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  • 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...
  • Orwell’s “Catalonia” revisited (The George Orwell Most Forget)

    02/05/2007 6:20:39 AM PST · by shrinkermd · 27 replies · 1,285+ views
    The New Criterion ^ | February 2007 | Anthony Daniels
    Dr. Daniels begins predictably witht this: ...Why should Orwell be so desired and desirable, in short so unanswerable, an ally? He is a secular saint, over whose relics everyone squabbles. There are good reasons for this, no doubt. In his essay, Why I Write, published in 1946, Orwell disarmingly tells us that all writers are to some extent egotistical: they desire to seem clever, to be talked about and admired, and to be remembered after their death.... But finally Dr. Daniels points this out: ...But by far the worst aspect of Homage to Catalonia is its strong advocacy of totalitarianism....
  • 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,...
  • 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 ^ | 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 ^ | 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 ( 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • All or Nothing(Islam)

    06/05/2006 8:05:04 AM PDT · by kellynla · 7 replies · 757+ views
    City-Journal ^ | 4 June 2006 | Theodore Dalrymple
    The week following the Muslim protests in London against the Danish cartoons—with marchers carrying signs calling for the beheading of infidels—other Muslims demonstrated to claim that Islam really meant peace and tolerance. While their implicit recognition that peace and tolerance are preferable to strife and bigotry did these Muslims personal honor, the claim regarding Islam was both historically and intellectually preposterous. Only someone ignorant of the most elementary facts could believe such a thing. From the first, Islam was a religion of pillage, violence, and compulsion, which it justified and glorified. And it is certainly not “the evident truth of...
  • 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....
  • Viva Voltaire

    02/14/2006 2:45:05 AM PST · by Tom D. · 19 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 - Après 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...
  • 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...
  • 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 Suicide Bombers Among Us

    11/06/2005 10:20:03 PM PST · by Huntress · 13 replies · 911+ views ^ | 11/3/05 | Theodore Dalrymple
    All terrorists, presumably, know the dangers that they run, accepting them as an occupational hazard; given Man’s psychological makeup—or at least the psychological makeup of certain young men—these dangers may act as an attraction, not a deterrent. But only a few terrorists use their own deaths as an integral means of terrorizing others. They seem to be a breed apart, with whom the rest of humanity can have little or nothing in common. Certainly they sow panic more effectively than other terrorists. Those who leave bombs in public places and then depart, despicable as they are, presumably still have attachments...
  • 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...
  • How the French riot

    11/03/2005 2:34:49 PM PST · by 1066AD · 52 replies · 4,001+ views
    The Spectator (UK) ^ | 11/03/2005 | Theodore Dalrymplw
    Thursday 03 November 2005 How the French riot Theodore Dalrymple Les Vans, Ardèche For a patriot like me, it is a great consolation to know that other societies are undergoing precisely the kind of decomposition, if a little more slowly and with slightly more resistance to it, in which we so clearly lead the world. This reassures me that, eventually, nowhere will be better than Britain, and then I will be able once again, like George III, to rejoice in the name of Briton. In France, for example, it was not many years ago that people with tattoos were infrequently...
  • The Expense of Spirit (A lesbian’s sperm donor is hoist with his own petard.)

    10/28/2005 6:07:22 PM PDT · by neverdem · 131 replies · 2,624+ views
    City Journal ^ | 25 October 2005 | Theodore Dalrymple
    We can usually sympathize with one or another party to a dispute: one is usually more in the right—or less in the wrong—than the other. But with the breakdown of accepted conventions, it increasingly happens that neither side arouses our sympathies. Take a recent case in Sweden, where a lesbian couple wished to have children. An understanding and liberal-minded male friend agreed to donate his sperm, and three children were born to one of the two women between 1992 and 1996. But then relations between the two women deteriorated, and they split up. The mother of the children found herself...
  • The Meaning of Beheading

    10/14/2005 3:27:04 PM PDT · by neverdem · 17 replies · 2,643+ views
    National Review ^ | October 24, 2005 | Theodore Dalrymple
    All too sad to explain In the days when murderers in Britain could still be executed by hanging, the Home Office used to receive five unsolicited applications a week for the position of hangman (not even the most rigidly doctrinal feminist has ever demanded that we use the word hangperson). The desire to kill one’s fellow beings in the pursuit of a good cause, in this case the preservation of law and order and the prevention of murder, is therefore quite widespread, even under the most civilized conditions. There is no doubt that a good execution has its attractions. Once...
  • 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 · 19 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...
  • Choosing To Fail(Old article, but valid for these times of Islamic violence)

