Here are the Blogs in the Theodore Dalrymple
Wednesday, 23 December 2009
There are few sights more melancholy than that of uncompleted buildings on which all work has stopped. Such buildings conjure up the spectre of a civilization that has collapsed even before it flourished.
Since everything in Dubai is on the most expansive scale – the largest, the swankiest, the ...Read More...
Posted on 12/23/2009 9:40 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Wednesday, 16 December 2009
Le Corbusier was to architecture what Pol Pot was to social reform. In one sense, he had less excuse for his activities than Pol Pot: for unlike the Cambodian, he possessed great talent, even genius. Unfortunately, he turned his gifts to destructive ends, and it is no coincidence that he willingly served ...Read More...
Posted on 12/16/2009 2:52 PM by Theodore Dalrymple
Saturday, 5 December 2009
Honesty has many enemies, and sentimentality is one of them. It has invaded our courts.
In the trial of the Liverpool and England footballer Steven Gerrard, the Scottish ex-footballer and ex-manager Kenny Dalglish testified that the accused was a humble man who had remained true to his roots. Well, ...Read More...
Posted on 12/05/2009 2:39 PM by Theodore Dalrymple
Sunday, 8 November 2009
Irrationality, without which life cannot be lived, is profoundly irritating, especially in others. It is at its worst when those who are guilty of it try to sue those who, like Simon Singh, try to expose it. Singh was sued by the British Chiropractic Association after he wrote a book debunking ...Read More...
Posted on 11/08/2009 8:29 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Thursday, 5 November 2009
One of the most extraordinary episodes in the intellectual history of the twentieth century—if, indeed, something that lasted half a century or more can properly be called an episode—is the moral and sometimes material support given by much of the western intelligentsia to the Soviet tyranny, ...Read More...
Posted on 11/05/2009 9:42 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Friday, 23 October 2009
Leanne Shepherd and Lucy Jarrett, both 32, are close friends. They work as police officers, but on different shifts. For a long time, they babysat for each other, an arrangement that suited them perfectly and enabled them to continue their careers. The authorities recently told them, however, that their ...Read More...
Posted on 10/23/2009 9:40 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Monday, 19 October 2009
Posted on 10/19/2009 8:08 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Friday, 2 October 2009
A single case sometimes shines a lurid light on an entire country, and the case of Fiona Pilkington does just that for contemporary Britain—both its population and its officialdom. A coroner’s inquest was recently held in the case, two years after the events in question.
On October 23, ...Read More...
Posted on 10/02/2009 7:51 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Sunday, 20 September 2009
Whenever a government minister offers the British people increased choice within a monopoly public service such as the NHS, he acts as if he were an absolute monarch who, from the sheer goodness of his heart, was conferring an inestimable benefit upon the ignorant and impoverished peasantry. He forgets ...Read More...
Posted on 09/20/2009 1:55 PM by Theodore Dalrymple
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
A few comments:
1) No favors need be done Saudi Arabia -- none. Saudi Arabia sells oil to whomever pays the market price. End of story. There is no more need to do any favors for Saudi Arabia, or for the Al-Saud family, than there would be to offer the man who owns the gas ...Read More...
Posted on 08/25/2009 10:12 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 16 August 2009
The government, apparently, is thinking of installing closed circuit television cameras in the homes of the 20,000 worst behaved families, or rather households, in Britain, so that they are under surveillance twenty-four hours a day.
I have a better idea, in fact a far better idea: instead of the 20,000 ...Read More...
Posted on 08/16/2009 11:38 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Saturday, 15 August 2009
Posted on 08/15/2009 10:18 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald
Sunday, 9 August 2009
In the last few years, I have had the opportunity to compare the human and veterinary health services of Great Britain, and on the whole it is better to be a dog.
As a British dog, you get to choose (through an intermediary, I admit) your veterinarian. If you don’t like him, you can pick ...Read More...
Posted on 08/09/2009 8:04 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Wednesday, 29 July 2009
If there is a right to health care, someone has the duty to provide it. Inevitably, that “someone” is the government. Concrete benefits in pursuance of abstract rights, however, can be provided by the government only by constant coercion.
People sometimes argue in favor of a universal human ...Read More...
Posted on 07/29/2009 2:49 PM by Theodore Dalrymple
Saturday, 18 July 2009
From Fatwa to Jihad: The Rushdie Affair and Its Legacy, by Kenan Malik (Atlantic Books, $39.95)
What is the cause of Islamic fundamentalism and Islamist violence, and why do a few people become suicide bombers? These are the urgent questions that Kenan Malik, a respected and intelligent British journalist ...Read More...
Posted on 07/18/2009 8:15 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Tuesday, 30 June 2009
I must be one of the few people in the western world who would not recognize a song by Michael Jackson. No doubt I have heard one or several of his songs, pumped inescapably into a public place like poison gas, but I have spent a number of decades reducing my exposure to this kind of thing to an absolute ...Read More...
Posted on 06/30/2009 12:19 PM by Theodore Dalrymple
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Though I admire decorum, I love scandal. And who does not? To assuage my slight feelings of guilt over such prurience, I persuade myself that my preferred scandals are those that raise complex moral questions, or that illustrate something important about modern society.
The scandal over the Oxford ...Read More...
Posted on 06/17/2009 12:51 PM by Theodore Dalrymple
Wednesday, 3 June 2009
On Saturday, June 6, Responsible for Equality And Liberty (R.E.A.L.) will be holding a counterprotest in Washington DC which has now MOVED to be near the Israel Embassy from 12 Noon to 3 PM. Our counterprotest will be to those organizations that have a history of supporting Islamic supremacism ...Read More...
Posted on 06/03/2009 8:00 PM by Rebecca Bynum
Tuesday, 19 May 2009
I might be wrong, of course, but I suspect that one could walk down a crowded street for quite a long time before one came across anybody who had heard of Walter Bagehot. This is sufficient to establish that brilliance, energy, enterprise and erudition are not enough by themselves to secure a lasting ...Read More...
Posted on 05/19/2009 7:29 PM by Theodore Dalrymple
Friday, 8 May 2009
Vulgarity is one of those many qualities that it is easier to discern than to define; suffice it to say that there is a lot of it about, perhaps more than ever. At any rate, I notice it more, and it seems to me ever more extreme: a sign, no doubt, of advancing age.
In his essay-length book Vulgarity ...Read More...
Posted on 05/08/2009 7:41 AM by Theodore Dalrymple