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.

Cultural Caviar

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

Afternoon Delight

Christopher Hitchens

Some Questions

Apr 13 2014

Some questions are asked in a spirit of inquiry, to obtain answers, but others are asked to intimidate or badger or coerce agreement with a

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Young Theodore Roosevelt

A More Sinister Equality

Apr 06 2014

Patriotic effusions, whosever they may be, seldom please citizens of other nations, because they are generally so self-congratulatory; and self-congratulation, which is no doubt an

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Bile in the Blogosphere

Mar 30 2014

Nothing is important or unimportant, but thinking makes it so. Nevertheless, other people's priorities infuriate us: We think them fools for worrying over trifles, while

Afternoon Delight

Entertainment Surfeit Disorder

Mar 23 2014

The only time I regret not being much richer than I am is when I receive through the post (as I did yesterday) the catalogue

Bravery Hurts

The Difference Between Firmness and Cruelty

Mar 16 2014

A story that appeared recently in Libération, the left-wing French newspaper in financial difficulty, seemed to me to capture the spirit of our times very

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Oscar Pistorius

A Freak Show Called Generosity

Mar 08 2014

Legless South African Olympic runner Oscar Pistorius is now on trial for having killed"€”deliberately or otherwise"€”his girlfriend. Although I have my own theory of the


Mezhyhirya, Ukraine

The Wisdom of a Ukrainian Plumber

Mar 02 2014

Just before the current troubles in Ukraine began, we called a plumber to our rented flat in Paris, which smelled of mold at the time.

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Nowhere to Hide

Feb 23 2014

People who were charged with a crime in England used to be told by the police that they did not have to say anything, but

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Who Will Hire the Hangman?

Feb 16 2014

Why should the dying have all the best deaths? Fatal illness is not the only form of terrible human suffering: on the contrary, the briefest

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Lord Cromer

The Folly of Liberal Imperialism

Feb 09 2014

When, half an eternity ago, I was a small boy who collected stamps, I was very favorably disposed toward King Farouk. I noticed that Egyptian

Crime and Punishment

Unjust Crimes and Unjust Executions

Feb 02 2014

Apart from pulp novels, airport bookshops often have an eccentric selection of books. A few years ago, for example, in the bookshop in the airport


Musée de l

Museum of the Living Dead

Jan 26 2014

It took me two attempts to visit the Musée de l"€™histoire vivante"€”the Museum of Living History"€”in Montreuil, in the suburbs of Paris. The first time,


Hillary Clinton

Triumph of the Mediocre

Jan 19 2014

Hillary Clinton, so we are told, kept a spreadsheet devoted to her enemies, whom she rated on a scale of her own devising. I can"€™t

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King Juan Carlos of Spain

Euthanasia Without Discrimination

Jan 12 2014

The temper of the times is often revealed by small details in newspapers, and that is why (I tell myself) I still read them, though


The Street Keynesians

Jan 05 2014

According to a poll carried out by the Figaro newspaper, only 17% of the French believe that 2014 will be a good year, but in


Speaking Bureaucratically

Dec 29 2013

My late friend, the distinguished economist Peter Bauer, used to say that the only true unemployment in the modern world was among satirists, for the


Michelle Bachelet

Man’s Eternal Struggle for Self-Importance

Dec 22 2013

Chile is one of many faraway countries of which I know nothing, but I was intrigued to read in the French press of its recent

Looking Back

South Africa’s Dubious Liberation

Dec 15 2013

The unctuous pseudo-grief in the West after Nelson Mandela's death at the good age of 95 was to me nauseating in the extreme; it was


Notes of a Bibliomaniac

Dec 08 2013

I think I suffer from the only behavioral disorder that does not appear in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of the American Psychiatric Association. This

Heart of Darkness

A Maoist Madeleine Moment

Dec 01 2013

I suppose everyone has his madeleine moment"€”that experience, sensory or otherwise, that awakens in him a long train of memories. Actually, the longer one lives


Park Hill Estate, Sheffield, England

Some to Misery Are Born

Nov 24 2013

Every night and every morn Some to misery are born, Every morn and every night Some are born to sweet delight. The first couplet of