    07/28/2005 10:53:56 AM PDT · by CarrotAndStick · 16 replies · 587+ views
    City Journal (England) ^ | 10-01-2000 | Theodore Dalrymple
    The children of immigrants from the Indian subcontinent make up a quarter of all British medical students, 12 times their proportion in the general population. They are likewise overrepresented in the law, science, and economics faculties of our universities. Among the Indian immigrants who arrived in the country with next to nothing, moreover, there are now reportedly some thousands of millionaires. Despite its reputation for being ossified and class-ridden, then, Britain is still a country in which social mobility is possible—provided, of course, that a belief that Britain is an ossified and class-ridden society doesn't completely stifle personal effort. It...
  • Theodore Dalrymple : An Imaginary “Scandal” (Droll. For lirerary types only.)

    05/31/2005 2:44:12 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 18 replies · 632+ views
    The New Criterion ^ | May 2005 | Theodore Dalrymple
    If a prisoner walks into my consulting room in the prison with a stick, he’s a sex offender; if he has gold front teeth, he’s a drug dealer; and if he’s reading Wittgenstein, he’s in for fraud: for it is virtually a law of our penal establishments that fraud and philosophy are what literary theorists like to call metonymic. When you work in a prison as I do, white-collar criminals come as something of a light relief. At last someone with whom you can have a disinterested, abstract intellectual conversation! No more talk about alcoholic mothers, brutal stepfathers, and terrible...
  • Interview with Dr. Theodore Dalrymple

    04/11/2005 6:22:22 AM PDT · by bmweezer · 1 replies · 246+ views
    the ^ | April 11, 2005 | Bernard Chapin
    Interview with Dr. Theodore Dalrymple Posted April 11, 2005 Dr. Theodore Dalrymple is one of the few writers who excels in practically every endeavor attempted and never descends into mediocrity, regardless of his subject matter. Along with being an established writer, he is also a psychiatrist. Currently, he is a Contributing Editor for City Journal where he generally writes a couple of essays per quarterly issue, one is entitled, “Oh, to be in England”. Dr. Dalrymple is a frequent contributor to The New Criterion as well. He writes for a variety of publications including The Spectator and the Daily Telegraph....
  • Theodorw Dalrymple: Wrong from Head to Toe - A ridiculous and ominous decision in Britain

    04/08/2005 10:44:33 AM PDT · by quidnunc · 9 replies · 673+ views
    National Review ^ | March 28, 2005 | Theodore Dalrymple
    In the long annals of judicial stupidity, there can rarely have been a more idiotic judgment than that recently given by Lord Justice Brooke of the British Court of Appeal. It reads like the suicide note not of a country alone, but of an entire civilization. A young Muslim girl, Shabina Begum, who attended a state school in Luton, England, four-fifths of whose pupils were Muslim, started a legal battle when she was 13 to be allowed the jilbab, a form of dress that leaves only her face and hands exposed. She was almost certainly put up to this by...
  • 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...
  • Britain: The Sob Factor – Quiet grief and private dignity are now things of the past.

    11/11/2004 5:51:24 PM PST · by quidnunc · 12 replies · 699+ views
    City Journal ^ | November 11, 2004 | Theodore Dalrymple
    Three British soldiers, members of a famous regiment called the Black Watch, died recently in a car-bomb explosion in Iraq—the first British soldiers to perish this way in the terror-plagued country. For a few days, the British press and broadcasting media treated the event as if nothing else in the world mattered. The reaction was little short of hysterical, no doubt to the encouragement and pleasure of future car-bombers. As is now usual whenever tragedy strikes, the press and broadcasters went straight to the relatives of the victims and asked them what they felt. Quiet grief and private dignity have...
  • 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...
  • Theodore Dalrymple: Multiculturalism Starts Losing Its Luster

    07/18/2004 12:34:33 PM PDT · by quidnunc · 14 replies · 952+ views
    City Journal ^ | Summer 2004 | Theodore Dalrymple
    Multiculturalism rests on the supposition—or better, the dishonest pretense—that all cultures are equal and that no fundamental conflict can arise between the customs, mores, and philosophical outlooks of two different cultures. The multiculturalist preaches that, in an age of mass migration, society can (and should) be a kind of salad bowl, a receptacle for wonderful exotic ingredients from around the world, the more the better, each bringing its special flavor to the cultural mix. For the salad to be delicious, no ingredient should predominate and impose its flavor on the others. Even as a culinary metaphor, this view is wrong:...