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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Thoughts and Prayers

Dec 22 2018

A young British woman called Grace Millane was making her way round the world after graduation from university when she was murdered in New Zealand.

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Tyranny Is Timeless

Dec 15 2018

I seldom give advice, the taste of others being so very different from my own, but I strongly advise anyone who is in London before

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Theresa May

The Merits of Nepotism and Boasting

Dec 08 2018

There was once a medical student of my acquaintance who consistently scored lower marks on multiple-choice examination papers than could have been expected by chance,

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A Regime of Bread and Circuses

Dec 01 2018

Supermarkets are undoubtedly convenient, but convenience and a large choice of cheap comestibles is far from being the highest human good. Supermarkets destroy the small

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The Dangers of Appeasement

Nov 24 2018

With that almost infallible instinct for making the wrong decision possessed by the British government, headed by nullity-made-flesh Theresa May, Britain has refused the request

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Witchcraft: The Selfie of the Soul

Nov 17 2018

Like practically everyone else, I look at my phone or turn on my computer as soon as I wake to find out what has happened

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Lose Yourself

Nov 10 2018

For a number of years I have been fighting a lonely one-man (or should I say one-person?) battle against self-esteem—not my own, of course, because

Apocalypse Now

The End Is Near?

Nov 03 2018

When I was a boy, there were men, mainly quite old and apparently with nothing else to do, who walked up and down the prominent

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Bad Form

Oct 27 2018

My bank is large and I am small: Perhaps that is why it feels entitled to write to me so impertinently. I received a letter

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Parthenoffspring of Interest

Oct 20 2018

The continued thoughtless use of the word person continues to puzzle me. Who was the Per whose son gave his name to every member of


Frankfurt, Germany

Eyesores Galore

Oct 13 2018

Nearly three quarters of a century after his death, Hitler’s shadow continues to fall across Europe. Any dissent from any modern orthodoxy, no matter how

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The Era of Emotional Kitsch

Oct 06 2018

We live, as perhaps we always have lived, in curious times. On the one hand, we have never been as sensitive to what people say


A Figure of Speech

Sep 29 2018

I don’t much care for Mr. Donald Trump as a person. He strikes me as vain, vulgar, blustering, boastful, shameless, and fundamentally uninteresting except as

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The Rwandan Model

Sep 22 2018

A few years before the genocide, I traveled through Rwanda. It struck me then as having been, by African standards, a very well-organized country. You

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Children of the Mob

Sep 15 2018

It was a beautiful day in Paris for a demonstration, brilliantly sunny and not too hot, and the crowds were out: obviously bourgeois, prosperous, well-behaved,

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Ariana Grande

The Incessant Pendulum Swing

Sep 08 2018

The case of Ariana Grande and the bishop who was a little too familiar with her reminded me of my adolescence. In those far-off days,

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Unfit to a T

Sep 01 2018

Sitting in two airports last week, in Paris and Riga, it suddenly occurred to me that I had not seen a single person who was

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From Vegeterianism to Gluten-phobia

Aug 25 2018

In France, a country of meat eaters, there has recently been a spate of attacks on butcher shops by militant vegans. They have smashed the

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Bad Form

Aug 18 2018

A distinguished former colleague of mine—all my former colleagues are distinguished, ex officio so to speak—received an e-mail from someone in the administration who called

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The Fraudulent Fräulein (and Friend of Freud)

Aug 11 2018

From time to time I would meet the late Professor Michael Shepherd for a drink. He was a most distinguished researcher in the psychiatric field,

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Beyond Translation

Aug 04 2018

The key to a successful career in any modern bureaucracy, it seems to me, is the mastery of and willingness to use a certain kind


Milking the System

Jul 28 2018

Last week I was invited by internet to sign a petition asking the British prime minister, Mrs. May, not to snatch free milk from the


Remembrance of Vulgarities Past

Jul 21 2018

We flatter ourselves that our lives are as continuous and coherent as a film, and that we can display any part of it on our


Cobbe portrait of William Shakespeare

All the World on Stage

Jul 14 2018

Henceforth, apparently, the major theaters of Dublin are, as a matter of principle, to commission at least half their new plays from women. At least


Turgenev by Repin

A Measure of Greatness

Jul 07 2018

This year is the bicentenary of the birth of Karl Marx, and on the whole the commentary that it has evoked has obeyed the injunction


Street-Corner Semantics

Jun 30 2018

The cover of this week’s British Medical Journal is emblazoned with the words “Sex workers risk prosecution under UK law if they carry more than