrymple: Unenlightened -

    02/13/2006 2:44:46 PM PST · by UnklGene · 9 replies · 492+ views
    National Review ^ | February 27, 2005 | Theodore Dalrymple
    Unenlightened - As extremist Muslims react to the Danish cartoons, the Enlightenment doesn’t look so bad, huh? THEODORE DALRYMPLE Where do you get a Danish flag to burn when you live in Damascus or Karachi? I am not sure that I would find it easy to come by one, and I live in France, a fellow member of the European Union. In fact, I don’t think I could even find a French flag to burn in the streets of my nearest town (though I confess that I am not an experienced flag-burner). Moreover, Damascus is not the kind of place...
  • It’s time to get serious

    02/10/2006 5:52:56 AM PST · by mal · 14 replies · 618+ views
    When the Taleban blew up the ancient statues of Buddha in Afghanistan, there were no spontaneous or state-sponsored demonstrations in the Islamic world demanding that the feelings of Buddhists should be spared. Furthermore, the cartoonists and commentators of the Middle East have never been sparing with their insults of other people or of other people’s beliefs. In Egypt, one of the more tolerant of Middle Eastern countries, The Protocols of the Elders of Zion is available everywhere on the streets, often with accompanying caricatures straight out of Der Sturmer. My copy of The Protocols was printed and published in Kuwait,...
  • No Beheadings, Please, We’re British.

    02/08/2006 8:42:19 PM PST · by neverdem · 13 replies · 711+ views
    City Journal ^ | 6 February 2006 | Theodore Dalrymple
    City JournalNo Beheadings, Please, We’re British.Appeasing Muslim extremists means surrendering Western liberties.Theodore Dalrymple 6 February 2006 The weekend edition of Le Monde carried on its front page a startling photograph of a masked protester in London, holding up a placard demanding the death of those who insult Islam. Policemen flanked him on either side, as if protecting him from the vicious assaults of cartoonists. Nothing could have captured better the cowardly and pusillanimous response of the British government to the crisis deliberately stirred up in many Muslim countries four months after the publication in a Danish newspaper of 12...
  • Theodore Dalrymple: "No beheading, please, we're British." (Appeasing Muslim extremists)

    02/08/2006 11:43:52 AM PST · by UnklGene · 18 replies · 1,643+ views
    City - Journal ^ | February 6, 2006 | Theodore Dalrymple
    "No Beheadings, Please, We’re British." Appeasing Muslim extremists means surrendering Western liberties. 6 February 2006 The weekend edition of Le Monde carried on its front page a startling photograph of a masked protester in London, holding up a placard demanding the death of those who insult Islam. Policemen flanked him on either side, as if protecting him from the vicious assaults of cartoonists. Nothing could have captured better the cowardly and pusillanimous response of the British government to the crisis deliberately stirred up in many Muslim countries four months after the publication in a Danish newspaper of 12 cartoons depicting...
  • Is Old Europe Doomed?

    02/06/2006 6:06:42 PM PST · by Roy Tucker · 5 replies · 285+ views
    Cato Unbound ^ | 6 February, 2006 | Theodore Dalrymple
    The late Professor Joad, a popularizer of philosophy rather than a philosopher in the true sense, used to preface his answer to any question by saying, "It depends on what you mean by…"—in this case, "doomed." The word "doomed" implies an ineluctable destiny, against which, presumably, it is vain for men to struggle. And this in turn implies a whole, contestable philosophy of history. Historical determinism has two sources: first the apparent ability of historians, who of course have the benefit of hindsight, to explain any and all historical events with a fair degree of plausibility, even if their explanations...
  • Is “Old Europe” Doomed?

    02/06/2006 3:42:31 AM PST · by billorites · 33 replies · 1,544+ views
    Cato Institute ^ | February 6, 2006 | Theodore Dalrymple
    The late Professor Joad, a popularizer of philosophy rather than a philosopher in the true sense, used to preface his answer to any question by saying, "It depends on what you mean by…"—in this case, "doomed." The word "doomed" implies an ineluctable destiny, against which, presumably, it is vain for men to struggle. And this in turn implies a whole, contestable philosophy of history. Historical determinism has two sources: first the apparent ability of historians, who of course have the benefit of hindsight, to explain any and all historical events with a fair degree of plausibility, even if their explanations...
  • Theodore Dalrymple: France's New Serfdom -

    01/30/2006 3:02:47 PM PST · by UnklGene · 9 replies · 596+ views
    City-Journal ^ | January 30, 2006 | Theodore Dalrymple
    France’s New Serfdom - Aprčs statism, le déluge? 30 January 2006 (After statism, the flood) Whenever the French government tries, however tentatively, reluctantly, or feebly, to reform the vast state sector that is fast bankrupting the country, it immediately meets with strikes and demonstrations that cause it to retreat in disarray. The strikers and demonstrators are defending their often grotesque privileges, such as heavily subsidized vacations, restaurants, electricity, and train rides; short working hours (the employees of the suburban trains of Paris work 28 hours per week, for example); early retirement at 85 percent of final salary; and the right...
  • A Prophetic and Violent Masterpiece

    01/17/2006 5:27:46 PM PST · by skandalon · 16 replies · 440+ views
    City Journal ^ | Winter 2006 | Theodore Dalrymple
    When, as a medical student, I emerged from the cinema having watched Stanley Kubrick’s controversial film of A Clockwork Orange, I was astonished and horrified to see a group of young men outside dressed up as droogs, the story’s adolescent thugs who delighted in what they called “ultra-violence.” The film had been controversial in Britain; its detractors, who wanted it banned, charged that it glamorized and thereby promoted violence. The young men dressed as droogs seemed to confirm the charge, though of course it is one thing to imitate a form of dress and quite another to imitate behavior. Still,...
  • The Frivolity of Evil

    01/14/2006 5:32:44 PM PST · by UnklGene · 31 replies · 888+ views
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2004 | Theodore Dalrymple
    Oh, to be in England - The Frivolity of Evil - 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...
  • Most murderers just need to get a life

    01/13/2006 9:46:54 PM PST · by tbird5 · 11 replies · 543+ views
    The Australian ^ | January 14, 2006 | Theodore Dalrymple
    WHEN one has prepared a number of reports on murderers, both for the prosecution and for the defence, one begins to discern certain patterns. Of course, it is possible that these patterns are not real, or rather are the consequence of the selection of cases that are sent for report. For example, there is one rather startling group of murderers who kill with a single, fatal stab to a vital organ of their beloved, from which one might be inclined to conclude that this group is anatomically and physiologically well informed: until, that is, one realises that reports are seldom...
  • Strange Hero-Worship (George Best)

    12/14/2005 11:05:36 AM PST · by neverdem · 12 replies · 723+ views
    City Journal ^ | 6 December 2005 | Theodore Dalrymple
    The death of a dissolute soccer star sends England into a frenzy of ersatz grief. The death from alcoholism at 59 of a famous soccer player has proved that the mass hysteria that followed Princess Diana’s demise was by no means an aberration in British life but rather a permanent feature of it. Born into a working-class Northern Irish Protestant family, George Best was possibly one of the most talented soccer players ever. Slight in build, he was extremely handsome and once had considerable charm. He played for Manchester United and sometimes was called the fifth Beatle. Unfortunately, his abilities...
  • 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...