Theodore Dalrymple

Theodore Dalrymple

Theodore Dalrymple is an author and retired doctor who has written for many publications round the world, including the Spectator (London), the Wall Street Journal (New York) and The Australian (Sydney). He writes a monthly column in New English Review and is contributing editor of the City Journal of New York. His latest book is Admirable Evasions: How Psychology Undermines Morality, Encounter Books.

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Jean-Claude Duvalier

The Despot Within

Oct 12 2014

The late Jean-Claude Duvalier, better known as Baby Doc, played only a small part in my life. I arrived in Haiti for the first time

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Grandma’s Arsenal

Oct 05 2014

I used to think that no one would ever again smell like my grandmother: that is to say, of naphthalene mothballs. She had them even


The Eyesores That Unite Us

Sep 28 2014

Some years ago, in a flash of inspiration while in Istanbul, I had an idea of a kind that occurs to me infrequently: I thought

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Imperial Do-Gooding

Sep 21 2014

Efes beer, the Turkish lager, was the nearest until recently that I had come to Ephesus, unless you count St. Paul's Epistle to the Ephesians,

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Small Vices

Sep 14 2014

The other day I behaved badly for once: not very badly (I should hardly have confessed to that), but still worse than I like to think that I


Paris, France

The Free, the Just, and the Ugly

Sep 07 2014

Returning recently to France from Germany, where I had given a talk on the ideological roots of ugliness (which might seem to some a rather


The Money of Fools

Aug 31 2014

People often claim to have cultivated their inner child as if this were a good thing to have done. They are proud of it, in

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Indulging in Destruction

Aug 24 2014

I slept through the only riot I was ever sent to cover as a reporter. Having traveled a long way I was very tired, and

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Out of Step With the World

Aug 17 2014

We all, I suppose, live in a tiny world of our own construction, whose size and character depends upon what interests us. I realized the

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A Fail-Safe Investment

Aug 10 2014

"€œAre you ready for life changes?"€ the advertisement that came through the Internet asked me. In general, the answer is "€œNo, I am not ready."€

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The Triumph of the Trivial

Aug 03 2014

Recently I gave evidence in a tragic case in which a young man died whose life might have been saved if only the doctors had


Warning: May Cause Lawsuits

Jul 27 2014

The brother-in-law of a friend of mine died recently. He was 76, a good age considering his lifestyle. He had spent many years from morning


Roulette to Riches

Jul 20 2014

Whether it is more painful to be justly than unjustly accused is a difficult question to answer: sometimes I think the one, sometimes the other.


Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria

When Noblesse Obliged

Jul 13 2014

Among the many ways of dividing humanity into two is to slice between those who love, and those who detest, questions that are intrinsically unanswerable.

Crime and Punishment

Life Through Fisheyes

Jul 06 2014

A single death, said Stalin, is a tragedy; a million deaths are a statistic. We know, alas, precisely what he meant by this cynical remark:


A Miasma of Untruth

Jun 29 2014

Those who irritate us and give us grounds for righteous indignation are our secret benefactors, for there are few states of mind more gratifying than


Liberty, Equality, Regrettably

Jun 22 2014

For a number of years I used to write a weekly column in the British Medical Journal about medicine and literature. The field, of course,

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Slobbery as Snobbery

Jun 15 2014

Walking through Amsterdam recently, a paradox that I had long noticed in an inchoate way formulated itself clearly in my mind. It was this: A


Vicodin Ingestion Syndrome

Jun 08 2014

A major epidemic in America, which seems to me to have received rather less publicity than its scale would warrant, is the dramatic increase in

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Mahamadou Issoufou

When Eggheads Go Sour

Jun 01 2014

Recently I read an interview with the President of Niger, the francophone country to the north of Nigeria, about Boko Haram, the Islamist group that

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The Sporting Lie

May 25 2014

In my youth, hard though it is for me to recall it now, I was quite good at sport. I could never have become better than quite good at it, however, because

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Boko Haram and the Indelible West

May 18 2014

When I arrived in the city of Maiduguri nearly thirty years ago, everyone was away at the public executions. It was a ghost town until


Piketty’s Garden of Envy

May 11 2014

Resentment is the one emotion that can last a lifetime and will never let you down. All other emotions are fleeting and unreliable by comparison.


Justo Rufino Barrios

From Sir, With Love

May 04 2014

Everyone loves a tyrant, provided he is far enough away or long enough ago. Tyrants are much more interesting than so-called democratic politicians, especially nowadays,

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St. Tropez. France

Creatures of a Day

Apr 27 2014

Yesterday a young woman who was unknown to me except at third hand died. She was the friend of a friend of my wife. Considering

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The Gross Domestic Pissants

Apr 20 2014

A small item in one of those free newspapers that end up on the seats of the world's subway systems caught my attention yesterday. It was