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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Fitness for Execution

Apr 20 2019

In the days when there was still capital punishment in Britain, the prison doctor had to certify a man fit for execution before he could

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A Sorry State

Apr 13 2019

During a visit of the Spanish prime minister to Mexico, the president of that country wanted Spain to apologize for the abuses committed half a

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The Importance of a Dog

Apr 06 2019

How is it that one recognizes one’s mistakes only after one has made them? The other day I was mortified to spot a gross grammatical

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Let Them Be Fake

Mar 30 2019

I suppose that if I had to select a single figure as the preeminent intellectual influence of our time, it would have to be Marie

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Sándor Márai

God Bless Mediocrity

Mar 23 2019

I was in Hungary last week, so I thought that I should read Memoir of Hungary by Sándor Márai. Márai was a tragic figure. He

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Sergei Polunin

Pas de Duh

Mar 16 2019

I read The Guardian and The New York Times as a fat man jogs: I think it will do me good. Most of us read

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The Will to Belief

Mar 09 2019

There are lies, damned lies and statistics, said Disraeli; and I doubt that any of us have never misused a statistic in the course of

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The Death of Smoking

Mar 02 2019

Reason being the slave of the passions, as Hume tells us, no man can be rational and nothing but rational; but, what is less often

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Nothing on TV

Feb 23 2019

I haven’t had a television for more than fifty years, and though some people tell me that I have missed much of value thereby, which


A Question of When, Not If

Feb 16 2019

There are few quiet pleasures greater than that of contemplating future catastrophe. Fortunately, we are spoiled for choice; if it isn’t the return of the

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The Temptation to Resent

Feb 09 2019

Other than sheer hatred, resentment is by far the strongest and most important of political emotions, compared with which mere benevolence is feeble indeed. Resentment

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Just Pay the Man

Feb 02 2019

The minor inconveniences of life often cause disproportionate despair, at least if my reaction to them is anything to go by. Is life worth living,

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Es Vedra

Better Off Collecting Stamps

Jan 26 2019

When I reached maturity, or at any rate stopped growing, I was of average height. Now I am below average height, the world having grown

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To Err Is Human, to Detect Divine

Jan 19 2019

The pedant seeks error, not truth, and delights to find it. Indeed, the search for error may be the entire purpose of his reading, to


This Property Is Condemned

Jan 12 2019

It is said that Ivan the Terrible ordered that the principal architect of St. Basil’s Cathedral in Moscow should have his eyes put out so


Tax on Capital

Jan 05 2019

One of the most curious French verbs known to me, at least as used by journalists in the context of economics, is débloquer, to unblock

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Fair Is Fair

Dec 29 2018

For reasons too convoluted for swift explanation, I looked into the annual Scottish figures for homicide recently. Last year they were down 5 percent and

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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