Here are the Blogs in the Theodore Dalrymple category.
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Monday, 21 August 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Even before reading it, I knew in outline what the article in the June 8 New England Journal of Medicine would say. This could be seen from its title: “Heath Effects of Dramatic Societal Events—Ramifications of the Recent Presidential Election.” Still, I was taken aback ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/21/2017 5:15 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Wednesday, 9 August 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple The rule of law is not at all the same thing as the rule of laws, or the preeminence of law in our lives; indeed, they are almost opposite, insofar as one of the objects of the rule of law is to make the legally permissible and impermissible knowable to the citizen in advance. ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/09/2017 5:06 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 31 July 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Is it better to live in false hope than in no hope at all? It depends, of course, and varies from case to case; but it is possible that the false hope of a miracle cure given to the parents of Charlie Gard, the English baby with a rare genetic disease, will embitter them ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/31/2017 7:07 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Saturday, 29 July 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Simone Veil, the French politician most responsible for the passage of the law to legalise medical termination of pregnancy in France, died recently at the age of 87 in what I would be tempted to call, if France were not so militantly secular a country, the odour of sanctity. ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/29/2017 7:30 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 10 July 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple There is a strange dialectic at work in Western society, or so it seems to me, between political apathy on the one hand and political rage on the other. In the recent French elections, for example, the rate of abstentions was the highest ever seen, more than half in the ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/10/2017 5:32 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 9 July 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple  The demagogic statement by the Shadow Chancellor, Mr McDonnell, that the residents of Grenfell Tower were murdered by political decisions, is proof  that he is unfit for public office. It was a grossly inflammatory, as well as erroneous, thing to say; no doubt he would ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/09/2017 7:00 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 7 July 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple As Mr Bumble famously remarked, the law is an ass, the law is an idiot: especially, it seems, when the judges sit in the European Court of Justice. They have just issued a judgment that is an open invitation to fraud on a mass scale and that, if taken seriously, could bring ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/07/2017 2:10 PM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 6 July 2017
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blog preview image Will France and Britain compete to become the world’s greatest exporters of millionaires? by Theodore Dalrymple According to an article in the Journal du Dimanche, France is the largest exporter of millionaires in the world. Over the last decade, it has consigned 60,000 of them to other countries ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/06/2017 5:16 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 2 July 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Ideological obsessions manifest themselves nowadays in all the nooks and crannies of intellectual life. The other day, for example, I received an antiquarian book catalogue through the post and enclosed was a bookmark advertising book fairs taking place in the near future. The ...Read More...
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Posted on 07/02/2017 7:21 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 26 June 2017
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blog preview image The reductio ad Hitlerum: a refuge of tired minds by Theodore Dalrymple A specter haunts Europe—this time, not that of Communism, as the opening lines of The Communist Manifesto famously assert, but that of Adolf Hitler. Nearly three-quarters of a century after Hitler’s death, the mere mention ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/26/2017 7:31 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 25 June 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple It is a commonplace that Switzerland is the only real democracy in the world: that is to say, the only country in the world where the people control the government in more than a nominal and intermittent fashion, and can call it to account at any time, on any subject, at ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/25/2017 10:54 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Saturday, 24 June 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Darren Osborne, suspect in the Finsbury mosque attack Perhaps the only surprising thing about the attack on the Muslim congregation outside the Finsbury Park mosque in London is that it took so long to happen. For six years, until 2003, the mosque was the base of the ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/24/2017 5:04 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 23 June 2017
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blog preview image Abuse of power led to the terrible fire in London. by Theodore Dalrymple The disastrous fire in Grenfell Tower, a tower block of public housing in London, in which at least 30 and possibly many more people were killed could not have come at a better time for Jeremy Corbyn, the leader of the ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/23/2017 5:10 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 16 June 2017
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blog preview image Theresa May’s political incompetence carries a high price. by Theodore Dalrymple Theresa May has proved an apt pupil of the David Cameron school of political incompetence. Lacking principle, she is not even good at being unprincipled: a Machiavellian, it turns out, minus the cunning. It ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/16/2017 5:25 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 15 June 2017
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blog preview image Educational expenditures must increase, we’re told, though we know the problem lies elsewhere. by Theodore Dalrymple Walking in the main shopping street of my little town in England recently, I was accosted by a canvasser for the local Labour Party candidate in the snap election. (The Conservatives ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/15/2017 5:23 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Wednesday, 14 June 2017
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blog preview image The default response to terrorist atrocities remains unchanged. by Theodore Dalrymple After an atrocity, public figures are faced with a dilemma. To say nothing would look like heartlessness or indifference, but whatever they do say is almost certain to seem inadequate, shallow, and clichéd. ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/14/2017 4:55 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 12 June 2017
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blog preview image Once something is a right, someone has to pay for it. by Theodore Dalrymple Standing at a bus stop in Paris recently, I noticed an advertisement for Médecins du Monde, Doctors of the World, a charity similar to the more famous Médecins Sans Frontières. “Liberty, equality, health,” it proclaimed: ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/12/2017 5:07 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Wednesday, 7 June 2017
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blog preview image Westerners must wake up to the danger in our midst. by Theodore Dalrymple The Manchester suicide bomber, Salman Abedi, was the son of Libyan refugees to Britain. It has yet to be established whether he acted on his own or in concert with others, though it seems likely that, at the very least, ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/07/2017 4:53 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 6 June 2017
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blog preview image Even the arrests after each attack give comfort to the enemy, which can act with impunity even if known. by Theodore Dalrymple The only man I ever met whose ambition was to be a suicide bomber was an inmate at the British prison where I worked as a doctor in the 1990s and 2000s. He was a career ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/06/2017 8:11 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 5 June 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple In politics, there are no final victories and no lessons that are learned for good: error, like hope, springs eternal. Moreover, what counts as error for some may be wisdom, or at least temporary advantage, for others. There is no catastrophe, political or economic, from ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/05/2017 5:24 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 2 June 2017
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blog preview image Why do intellectuals fall in love with dictators and totalitarians? by Theodore Dalrymple From Benito Mussolini to Hugo Chavez: Intellectuals and a Century of Political Hero Worship, by Paul Hollander (Cambridge University Press, 338 pp., $29.97) Imprisoned serial killers of women are often ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/02/2017 6:53 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 1 June 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Just over twenty years ago I published a short, fictional self-justification of a serial killer. Shortly thereafter, Ian Brady (who died recently as one of the most unlamented men in the world) published his autobiography. I was asked to review it by the Sunday Telegraph. I ...Read More...
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Posted on 06/01/2017 8:57 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Wednesday, 31 May 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple It doesn’t take a concerted cyber-attack for Britain’s National Health Service to cancel operations: a neighbor, an 86-year-old lady, has so far been called to the hospital three times to have her hip replaced, only for the operation to be postponed at the last moment each ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/31/2017 12:22 PM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 21 May 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple A few years ago, I was taken to lunch in a grand New York club by some very rich men. They gave me the benefit of their opinion on Britain’s rigid class system. They appeared not to notice that, at that very moment, they were being served by a flurry of obsequious men, whose ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/21/2017 5:26 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 18 May 2017
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blog preview image Yes, they have their vices, but where it counts – from public transport to tourism – they’re pretty much superior by Theodore Dalrymple The French election, of unprecedented interest, hazard and potential for violence, has been largely about who is to blame. Blame for what, exactly? For the ...Read More...
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Posted on 05/18/2017 4:53 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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