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  • Theodore Dalrymple: Well, Would You Give the Wicked Bank its Money Back?

    04/28/2004 6:20:31 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 10 replies · 102+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | April 29, 2004 | Theodore Dalrymple
    A cash dispenser (such as the one in the village of Wooler in Northumberland) gives you twice as much as you asked for and is recorded on your receipt. What do you do? Do you meekly hand in the money to the bank next day, or do you come back for more as soon as possible? And do you tell all your friends to make hay while the sun shines? Needless to say, all Telegraph readers would not take advantage of the bank, because of their deep and fundamental commitment to honesty. But what would the readers of other, lesser...
  • After Empire

    04/14/2003 9:44:32 PM PDT · by Hobsonphile · 6 replies · 224+ views
    City Journal ^ | Spring 2003 | Theodore Dalrymple
    As soon as I qualified as a doctor, I went to Rhodesia, which was to transform itself into Zimbabwe five years or so later. In the next decade, I worked and traveled a great deal in Africa and couldn’t help but reflect upon such matters as the clash of cultures, the legacy of colonialism, and the practical effects of good intentions unadulterated by any grasp of reality. I gradually came to the conclusion that the rich and powerful can indeed have an effect upon the poor and powerless—perhaps can even remake them—but not necessarily (in fact, necessarily not) in the...
  • After Empire Imperialists can change their subjects, but not in any way they choose.

    06/09/2003 10:20:45 AM PDT · by 68skylark · 7 replies · 230+ views
    OpinionJournal.com ^ | June 9, 2003 | BY THEODORE DALRYMPLE
    As soon as I qualified as a doctor, I went to Rhodesia, which was to transform itself into Zimbabwe five years or so later. In the next decade, I worked and traveled a great deal in Africa and couldn't help but reflect upon such matters as the clash of cultures, the legacy of colonialism, and the practical effects of good intentions unadulterated by any grasp of reality. I gradually came to the conclusion that the rich and powerful can indeed have an effect upon the poor and powerless--perhaps can even remake them--but not necessarily (in fact, necessarily not) in the...
  • When Islam Breaks Down (Long but interesting)

    04/12/2004 4:00:16 AM PDT · by jalisco555 · 43 replies · 362+ 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 Case for Cannibalism (Why Not If Everything Is Permissible For Consenting Adults?)

    01/05/2004 3:08:32 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 89 replies · 483+ views
    City Journal ^ | 5 January 2004 | Theodore Dalrymple (British Psychiatrist)
    According to the psychiatrist, Heinrich Wilmer, the German cannibal Armin Meiwes, who killed Bernd Brandes and then ate at least 44 pounds of his flesh, is suffering from “emotional problems.” We might say the same, I suppose, of Brandes, who answered Meiwes’s Internet advertisement for “a young, well-built man who wants to be eaten”—though his problems are now past curing. Brandes also had a slightly offbeat sense of humor. On discovering that both he and Meiwes were smokers, he reportedly said, “Good, smoked meat lasts longer.” The case raises interesting questions of principle, even for those who take the thoroughly...
  • Barbarians at the Gates of Paris

    03/18/2003 4:19:43 PM PST · by Lorianne · 16 replies · 423+ views
    City Journal ^ | Autumn 2002 | Theodore Dalrymple
    The average visitor gives not a moment’s thought to these Cités of Darkness as he speeds from the airport to the City of Light. But they are huge and important—and what the visitor would find there, if he bothered to go, would terrify him. A kind of anti-society has grown up in them—a population that derives the meaning of its life from the hatred it bears for the other, “official,” society in France. This alienation, this gulf of mistrust—greater than any I have encountered anywhere else in the world, including in the black townships of South Africa during the apartheid...
  • What is wrong with Libertarianism.

    08/01/2002 3:27:45 PM PDT · by Tomalak · 196 replies · 4,066+ views
    Conservative Commentary ^ | 28 July 2002 | Peter Cuthbertson
    Thought for the day If you believe in a truly libertarian society, your only way to success is in working to build a society based upon traditional morality, shame and chastity. Contradictory? Actually, no. Given a little examination, it turns out to be rather obvious; almost self-evidently true. If you want to live in a country where every man supports himself rather than looking to the taxpayer, where crime is rare and so massive police powers, ID cards and DNA databases are superfluous, you will not do so on the back of the destructive policies of social liberalism. Libertarians traditionally...