Here are the Blogs in the Theodore Dalrymple category.
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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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Thursday, 19 October 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple A friend of mine, an academic researcher in what at least 99.9 per cent of the population would find an arcane area of human knowledge, recently brought to my attention the form he was obliged to sign in order for a particular learned journal (owned by a publishing conglomerate) ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/19/2017 5:43 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 17 October 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Some words in the press are used not only for purposes of shorthand but also as Pavlovian bells to get the ideological saliva running. They have only to be printed or uttered for thought to cease, and since thought is often painful and poses the danger of arriving at unwanted ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/17/2017 6:08 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 15 October 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Montaigne: A Life by Philippe Desan translated by Steven Rendall and Lisa Neal Princeton, 832 pages, $39.95 When faced with a biography that could as well stop a door as fill a shelf, one’s first question is always, “Does the subject merit this exhaustive treatment?” ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/15/2017 4:56 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Monday, 9 October 2017
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blog preview image Saudi Arabia gives women license to drive. by Theodore Dalrymple I happened to be near the Saudi border, in a small country in the Gulf, when the historic announcement was made that women would henceforth be issued drivers’ licenses in Saudi Arabia. The friends with whom I had been staying, ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/09/2017 7:43 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 8 October 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Some people think that life can or ought to be lived as an open book, with nothing hidden and nothing left unsaid. This is certainly not my opinion, and it was not Shakespeare’s either, and he knew a thing or two about psychology, despite never having studied it at university ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/08/2017 5:41 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 5 October 2017
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blog preview image We’ll never find satisfying explanations for Stephen Paddock’s evil, though it is human nature to try. by Theodore Dalrymple When someone kills 59 people at random and injures more than 500 (presumably with the intent to kill them), it is only natural to ask why he did it. But what answer ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/05/2017 7:01 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Wednesday, 4 October 2017
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blog preview image On learning English from the North Koreans by Theodore Dalrymple Many people were surprised when the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-Un, called Donald Trump a “mentally deranged dotard.” Not by his insulting tone, of course, but by his use of the word dotard, which is not exactly in current ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/04/2017 7:50 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Sunday, 1 October 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple You would not normally expect pointed social commentary in cartoon form in the Bahraini English-language daily newspaper, but I was pleasantly surprised to find precisely such a cartoon when, on a recent visit to that small kingdom, I opened the newspaper (the Gulf Daily ...Read More...
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Posted on 10/01/2017 7:22 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Saturday, 30 September 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Kwame Nkrumah, the first president of independent Ghana, was known to have said, “Seek ye first the political kingdom.” Nkrumah sought and found it, and within a few years his formerly prospering country was bankrupt, obliged to spend several decades trying to recover from ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/30/2017 7:58 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 21 September 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple At Nîmes station, you pay 80 centimes to go to the lavatory (it recently went up from 70 centimes). What do you get for your money? The facilities have recently been refurbished. There is now an automated entrance machine, into which you pay your fee: though the supervising ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/21/2017 4:51 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 14 September 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Recently invited to Canada to give a paper at a conference, I had to apply for a travel document on-line. When it came to gender (not sex, of course), I was given a choice of three possibilities: male, female or unspecified. I was outraged. Only three? Surely, if there ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/14/2017 7:39 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Tuesday, 12 September 2017
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blog preview image Those who say they feel shut out of Parisian life might be shutting themselves out. by Theodore Dalrymple Some weeks ago, an article in Le Monde, the French newspaper of record, caught my attention and has remained with me ever since. Its title was “Paris ‘inaccessible’ for the suburban young.” ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/12/2017 5:18 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 7 September 2017
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blog preview image What paintings from Lenin’s Russia and Depression America tell us about turbulent times by Theodore Dalrymple Had it not been for the cataclysmic First World War, Vladimir Illich Ulyanov, a.k.a. Lenin, would have remained as he should have remained: an obscure, exiled scribbler of dull, intolerant, ...Read More...
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Posted on 09/07/2017 7:25 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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Thursday, 24 August 2017
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blog preview image by Theodore Dalrymple Recently, Amsterdam’s city council forbade the use of the locution “Ladies and Gentlemen” within its halls and precincts. This was not in the interests of strict accuracy: Many women, after all, are not ladies, and many men are not gentlemen. Rather, it was to avoid upsetting ...Read More...
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Posted on 08/24/2017 6:58 AM by Theodore Dalrymple
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