Here are the Blogs in the Theodore Dalrymple category.
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Saturday, 17 February 2018
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blog preview image President Macron faces major questions regarding French secularism. by Theodore Dalrymple Asked once whether he believed in God, French president Emmanuel Macron replied, “That’s a real question, a complex question. I undoubtedly believe in a transcendence. I am not sure any more that I believe ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/17/2018 7:32 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 15 February 2018
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blog preview image Parole is unfair and unworkable. Let’s abolish it by Theodore Dalrymple The furore over the parole granted to John Worboys, the rapist taxi driver, misses the point entirely — that the system of parole is disgraceful in theory and irredeemably unworkable in practice. The only thing that it ...Read More...
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Posted on 02/15/2018 9:34 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Wednesday, 24 January 2018
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blog preview image A British government body addressing loneliness epitomizes bureaucratic overreach. by Theodore Dalrymple In the general Confession that begins the Anglican Church’s morning service are the following words: “We have left undone those things which we ought to have done; and we have done those ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/24/2018 6:48 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 22 January 2018
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Nothing is so foolish that some philosopher has not said it, and no idea has been so discredited that it has not continued to be touted. Intellectuals are particularly unsusceptible to refutation by experience, because they much prefer complex rationalisations to the patently ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/22/2018 7:05 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 16 January 2018
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple A minister of the Tsarist Russian regime once said that the paralytics of the government were locked in a struggle to the death with the paralytics of the revolution. The struggle, as we know, did not end well. In present-day Europe, there seems to be, if not a struggle, ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/16/2018 5:32 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Wednesday, 3 January 2018
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple I can’t say that I would be particularly pleased if my next-door neighbour affixed a large fibreglass great white shark apparently diving into his roof, but time lends charm to eccentricities and there is no doubt that the model shark that Mr Bill Heine affixed to the roof ...Read More...
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Posted on 01/03/2018 7:11 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Wednesday, 27 December 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Once when I was driving in Port Harcourt in Nigeria with my friend, Ken Saro-Wiwa (the writer who was later hanged by a military regime), we heard over the car radio an appeal for the owner of the naked man’s body on the side of one the main roads to come and collect it. ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/27/2017 7:35 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Saturday, 23 December 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalymple The musicology department of Copenhagen University is to offer a course on the music of Beyoncé. It would be fun, it said. I think it is probably true that most readers of the Review have limited knowledge of Beyoncé; but to judge by the number of entries on Google devoted ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/23/2017 6:57 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 22 December 2017
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blog preview image Doctors have long had a fascination with Mankind’s poet—and their inquiries have sometimes taken bizarre turns. by Theodore Dalrymple A man is seldom as innocently employed as in writing (or reading) Shakespearean criticism. The great essayist William Hazlitt remarked that such criticism is ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/22/2017 5:15 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 21 December 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Old age has had bad press on the whole, doubtless for good reasons. And yet it is not always a vale of tears and nothing else. To meet the sprightly old can be an inspiration. Recently, I have had the good fortune to meet two very old people whose continued pleasure in life ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/21/2017 4:07 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Wednesday, 20 December 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Important (for good or evil) as Brexit may be to the future of Britain, it is not without its importance for the European Union. Indeed, it was always essential for the Union that Britain’s departure should be an economic disaster for Britain: for if it were not, why have ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/20/2017 7:10 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 12 December 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple The first political leader of any consequence whom I ever met (and I have not met many since) was Ian Smith, Prime Minister of the pariah state of Rhodesia, as it was then still called. I was working as a young doctor in the country, in Bulawayo, and someone said to me at ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/12/2017 9:05 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 11 December 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalyrmple Robert Mugabe, Second President of Zimbabwe (1987-2017). Though I lived in Rhodesia (as it then was) for only seven months, and returned to Zimbabwe (as it had by then become) ten years later for only a couple of weeks, the country has occupied my thoughts since then intermittently ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/11/2017 7:12 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 5 December 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Not many literary festivals end in violence, but the Lewes Speakers’ Festival last weekend did so. About 100 protesters tried to prevent Katie Hopkins, the Daily Mail columnist, from speaking there about her autobiographical book, Rude, and succeeded. She left when the police ...Read More...
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Posted on 12/05/2017 8:26 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Wednesday, 29 November 2017
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blog preview image A BBC interview with two young single mothers takes for granted that society is to blame for their plight. by Theodore Dalrymple Recently, I had the painful experience of watching the BBC television evening news. I avoid television as much as possible, but I was in a friend’s house, and as ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/29/2017 8:55 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 23 November 2017
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blog preview image The transition from one dictator to another is met with false cheers from his court. by Theodore Dalrymple We need more often to be reminded than informed, said Doctor Johnson, and if anyone needed to be reminded of how fragile and temporary the exercise of power is, and how changeable are ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/23/2017 4:41 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Wednesday, 22 November 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple A cocktail party is an odd place, perhaps, to discuss the rule of law, but I have no small talk and neither had my interlocutor. Our views on this subject were, fortunately for the flow of conversation, somewhat at variance. My interlocutor asked me whether I believed ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/22/2017 6:08 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 19 November 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple If there were one word that we should expunge from the political lexicon, it would be “cowardly.” This is not because there are no acts or deeds to which it can rightly be applied, but because our politicians and officials have lost the ability to use it aptly. They fail ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/19/2017 4:20 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 5 November 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple There are many subjects on which decent people may disagree and some subjects on which a person may not entirely agree with himself, in so far as he can see both sides of an argument at the same time (assuming there to be only two sides, when often there are more). One ...Read More...
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Posted on 11/05/2017 5:06 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 29 October 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple The other week there was a town meeting at which our local Police and Crime Commissioner spoke. First he explained what he did in return for his £100,000 a year, though I cannot now remember what exactly it was. Did he commission crime? This is a very important role, for ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/29/2017 5:36 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 27 October 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple France’s Jean-Luc Mélenchon gives a speech in the European Parliament. Populism—the politics of resentment—is generally regarded as a right-wing phenomenon. Populists supposedly appeal to the lowest prejudices of the unintelligently disgruntled, such as unskilled workers ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/27/2017 5:52 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 26 October 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Waiting for a flight in Istanbul Airport recently, two policemen with a large black muzzled Alsatian dog walked by at a distance of perhaps twenty yards. ‘That dog is useless,’ said a Turk in his mid-twenties sitting next to me. He spoke excellent American-accented English; ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/26/2017 7:03 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 23 October 2017
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blog preview image The rat is an intelligent, flexible and determined creature, that is difficult to eliminate by Theodore Dalrymple A rat’s not called a rat for nothing, and — as we are repeatedly told — we are never very far from one. Certainly not in Paris, where I sit, which has seen a great increase in ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/23/2017 4:46 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Saturday, 21 October 2017
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blog preview image An acerbic Gallic take on Hillary Clinton’s book by Theodore Dalrymple The life of Man being but three score years and ten, nothing on earth would induce me to read Hillary Clinton’s memoir of her electoral defeat, short of an assurance that I had two millennia rather than only two years to ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/21/2017 9:42 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Friday, 20 October 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple I was recently consulted in the prison in which I work by an inmate who was the proud father of two children. I asked him whether he still saw them: continued contact with their biological offspring being something of a rarity among the imprisoned paternal community. Instead ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/20/2017 8:11 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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