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.


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

All About Me

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

All About Me

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