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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One More Feather Duster

Oct 31 2015

La Rochefoucauld said that it is easier to give good advice than to take it, to which he might have added that it is also


Something Is Rotten

Oct 24 2015

The British government-funded cultural establishment's fawning and flattering but insincere attitude toward popular culture and the demotic was shown once again in a recent production


Secondhand Knowledge

Oct 17 2015

There is no quality more fleeting than modernity and nothing staler than an analysis of a past crisis that was written at the time it


Flying Off the Handle

Oct 10 2015

I am no great admirer of management as a science or of managers as people. The latter tend to speak a strange language, a jargon


Emission of Guilt

Oct 03 2015

An old Australian judge of my acquaintance, an art collector and general connoisseur, now dead, alas, had no interest in cars and used to answer

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Blah Humbug

Sep 26 2015

Doctor Johnson wisely advised writers to strike out those passages in their own work that they found particularly fine; but the opposite of this advice

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Refugee Reflections

Sep 19 2015

There were only a few refugees still on the seafront when I arrived in Bodrum (Turkey), and there were even fewer of them by the



Hungry Nonetheless

Sep 12 2015

Paris is the best city in the world for cinema. You have only to go round the corner to see an intelligent and unusual film.

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By Dynamite or Design

Sep 05 2015

The trouble with vandalism is that it is fun, especially for people of modest accomplishment. The urge to destroy, said Bakunin, Marx's anarchist contemporary, is


Robert Mugabe

The Emperor’s Nice Clothes

Aug 29 2015

Robert Mugabe, sempiternal president of Zimbabwe, was recently booed and jeered in parliament, suggesting that, after more than a third of a century in power

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Ain”€™t It the Truth

Aug 22 2015

What part do truth and evidence play in our beliefs? A larger part in ours than in those of others, of course, for we are,

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The Ugly Truth

Aug 15 2015

There is a strange thing about modern ugliness: It is militant and proselytizing, and not just the result of thoughtlessness, poverty, lack of skill, and

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Activity Isn”€™t Working

Aug 08 2015

Jacques Chirac, when he was mayor of Paris, offered the municipal workers a deal: They could have a short workweek if in exchange they agreed

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From Boring to Baffling

Aug 01 2015

The Japanese company Nikkei has bought the Financial Times, and I wish them well of it. There can be few duller publications in the world,

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Gluttons for Punishment

Jul 25 2015

I hate sweet drinks"€”Coca-Cola et al."€”so passionately that I grow angry whenever I see someone buy or drink one. I hate their taste, I hate


Slobs and Slatterns

Jul 18 2015

Among the measures demanded of Greece by its creditors in return for yet another pretense that its debt is actually performing and therefore does not


Brandenburg Gate, Berlin


Jul 12 2015

There seems to be growing anti-German feeling in France, at least if what I read is anything to go by (which it might not be,

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Some Pity for a Human Mastodon

Jul 05 2015

The ways of human perversity are legion, and secretly we are glad of it, for it would be a dull world"€”a kind of ideal Switzerland


Alexis Tsipras

As the World Turns

Jun 28 2015

Over the past few years I don"€™t know how many hours I"€™ve wasted reading articles in newspapers about the Greek debt crisis. It isn"€™t as

Crime and Punishment

A Fireable Thought

Jun 21 2015

When a Nobel Prize winner can be hounded from his university chair by the harridans of the Internet (or any other self-constituted group of fanatics),


Erdogan's Palace

Palace in Blunderland

Jun 14 2015

No one can build a decent palace anymore. I agree that this is not one of the greatest social problems of our time, but it

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A Dull Lancet

Jun 07 2015

There comes a time in any man's life when he wants to accumulate no more possessions, but rather disembarrass himself of those he already has.

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All This I Had Forgotten

May 31 2015

Everyone supposes that he is the world authority on his own life, especially on his own thoughts and experiences. But is this really so? I


On Sentimentality and Compassion

May 24 2015

Sentimentality and hardness of heart are two sides of the same coin. When sentimentality is confined to weepy films or romantic novels it does little


Someone Must Be Telling Lies

May 17 2015

A few days ago I received an e-mail from my British bank about my US$ account in Jersey. I have this account in Jersey because

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The Theology of Climate Change

May 10 2015

For a long time I have intended always to carry a small notebook with me when I go to second-hand bookshops to take down a