Here are the Blogs in the Theodore Dalrymple
Sunday, 13 September 2015
Nothing is more tempting, or intellectually hazardous, than to draw broad conclusions from a single isolated case. Indeed, whole clusters of unusual incidents may mislead people into thinking that they represent a serious trend, when in fact they represent nothing more than the operation of chance in ...Read More...
Posted on 09/13/2015 5:39 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Thursday, 10 September 2015
A friend of mine, David Fraser, who is writing a book about our criminal justice system soon to be published, recently pointed out to me a startling, but by no means unusual, discrepancy in the statistics provided by the Orwellianly-renamed Ministry of Justice.
In the Criminal Justice Statistics ...Read More...
Posted on 09/10/2015 5:14 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Friday, 4 September 2015
Do politics come before economics, or economics before politics? The question is probably not susceptible to a definitive answer, but this doesn’t prevent us from wondering.
Recently, I saw Tunisian olive oil on the shelves of my local supermarket in France for the first time in more than ten years. ...Read More...
Posted on 09/04/2015 8:39 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Wednesday, 2 September 2015
A well-known religious figure is reported to have said: “For ye have the poor with you always.” This is even more the case if economic inequality persists (as the history of the world suggests it might) and poverty is defined in relative terms. The same well-known figure added, however, that “whensoever ...Read More...
Posted on 09/02/2015 6:05 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Friday, 28 August 2015
Perfection is not of this world, and indeed we have difficulty even in conceiving of what it could be. We suspect that it might be boring and therefore, paradoxically, imperfect. Our natures are contradictory; we desire incompatible things and pursue incompatible ends, often at the same time; and we ...Read More...
Posted on 08/28/2015 7:48 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Thursday, 27 August 2015
A recent article in the French newspaper Le Monde drew attention to an important difference between the French and the Germans. The French, said the author, think that the government spends other people’s money; the Germans think that the government spends their own money. This, if true, is important ...Read More...
Posted on 08/27/2015 5:29 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Tuesday, 25 August 2015
We all want to be treated in the best hospitals by the best doctors, but this is not possible so long as any difference in quality between them exists. The best hospitals and the best doctors cannot treat everybody. Moreover, it is much harder to tell which hospital and which doctor is the best than ...Read More...
Posted on 08/25/2015 7:51 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Thursday, 20 August 2015
If one used only the Guardian as a guide to reality, one would imagine that, where property rental was concerned, only landlords were dishonest and exploitative, never tenants. There are a score articles easily available on its website about the evils of landlords, but not one about the evils of tenants. ...Read More...
Posted on 08/20/2015 4:59 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Wednesday, 19 August 2015
Some climates are better, or at least more agreeable, than others. Furthermore, it is well known that extremes of temperature raise death rates considerably. It has been estimated, for example, that they increase by between 8.9 and 12 percent during heatwaves, and by 12.5 per cent during spells of exceptional ...Read More...
Posted on 08/19/2015 7:05 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Sunday, 16 August 2015
Being mortal, we are all under sentence of death, but the execution of the sentence is more imminent in some of us than in others. People who suffer from angina, for example, are aware that they could suffer a fatal heart attack at any time; and even if human beings can accommodate themselves to most ...Read More...
Posted on 08/16/2015 7:39 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Saturday, 15 August 2015
A science that hesitates to forget its founders is lost, said the great philosopher of science, Alfred North Whitehead: and yet it is worthwhile in the case of psychology (supposing psychology to be a science in Whitehead’s sense) to read the pretensions of our forebears. At the very least those pretensions ...Read More...
Posted on 08/15/2015 5:13 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Sunday, 9 August 2015
I try to avoid big cities these days, but they have their advantages. For example I went to Paris recently to the exhibition marking the 50th anniversary of Le Corbusier's death. It is said that one should keep one's friendships in good repair, but so it is with one enmities as well, and I can hardly ...Read More...
Posted on 08/09/2015 5:19 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Friday, 7 August 2015
Sometimes the employment of a single word in common use gives away an entire worldview. There was just such a usage in the headline of a story in the Guardian newspaper late last month: “How the ‘Pompey Lads’ fell into the hands of Isis.”
Pompey is the colloquial name for Portsmouth, the naval town ...Read More...
Posted on 08/07/2015 7:47 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Friday, 31 July 2015
Listening to and reading Prime Minister David Cameron’s recent speech about Islamic extremism in Britain, I realized why I could never be a practicing politician. Its mixture of good sense, half-truths, evasions, political correctness, and electioneering was anathema to me. It was the stock-in-trade ...Read More...
Posted on 07/31/2015 12:23 PM by Theodore Dalrymple
Wednesday, 29 July 2015
In my long-distant childhood phase of collecting stamps - it was after the dinosaur phase which I now rather regret did not last the rest of my life - I thought that French stamps were among the most beautiful that there were. They were always engraved, they were monochrome, and generally had as their ...Read More...
Posted on 07/29/2015 5:34 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Monday, 6 July 2015
Casting my eye idly over my bookshelves the other day, I picked out The Economic Consequences of the Peace by John Maynard Keynes, his internationally best-selling attack on the Treaty of Versailles, published immediately after his resignation from the British delegation to the Peace Conference in 1919. ...Read More...
Posted on 07/06/2015 5:40 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Saturday, 4 July 2015
The relationship between personal experience and public policy is not at all straightforward, and of no aspect of public policy is this more true than that of illegal immigration. In Europe, the question is daily put before us by newspapers, magazines, blogs, radio, and television, with dramatic pictures ...Read More...
Posted on 07/04/2015 8:50 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Wednesday, 1 July 2015
The attack on a tourist beach in Tunisia, which left 38 tourists dead, had a certain logic from the Leninist as well as from the Islamist point of view. The worse the better, said Lenin: the worse being the wretchedness of the condition in which people were forced to live, the better being the revolution ...Read More...
Posted on 07/01/2015 7:44 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Friday, 19 June 2015
In Winchester recently I was struck once again by the aesthetic incompetence - or is it vandalism? - of the Church of England. There is hardly a beautiful church in the country whose interior it has not wrecked or is not in the process of wrecking by its pursuit of false gods. If ever a Bolshevik government ...Read More...
Posted on 06/19/2015 5:43 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Friday, 12 June 2015
When my attention was drawn to an article by Jeet Heer in The New Republic about a supposed connection between post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and the so-called trigger warnings given to students on American campuses, I happened to be reading a short book called A Cadre School Life: Six Chapters, ...Read More...
Posted on 06/12/2015 7:50 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Wednesday, 10 June 2015
A friend of mine was a key prosecution witness in the trial of Victorino Chua, the nurse of Filipino origin at Stepping Hill Hospital in Stockport who has just been found guilty on two counts of murder and twenty-one counts of poisoning and attempted poisoning. I attended the trial for a day (not one ...Read More...
Posted on 06/10/2015 5:25 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Monday, 8 June 2015
Of the making of books there is no end; but seldom can there have been so appalling a spur to writing—or at least to dictating—a book as that felt by Tina Nash. She would never have sullied a page had her boyfriend Shane Jenkin not beaten and strangled her to unconsciousness and then gouged out her ...Read More...
Posted on 06/08/2015 7:34 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Thursday, 21 May 2015
I abominate smoking and I do not grow or sell tobacco, nor do I have any shares in tobacco companies. During my medical career, I discouraged (not very successfully, I fear) all my patients from smoking, using all the usual arguments.
Nevertheless I was startled by a figure in a recent article ...Read More...
Posted on 05/21/2015 5:21 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Tuesday, 19 May 2015
Perhaps this is the only true law of political economy: Memories are short and lessons are never learned. At any rate, I thought of it as soon as I saw a front page advertisement in the Irish Times, taken out by the Irish Civil Public and Services Union (CPSU).
It showed a woman, using her two hands ...Read More...
Posted on 05/19/2015 7:37 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
Thursday, 7 May 2015
General elections in modern democracies bore much of the population—perhaps most of it. They even seem to many a form of slow torture by means of constant and inescapable publicity and propaganda in favor of the nonentities who stand for public office. Nevertheless, it is dangerous to despise practical ...Read More...
Posted on 05/07/2015 7:22 AM by Theodore Dalrymple